Ask Me Another

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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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To All The Ghouls I've Loved Before

Oct 14, 2016

Jonathan Coulton parodies game the kinda creepy Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias song "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" to be about famous monsters.

Heard on Javier Muñoz & David Harbour: The World Turned Upside Down

Even though Javier Muñoz was Lin Manuel Miranda's alternate in Miranda's first Broadway musical, In the Heights, he still had to audition for Hamilton. Twice. Flash forward to Muñoz's first performance as Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway production, which President Obama attended. "No pressure!" he told host Ophira Eisenberg. "I was surprised that I just wasn't nervous. I was so excited to do it. It was one of the three times Lin got to see the show so that was the most important thing to me...I believe he was a row or two in front of the President."

Steel, Talking Heads, Or Wrestlemania?

Oct 14, 2016

In this edition of This, That, or the Other, contestants must decide: is it a Danielle Steel novel, a Talking Heads song, or a Wrestlemania tagline?

Heard on Javier Muñoz & David Harbour: The World Turned Upside Down

I Just Play One On Television

Oct 14, 2016

In this final round, Puzzle Guru Art Chung asks the final contestants to identify the occupations of famous TV characters. For example, "Tony Soprano, from The Sopranos," would be "mob boss."

Heard on Javier Muñoz & David Harbour: The World Turned Upside Down

David Harbour: 20-Sided Quiz

Oct 14, 2016

Actor David Harbour has had a long career. From theater (The Rainmaker, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), to TV (Law & Order, The Newsroom) and film (The Equalizer, Brokeback Mountain)--he's done it all. But he's never received the attention he's had since playing Police Chief Jim Hopper in the Netflix series Stranger Things. "God yeah, I've really done so much work and no one's cared," Harbour told host Ophira Eisenberg.

Double, Double

Oct 7, 2016

In this final round, every answer contains multiple sets of double letters, just like the state Tennessee. For example, if we said, "A Tennessee city associated with a 'choo choo' from an old big band song," you'd answer, "Chattanooga."

Connie Britton & Martina McBride: 'This One's For The Girls'

Connie Britton: TV Mothers' Day

Oct 7, 2016

Connie Britton is best known for playing iconic mothers. She starred in Friday Night Lights as alpha mom Tammi Taylor, and in Nashville as country music singer Rayna James. In fact, fans often tell Britton they wish she were their mother. And yes, it's just as awkward as it sounds. "Those are some uncomfortable moments, yeah--I think really for everyone involved," she told host Ophira Eisenberg. "Because I think the person asking doesn't feel great about it either. ...

Just Saying

Oct 7, 2016

There are some expressions we use all the time that don't seem to make a whole lot of sense. For example, the saying to "pull out all the stops" is actually a reference to pipe organs; stops control the flow of air through an organ's pipes, and when you pull out all the stops, you can play all the pipes at maximum volume. In this game, Jonathan and Ophira quiz contestants on the supposed origin story of commonly-used phrases.

Sharing Pairing

Sep 23, 2016

In this final round, every answer is a rhyming pair of words. The second word is created by changing the first letter of the first word. For example, if we said, "a non-competitive race for charity," you'd answer, "Fun Run."

Heard on Natasha Lyonne: Random Houses

Natasha Lyonne: Random Houses

Sep 23, 2016

Natasha Lyonne premiered three movies in two weeks--Yoga Hosers, a Kevin Smith comedy/horror film about two girls who fight Canadian Nazis in the form of sausages; Antibirth, a horror farce about a party girl who finds herself pregnant with a demon after a crazy night; and Intervention, about a group of friends who come together to give a couple a marriage intervention. "That's my genre," she told host Ophira Eisenberg, of the off-beat projects she's been involved in.