Jan 2, 2024
Ep 286: Aquaman and The Poseidon Adventure!
Should you shell out your hard-earned clams for “Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom?” The only sure way to keep your powder dry is to decide based on our review of 1972’s blockbuster “The Poseidon Adventure.” Why? It’s not clear. But trust us as we conclude our Holiday Movie Spectacular! HOUSE BAND ... Read More
Dec 26, 2023
Ep 285: Pouncing on “Cats”
Should you go see the new feature “The Iron Claw?” The only way to tell is to hear our review of the mammoth 2019 flop, “Cats.” Yes, our Holiday Movie Review Season has returned!  HOUSE BAND Tim Sway NewPerspectivesMusic.com  youtube.com/TimSway Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read More
Dec 19, 2023
Ep 284: Alone Together with Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy!
We’ve got our actual Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, here to discuss a vastly under-discussed health hazard: Loneliness! And then it’s time to take back what is rightfully ours… it’s Mailbag! Vengeance Edition. GUEST Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA  U.S. Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services  ... Read More
Dec 12, 2023
Ep 283: Going Viral with Kyle Harper
Last week we talked about going viral, but this week… what about actual viruses? Can we beat infectious diseases, or are they destined to beat us? Professor Kyle Harper is here to inoculate us with the needle of knowledge! Plus, more Auntie Stories! GUEST Kyle Harper kyleharper.net HOUSE BAND Ron ... Read More
Dec 5, 2023
Ep 282: Social (Media) Anxiety
Okay, the plan is to discuss the next three chapters in our Book Club, then talk to an expert about improving our social media stuff, and then do the Poundstone Riddle Invitational. That’s the plan, anyway. What could possibly go wrong? GUEST Sunny Hunt convinceandconvert.com HOUSE BAND Kevin Kelso Sponsors ... Read More
Nov 28, 2023
Ep 281: Fiona Hill Returns!
What’s up with our buddy Vladdy P, the guy who runs Russia, Russia, Russia these days? Returning champion Fiona Hill is here to explain it all! Plus, remember how we didn’t know anything about Suriname? Prepare to be enlightened by “Bonnie and Toni’s Oral Report!” GUEST Fiona Hill brookings.edu/people/fiona-hill HOUSE ... Read More
Nov 21, 2023
Ep 280: Auditing the Collection Plate with Cathleen Falsani
They take in millions, don’t pay taxes, and they answer to no one about their finances. No, not the Trumps – we’re talking about the entirely legal business of running a church. Cathleen Falsani helps us account for the unaccountable. And then – well, why don’t we let YOU describe ... Read More
Nov 14, 2023
Ep 279 -The Critter in Winter with Dr. Elenor Spicer Rice
Summer is long gone, and so are all the bugs and other creatures we’ve been sharing our yards with. But… where did they go? Not everybody can migrate, especially with today’s airfares. Superguest Dr Eleanor Spicer Rice returns to let us know who’s wintering where. And then – get ready ... Read More
Nov 7, 2023
Ep 278: Pleasing the Court with Dahlia Lithwick
How supreme is our wobbly Supreme Court these days? The amazing Dahlia Lithwick joins us to explore the scandals and history that has taken the shine off those once-regal black robes. Plus, it’s time to run for the border – ALL the borders – with the return of “Land Ho! ... Read More
Nov 6, 2023
Listen Now: ‘Tis The Grinch Holiday Talk Show
Cuddly as a cactus and charming as an eel, he’s your new favorite snarky talk show host. Join The Grinch (and his faithful dog Max) each week as he rants against Christmas cheer and roasts celebrity guests like chestnuts on an open fire. Starring Saturday Night Live’s James Austin Johnson ... Read More
Oct 31, 2023
Ep 277: Hey hey, it’s Micky Dolenz!
People say we’re monkeying around. Because usually we are. And the only thing that makes this show different, is actual Monkee Micky Dolenz! Oh, and also “Mailbag! Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stickle Edition.”   GUEST Micky Dolenz mickydolenz.com   HOUSE BAND Nate Bickford   Sponsors Take eharmony’s Compatibility ... Read More
Oct 24, 2023
Ep 276: Blinded by Scientology with Andrew Gold
Scientology. Is it a science? A religion? A cult? A non-dairy dessert topping? Probably not that last one, but we’ve got Andrew Gold here to break it down before it breaks us down. And then, a big welcome to our new listeners from… (checks map) …Mongolia! It’s Bonnie and Toni’s ... Read More
Oct 17, 2023
Ep 275: Ponzi Scheming with Steve Weisman
In our continuing quest to learn more about scams so that we can either a) help you protect yourselves, or b) get you in on the ground floor of an Amazing Investment Opportunity, we’ve got actual white collar crime Professor Steve Weisman here to discuss all things Ponzi! Plus, we’re ... Read More
Oct 10, 2023
Ep 274: The (Spooky) Return of Paula Poundstone
Paula is back! And so is Halloween. And to celebrate both, we have Brandon Schexnayder from the Southern Gothic podcast to terrify us with some real-life ghost stories! And then, get ready to (probably not) learn (anything) about plants with another installment of “Garden Time with Captain Crinkle.” GUEST Brandon ... Read More
Oct 3, 2023
Ep 273: The Fall of Rome (and Paula!) with Michael Kulikowski!
Bonnie and Toni’s Oral Report on Rome was great, of course, but just to be sure, we’ve brought on a genuine expert, author and Professor Michael Kulikowski… and we’re revisiting a seminal NLTPP moment – Bonnie’s iTunes Adventure!   GUEST Michael Edward Kulikowski Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and ... Read More
Sep 26, 2023
Ep 272: Bible Studies with Ian Mills
Ep 272 – Bible Studies with Ian Mills What’s the book on the Good Book? And is it any good? Bible historian Ian Mills joins us to dish on who dished what – and when – in the writing of Western civilization’s biggest bestseller. And then, when the cat’s away, ... Read More
Sep 19, 2023
Ep 271: Money Love with Shannah Game
We talk about the most complicated relationship in Paula’s life – her on-again, off-again affair with money. Shannah Game from the “Everybody’s Talkin’ Money” podcast is here for some couple’s counseling. And then – we know you’re talking behind our backs – and we’ve got proof. We read from your ... Read More
Sep 12, 2023
Ep 270: They’re All In On It! with Julian Walker
Does meditation make you vulnerable to QAnon? Are anti-vaxxers into yoga? We explore the link between spiritual thinking and conspiracy thinking with Conspirituality host Julian Walker. And then… put on your Geography hat (if you can remember where it is!) – its “Land Ho with Toni Anita Hull!” GUEST Julian ... Read More
Sep 5, 2023
Ep 269: TV is History! With Michael Kackman
Though this might be news to Paula, TV didn’t begin with Perry Mason and end with Saul Goodman. There’s more to it, and Dr. Michael Kackman is here to tell us all about it. And then, prepare to be deceived – it’s the return of “Two Truths and a Lie.” Or ... Read More
Aug 29, 2023
Ep 268: Talking (to) Depression with Dr. Sheila Dowd
Talking about depression is hard enough – how do you talk TO a depressed person? Dr. Sheila Dowd has some handy pointers. And then – when in Rome… talk about the fall of Rome. It’s Toni and Bonnie’s Oral Report! GUEST Dr. Sheila Dowd Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs & ... Read More