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30. Lightning

"If nobody hears this podcast, then did anybody ask a question?"

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Nobody Knows is the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody, and occasionally a little real-mensch production help from Ben "Big Shoulders" Rosenthal. This episode also features the voices of Deborah Zuchman, Patrick Andrews, Kylin Metler, David Brick, Scott Blackshire, Dale Nelson, Scott Rosenthal, Michele Rosenthal, and Janet Finegar asking Nobody their questions. Thanks to Neil deGrasse Tyson for the bell, and to Jonathan Pfeffer for recording it. Somebody takes a zither to bed, even though it's a little bit out of tune.

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18. Gentrification

"Am I a gentrifier?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody answering your questions. Christina Gesualdi asked this episode’s question. Somebody drove the bulldozer, borrowed from the community at freesound.org.

Hear the interview with Nobody on Putting Out with Rachel at this link here. Archive intro music by Miss Eula Mole. Somebody hopes that a cease-and-desist from Miss Mole will by staved off if everybody visits playhouserecords.com and orders the entire Copp & Brown catalog. This podcast would not exist without it.



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20. Size

"If size doesn’t matter, what does?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Dave Nimmons asked this episode's question. Bailey's Lucky Seven played the tune "Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye" back in 1922. Archive intro music by Miss Eula Mole. Somebody hopes that a cease-and-desist from Miss Mole will by staved off if everybody visits playhouserecords.com and orders the entire Copp & Brown catalog. This podcast would not exist without it.

Hear the interview with Nobody on Putting Out with Rachel at this link here.


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24. Clowns

"Why are Americans afraid of clowns?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Daniel McNamara asked the question. 13-year-old Joë Rossi and Abol-hasan Sabā played the accordion and violin in1930s France and Persia. Poll mentioned in the episode was from 2016 and can be found here.


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21. Brothers

"Why do I love and hate my brother at the same time?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody, assisted by the community at freesound.org. Scott Blackshire asked the question. No feline nor human siblings were harmed in the making of this episode.

Somebody was an only child.until Somebody Else came into the picture…


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17. Lotus

"Why do good things happen to bad people?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Question asked both by Jessica Johnson and Dorie Byrne. Music played by Moshir Homayoun in 1933. Benjamin Rosenthal played Somebody Bad's stunt double and might not be responsible for this episode's use of the S-word in both English and German.


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Happy Birthday to Nobody

"How come nobody ever bakes cakes for their friends?"

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Nobody has time off for their birthday, so here's a favorite episode to celebrate. Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Lily Cavanaugh asked this question. Music by Rafael Iriarte and Rosendo Pesoa, recorded in Argentina sometime in the 1920s.


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14. Prayer

"How secret should our prayers be?

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Question asked by Kirk Lynn. Prayer bells rung for us by a flock of sheep in the Carpathian Mountains, courtesy of freesound.org.


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44½. Potpourri

A compilation of 3 favorites from the archive.

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This week's episode comprises 3 shorter episodes from the the Nobody Knows archive. Hear them individually here, here, and here, and please tell Nobody what you think of this potpourri by leaving a review here.

Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with DJ, concierge, and valet service by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. The de Roche family, Dr. Michelle Shafer, and Dana Haberern asked these questions, and this episode's music is by Brüder Baldauf and Edvard Grieg. Other sounds come courtesy of the community at freesound.org. Somebody wants to remind everybody that when it rains, umbrellas are less expensive than hiring strangers to drive you somewhere.

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19. Strangers

"Why am I so scared of strangers?"

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Here’s a classic episode from the Nobody Knows archive. Please tell Nobody what you think by leaving a review at Apple Podcasts.

Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Vanessa Ogbuehi asked the question. Giovanni Vicari played the mandolin in Little Italy in the 1920s. Other sounds courtesy of the fluorescent-lit offices of freesound.org. Somebody played with the gramophone instead of refilling the water cooler. Apologies to Bob.


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6. Eden

"Are humans more important than other animals?"

