Episodes
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” to find out! Guest Dr. Brian O’Shea Collections Manager for Ornithology & Bird Curator North Carolina Museum of Natural...
Published 11/30/21
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. No, really. It’s Mailbag! Helpful Hints Edition. Guest: Emily Aaronson Adult Librarian, Studio City Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public...
Published 11/23/21
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 author of the New York Times bestseller THERE IS NOTHING FOR YOU HERE House Band Cory Springhorn Trumpet Learn more about your ad choices....
Published 11/16/21
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 conclusion! Plus, Bonnie and Toni offer an oral report on Eritrea. Why? Well, we have to find new listeners somewhere, right? GUEST Dr. Pamela...
Published 11/09/21
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 Instructor Michigan State University’s Extension Program https://www.canr.msu.edu/people/nathaniel_walton  HOUSE BAND Tim Crump from Sacramento,...
Published 11/02/21
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’s Mailbag! Positivity Edition. GUEST Dr. Hilarie Cash Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer reSTART Center for Digital Technology...
Published 10/26/21
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 four people grouse their way through “Eat, Pray, Love!” GUEST Jon Lovett Host Lovett or Leave It and Pod Save...
Published 10/19/21
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 www.lindseygoodman.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 10/12/21
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 University of San Diego HOUSE BAND Aedan MacDonnell Harp https://harpmuse.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 10/05/21
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 Theodos Senior Fellow and Director of the Community Economic Development Hub The Urban Institute https://www.urban.org/ HOUSE BAND Aedan...
Published 09/28/21
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 Award Winning and Gracie Award Winning Business Analyst CBS News https://www.jillonmoney.com/  HOUSE BAND Jay Clanin Flugelhorn Learn more about...
Published 09/21/21
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 Associate Professor Emory University HOUSE BAND Casey Bozell Violin  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 09/07/21
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 win us over — does it succeed? And then it’s our turn to go a-wooing, as we attempt to win back the love of the Czech Republic. GUEST Neal...
Published 08/31/21
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. GUEST Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice Researcher https://verdantword.com/ HOUSE BAND Marjorie Cooperman, Piano Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Published 08/24/21
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 goodbye to our friend and producer Tyler Burke… if he’ll just let us get a word in! GUEST Alex Trebek, legendary game show host special appearance...
Published 08/17/21
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 dip into our Mailbag! Gallimaufry Edition! GUEST Dr. Jeremy Nobel Founder Unlonely Project https://www.artandhealing.org/ HOUSE BAND Hannah...
Published 08/10/21
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 with the Myth of the Lost Cause https://www.tyseidule.com/ MUSICIAN Nathan Serot, Trumpet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Published 08/03/21
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 ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 07/27/21
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 Edition!” Does Captain Crinkle’s uniform have an actual crinkle? It’s time to confess. GUEST Patt Morrison, Emmy-winning, Pulitzer-sharing columnist...
Published 07/20/21
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) Albert Ray Lang Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department House Band Jonah Glickman, Vibraphone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Published 07/13/21
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 at University of Michigan, former U.S. Attorney, co-host of #SistersInLaw podcast HOUSE BAND Max Bouvrie, Electric guitar Learn more about...
Published 07/06/21
We’re featuring the results of some VERY big surveys. First, we’ve got Claudia Deane, VP of research at the Pew Research Center, here to tell us all about how the gold standard in public polling organizations gets its results. But just as impressively, OUR survey of listeners who played Oliver in “Oliver” and are willing to record themselves singing “Who Will Buy?”… is starting to yield some surprise results! Plus, Paula conducts the first-ever Poundstone Poll.  Guest: Claudia Deane, VP of...
Published 06/29/21
Now that the US Mint is suddenly interested in putting “significant women” on coins, how much do we know about the first significant woman to be coined? Deborah L. Hughes from the National Susan B. Anthony House and Museum drops by to tell us about the iconic freedom fighter whose legacy is SO much bigger than a poorly-designed silver dollar. And speaking of valuable, tasty knowledge, it’s time for the return of our Potluck Info Party! Also… some unexpected late-breaking news about those of...
Published 06/22/21
Who can put Paula through the rigorous acting coaching she needs? How about if the amazing Jane Lynch dons her trademark tracksuit and puts Paula through her paces? That’ll work for you, right? Plus - you sent us more show descriptions. We love ‘em! Thanks! GUEST Jane Lynch HOUSE BAND Jackson Keith Cello Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 06/15/21