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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. 

Hockey Fact Bag With Retta

Apr 19, 2019

It's the Stanley Cup of public radio bags: Fact Bag. In this hockey-themed edition, Los Angeles Kings fan and Good Girls star Retta joins Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton to discuss three NHL trivia questions, one for each period in a regulation game. Will they guess the answers, or will they be sent to the penalty box?

Heard on Retta: Tweet Yo' Self.

If Rock Stars Weren't Rock Stars

Apr 19, 2019

Get out those guitars: It's music parody time in a word game where the names of famous musical acts are mashed up with regular-people occupations.

Heard on Retta: Tweet Yo' Self.

Movie Stars, Verbal Spars

Apr 5, 2019

Don't know movies? You're what the French call, "Les Incompetents" (Home Alone, 1990). In this audio quiz, contestants listen to insults from movie dialogue and guess the film.

Heard on Greta Lee And Leslye Headland: Valley Of The Russian Dolls.

Final Round: Super Duper

Apr 5, 2019

In this superb, not superfluous final round, our superstar contestants must compete in an insuperably tricky trivia game where every answer contains the word "super." Super!

Heard on Greta Lee And Leslye Headland: Valley Of The Russian Dolls.

Anyone up for some... birthday chicken? In this game, Russian Doll actor Greta Lee and co-creator Leslye Headland team up to play a multiple-choice quiz on food trends.

Heard on Greta Lee And Leslye Headland: Valley Of The Russian Dolls.

Breadway Bound

Apr 5, 2019

In this music parody game, we took a classic Broadway musical, changed one letter in the title, and rewrote one of its songs to reflect that change. Not following? Read it slowly—you have to be more Into the Words.

Heard on Greta Lee And Leslye Headland: Valley Of The Russian Dolls.

Palindrome Thunderdome

Mar 15, 2019

A trivia game that will make you say "ah, ha"! In this tricky final round, every answer is a two-word palindrome.

Head on Aparna Nancherla: Introvert Goes 'Corporate'

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Fact Bag With Aparna Nancherla

Mar 15, 2019

Ophira, Jonathan, and comedian Aparna Nancherla team up to guess the answers to our brain-tickling facts, conveniently stored in a bag. Fact Bag!

Head on Aparna Nancherla: Introvert Goes 'Corporate'

Closing Time

Mar 15, 2019

You make me feel like a Natural... Wonders? In this music parody game, contestants identify retail chains that went out of business.

Head on Aparna Nancherla: Introvert Goes 'Corporate'

New York City Landmarks

Mar 1, 2019

Eggheads take on the Big Apple: In this audio quiz, contestants must identify the New York City landmark based on descriptions provided by real residents and tourists.

As heard on Jim Gaffigan Brings The Laughs Again.

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