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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!

May 17, 2022
Ep 201- Al Franken and the Very Dysfunctional Senate
How broken is the Senate? How can it be fixed? Is Ted Cruz something you can spray for, or do we have to tent the place? Al Franken is here to discuss! Plus, as a great man (probably) once said, “It’s time for another round of Quote Party!” GUEST Al ... Read More
May 10, 2022
Ep 200: Right Here, Right Meow
Last week we explored the incredible talents of dogs. This week we give equal time to explore the question: Do cats HAVE any talents? And if so, can they be persuaded to, you know, use them? For good? Can Paula’s cats be taught to think INSIDE the box? Mikel Delgado ... Read More
May 3, 2022
Ep 199: Scents and Scent Abilities
Are dog’s noses really that great, or do they just have a great PR team? What can and can’t they help us sniff out? Author and cadaver dog expert Cat Warren knows where all the bodies are buried, and she’s here to help us track down the truth. And speaking of ... Read More
Apr 26, 2022
Ep 198: 100 Meters with Coach Carl Lewis
Paula, Adam, and the gang have run their 100 meter dashes. Who won? And how can we all improve? The legendary Carl Lewis is here to cool us down… and warm us up for our next race! Plus, Bonnie’s Dave Grohl Pillow Giveaway has selected a winner – but it’s not ... Read More
Apr 19, 2022
Ep 197: Crypto 2: The Return of Jill Schlesinger!
Remember when we booked our friend Jill Schlesinger to explain cryptocurrency, but she canceled, so we had Bonnie and Toni do it instead? Well, all due respect to their fine work, but now we’ve got Jill back to make sense of it all! Plus, we choose a new book for ... Read More
Apr 12, 2022
Ep 196: Unpacking the Court
What’s so supreme about the Supreme Court? What was it supposed to be, what has it become, and where can we get those chic robes? Author, expert, and activist Dr. Peter Irons is here to explain it all. Plus, if you don’t have anything nice to say… you’re not our listeners. You guys have ... Read More
Apr 5, 2022
Ep 195: Every Buggy Wants to Rule the World
When you do the numbers, it’s the insects’ world and we’re just living in it. So we’d might as well get to know ‘em. Fortunately we’ve got our returning champion, the delightful Dr. Eleanor Spicer-Rice here to answer all our (and your) questions! Plus, it’s the return of our favorite ... Read More
Mar 29, 2022
Ep 194: The Plastic (Oh No!) Land
Our world is swimming in plastic – and so are our fish. That stuff covers our land, too. How bad is it? And is there any good news? Answers: It’s bad, and yes. Dianna Cohen founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition is here to help sort all that plastic out. ... Read More
Mar 22, 2022
Ep 193: Everything Compares 2 U
How are we doing? How do we measure up to the competition? Or is the better question – should we measure up to the competition? Psychologist Dr. Art Markman is here to discuss our need to compare ourselves to others, but are we really the best podcast he’s been on? We’re worried! ... Read More
Mar 15, 2022
Ep 192: The Electoral College Dropout
What is the Electoral College, how does it work, and how can we make it stop working like that? Professor Kermit Roosevelt is here to help us unravel US democracy’s oldest, knottiest problem. And then it’s time to share our – and your – worst employee experiences in “Tales From The Service ... Read More
Mar 8, 2022
Ep 191: Oy, the Vault!
Remember banks? Those places where you used to store your cash and fantasize about robbing? Well, they still exist, even though they’re no longer especially good for storing your cash OR robbing! Banker David Patrone is here to tell us all about it. Then we go from billions to Brazilians ... Read More
Mar 1, 2022
Ep 190: The Oyster is Your World
Is it possible to love someone or something that you know almost nothing about? It’s VERY possible if we’re talking about oysters. But today we’re going to fix that. International oyster expert Julie Qiu is here to set us all straight about everyone’s favorite (or second favorite) bivalve mollusk. Plus, ... Read More
Feb 22, 2022
Ep 189: The Climes They Are a-Changin’
Ep 189 – The Climes They Are a-Changin’ What’s driving climate change, and is the answer literally “Driving?” Paula and Adam welcome climate scientist Peter Kalmus to give us the latest on the ongoing disaster. But don’t worry – there are also jokes! Also, there’s “Who’s Miss Quotey-Pants Now?” – ... Read More
Feb 15, 2022
Ep 188: Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger go Outside the Actors Studio
What? You read the title. Shouldn’t that be enough? Meredith and Patton, who now have a podcast of their own (“Did You Get My Text”) are here, and they’re ready to help take Paula’s acting game to the next level. Plus – spoiler alert – there’s another segment that we ... Read More
Feb 8, 2022
Ep 187: Decrypting Crypto
Are you as confused about cryptocurrency as we are? Well, we’ve booked returning champion Jill Schlesinger to explain it all for us! At least, that’s the plan. What happens is… Well, best that you hear it for yourself. Also, as Jimi Hendrix sang, “Scuse me, while I kiss this guy!” ... Read More
Feb 1, 2022
Ep 186: Project Funway
You what’s totally in right now? Well, we don’t. We don’t have a clue. Fortunately, we DO have fashion designer Hogan McLaughlin on hand to school Paula and Adam in all things Fashion-related! Plus, it’s the return of your favorite game that is 33% BS – it’s “Two Truths and ... Read More
Jan 25, 2022
Ep 185: Paula’s Podcast of Horror!
Sure, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. But fear itself can be pretty damned scary! What is fear? What’s it good for (besides Stephen King’s bank account!)? Michelle Massi from Anxiety Therapy LA is back… AND SHE’S A WEREWOLF!! Just kidding – she’s here to talk ... Read More
Jan 18, 2022
Ep 184: This Is The Story Of The Hurricane
You know what really blows? Hurricanes! And we’ve got the Hurricane Man himself, Josh Morgerman, to tell us all about the most destructive of all storm systems – and the coolest (at least to Josh!). Plus, Poppa’s got a brand new… Mailbag! Returning Champions Edition. GUEST Josh Morgerman Host of ... Read More
Jan 11, 2022
Ep 183: Henry Winkler Goes Outside the Actor’s Studio
He might play an acting teacher on “Barry,” but tonight Henry Winkler actually gets to teach the craft to Paula. Yes, you read that right – we’ve got The Fonz on board for sparkling conversation and another installment of Outside the Actor’s Studio! Plus, the first rule of Fight Club Book Club ... Read More
Jan 4, 2022
Ep 182: The Money of Colors
The thing about priceless art is that there is always a price. But who decides what that price is? And how do the deciders decide what they decide? For what it’s worth, art appraiser Kevin Zweyer Anderson is here to tell us what it’s worth. Also it’s time for another ... Read More