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
9:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Foodie Favorites, Part II: Dinner

Hear Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport dish about his dislike of the term "foodie" and play a game based on fast food Yelp! reviews. Plus, mash up foods and bands at the "Soft Rock Cafe."

Heard in Episode 005: Foodie Favorites

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Foodie Favorites, Part I: Brunch

Dig in as we revisit "Breakfast Cereal Haiku," a game that puts a poetic spin on your favorite childhood cereals, and "Natalie Portmantoast," in which we mash up celebrities with the names of foods.

Heard in Episode 005: Foodie Favorites

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Winter Weather

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:39 am

Puzzle guru Art Chung helps our contestants cool off in this Ask Me Another final round, in which all the answers contain the word "frost," "ice," or "snow." Bundle up, it's getting chilly in here!

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Nathan Sawaya: Lego My Van Gogh

Lego brick artist Nathan Sawaya in his studio. Can you guess how many bricks he has?
Photo courtesy of brickartist.com

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 1:15 pm

As a kid, artist Nathan Sawaya made a life-size Boxer out of Lego bricks when his parents wouldn't get him a dog. But it took many years before he turned an obsession into a career.

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Every End is a New Beginning

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 10:25 am

House musician Jonathan Coulton asks contestants to name words that complete two common phrases, as the last word of one phrase and the first of the other, like "log cabin" and "cabin fever."

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Ask Me Another
10:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Outta This World

"TYLER'S HOUSE!" This will all make sense once you hear the game. Promise!
Jakub Mosur

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 10:22 am

We're going galactic with this final round. Play along as puzzle guru Art Chung quizzes contestants on some truly extraterrestrial trivia, in which the answers are all things found in outer space.

Plus, V.I.P. Danny Pudi presents the grand winner with a one-of-a-kind prize: a personalized song, sung in Pudi's native Polish.

Heard in Episode 311: Puzzlin' On The Dock Of The Bay

Ask Me Another
10:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Danny Pudi: What's My One-Liner?

Danny Pudi, at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, where Ask Me Another performed as part of SF Sketchfest, the comedy festival.
Jakub Mosur

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 12:09 pm

  • Danny serenades the grand winner in Polish
  • Danny talks about his documentary, "Untucked"

You might expect that the actor who's brought Community's most idiosyncratic character, Abed, to life, with such skill and empathy must relate to him in some way. Danny Pudi admits that while he's not so similar to his encyclopedically-inclined alter ego (save one incident of lighting himself on fire as a teenager), there is one area in which the actor and the character overlap: their love of film.

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Ask Me Another
10:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

The News, According To Huey Lewis

Contestants Karen Sulkis (left) and Jocelyn Draw draw on their mutual love for 1980s pop culture for this Huey Lewis-inspired round.
Jakub Mosur

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 10:20 am

Ask Me Another: it's strong and it's sudden and it's cruel sometimes, but it might just save your life. Jonathan Coulton twists Huey Lewis & the News' "The Power of Love," into a game about the 1980s.

Heard in Episode 311: Puzzlin' On The Dock of the Bay

Ask Me Another
9:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Keep It Country

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 11:03 am

We're going around the world for this game, in which every answer contains the name of a country. Puzzle guru John Chaneski stumps our contestants in the shortest Ask Me Another final round ever.

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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Ask Me Another
9:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Product Placement IV

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 11:03 am

What if companies put their products in the titles of films? In this game, combine the names of famous brands and movies to imagine the resulting product placement, like "Some Like It Hot Pockets."

Heard in Episode 310: Fact Check Me Another

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