InDesign CS5.5 Style sheets not working properly

I'm checking out a trial version of InDesign CS5.5 and am creating some paragraph style sheets that don't seem to be working. When assigning the latest style I've created to a paragraph, it changes the color I've spec'd, but not the typeface. I open up the style to make sure I've selected the typeface, and it's in order. It just won't style the paragraph with it. What might be going on?
Thank you in advance for any advice. It's making me crazy.

to force a paragraph style with all defined attributes to a paragraph regardless of local formatting and applied character styles, hold the "alt" + "shift" keys when applying the paragraph style.
If you want to preserve character styles and overwrite local formatting, then hold the "alt" key when applying the paragraph style.