Paula Poundstone on Spectrum West

February 12, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio



Paula Poundstone on Spectrum West Feb. 14, 2019


Comedian Paula Poundstone, who is appearing next week at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie, will join host Al Ross on Spectrum West, which airs at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 on The Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio. Cleghorn author Nickolas Butler will be featured on the show, which also includes a preview of the St. Croix Festival Theater season in St. Croix Falls, and a look ahead to next week’s Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra concert


Host Al Ross will welcome Paula Poundstone back to the show to talk about her current tour and her most recent book “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness” and her podcast “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone.” Poundstone, a frequent guest panelist on the NPR comedy quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (heard Saturdays at 9 a.m. on The Ideas Network), will be performing at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie.


Nickolas Butler will join the show to preview the March release of his latest novel “Little Faith.”  The best-selling author will discuss the new book’s storyline about a Wisconsin family grappling with the power and limitations of faith.


Special Correspondent Jim Oliver and Jason Richards of the St. Croix Festival Theater engage in what’s on the schedule for the 2019 season of the professional theatre company in St. Croix Falls.


Geoff Peterson of the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra stops by for a look ahead to the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra’s upcoming concert “Wisco in the House,” slated for Feb. 23 at the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire.  The concert will feature two Wisconsin natives – trumpeter/composer Andrew Neesley and vocalist Mel Flannery.  Both musicians currently base out of New York City. 


Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts and much more. It is heard weekly from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. Thursdays on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a live stream at and a repeat broadcast at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/ Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/ Menomonie. Archives are available at