Live from the Poundstone Institute

by NPR

Live from the Poundstone Institute
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 15
  • Last: 14 Oct 2017
Paula Poundstone is on a quest to gather all of the world's knowledge. Or, as she puts it, "to get less stupid, one topic at a time." Follow her search as she looks to scientists, researchers, and experts for evidence about everything from what music cats like to the fluid dynamics of spilling coffee. "Every week, we'll keep looking for knowledge," says Paula, "because we know we left it somewhere."

Episodes (15)

  • Does Boardwalk Make You a Jerk?
    Does Boardwalk Make You a Jerk?
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    Published: 14 Oct 2017 Duration: 36:39
    Researchers learn that a game of Monopoly can turn a normal person into Gordon Gekko. Also, can a pissing contest create a great Physicist? And, the legendary Lily Tomlin takes the Poundstone Personality Psurvey.
    Researchers learn that a game of Monopoly can turn a normal person into Gordon Gekko. Also, can a pissing contest create a great Physicist? And, the legendary Lily Tomlin takes the Poundstone Personality Psurvey.

  • Is Poochy Stealing the Covers?
    Is Poochy Stealing the Covers?
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    Published: 7 Oct 2017 Duration: 33:06
    This week, new research determines whether dogs sleep better on the floor, or in your giant new sleigh bed. Also, should you feel sorry for telling someone you're sorry? And, Visiting Scholar Ed Begley, Jr. peer reviews research that sugges... Read more →
    This week, new research determines whether dogs sleep better on the floor, or in your giant new sleigh bed. Also, should you feel sorry for telling someone you're sorry? And, Visiting Scholar Ed Begley, Jr. peer reviews research that sugges... Read more →

  • How Long Can You Dunk?
    How Long Can You Dunk?
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    Published: 30 Sep 2017 Duration: 32:54
    This week we find out if money can buy happiness and is there a science to Oreo dunking. Plus country music superstar Trisha Yearwood joins us to share her expertise on kissing.
    This week we find out if money can buy happiness and is there a science to Oreo dunking. Plus country music superstar Trisha Yearwood joins us to share her expertise on kissing.

  • What the BLEEP are you doing?
    What the BLEEP are you doing?
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    Published: 16 Sep 2017 Duration: 34:45
    This week we talk to a researcher who has determined the key to happiness is talking to strangers on the subway. (We do not talk to him on the subway.) Also, we learn how curse words might make you stronger. All that plus filmmaker John Wat... Read more →
    This week we talk to a researcher who has determined the key to happiness is talking to strangers on the subway. (We do not talk to him on the subway.) Also, we learn how curse words might make you stronger. All that plus filmmaker John Wat... Read more →

  • Who Started the Super Soaker Arms Race?
    Who Started the Super Soaker Arms Race?
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    Published: 9 Sep 2017 Duration: 24:23
    This week, former NASA engineer Mark Rober invents the world's largest Super Soaker water gun, along with other projects that make him the Most Admired Man among 7-year-olds everywhere. Also, Comedian Kevin Nealon takes the Poundstone Perso... Read more →
    This week, former NASA engineer Mark Rober invents the world's largest Super Soaker water gun, along with other projects that make him the Most Admired Man among 7-year-olds everywhere. Also, Comedian Kevin Nealon takes the Poundstone Perso... Read more →

  • Our Test Tube Runneth Over: A Bonus Mini-Episode
    Our Test Tube Runneth Over: A Bonus Mini-Episode
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    Published: 2 Sep 2017 Duration: 02:31
    Dick Cavett shares a great story about the legendary Jack Benny, while the Institute is closed for Freshman Orientation. We'll be back with a full new episode next week.
    Dick Cavett shares a great story about the legendary Jack Benny, while the Institute is closed for Freshman Orientation. We'll be back with a full new episode next week.

  • Am I Wishing For a Germ Bath?
    Am I Wishing For a Germ Bath?
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    Published: 26 Aug 2017 Duration: 33:04
    This week, researchers measure how much bacteria is generated by blowing out birthday candles, handling restaurant menus, and double dipping chips. Also, why a banana may never smell the same again; and Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish takes... Read more →
    This week, researchers measure how much bacteria is generated by blowing out birthday candles, handling restaurant menus, and double dipping chips. Also, why a banana may never smell the same again; and Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish takes... Read more →

  • Are You a Boy or a Girl, Yertle?
    Are You a Boy or a Girl, Yertle?
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    Published: 19 Aug 2017 Duration: 34:25
    This week, scientists discover a stimulating way to determine a turtle's gender. Also, an Eclipse Chaser helps prepare for this week's total solar eclipse, and Pixar Director Pete Docter takes the Poundstone Personality Psurvey.
    This week, scientists discover a stimulating way to determine a turtle's gender. Also, an Eclipse Chaser helps prepare for this week's total solar eclipse, and Pixar Director Pete Docter takes the Poundstone Personality Psurvey.

