Ep. 146: Listener Tournament Finals: Ashley Pagnotta & Rich Permenter (#MaxFunDrive!)

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In this episode…


Rich Permenter is a team leader at a large financial firm in Missouri. He’ll tell us how being a finalist in the Listener Tournament is the culmination of a lifelong love of trivia … at least until he gets on “Jeopardy!”. Rich was so dedicated to joining the podcast that he actually delayed a procedure for his son!

Ashley Pagnotta is a professor of physics and astronomy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Her research focuses on the science behind exploding stars – which she says aren’t a problem for us here on Earth. Ashley is currently on sabbatical working on a new project: Astronomer in Residence at the Grand Canyon!

Areas of Expertise

Ashley: The Killer B’s of the 1990s Houston Astros, Formula One racing from 2018 to the present, and the movie Clueless.

Rich: The TV show “Boy Meets World,” 1980s baseball cards, and the band The Aquabats.

What’s the difference: A glimmer of hope

What’s the difference between to glimmer and to shimmer?

What’s the difference between a hope and an aspiration?


Christian Jacobs: lead singer and founder of The Aquabats.

James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi: icons of auto racing and hosts of the Off Track with Hinch and Rossi podcast.


J. Keith van Straaten

Helen Hong


Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

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Show engineer is Dave McKeever.

Associate Producer and Editor is Julian Burrell.

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