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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. 

Ophira Eisenberg chats with Arturo Castro on Ask Me Another at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York.

Browsing History

Aug 2, 2019

Real moments from US history are rendered as social media updates.

Heard on Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Cereal Stans.

: 8/01/19

A previous version of the American history quiz on this podcast incorrectly said Sally Ride was the first woman in space. She was the first American woman in space.

Classical Power Chords

Jul 19, 2019

In this audio quiz, classical compositions are paired up with contemporary songs they inspired.

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Chicken And Egg Problems

Jul 19, 2019

In this final round, the contestants — plus special guest Bowen Yang — are asked to identify, given a pair of events, which came first?

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

Too Many Letters With Anna Roisman

Jul 19, 2019

In this game guest-hosted by the host of HQ Words, Anna Roisman, contestants mash-up two initialisms: The first is a government agency, and the second could be anything. For example: if your tax returns are being audited by Kate McKinnon, you've sent them to the I-R-S-N-L.

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

Put On A Happy Face

Jul 19, 2019

In this music game, songs from famous musicals are rewritten to describe the plots of famous non-music dramatic stage plays. It's a crossover the Tony Awards would never themselves allow.

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

Nicole Byer: It's A 'Ghost' Quiz

Jun 28, 2019

Nicole Byer returns to the stage for her Ask Me Another challenge, where she answers trivia questions about her self-proclaimed favorite childhood film, the 1990 hit Ghost.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Smells Like Teen Starbucks

Jun 28, 2019

In this music trivia round, the words of famous grunge songs are changed to describe things in and from the Seattle area.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

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The Emerald City

Jun 28, 2019

Inspired by Seattle's evocative nickname, in this final showdown, contestants are given definitions and must identify the corresponding word, which will contain a precious stone, mineral, or fossil within it.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Catherine Cohen: Queen Of Cabernet Cabaret

Jun 14, 2019

Catherine Cohen is still a relative newcomer in New York, but the comedian, actor, and singer has already made a name for herself in the world of cabaret comedy. In 2019, GQ magazine featured her as one of "The 7 Funny People Reshaping Comedy Right Now." Cohen welcomed her recent praise in a conversation with NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York: "I'm one of the only people on earth that doesn't suffer from imposter syndrome."

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