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Paula Poundstone: A Comedian's Take On Politics And Pop Culture

An image of comedian Paula Poundstone
Michael Schwartz
Comedian Paula Poundstone

More than 30 years ago, comedian Paula Poundstone hopped on a Greyhound bus and traveled the country performing in small comedy clubs.  Over the years, Poundstone rose up through the ranks of comedy and eventually earned her own HBO special.

In 1992, she became the first woman to host the White House Correspondents Dinner. Today, she is heard regularly as a panelist on the NPR program "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" Poundstone's commentary on politics and pop culture has been a driving force throughout her career.  

Host Frank Stasio talks with Poundstone about her comedic roots in Boston and the intersection of humor and politics in the wake of the presidential election. Poundstone performs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec 1 at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. ​


Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.