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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Literal One-Named Bands

Jul 13, 2018

Jonathan sings songs from bands that go by one-word names, changing the lyrics of each to be about the literal definition of each band's name. It's a Journey, don't Rush, take time to Muse.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

Final Round: The Danza

Jul 13, 2018

In this final round, every answer is an actor who played a character with his or her same first name. For example, Tony Danza played Tony Banta on Taxi.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

Fact Bag

Jul 13, 2018

Buckle up for FACT BAG! Ophira and Jonathan draw trivia questions from a bag and must debate the correct answers before they're revealed. They're facts in a bag, people. A bag of facts.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

Hollywood Headlines

Jun 29, 2018

Extra extra! Contestants are rewarded for their cinema know-how when they identify movies based off their corresponding prop-newspaper headlines.

Heard on Francois Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers.

Final Round: That's A Wrap

Jun 29, 2018

Every answer contains a piece of filmmaking vocab.

Heard on Francois Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Meet the Expert

Jun 29, 2018

Comedy writer Steve Young is an expert on "industrial musicals," full-blown musicals written and performed at corporate functions. Young discovered these while seeking out oddball songs as a comedy writer for the David Letterman show; he's now featured in a documentary exploring the musicals, Bathtubs Over Broadway.

Steve challenges Ophira, puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin and guest musician Julian Velard to an audio quiz where they try to identify the products associated with industrial musical songs.

Final Round: Rock On

Jun 15, 2018

In this final round, every clue is synonymous with an act in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, "Corridor and Cereal Grains" becomes "Hall and Oates."

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

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Meet The Expert: Rob Sheffield

Jun 15, 2018

Rob Sheffield, longtime Rolling Stone music critic and author, tackles some hardcore music trivia and chats about his newest book, Dreaming the Beatles. The book, which came out this spring, is an exploration of the beloved band through the ears of today's listeners.

"It's crazy the Beatles are still the most popular group in the world," says Sheffield. "There's nothing else anywhere in our culture that's like this." Later, Ophira tries to stump Sheffield with some extra-tough music questions.

Jonathan Coulton parodies some of Rolling Stone music critic Rob Sheffield's favorite summer songs in a game about summer annoyances. Don't forget your SPF.

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

New Surname, Who Dis?

Jun 1, 2018

This final round pits contestants against each other in a game of celebrity-name palindromes — words that are spelled the same backwards and forwards. Wow!

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

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