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,

The Produce Section

Mar 24, 2016

In this final round, each answer contains an item that you might find in your supermarket's produce section. For example, "This satirical newspaper's motto is Latin for 'you are dumb,'" is "The Onion."

Heard on Wyatt Cenac: Pop Culture Fights

Horror Minus Horror

Mar 24, 2016

Horror movies are designed to scare the pants off of you...but we think the real world is scary enough already. We've rewritten the plots of horror movies and REMOVED all the horror elements.

Heard on Wyatt Cenac: Pop Culture Fights

Meet The Expert: Hailey Gates

Mar 24, 2016

Our expert Hailey Gates is a writer, producer, and host of the Viceland TV series "States of Undress," where she covers fashion weeks in some unlikely places. Traveling around the world to locales such as Pakistan, the Gaza Strip, and the Republic of Congo, Gates found that there are familiar aspects to fashion weeks everywhere. "It's kind of a beacon of hope," Gates tells Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. "Fashion weeks tend to be places of refuge for outsiders."

Everyday Portmanteaus

Mar 10, 2016

For this final round, every answer is a portmanteau — that's a word created when two words, and their meanings, are combined. Like our favorite meal of the day, brunch!

Heard on Mark And Jay Duplass: 'They Give Us Blazers!'

In 2003, Mark and Jay Duplass decided to make a $3 movie — the cost of a mini-DVR tape from a nearby 7-Eleven — which resulted in a short film called "This Is John." The short, about a guy trying to create an outgoing message on his answering machine, was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival and quickly launched the careers of the Duplass Brothers.

You're The First, The Last, My Everything

Mar 10, 2016

Named after Barry White's classic song about alphabetizing, of course. In this game, we give our contestants a category (for example, the cast of Friends) and ask what comes alphabetically FIRST and alphabetically LAST.

Heard on Mark And Jay Duplass: 'They Give Us Blazers!'

Disruptive Spelling

Mar 3, 2016

Hulu — can you use that in a sentence please? Our spelling-bee-style final round is an actual spelling bee! We ask our contestants to spell the names of notable app and tech companies.

Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

After working as a regional weatherman at a northern Midwest station for nine years, Phil Johnston concluded that he didn't know a single thing about the weather. Rather, his forecast read "film school." Johnston took a chance and pursued his passions by enrolling at University of Columbia's MFA film program. Today, you've seen his work in Cedar Rapids, Disney's Wreck-it Ralph and Zootopia, and in Sacha Baron Cohen's The Brothers Grimsby.

The Rainbow Connection

Mar 3, 2016

Inspired by the rainbow flag, this game features answers that are a mashup of two things, connected by a color, such as the fictional Oprah Winfrey/Prince film, "The Color Purple Rain."

Heard on Sketchfest 2016: Phil Johnston, Steve Sansweet and Mo Willems

We found a t-shirt online for Arkansas that said "If Kansas Was A Pirate." In this game, contestants guess the U.S. state from a captions from an actual T-shirts for sale on online.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

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