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Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone Ep 36 - Genes n’ Schemes

Dr. Wayne Grody
Dr. Jasmine Tehrani
Eric Kalver

It’s the first week of the Maximum Fun Pledge Drive, wherein we show what we’re made of. Literally. Genetics guru Dr. Wayne Grody walks us through the human genome, and explains why its riddles go a little bit deeper than “23andMe.” But we’re not calling it a rip-off, because we’ve got forensic psychologist Dr. Jasmine Tehrani on hand to tell us what a REAL con job is all about. Plus, we don’t just get into Paula and Adam’s genes, we also get into their jeans. And we find out if either are too tight.

Dr. Wayne Grody
Professor in the Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, and Human Genetics at the UCLA School of Medicine

Dr. Jasmine Tehrani
Professor of Psychology, USC
Forensic Psychologist

House band
Eric Kalver, drums
Instagram: @ewicdwums
Facebook: @erickalvermusic

Forty Elephants

Baby Geniuses

Hello babies!

We hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day and stayed home and watched Emily's comedy special Ice Thickeners, now on Comedy Central! Just look it up and watch it online! Also- it's the 2019 MaxFunDrive, go become a member and help support your favorite show creators!

On Wiki of the Week, we read the Wikipedia page for "Forty Elephants." The Forty Elephants or Forty Thieves were a 19th and 20th century all-female London crime syndicate who specialized in shoplifting. This gang was notable for its longevity and skill in avoiding police detection.

The Greatest Generation DS9 Ep 253: Emotionally Vulnerable for the Lulz (DS9 S4E4)


When a familiar face brings Kira news from the scrap yard, she’s back on a cold case from before the end of the occupation. But when the Cardassians catch wind of the news, she’ll have to team up with Dukat to beat up some Storm Troopers. Should you give musical instruments to your friend’s children? How do you tell the difference between guts and robes? Is Dukat gambling in his own Game of Buttholes? It’s the first week of #MaxFunDrive 2019!

Our goal is 2,000 new and upgrading supporters. If we hit the goal, we’re going to build a Millenium Falcon lego set and drop it off something, and we’re going to make a short documentary about the whole thing! Become a supporter now to get instant access to our bonus content and help us achieve our goal.

Follow The Game of Buttholes: The Will of the Prophets!

Ross and Carrie Haunt Haunted Seattle: Epigenetics Edition


Live with a wonderful audience at PodCon in Seattle, Ross and Carrie share their local tour of spooky spots with Haunted Seattle. They learn the hidden history of the area, including who died where and why they won't leave. They test the electromagnetic field of a local bar, listen to recordings that are definitely ghosts coughing, and learn s how reincarnation works!

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Pop Rocket Ep. 216 - Lady Vengeance: From Bobbit and Beyond

Pop Rocket

In honor of Women’s History Month, the panel lives vicariously through women who sought revenge, from Lorena Gallo (formerly Bobbit), to Thelma & Louise. They touch on their favorite films centered around women seeking revenge...or, perhaps more accurately, justice.

All Abouts

Margaret: Uncover: Escaping NXIVM

Karen: “Operation Varsity Blues”, aka the college admissions scandal

Wynter: Free Solo

Guy: Zumbo’s Just Desserts

That's My Jam

Margaret: Pistol Annies - Got My Name Changed Back

Guy: Carly Rae Jepsen - Now That I Found You

Wynter: Work - Charlotte Day Wilson

Karen: Cate le Bon’s - I Just Wanna Be Good

With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram.

Produced by Laura Swisher for

Heat Rocks EP77: Illa J on Prince's "Dirty Mind" (1980)

Heat Rocks
Illa J

The Album: Prince Dirty Mind (1980)

Dirty Mind, Prince's third album, arrived on the scene in the late fall of 1980, and brought with it a salaciousness we hadn't known heretofore. The album, a mix of punk, funk and disco allowed Prince to play with gender and genre as well as sexual innuendo and double entendre.

Beatmaker and producer Illa J sat down with us to talk about why Dirty Mind for him is an all time heatrock, what makes the album impossible to stop bumping and how Prince was on time and ahead of his time all at the same time.

This episode was short and sweet - just like Dirty Mind. Check it.

