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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!

Dec 6, 2022
Ep 230: Wheelchair Basketball: Wheeling and Dealing w/Alvin Malave
We love basketball, but how does the pick and roll work when you are actually rolling? Wheelchair athlete and coach Alvin Malave stops by to give us the Xs and Os on how the game is played on wheels. And then we keep on a-rolling, right into the Simi Valley for ... Read More
Nov 29, 2022
Ep 229: Do the Gerrymander with Ben Sheehan!
Everybody’s doing it – the hot ol’ dance they call The Gerrymander. But how do we get states to STOP doing it and redistrict fairly? Returning champion Ben Sheehan is here to explain it all. Plus, how can we woo new listeners in Portugal? Maybe with a brand new Toni ... Read More
Nov 22, 2022
Ep 228: The Butler Did It – Could You?
Paula serves her fans beautifully, but could she serve… as a butler? Star butler Andrew Lowrey puts her through her paces. And then, what does every stately home also need? Peacock puppets, of course, and you’ll learn to make them, courtesy of Toni’s Craft Corner. GUEST Andrew Lowrey precisehome.com HOUSE ... Read More
Nov 15, 2022
Ep 227: Can Bugs Save the Planet?
Remember Aly Moore, who came on our show and fed us bugs? Well, she’s back with her new venture, Chapul Farms, working to create a farming ecosystem where bugs turn waste into soil and chicken feed! And if that all seems like a complicated conundrum, wait until we stump you ... Read More
Nov 8, 2022
Ep 226: Winning the Climate War with Michael Mann
What’s happening with our climate, and exactly how screwed are we at this point? Author and scientist Michael Mann comes by with the bad news and some surprisingly hopeful predictions. Then, prepare yourself to seek the truth. And the other truth. That’s right, it’s the return of Two Truths and Lie! GUEST ... Read More
Nov 1, 2022
Ep 225: Kicking Asteroid: Are We Ready to Defend the Planet?
Ep 225 – Kicking Asteroid: Are We Ready to Defend the Planet?  Invaders from space are touching down on Earth all the time, but how are we going to deal with The Big One? Planetary Defense expert Ralph Harvey breaks down how we can break down dangerous meteors – with ... Read More
Oct 25, 2022
Ep 224: Career Window
Paula has investigated a bunch of other jobs, but how do the pros approach career transitions? We’ve got Aurora Meneghello from “Repurpose Your Purpose” to lay it out for us. And then – we’re finally getting to Bonnie and Toni’s report on Ben Franklin! Is it worth the wait? Find ... Read More
Oct 18, 2022
Ep 223: Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan Schools Us
What is the Department of Education? What does it do? And why do so many Republicans run on the idea of getting rid of it? Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan drops by to drop some knowledge on us. GUEST Arne Duncan www.chicagocred.org HOUSE BAND Zip Dagger @zipdagger on instagram Zip ... Read More
Oct 11, 2022
Ep 222: Bugapalooza!
You listeners have questions about bugs – and our friend Dr. Eleanor Spicer-Rice is back to answer them all! And speaking of the natural world, Bonnie Burns and her green(ish) thumb are here to offer handy horticultural tips in another installment of “Garden Time with Captain Crinkle!” GUEST Dr. Eleanor ... Read More
Oct 4, 2022
Ep 221: Oil You Can Eat
How can anything be extra virgin? Although that’s definitely how some of us felt in high school. But olive oil is different, and olive oil sommelier Marisa Bloch Gaytan is here to tell us all about its tasty and nutritious world. Plus – brace yourselves – Bonnie and Toni explore the life ... Read More
Sep 27, 2022
Ep 220: Truth or Share
Studies show that when you share an article that you haven’t read, it actually makes you think you know more than you do. Don’t bother reading any further – you’re already an expert on this podcast! Share it! But if you’re still reading, know that we’ve got returning champion Dr. ... Read More
Sep 20, 2022
Ep 219: See How They Run
We all know that this year’s campaigns are heating up, but what’s it like from the inside? What are the rules nowadays, and more importantly, are there rules nowadays? Author, political consultant, and recovering Republican TIm Miller drops in to drop some knowledge. And then… how would you describe our show? Well, ... Read More
Sep 13, 2022
Ep 218: Eyes on the Prizefighter
At a time when athletes are using their platform to advance real causes, we take a moment to talk about the man who basically built that platform: Muhammad Ali. Professor and author Randy Roberts steps into the ring to tell us all about Ali’s amazing life. And speaking of amazing ... Read More
Sep 6, 2022
Ep 217: Frame That Tune!
What makes that song you like… a song that you like? Nolan Gasser, the brains behind Pandora’s Music Genome Project, is here to tell us how he broke music down its core components. And then he helps Paula continue her quest to write a hot Christmas song that’ll knock Mariah ... Read More
Aug 30, 2022
Ep 216: Unpacking the Court 2
In the wake of recent decisions, we revisit the great-granddaddy of Supreme Court injustices – Plessy vs. Ferguson. Dr. Peter Irons returns to break down this historic moral breakdown. GUEST Dr. Peter Irons WHITE MEN’S LAW: The Roots of Systemic Racism HOUSE BAND Jay Clanin roadrunnerproductions.net Learn more about your ... Read More
Aug 23, 2022
Ep 215: Weight Weight… Tell Me!
Putting fads aside, what’s the real science behind weight loss? Is Paula’s Dorito and Oreo diet medically sound? Professor Clare Collins is here to weigh in on weight loss. Plus, get ready to know slightly more about the Red Sea – it’s Bonnie and Toni’s Oral Report. But without Toni. ... Read More
Aug 16, 2022
Ep 214: Appraise the “Titanic!”
Should you go see the #1 movie in America, “Bullet Train?” Paula and Adam are here to help you decide by reviewing that other gigantic vehicle-based movie, 1997’s “Titanic!”  HOUSE BAND Ben Cassil https://redcircle.com/shows/totallyrad https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/totally-rad/id1527946974 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read More
Aug 9, 2022
Ep 213: Jill Schlesinger Returns (But At What Price?)
Inflation is rampaging through the land, raising prices and taking names. But what is it? What caused it? Who do we blame? One of our favorite guests, Jill Schlesinger is back to explain this whole economic kerfuffle. (Yes, we said it – kerfuffle!) Also, for your information, we’re throwing another ... Read More
Aug 2, 2022
Ep 212: So Long, Long Covid!
Ep 212 – So Long, Long Covid! Now that seemingly everyone’s getting COVID-19, the question we’re all thinking about is “How do you STOP having it?” Dr. John Barrata from UNC’s Covid Recovery Clinic is here to talk about “long Covid” and how we’re learning to beat it. Plus, our ... Read More
Jul 26, 2022
Ep 211: Jaws 4: Snark Attack!
It’s summer movie season, and Paula and Adam are here to help you decide whether to see “Where the Crawdads Sing.” How? By screening 1987’s “Jaws 4: The Revenge,” of course! Hear all about the fine film about which Michael Caine raved, “It paid for my house!” HOUSE BAND James ... Read More