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.

Produced weekly in collaboration with WNYC,

Letter Rip

Nov 12, 2015

Guest puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin leads our final round, "Letter Rip." All of the answers contain the sound of an alphabet letter. It's a B-dazzling good time!

Heard in Peter Sarsgaard: A Day In The Life

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A Day in the Life of Peter Sarsgaard

Nov 12, 2015

In his new movie Experimenter, Peter Sarsgaard plays Stanley Milgram, a psychologist who studied human behavior in the 1960s. In Milgram's most famous experiment, test subjects agreed to electroshock people in another room under pressure from an authority figure. Sarsgaard joined host Ophira Eisenberg on the Bell House stage to talk about the film, and the impact it had on him as a performer.

Meet the Expert is Ask Me Another's new segment! Executive producer of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Amy Kule, joins us onstage to lead a game based on this iconic holiday event. Did you know Snoopy is about to make his 39th parade appearance?

Heard in Peter Sarsgaard: A Day In The Life

Art For Art's Sake

Oct 28, 2015

Smartphone, pop-tarts and kickstarter. All of these answers have the letters a-r-t in order. Our final round is deceivingly simple as that!

Heard in Bruce Campbell And Lucy Lawless: Ash Vs. Evil Dead

Bring Out Your Undead

Oct 28, 2015

We asked our audience questions about how they would handle the end of the world. Then we put VIPs and undead experts Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless head-to-head to guess our audience's responses. What's your weapon of choice against the zombie apocalypse — shotgun, chainsaw, or crossbow?

Heard in Bruce Campbell And Lucy Lawless: Ash Vs. Evil Dead

Flip It And Reverse It #2

Oct 28, 2015

In our nerdy homage to Missy Elliot, every answer is a famous title or phrase, backwards. What long-running BBC show is about Roger Daltrey's time-traveling physician? Who Doctor. That's Doctor Who, backwards.

Heard in Bruce Campbell And Lucy Lawless: Ash Vs. Evil Dead

The Most Important Quiz Of The Day

Oct 8, 2015

West Egg on a Seabiscuit with Lady Marmalade―yum! For our final round, every correct answer is a word, phrase, or proper noun that contains the name of a breakfast food or beverage.

Heard in The Milk Carton Kids: No Expiration Date

I Saw The Seinfeld

Oct 8, 2015

In this game we put our VIPs, The Milk Carton Kids, on the same team. Kenneth describes famous Seinfeld catchphrases to Joey, who must guess the line. But there's a catch: Kenneth has never really seen Seinfeld.

Heard in The Milk Carton Kids: No Expiration Date

Opposites Attract

Oct 8, 2015

The word "sanction" can mean both "to approve or permit" and "to punish." Weird, huh? It's an example of a contronym: a word that can be its own opposite, or have two contradictory meanings.

Heard in The Milk Carton Kids: No Expiration Date

It's All Relative

Sep 23, 2015

This final round quiz is a family affair! All of the answers feature a type of familial relation. Pretty easy, Papa Smurf!

Heard in Sonia Manzano: These Are The Muppets In Your Neighborhood

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