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
Dec 28, 2021
Ep 181: Between The Rock and “Love Hard” Place
Our holiday movie festival continues with a review of another Netflix Original, “Red Notice.” Are The Rock and Ryan Reynolds worth all that money? Is the movie at least better than last week’s “Love Hard?” Paula and Adam help you ring in the New Year with cinematic recommendations and good ... Read More
Dec 21, 2021
Ep 180: The Fall of the RomCom Empire
On a Very Special Holiday Episode, Paula and Adam review a brand new movie so you can decide whether to brighten your holiday with it or not. The movie? The romantic comedy “Love Hard,” which is streaming on Netflix right now. Alternatively, you could watch it first and then enjoy ... Read More
Dec 14, 2021
Ep 179: We Serve You Billie Jean King!
Yes, you read it right. Billie Jean King – tennis legend, women’s sports pioneer, activist and social icon… she’s on the show! Also, if there’s time, we’ll get to another iconic woman in history: It’s Mailbag! Captain Crinkle Edition GUEST Billie Jean King https://www.billiejeanking.com/  HOUSE BAND Rajnar Vajra http://rajnarvajra.com/  Learn ... Read More
Dec 7, 2021
Ep 178: Lit Crit – Hit It or Quit It?
Our beloved Book Club has already featured one Great Novel that was kind of a snooze, and one International Bestseller that completely sucked. But who’s to say? What makes a book great, and what makes it “a classic,” and – most importantly – how can we sound smart at parties ... Read More
Nov 30, 2021
Ep 177: It’s Our 177th Episode!!
Wow! Episode 177 – what a milestone! We kick off the celebration with some big birds – crows, to be precise. Ornithologist Dr. Brian O’Shea drops by to fill us in on those ubiquitous, clever creatures. Then – sure we’ve done 177 episodes together, and that’s a special thing, but ... Read More
Nov 23, 2021
Ep 176: Stacks and Stones
If this “comedy” thing doesn’t work out for her, could Paula make it as a librarian? Adam may think he already has that answer, but the only opinion that matters is that of our guest – Librarian Emily Aaronson joins us for “Career Corner!” Plus, you’ve got some constructive criticism, and we’re ... Read More
Nov 16, 2021
Ep 175: Fiona Hill Told You So
Remember the impeachment? No, the first one. The one where the former president told Ukraine, “Nice country. Shame if anything should happen to it…” Yes, that one. Fiona Hill remembers, and she’s here to tell us about her White House memories. Also… what? Do you need more? Push “Play!” GUEST ... Read More
Nov 9, 2021
Ep 174: Our Ethics Investigation
Yes, your favorite podcast is caught up in an ethics investigation… in that we are investigating ethics! UCLA Philosophy Professor Pamela Hieronymi is here to discuss where our ideas of Right and Wrong come from, and what to do with those ideas once we have ‘em. Also – at long ... Read More
Nov 2, 2021
Ep 173: How Doesn’t Your Garden Grow?
When it comes to tending our gardens, Paula and Adam have two left thumbs. Each. So, a total of four non-green thumbs. But MSU’s Dr. Nate Walton is here to help us weed out all our bad gardening ideas. And get out your magnifying glass – it’s time for another ... Read More
Oct 26, 2021
Ep 172: I Screen, You Screen, We All Screen…
Paula’s been sounding the alarm about screen addiction for years, but nobody listened, because, well, nobody listens to Paula Poundstone. Also we were too busy staring at our phones. But we’ve got Dr. Hillarie Cash from the reSTART Center on hand to help us navigate this now-undeniable problem. Also, after ... Read More
Oct 19, 2021
Ep 171: The One with Jon Lovett
Jon Lovett, from the wonderful “Pod Save America” and “Lovett or Leave It” podcasts takes a break from podcasting to be on our podcast! And what do we talk about? Podcasting! But also other stuff, like government and politics and the possibility of an inter-show basketball league. But remember, OUR ... Read More