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Nobody Listens To Paula Poundstone is like an out-of-control adult education class that meets in a treehouse. Paula Poundstone, Adam Felber, Captain Crinkle, Toni Anita Hull, and a gallimaufry of characters have dropped the rope ladder down for you to climb on up, and sit around the fire with them. Uh-oh into their treehouse.
 
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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 when literature comes up? The University of Chicago’s Dr. Timothy Campbell…
 
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 how well do we really know each other? We play “Two Truths and a Lie” …
 
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 going to take it in the spirit that it was intended. N…
 
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 Fiona Hill Former National Security Council official and …
 
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 last, we’re done with “Eat, Pray, Love” - join us for the thrilling conc…
 
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 visit to our Department of Fine Print. GUEST Dr. Nate Walton Consumer Horticulture Instruc…
 
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 a tragic and unforeseen one week delay… it…
 
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 podcast is still the only one where you can hear f…
 
The legendary John Cleese joins us for In— Wait, why are you even reading this? John Cleese is on this show! Go listen to it! It’s John Cleese, fer godsakes! John. Cleese. Go! GUEST Corey Feldman (just kidding it’s JOHN CLEESE!) uniquelives.com/john-cleese-america HOUSE BAND Lindsey Goodman (who can be heard when JOHN CLEESE isn’t talking!) Flute w…
 
We’re going back into the world after a long pandemic. And it’s great. Except… how do we deal with… you know… people? Dr. Jonathan Bowman returns to the show to help us deal with people now that we have to. Also, what have other people said about stuff? Find out on our Quote Party! GUEST Jonathan Bowman, PhD Professor, Communication Studies Univers…
 
We all think, but only some of us are paid to do so in a tank. What IS a think tank? Are their good tanks and bad tanks? Do they come with cute miniatures of divers, or is that just fish tanks? Brett Theodos from the Urban Institute is here to answer all our questions. And then we answer all YOUR questions - it’s the first NLTPP Q&A! GUEST Brett Th…
 
Should Paula try to pick up that hard-to-get-at dime? Okay, and should she audit the Fed? Emmy and Gracie Award-winning Business Analyst Jill Schlesinger is here to answer all our economic questions, both macro and, well, SUPER micro. And, if that’s not enough learnin’ for ya, it’s also time for our Potluck Info Party! GUEST Jill Schlesinger Emmy A…
 
Paula loves her pets, of course, and you can’t put a price tag on love — or can you!? Can she turn her pet fancy into a fancy career as a dog groomer? Pro groomer Leila Parks joins our “Career Corner” to instruct us on her trade; the good, the bad, and the incredibly gross! Also, you have problems with us, and we’re going to do our best to really h…
 
As much as Paula and Adam might like to, they can’t actually go to school at Hogwarts. But they can go to school about Hogwarts - Dr. Adriane Ivey teaches a Harry Potter course at Emory University, and she’s here to tell us all about it. And then we let you tell us all about… us! It’s time for your latest Show Descriptions! GUEST Dr. Adriane Ivey A…
 
Everyone knows we’re “more divided than ever,” and everyone’s arguing these days, but nobody seems to be GOOD at it. We all seem to suck at convincing people that we’re right. Well, except for Neal Katyal, former acting Solicitor General, who’s here to instruct us on the lost art of persuasion. And speaking of persuasion, “Eat, Pray, Love” tries to…
 
Pigeons! Are they dirty, filthy, disgusting rats with wings? Or are they our clever, feathery friends whom we created to be our urban pals? Our dear friend Dr. Emily Spicer Rice is here to set us straight! Plus, it’s time to choose a new book for our Book Club! And speaking of ongoing problems, it’s also time for True Confessions: Pet Peeve Edition…
 
Paula and Adam are heading out on vacation, but they wanted to leave you all with Something Old and Something New. First, as “Jeopardy” finally chooses its new host, we wanted to remind you of The Man himself, with our May, 2020 conversation with the great Alex Trebek… which was followed by a surprise cameo by Carol Burnett! Plus, we say a fond goo…
 
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