Ask Me Another

Saturdays, 7 p.m. and 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. 

What's Wrong With Jonathan Coulton

Jun 17, 2016

In this installment of What's Wrong With Jonathan Coulton, he must discern which statement is true:

One: The city of Cincinnati, Ohio, was once widely known by the nickname "Porkopolis."

Two: The city of Eugene, Oregon was once widely known by the nickname "Cougar Town."

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Wikisneaks

Jun 17, 2016

Anyone with a computer can edit almost any Wikipedia page they want. We imagine what would happen if famous people wrote their own pages to make them sound a little more flattering.

Heard on Kimiko Glenn: Celine Di-On It!

This bonus game comes from the final round on our episode with Bob Boilen and the winner of the Tiny Desk Contest, Gaelynn Lea. The round ended quickly, so we had a bunch of clues left over. Here's how the game works: we'll give the rough opposite of a band's name; you give us the name of the band. For example, if we said VIDEO FEET, you'd say, RADIO HEAD.

In honor of our guests, this final round is music-themed. We've taken the names of bands from the Recording Industry Association of America's list of the 300 best-selling artists of all time, and have replaced them with rough antonyms. For example, if we said "Videofeet," you would answer, "Radiohead."

Heard on Bob Boilen And Gaelynn Lea: What's In Your Tiny Desk?

The Price Was Right

Jun 3, 2016

How much did it cost to build the Titanic? In this game, we describe a piece of historical merchandise. Contestants each guess how much the item cost to buy or build...back then. Whoever comes closest to the historical price without going over gets the point.

Heard on Bob Boilen And Gaelynn Lea: What's In Your Tiny Desk?

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