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Here’s a classic episode from the Nobody Knows archive. Please tell Nobody what you think by leaving a review at Apple Podcasts.

Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by vegan-in-residence Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Question asked by listener Benjamin Rosenthal. Other voices heard from many birds, insects, a gibbon and various blue monkeys who’ve all contributed to Nobody Knows by way of freesound.org. Thanks fellas. Nobody was eaten in the making of this podcast.

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8. Places

"How should I deal with sudden losses of familiar places?"

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Here’s a classic episode from the Nobody Knows archive. Please tell Nobody what you think by leaving a review at Apple Podcasts.

Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Listener PJ Huang asked this question on this episode, which features music by J. O. LaMadeleine, Effisio Melis, the Original Sacred Harp Choir, Temiuv Damirov, and the Georgian State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble. Other sounds courtesy of the community at freesound.org. Somebody is thinking of buying a Freesound T-shirt.

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10. Politicians

"Why do people have political beliefs that are so bad for the world?"

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This week we rebroadcast a favorite episode of Nobody Knows and would love for you to share it with everybody—your family, your friends, somebody with whom you have political differences—everybody.

Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Elizabeth Weinstein asked this question. Spanish military band music recorded by Radio Nacional in Sevilla sometime in the early 1950s. Somebody is running low on lizard food.


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Nobody's On Vacation

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Nobody’s gone to the beach and will be back for a special holiday episode next week. Music on this bonus episode recorded by King Ben Nawahi in the 1920s.


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44. Friends

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"How do you know when you truly have a friend?"

Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Joanna Kessler asked this episode's question. Nobody was injured during the making of this episode. Somebody knows nothing about it.


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43. Repetition

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"How many times must I hear something false before I start believing that it's true?"

Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Rebecca Kanach asked this episode's question. Music by the Columbia Saxophone Sextette, recorded in 1919. Nobody won a Peabody for producing this episode. Somebody spent all the prize money on seven things. Anybody can write and guess what they were. Everybody who includes an address will get a prize.


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42. Numbers

"Why is the third time the charm?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews.

This episode's questions were asked and recorded by Danny Leo, Michele Rosenthal, Morgão Papelão, Amy Smith, Heather Houde, Loren Groenendaal, Heidi Kay, Sharon Wasko, Alanna Bozman, Lizzie Burrows, TJ McGlinchey, and Sasha Wright. Ariel Ben Amos chose this episode's number.

"Ein, Zwei, Drei und Vier (Glücklich Bin Ich Nur Mit Dir)" written by the Comedian Harmonists and recorded here by Fred Bird in 1932. Gamelan music performed by the Gong of Belaluan in 1928. "Auld Lang Syne" recorded by Japan's Imperial Navy Concert Band in 1910. Somebody knows the rest.

Julius Masri neither recorded a question nor any music for this episode, but has plenty of both questions and music. Thanks to Jonathan Pfeffer for ringing our bell, and to the late Bob Dorough for doing the math.


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41. Questing

"What kind of question should I ask?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Jen Kinney asked these questions. Music performed by the Stick & Rag Village Orchestra in 2005. Additional percussion courtesy of Kevin Hall and made available via freesound.org. Nobody knows? Somebody knows better.


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40. Tails

"Why does a dog wag their tail when happy, chase their tail when bored, and what's the origin of 'a piece of' tail?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Jerold “Papa” Rosenthal asked these questions in conversation with Benjamin “Ace Mensch” Rosenthal. Klezmer music recorded in 1939 by the State Ensemble for Jewish Folk Music of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Romany music recorded c. 1930s by a group of unknown musicians, “Old Time Blues” recorded in 1921 by Mamie Smith's Jazz Hounds. Scurrying dog recorded by Kat7777 in 2017 and made available via freesound.org.

This special episode is dedicated to the memory of Papa Rosenthal and all the tails he shared.


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39. Jokes

"What's the funniest joke in the world?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Mason Rosenthal, with sound design by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews. Scott Sheppard asked this question. Somebody boycotted the podcast for a week because it switched to a fortnightly release schedule without notice. Nobody cares.


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