Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone
Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone
Lipstick Nancy, Inc., Starburns Audio LLC
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.
Ep 152 - Mime is Money
Could Paula make it in the high-stakes world of professional pantomime? Peter Daniel Straus, AKA Pierre the Mime, walks through the wind to get to our Career Corner. Also, our Book Club finally finishes “Moby Dick!” And we add to last week’s foodsplorations with YOUR worst misdeeds - it’s “True Confessions: Food Edition: Listener Edition!”  GUEST Peter Daniel Straus Pierre the Mime Use code PAULA for 10% off Merchandise HOUSE BAND Zack Ford Piano Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 8
1 hr 18 min
Ep 151 - The Meaning of Meaning
What do words mean and how do their meanings change over time and why is “might” one of the most complicated and interesting words out there? USC’s Deniz Rudin leads us through the best stoned dorm-room conversation ever, just without drugs and pizza and WITH a genuine linguistics professor! Plus... we let you know about our weirdest dining habits in “True Confessions: Food Edition!” GUEST Deniz Rudin Associate Professor of Linguistics University of Southern California MUSICIAN Matt Butterfield from Rhode Island Oboe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 1
1 hr 23 min
Ep 150 - Coming Soon to Your Aria
We’ve had a singing lesson, a harmony lesson, and Paula can play one song on the glockenspiel. Clearly she’s ready for the logical next step: Grand opera! The LA Opera’s Jeremy Frank returns to transform Paula into a diva. Also, “significant women” are being put on the US quarter. What about insignificant women? We have some suggestions for the mint... GUEST Jeremy Frank Associate Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor at LA Opera  Lecturer in the Vocal Arts and Opera Department at USC HOUSE BAND Jan Van Gold Electric Guitar  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 25
1 hr 15 min
Ep 149 - OCD and U
What is OCD? More importantly, why is OCD? And what can you do to stop doing that thing you can’t stop doing? Michelle Massi, the director of Anxiety Therapy LA, is here to explain. Plus, a certain shadowy figure has allegedly been spotted... by at least one of you... on television. Is it really him? It’s Mailbag! The Thomas Coyne edition  GUEST Michelle Massi, LMFT Director, Anxiety Therapy L.A. HOUSE BAND Casey Frank from Los Angeles, California Ukulele Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 18
1 hr 22 min
Ep 148: Gone Vishin’
Can you spot a scam? If so, you should enter our scam-spotting contest and a chance to win one million dollars! Just send us your email address, Social Security number, and... No, seriously, scams are everywhere now, and cyber security expert Joe Neumann is here to tall us all about the latest in phishing and vishing and what you can do to protect yourself. Plus, get out your granny glasses - it’s the triumphant return of our Department of Fine Print. GUEST Joseph Neumann.   Cyber Executive Advisor, Threat Vulnerability and Management  Coalfire HOUSE BAND Kathleen Strahm  Violin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 11
1 hr 17 min
Ep 147 - Look Out Below (Decks)!
Of al the jobs in the world, could Paula cut it as... a bosun? Yes, Eddie Lucas, the bosun from Toni Anita Hull’s favorite show, Below Deck, is here to instruct Paula in the ways of... bosuning. Or bosunology. Whatever, Eddie’s here for our Career Corner, and Toni is... flabbergasted. Also - break out you favorite factoids, it’s time for another Potluck Info Party! GUEST Eddie Lucas Everyone’s Favorite Below Deck Bosun  HOUSE BAND Gabe Terracciano New York City.   Violin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 4
1 hr 18 min
Ep 146 - You Can’t Handle The Tooth!
Sure, Paula’s job relies on using her mouth, but how would she do working on somebody else’s a dental hygienist? Temple University’s Dr. Susan Chialastri joins us for a perfectly al dente edition of Career Corner. Plus - everyone makes mistakes, and man, do you guys love it when WE do! So it’s time to pay another visit to our Department of Corrections. GUEST Dr. Susan Chialastri Chair and Predoctoral Director, Periodontology Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry HOUSE BAND Cory Springhorn Returning champ and Nobody Trumpet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 27
1 hr 20 min
Ep 145 - Pushing Up (More) Daisies
Sure, we’re all going to die, but does that mean we can’t still be useful? Like, afterwards? We tackle the sensitive issue of human composting with the CEO of a company that does just that — Katrina Spade of “Recompose.” Plus, we’re somehow soaring up the comedy charts in Thailand! No, really. Our crack research staff (Captain Crinkle) gives us a full report on our new fans’ homeland. GUEST Katrina Spade Founder & CEO, Recompose HOUSE BAND Harry Orlove Electric 12 string guitar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 20
1 hr 12 min
Ep 144 - You Don’t Snooze, You Lose
How important is sleep? Why does Paula love it so much, and why can’t Adam get any? Dr. Christina McCrae from the University of Missouri’s Sleep Research Center comes by to put all our questions... to rest. Also, we’re lunching a brand new contest. Enter to win a Zoom party with Paula and Adam! And — “Mailbag! Insider Edition,” featuring a very special guest. GUEST Dr. Christina McCrae Professor, University of Missouri Director, MizZzou Sleep Research Lab HOUSE BAND Adam Fisher Cello Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 13
1 hr 23 min
Ep 143 - A Hot Pile of Garbage!
What exactly is composting? Okay, how ‘bout vermicomposting - what’s that, and what kind of wine should you pair it with? North Carolina State University’s Rhonda Sherman, um, breaks it all down for us! Plus, Toni and Bonnie find themselves censured by our Book Club - we must have order! And get out you bifocals and squint at that bag of Funyuns - it’s our brand new Department of Fine Print. GUEST Rhonda Sherman Extension Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University  HOUSE BAND Sylvia D’Avanzo Broadway Violinist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 6
1 hr 32 min
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