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Election Special

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

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In honor of recent and upcoming elections, 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. And please tell Nobody what you think by leaving a review at Apple Podcasts.

Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. 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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49. Ghosts

"Why are we afraid of ghosts?”

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Questions on this episode asked by Sarah Chemlawn, Dani Solomon, Aditya Bhattacharjee, Michelle Shafer, Eli Nioxn, Maggie Cleveland, Jared Taber, T.J. McGlinchey, Stephanie Sutkowski, and Matt Pakulski.

Music on this episode includes the accordions of Kamil Behounek and Parush Parushev, plus the vocal stylings of the Five Jones Boys, all recorded in the 1930s. Jonathan Pfeffer provided the eerie organ music, and the community at freesound.org furnished some spooky sounds. Nobody ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Somebody ain’t afraid of no double negatives.

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48. Ghostrider

"Why does it feel so good to do things that are bad for us?”

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. This episode’s question asked by Yona Yurwit. Music by Gerty Farish, recorded in Cambridge Mass during the 1990s. Episode image by the great J.G. Posada, etched in Mexico during the early 1900s.

This episode features tie-ins to previous episodes of Nobody Knows: The Wise Sage appears courtesy of #47, “Ohrwurm”. Maple Rabbit appears courtesy of #45, “Ignoring”. Your Lizard Brain appears courtesy of #10, “Politicians”.

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11. Flowers

"How can I learn to simply appreciate the beauty of flowers once again?”

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design and floral arrangements by Somebody. Question asked by Paul Kruse. A warning to listeners: this episode uses the phrase "severed sexual organs" more than once.

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47. Ohrwurm

"Where is the line between a good thing, and too much of a good thing?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Savannah Reich asked this episode’s question. Initial Ohrwurm by The USA is a Monster, car salesman theme by Jonathan Pfeffer, and mystical harp effects courtesy of The Imaginary Company. Somebody looks fly as hell in a white disco suit.

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46. Heart

"What is a heart?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Declan and Neily asked this episode’s question. Organ played by Ziad Rahbani in Lebanon in the 1970s, bongos played by Sheikh Ahmed Madey in Somalia 1990s.


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45. Ignoring

"How do I decide when to act and when to ignore?"

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Nobody Knows features the voice of Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. Kylin Metler asked this episode’s question. The part of the Muppet Band was played by the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society in 2005, and the part of Kraftwerk was played by Maple Rabbit in 2006. Thanks to the community at freesound.org for all the sonic generosities. No turtles were harmed in the making of this podcast. To prevent emotional hurt felt by lonely roadside sauropods, send love mail to Nobody Knows.


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30. Lightning

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

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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. 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 Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. 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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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 Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. 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 Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. 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 Nobody, with sound design by vegan-in-residence Somebody. 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 Nobody, with sound design by Somebody. 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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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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