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
7:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Instrument Man

Sing us a song you're the... Glockenspiel Man? House musician Jonathan Coulton sings Billy Joel's "Piano Man" with the lyrics rewritten to be about a musical dude jamming out on other instruments.

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

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2:06 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Random Questions With: John Cameron Mitchell

John Cameron Mitchell from the 2001 film, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
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Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 4:47 am

Actor/director John Cameron Mitchell created the character Hedwig nearly 20 years ago in downtown New York City clubs, performing the one-man show about a transgendered East German rock star in full drag and with a killer songbook (written by Stephen Trask). Hedwig made her way to Off Broadway, and into a cult film in 2001, but she was never a mainstream hit until the production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch reached Broadway in 2014 with Neil Patrick Harris in the starring role.

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9:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Animal Instincts

John Cameron Mitchell (left) with grand winner Margaret Bortner, post face-painting.
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Redemption is nigh for returning contestants who have reached the final round. Whose instincts about names containing animals (Snoop Dogg) will lead to victory? Plus, Very Important Puzzler John Cameron Mitchell delivers a one-of-a-kind prize to the grand winner: He agrees to paint her face like the character Tommy Gnosis, from his Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Heard in Episode 327: Second Chances

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9:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Step up to the mound — every answer in this game is a word, phrase or proper noun that also contains a baseball term. Catch my drift?

Heard in Episode 327: Second Chances

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9:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Worst. Vacation. Ever.

The world's a lonely planet, so why not turn to the Internet to figure out which spots need company. Try to guess which famous landmarks are depicted in these less-than-positive TripAdvisor reviews.

Heard in Episode 327: Second Chances

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9:58 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Passionate Proclamations With Gilbert Gottfried

"Every time something pops in my head, I think twice about it and I do it anyway." - Gilbert Gottfried.
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Gilbert Gottfried likes his comedy with a side of something dangerous.

"I think an audience - like when they go to a horror movie or get on a rollercoaster - they want that feeling like they're going to die," he said. "And then [they] get off and everything's okay. And I think when they see a comic they want to feel like something bad could happen. And with me, something bad is happening, because they spent money to see me."

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8:33 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Rap It Up

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 9:58 am

We're wrapping up the show with a game featuring the letters R-A-P. All answers contain those letters in consecutive order. For example, "a long-haired lady in fairy tales" is "Rapunzel."

Heard in Episode 326: Too Soon

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8:33 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Cultured Film Quotes

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 9:58 am

We love low-brow film, but every once in a while, we crave high culture. In this game, we've classed up a few famous movie quotes with the names of important historical figures: "I'll be Bach."

Heard in Episode 326: Too Soon

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8:33 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Everything But The 'Y'

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 9:58 am

There are words... and then there are super words! Supervocalics are words that include each of the vowels A, E, I, O and U, like "tambourine." All of the answers in this game share this special power.

Heard in Episode 326: Too Soon

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10:41 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Double Trouble

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:28 pm

What do LL Cool J and e. e. cummings have in common? Not only could both spit a mean verse, their names also both begin with a double letter, as do all of the answers in this final round game.

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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