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Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone is a comedy field guide to life, or at least a set of IKEA assembly instructions. Where else can you find advice on topics from "How To Keep a Friend" to "How To Translate Your Verizon Bill?" Or even "What do I do if I encounter a Bear" and "Should I Get a Penis Piercing?"

Paula and her co-host Adam Felber bring on leading expert guests and use their unique comedic sensibility to help us navigate life in the 21st century. Along the way, Paula attempts to explains existence through her kaleidoscopic perspective, and Adam tries to interject some rationality.

Paula Poundstone is a nationally known comedian, legendary for her smart spontaneous humor. She and Adam are regular panelists on NPR's #1 show, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Apr 3, 2020
French Trump Weekly Press Conference
Join us for this live broadcast of French Trump’s weekly press conference, as he fields questions from the White House briefing room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read More
Mar 31, 2020
Ep 90: Out of the Studio, Into Bankruptcy
On our first remotely-recorded quarantine episode, lawyer Sanaz Sarah Bereliani is on hand to discuss the ins and outs of bankruptcy – we SWEAR we booked her before all this went down! Plus: we’re auctioning off Shirley Chisholm’s Chisholm Trail Mix, and in our first “Quarantine Corner,” we teach 8th ... Read More
Mar 24, 2020
Ep 89: The Not-So-Great Depression
A big question these days is, “Are we depressed, or is it just that things actually suck?” Therapist Marc Weiss returns to let us know how to tell the difference and what to do about it. Also, Paula and Adam set out to woo new listeners from around the world, ... Read More
Mar 17, 2020
Ep 88: A New Environment!
What’s more important to the environment: Paper straws or paper laws? USC’s Justin Ehresmann tells us what you and Paula and Adam can do to save the world. Also, our local environment has changed too, as we bid goodbye to Miranda Street and hello to Starburns Studios! What will Roger Federer do without ... Read More
Mar 10, 2020
Ep 87: Ship of Foods
Has your food gone bad? And short of it growling at you, how can you tell? Paula and Adam welcome USC’s Dr. Roger Clemens (no relation!) to set us on the path to Not Being Poisoned. Also, for some reason Paula has brought Lewis and Clark’s original keelboat to the ... Read More
Mar 3, 2020
Ep 86: Catching On
Is laughter contagious? Are contagions funny? UCLA biologist Dr Oliver Fregosa comes by to spread the word about containing the spread. Also: We’ve got a fresh crate of weird Kit-Kat flavors from Japan. Like “bean sandwich.” And “wasabi.” Are they tasty? Or even edible? Let’s find out. Guest Dr. Oliver ... Read More
Feb 25, 2020
Ep 85: Planting with Poundstone
Oddly enough, the kids today are getting really into houseplants, and we want in. Expert Danae Horst (founder of the boutique “Folia Collective”) comes by to instruct us in the fine art of “not killing plants.” Also, Toni Anita Hull takes a vacation, leaving Adam, Paula, and our “Mailbag” segment ... Read More
Feb 18, 2020
Ep 84: Cute, Confident, and Impenetrable!
How’s your password game? Are they all your pet’s name followed by “1?” Thought so. Cyber Defense Group CEO Lou Rabon drops by to drop cyber security knowledge on us. Plus, Paula secretly tests Fabletics’ claim that they’ll make her “cute and confident.” GUEST Lou Rabon Founder and CEO, Cyber Defense ... Read More
Feb 11, 2020
Ep 83: Love and Theft
Is Paula’s safe… safe? If not, why can’t she get it open? Southern California Safe Company’s Paul Gordon comes to help us get into Paula’s safe and – if possible – the vault at the Bellagio. Also, Paula and Adam (and some lovestruck callers) struggle with Valentine’s Day, and we ... Read More
Feb 4, 2020
Ep 82: “There was a podcast from Nantucket…”
Poetry is making a big comeback among young people – what’s behind the latest poetic revival? And what exactly IS poetry? Noted poet and UCLA professor Harryette Mullen breaks it down for us. And speaking of high art – we have some fantastic new theme songs!   Guest Harryette Mullen Professor ... Read More
Jan 28, 2020
Ep 81: The Late, Great, Early Man
What were our ancestors really like? What’s more accurate, “Clan of the Cave Bear” or “The Flintstones?” USC biological anthropologist Kris Carlson throws us a few bones of knowledge. Plus, the surprise (and not entirely welcome) launch of our 100th Caller Contest. GUEST Kris Carlson Professor of Clinical Integrative Anatomical ... Read More
Jan 21, 2020
Ep 80: Another Fine Meth
One of our favorite guests, allergist Dr. Marc Meth makes his triumphant return, this time to explain the common cold and why there seems to be no cure. Also: Paula at the DMV, a fantastic vocabulary song from a listener, and we dip into our trusty mailbag. GUEST Dr. Marc ... Read More
Jan 14, 2020
Ep 79: All Up in our Business
If the universe is constantly expanding, why isn’t Poundstone Industries? Michael Chasalow, founder of USC’s Small Business Clinic comes by to tell Paula how to grow her little shop. Also – we learn that apparently our business IS booming in Canada!  GUEST: Professor Michael Chasalow Director and Founder of the ... Read More
Jan 7, 2020
Ep 78: We’re Dying Up Here!
Paula and Adam explore their inevitable demises with mortician/activist Caitlin Doughty. Also we open our mailbag, and test Advantage Rubber Bands’ claim that they “hold our world together.” Guest Caitlin Doughty Mortician, Activist & Author Website: caitlindoughty.com Instagram: @thegooddeath Twitter: @thegooddeath YouTube: Order of the Good Death House band William Nakamura, tuba Email us! Nobodylistenstopaulapoundstone@gmail.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NobodyListenstoPaulaPoundstone/ ... Read More
Dec 31, 2019
Ep 77: Wringing Out 2019
Based on our highly scientific poll (okay, we asked people on social media) we’ve determined your absolute favorite moments from 2019! Will Captain Crinkle’s struggles with iTunes end before the ball drops? ... Read More
Dec 24, 2019
Ep 76: Die Hardest
Paula and Adam weigh in on the great debate of our time: Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie? House band William Nakamura tuba Website: westwoodbrass.com ... Read More
Dec 17, 2019
Ep 75: One Puppet, One Vote
You wanna rock the vote? Here in America, increasingly, the vote rocks YOU. USC Professor Franita Tolson stops by to discuss that increasingly endangered species, our right to vote. Plus, we’ve got songs! Both a vocabulary song and the brand new “Ballad of Captain Culpepper.” GUEST Franita Tolson Professor of ... Read More
Dec 10, 2019
Ep 74: Tree’s Company
What have trees done for us lately? And are palm trees imposters? To answer the deep foliage-related questions, we turn to Tree People’s director of operations, Jim Hardie. He’s basically part Lorax and part Ent. Also, it looks like another European c ... Read More
Dec 3, 2019
Ep 73: Bad Language and Bad Llamas
Paula’s been trying to expand her vocabulary for a year now. Why won’t the new words take? And why do certain “bad words” linger? Linguist Dr. David Goldstein from UCLA is here to explain it all. And we unbox this Christmas’ hot toy: The Blume Doll. Plus  ... Read More
Nov 26, 2019
Ep 72: Rambo and Poundstone
Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone is a comedy field guide to life, or at least a set of IKEA assembly instructions. Where else can you find advice on topics from “How To Keep a Friend” to “How To Translate Your Verizon Bill?” Or even “What do I do if I ... Read More