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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...Show More

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Does Boardwalk Make You a Jerk?

36:39 | Oct 14th, 2017

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?

33:06 | Oct 7th, 2017

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 suggests an unli...Show More

How Long Can You Dunk?

32:54 | Sep 30th, 2017

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?

34:45 | Sep 16th, 2017

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 Waters joins ...Show More

Who Started the Super Soaker Arms Race?

24:23 | Sep 9th, 2017

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 Personality Psu...Show More

Our Test Tube Runneth Over: A Bonus Mini-Episode

02:31 | Sep 2nd, 2017

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?

33:04 | Aug 26th, 2017

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 the Pound...Show More

Are You a Boy or a Girl, Yertle?

34:25 | Aug 19th, 2017

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?

32:37 | Aug 12th, 2017

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 purchasin...Show More

Can I Eat That?

27:38 | Aug 5th, 2017

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?

34:48 | Jul 29th, 2017

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 (and to d...Show More

How Long Are You Gonna Be In There?

35:05 | Jul 22nd, 2017

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?

34:14 | Jul 15th, 2017

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 corresponde...Show More

Does Science Think You're Pretty?

35:39 | Jul 8th, 2017

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

03:27 | May 18th, 2017

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 cats like...Show More