  • Why Is Fluffy Looking At Me Like That?
    Why Is Fluffy Looking At Me Like That?
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    Published: 12 Aug 2017 Duration: 32:37
    This week, we talk to a scientist who does feline personality profiling--also known as purrsonality profiling--and we learn what big cats and small cats have in common. Plus: we talk to a man who's getting implanted with a microchip to make... Read more →
    This week, we talk to a scientist who does feline personality profiling--also known as purrsonality profiling--and we learn what big cats and small cats have in common. Plus: we talk to a man who's getting implanted with a microchip to make... Read more →

  • Can I Eat That?
    Can I Eat That?
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    Published: 5 Aug 2017 Duration: 27:38
    We talk to a scientist who has determined once and for all if the Five Second Rule really works, and we discuss the latest findings on sexy scientists. Plus: the great David Sedaris joins us to take our personality test.
    We talk to a scientist who has determined once and for all if the Five Second Rule really works, and we discuss the latest findings on sexy scientists. Plus: the great David Sedaris joins us to take our personality test.

  • Do I Need A Bath?
    Do I Need A Bath?
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    Published: 29 Jul 2017 Duration: 34:48
    We learn all about Forest Bathing, which is a real thing, and it could improve your health. Also, we learn why having a messy desk might be a sign of genius. Plus: Saturday Night Live legend Dana Carvey joins us to take our personality test... Read more →
    We learn all about Forest Bathing, which is a real thing, and it could improve your health. Also, we learn why having a messy desk might be a sign of genius. Plus: Saturday Night Live legend Dana Carvey joins us to take our personality test... Read more →

  • How Long Are You Gonna Be In There?
    How Long Are You Gonna Be In There?
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    Published: 22 Jul 2017 Duration: 35:05
    We learn from a professor who actually teaches a class about identifying B.S., and we talk to a researcher who made a fascinating discovery about... pee. Plus: late night legend Jay Leno joins us to take our personality test.
    We learn from a professor who actually teaches a class about identifying B.S., and we talk to a researcher who made a fascinating discovery about... pee. Plus: late night legend Jay Leno joins us to take our personality test.

  • Is That T-Rex Coming On To Me?
    Is That T-Rex Coming On To Me?
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    Published: 15 Jul 2017 Duration: 34:14
    This week, a paleontologist tells us all about Tyrannosaurus sex, otherwise known as T-Sex. And we talk to a researcher who played Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow to wild animals, for a very good scientific reason. Plus, former Daily Show c... Read more →
    This week, a paleontologist tells us all about Tyrannosaurus sex, otherwise known as T-Sex. And we talk to a researcher who played Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow to wild animals, for a very good scientific reason. Plus, former Daily Show c... Read more →

  • Does Science Think You're Pretty?
    Does Science Think You're Pretty?
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    Published: 8 Jul 2017 Duration: 35:39
    First episode ever! We ask a researcher if we're as pretty as we think we are, and we talk to a man who goes around swabbing surfers, for science. Plus, TV legend Dick Cavett takes our personality test. Spoiler alert: he passes.
    First episode ever! We ask a researcher if we're as pretty as we think we are, and we talk to a man who goes around swabbing surfers, for science. Plus, TV legend Dick Cavett takes our personality test. Spoiler alert: he passes.

  • Paula Poundstone's new show launches July 8
    Paula Poundstone's new show launches July 8
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    Published: 18 May 2017 Duration: 03:27
    Paula Poundstone is on a quest to gather all of the world's knowledge. Or at least to get less stupid, one topic at a time. Follow her search as she looks to scientists, researchers, and experts for evidence about everything from what music... Read more →
    Paula Poundstone is on a quest to gather all of the world's knowledge. Or at least to get less stupid, one topic at a time. Follow her search as she looks to scientists, researchers, and experts for evidence about everything from what music... Read more →

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