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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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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…
 
A lot of us are lonely these days. Hm. We wonder why. Is there some kind of profoundly isolating world event going on? But whether you’re lonely in a crowd or happily alone, Dr. Jeremy Nobel, founder of the Unlonely Project, has some insights. Also, we’re a lot less lonely, because Toni has returned! Plus, it’s a grab bag of listener feedback when …
 
We reckon it’s a time for reckoning, and General (and Professor) Ty Seidule is here to help us reckon with America’s most dubious Confederate monuments. And if that’s not enough of rummaging through our sordid pasts, then buckle down… for True Confessions: Childhood Edition! GUEST Ty Seidule Author, ROBERT E. LEE AND ME: A Southerner's Reckoning wi…
 
Should you drive off your quarantine cliff and go to the movie theatre to see “F9”? Paula and Adam review not "Fate of the Furious", "Furious 7", or "Fast & Furious 6".... but Fast 5” to let you know if "F9" is worth the risk. In the words of Dom,"Let's get to work." House Band Harry Terrell from Los Angeles, California Drums Learn more about your …
 
It’s time to say “Yaaas Queen… um… Elizabeth. Your Majesty.” Because we’re talking about the Royals with someone who should know, one of the reigning queens of journalism, Patt Morrison! And after we’ve dissected all the hidden messages in royal behavior, demeanor and attire, we share our own sartorial adventures in “True Confessions: Fashion Editi…
 
What’s witchcraft? And which witchcraft? Wiccan witchcraft? Why? Well, because we have Dr. Tanya Luhrman from Stanford University here to tell us what’s what in witchery. Plus, buckle up, Nobodies, it’s time for Mailbag! Captain Crinkle Edition. You have stuff to say about Bonnie Burns! She’s listening. Kind of. Guest Dr. Tanya Luhrmann (she/her) A…
 
Paula finally finds good use for her “Perry Mason” addiction when she discusses law, both real and - well - Perry Mason-y with former US Attorney and host of the #SistersInLaw podcast, Barbara McQuade! Also, an update on Toni’s whereabouts, and get ready to hear who said what when… it’s the return of our Quote Party! GUEST Barbara McQuade Professor…
 
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