Ask Me Another

Saturdays at 11 AM

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.

Produced weekly in collaboration with WNYC,

Roy Wood Jr.: Puzzle Banger After Banger

Feb 17, 2017

Comedian Roy Wood Jr.'s got his first big break doing prank phone calls on the radio. But unlike many pranksters, he often conducted these calls live on the air, which led to some problems. He even got suspended for one particular call, which he shared with host Ophira Eisenberg. "I called a cruise ship company and told them my Granddaddy left his wallet on a slave ship when he came from Africa...and I needed them to check lost and found." The call later went viral and can still be found on YouTube.

A Bech-delicate Balance

Feb 17, 2017

How does a movie fulfil the Bechdel Test? If it has two women that have a conversation with each other about something other than a man – it passes! In this game, contestants guess the names of the surprising bro-y films that happen to pass the test.

Heard on Roy Wood Jr.: Puzzle Banger After Banger

Exit Through The Gift Shop

Feb 3, 2017

It's time for the Ask Me Another Museum Tour! In this gift that keeps giving, contestants guess the famous historical figure, based on a description of a souvenir from their museum's gift store.

Heard on Kathleen Madigan: Life On The Road

Categories To The Letter

Feb 3, 2017

Who's the only U.S. President with the letter X in their last name? Richard Nixon, of course! In this final round, contestants are given a category and a letter, and must respond with the only item or person that fits the bill.

Heard on Kathleen Madigan: Life On The Road

Kathleen Madigan: Life On The Road

Feb 3, 2017

Comedian and St. Louis native Kathleen Madigan credits growing up in the Midwest for her sense of humor. "We have an underdog attitude that makes us...observers rather than participants," She told host Ophira Eisenberg on stage at the Bell House in Brooklyn. "People that are in cool cities are actually participating in their lives...And we're just sitting there going, 'Why the f*** are we here?'"

For The Win

Jan 27, 2017

Our finalist compete for the win — literally! In this final round, all answers contain the consecutive letters W-I-N. For example, the answer to "buildings that Dox Quixote believes are giants" is "windmills."

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Zazie Beetz: Atlanta In Brooklyn

Jan 27, 2017

"I'm really happy to be a part of something I'm proud of, 'cause that's not always the case!" actress Zazie Beetz told host Ophira Eisenberg on the Bell House stage. Beetz plays Vanessa on the FX television series Atlanta, which follows a group of characters trying to make it in the rap music industry. Vanessa plays the only female character, the single mother of the main character's child.

Words In Words

Jan 27, 2017

What would you get if Scrabble hooked up with a Russian nesting doll? That's what contestants figure out in this game where every answer is a multisyllabic word, followed by a word found inside that word. If we said, "My science experiment may or may not include an electronically charged particle," the answer would be "optional ion" because the word "optional" contains the word "ion."

Heard on Zazie Beetz: Atlanta In Brooklyn

Just Say No

Jan 20, 2017

Our finalists finally put their foot down in this game where every answer ends with the word "NO." If we asked, "What artist married John Lennon?" the answer would be "Yoko Ono."

Heard on Eugene Mirman: Burger On A Sesame Seed Pun

Easy Degrees

Jan 20, 2017

What do Pitbull and Celine Dion have in common? They both have honorary degrees! In this game we play a clip of a famous person accepting an honorary degree, and contestants buzz in to guess who else has joined the exclusive club.

Heard on Eugene Mirman: Burger On A Sesame Seed Pun

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