Ask Me Another

Sundays, 11 a.m.

NPR's Ask Me Another is a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience. Ask Me Another's entertaining melange of brainteasers and fun is a descendant of Weekend Edition Sunday's Puzzle Segment with Will Shortz, but infused with the vibrancy and quick wit of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me

Listeners can play along, testing their knowledge of history, geography, literature, grammar, spelling, pop culture and even mathematics along with the competitors called up to the stage. 

Yes, we do math on the radio. But it's our distinct brand. Try this on your loved ones: Total number of Brontë Sisters, plus total number of Marx Brothers? Or how about the total of Dalmatians, plus all those Luftballoons, divided by Ali Baba's thieves? 

Ask Me Another host, noted comedian and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg, guides listeners with her witty banter aided by the comedic riffs and songs of house musician Jonathan Coulton. Each episode features an interview with a VIP (that's Very Important Puzzlers -- noteable actors, comedians, and authors whose identities are revealed via puzzle clues throughout the show), who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her. 

Some Directions With George Takei

Jan 27, 2016

When Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry cast George Takei as Lt. Sulu in the original TV series, he intended for Takei to represent the entire continent of Asia. "Roddenberry had this vision," Takei told Ophira Eisenberg on the Bell House stage in Brooklyn. "The Starship Enterprise [was] a metaphor for Starship Earth... [Sulu] was devised as an Asian character. [Roddenberry] wanted to find a name that was Pan Asian, that suggested all of Asia. And he found off the coast of the Philippines the Sulu Sea, and he thought, "Ahhh, the waters of a sea touch all shores."

America The Foodiful

Jan 27, 2016

Buffalo wings, California rolls and baked Alaska⎯don't listen to this game on an empty stomach! In this final round, all of the answers are a food or drink that has an American geographic location in its name.

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

Oh Myyy (With George Takei)

Jan 27, 2016

Not only does VIP George Takei have one of the best catchphrases around, but he's also a fan of wordplay. We put the two together for a special game where every answer begins with his signature saying "Oh Myyy" and is mashed up with something that starts with the "my" sound.

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

Teenage Theme

Jan 27, 2016

Listeners, you make us feel like we're living a teenage dream. In a tribute to the Katy Perry song, we ask contestants to channel their inner teen and guess the less romantic teenage things we're singing about

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

Famous Sons

Jan 13, 2016

From Jackie Robinson to Emma Watson, there are a lot of famous "sons" out there. In this final round, every answer is the name of a real or fictional person whose last name ends with the letters S-O-N.

Heard in Taran Killam: The Day Before Sunday In Real Time