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
9:17 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Not Like The Others

Out of the four things on house musician Jonathan Coulton's list, try to figure out which one does not belong and why. His clues cover everything from nursery rhymes, to wonders of the world, to a certain song by Mr. Rick Astley.

And afterwards, Coulton covers a song about a person who is not like the others: Radiohead's "Creep."

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Ask Me Another
9:17 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Imperial Pets

When it comes to pets, it's hard not to treat them as little versions of yourself. Just ask Katy Perry, who fondly named her cat Kitty Purry. (True story.) In this game, we focus on people who are a little more highbrow, while simultaneously subjecting them the lowest form of humor. Host Ophira Eisenberg asks you to make animal puns out of the names of world leaders, like "Chairman Meow."

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Ask Me Another
10:17 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Cinema Synonyms, Holiday Edition

Contestants await puzzle guru Art Chung's series of mind-bending, quick fire questions.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:20 pm

In this final round, puzzle guru Art Chung re-titles other holiday films with some less festive words. The titles have been rewritten as synonyms of the original titles. For example, The Section of a Contract About the Spanish Word for Saint is the rewritten title for The Santa Clause. (It should be noted that we are using "synonym" quite loosely.)

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Ask Me Another
10:17 am
Tue December 17, 2013

A.J. Jacobs: Traditional Holiday Traditions

A.J. Jacobs reads a list of ... something, but we don't want to spoil the surprise.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:20 pm

Did you know that every Dec. 7, Guatemalans gather trash from their homes into a giant pile, throw an effigy of the devil on top and then light it on fire? This practice, known as "the burning of the devil," may sound a bit far-fetched, but it's actually true.

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Ask Me Another
10:17 am
Tue December 17, 2013

A Holiday Story From Ophira Eisenberg

"Red alert! Jew in the lap! Red alert! Jew in the lap!"
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:20 pm

Ophira Eisenberg, host of Ask Me Another, grew up Jewish, but maintained an obsession with Santa Claus. Hear Eisenberg share a story about her first childhood encounter with Father Christmas, at a shopping mall in Canada.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

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Ask Me Another
1:59 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Music Favorites: Track 3

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 8:59 am

It's the grand finale of Ask Me Another's favorite musical games. Fugazi's Ian MacKaye teams up with NPR's Stephen Thompson to identify acoustic renditions of punk songs performed in decidedly un-punk style by house musician Jonathan Coulton ("Un-Punk'd"). And puzzle guru Art Chung leads a gripping final round on phrases and proper nouns that contain the name of a musical instrument ("Our Magnum Opus").

Ask Me Another
1:59 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Music Favorites: Track 2

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 8:59 am

The hour of musical games continues. Sometimes we like to get a little more clever than "name that tune"-style music games. Here, Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton disguise word games as songs ("Triple Word Score"), invite contestants to sing and clap the answers ("Happy and You Know It"), and search to find the best lyricist among the audience to update Cole Porter's timeless classic, "You're The Top" ("Pen It Like Porter").

Ask Me Another
1:59 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Music Favorites: Track 1

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 8:59 am

Drop a quarter into the Ask Me Another jukebox this week, and revisit some music games from seasons' past. No musical history is sacred on this show--we will rewrite any song lyrics into trivia questions. Join host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton as we defile the Fab Four in the game "With The Beatles," and Carly Rae Jepsen's 2012 earworm in a round dubbed "Call Me M.B."

Ask Me Another
9:10 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Call The Doctor

Puzzle Guru John Chaneski leads this final round in which every correct answer is the name of a real or fictional doctor, most of whom you shouldn't go to for medical advice. Except maybe Dr. Who. Bonus trivia question: On The Muppet Show, who led the house band and played the keyboards?

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Ask Me Another
9:10 am
Thu December 5, 2013

'The Very Thought Of You': Nellie McKay Channels Doris Day

Nellie McKay.
Rick Gonzalez

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 11:51 am

  • Web Extra: Hear our interview with Nellie McKay, plus a duet with Jonathan Coulton

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