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. 

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Ask Me Another
10:07 am
Thu February 13, 2014

That's A-L-L, Folks

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 10:42 am

To wrap up the show, puzzle guru Greg Pliska asks our finalists to give it their "a-l-l," and think up answers that contain those letters in consecutive order. Unlike Porky Pig, however, contestants have to reach deep into their trivia brains to make sure they don't come up with any fa-l-lacies!

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Ask Me Another
10:07 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Delia Ephron: Tag Line, You're It!

Delia Ephron.
Josh Rogosin

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 10:54 am

"I didn't want to be a writer; I was too scared," says Delia Ephron of her younger self, whose body of work now includes 15 books, seven films (six of which were co-written with her sister Nora), two plays and countless articles. Ephron grew up as part of a powerhouse family of writers — her parents were successful screenwriters, and her sisters Nora, Amy and Hallie all became writers too ... eventually.

"Everyone knew they had to do it but couldn't face it," she told Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg of the family destiny.

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10:07 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Presidential Monster Hunter

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 10:40 am

Did you see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Well, Honest Abe wasn't the only Commander-in-Chief to fight the supernatural. In this game, we ask you to imagine other films that might depict presidents and the mythological creatures they fought, like George Washington: Dinosaur Hunter. Who knew that the father of our country was fighting T. Rex as well as Rex Anglie (The King of England)?

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Ask Me Another
10:09 am
Thu January 30, 2014

W. Kamau Bell: After 'Totally Biased,' What's Next?

W. Kamau Bell.
Matthias Clamer Courtesy of FX

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 4:30 am

  • W. Kamau Bell, heckled by Barbara Walters: hear the story

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Ask Me Another
10:07 am
Thu January 30, 2014

AM/PM

From morning until night, Ask Me Another contestants are always working on their puzzling skills. In this final round, puzzle guru Art Chung asks our contestants to come up with two-word phrases or proper nouns that have either the initials AM or PM. It's Positively Mesmerizing!

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

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Ask Me Another
10:07 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Jacko Of All Trades

Did you know that Grammy Award-winning musician Michael Jackson was also a word nerd? In this challenge, host Ophira Eisenberg leads our phone contestant through questions whose answers are all titles of Jacko's greatest hits. As far as trivia games go, you can't "Beat It"!

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Ask Me Another
9:29 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Vowelling Off

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 10:17 am

In this paean to final rounds everywhere, puzzle guru Greg Pliska acts as liaison between contestants and their hope of squeaking their way toward becoming grand prize winner. How many words in your oeuvre contain three vowels in a row? This paragraph is riddled with them, for starters.

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Ask Me Another
9:28 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Job Search

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 10:18 am

What was your first minimum-wage job? Was it as a house musician on a public radio quiz show? The hardworking Jonathan Coulton covers tunes by the likes of Lady Gaga and Elton John, but replaces the rather glamorous jobs in the lyrics with different, and perhaps more attainable, professions.

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Ask Me Another
9:15 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Elizabeth Gilbert: An Adventurer Travels Back In Time

Elizabeth Gilbert.
Jennifer Schatten

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 4:17 am

"I wrote for and about men," says author Elizabeth Gilbert, of her early career as a journalist for GQ, Esquire and Spin. "Which is why it's so ironic that now I am the uber chick lit author."

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Ask Me Another
9:49 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Colorful Names

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 3:28 pm

What do Vanna White, James Brown, and Ron Burgundy have in common? In this final round, puzzle guru Art Chung asks you to identify famous people or fictional characters who has a color in their name.

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