More on Illa J

More on Dirty Mind

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Dirty Mind unless indicated otherwise):

  • Uptown
  • Illa J: Enjoy the Ride
  • Partyup
  • Dirty Mind
  • Prince: Controversy
  • Dirty Mind
  • When You Were Mine
  • The Bangles" Manic Monday
  • Sister
  • Partyup
  • When You Were Mine
  • Head
  • Gotta Broken Heart Again
  • Vanity 6: Nasty Girl
  • Britney Spears: I'm A Slave 4 U
  • Uptown

If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts, do it here!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Roy Wood Jr

Roy Wood Jr

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Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images

Roy Wood Jr. on writing jokes and working on "The Daily Show"

Roy Wood Jr. is a comedian. You've probably seen him as a correspondent on "The Daily Show." He's done comedy pretty much his entire life, but he majored in broadcast journalism and for a while, it was looking like that was gonna be his career. He was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and first got his start in radio, working at a handful of stations. Sometimes he wrote, sometimes he produced or reported, but at heart, Roy's always been a standup, doing his act whenever he found the time.

In 2010, he finished third on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," which is when his career took off - he got his own radio show, got acting roles, started getting booked in bigger venues. He soon released his stand-up comedy album called "Father Figure," which made a bunch of top 10 lists for 2017. This year, Roy released his new one-hour stand-up special called Roy Wood Jr: No One Loves You on Comedy Central which accompanies his digital album and features original sketches based on his act.

Roy talks with Jesse about the difficulty of writing original jokes, gang colors, and how being on the Daily Show has given an opportunity to share some of his bolder takes on politics and race.

This interview originally aired in April of 2018.

Click here to listen to Roy Wood Jr.'s interview on YouTube.

Ep 31.5: Go Fact Yourself opens for Judge John Hodgman

J. Keith van Straaten, John Hodgman, Jesse Thorn, Helen Hong
Jesse Thorn

Our regularly scheduled episode has been moved to next week for the #MaxFunDrive. This mini-episode of Go Fact Yourself was recorded as part of a live open for Judge John Hodgman.

First, Bailiff Jesse Thorn gives a warm welcome to the audience.

Then J. Keith and Helen will share some laughs and get to know members of the crowd.

After that, the games begin: Two rounds of “What’s the Difference?” featuring the following topics:

What is the difference between a cruise ship and an ocean liner?

What is the difference between a casket and a coffin?

Finally, we’ll finish with a round of Fast Facts!

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 80: 'Captain Marvel' and the State of Marvel Movies

Who Shot Ya?

Captain Marvel

Much like Nick Fury, the Who Shot Ya? crew is paging Captain Marvel. The gang discusses the newest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, they ponder the current state of Marvel, what the future holds, and the gang's top three Marvel movies. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Felicity Huffman is caught in a huge college cheating scandal, Idris Elba is now Deadshot, and Julianne Moore gets fired.

Staff Picks:

Ricky - Studio 54
Alonso - Charade
April - Life After Beth

With Ricky Carmona, April Wolfe, and Alonso Duralde

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? on Twitter or Facebook. Or email us at

Call us on the "Who Shotline" - WSY-803-1664

Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for

Troubled Waters Episode 3: Green vs Not Green

Troubled Waters
Greg Fitzsimmons
Emily Heller
Matt Ingebretson
Jake Weisman

Greg Fitzsimmons, Jake Weisman, Emily Heller and Matt Ingebretson join host, Dave Holmes to decide once and for all, do you have to wear green on St. Patrick's Day?

Team Green
Emily Heller and Greg Fitzsimmons

Team Not Green
Jake Weisman and Matt Ingebretson

This week, our contestants argue over whether or not a mummy's head should be returned to its original body, decipher Irish accents on film, and take listener drunk story phone calls. Plus, Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami from the Netflix movie The Breaker Upperers come by to talk to us about New Zealander slang.

Greg Fitzsimmons wants to plug his upcoming tour dates and the Childish podcast and recommends Sklarbro Country West Cork and Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Jake Weisman wants to plug Corporate on Comedy Central and recommends The Dress Up Gang and Dominic on The Real World.

Emily Heller wants to plug her new special Ice Thickeners on Comedy Central and recommends Derry Girls and Bog Bodies.

Matt Ingebretson wants to plug Corporate on Comedy Central and recommends Pen15 and the guy from Project Runway's food store, Wild.

Special thanks to Jackie and Madeleine and be sure to catch The Breaker Upperers on Netflix!

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledPod. You can also find us on Facebook .

Call us on the official Troubled Waters hotline! Our number is 323-300-4984. Our producers will have a new prompt for you to answer and we may just use your call on the show.

Don't want to pay those pesky international calling fees? Email us a voice memo!

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA, produced by Christian Dueñas and Laura Swisher.

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