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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. 

Disco-Y History

Jun 14, 2019

Contestants listen to parody songs of famous disco hits and guess what 1970s phenomenon the lyrics were rewritten to describe.

Heard on Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous.

Beach Reads

Jun 14, 2019

It's a mash-up of clues about authors' names and common beach objects. If Jay Gatsby put on sunscreen at the beach, he'd have S-P-F Scott Fitzgerald to thank.

Heard on Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous.

Robot Love Songs

May 31, 2019

Beep Boop Beep. Robots can't love us, but we can write love songs about them. In this music parody game, contestants identify the real and fictional robots as Jonathan Coulton serenades.

Heard on Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks.

Grand Ole Finale

May 31, 2019

In this here Grand Ole Finale, every answer ends with the letters O-L-E.

Heard on Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Carlene Carter: Country Music Royalty

May 31, 2019

Bow down — or politely curtsy — in the presence of country music royalty like Carlene Carter. As the daughter of Carl Smith and June Carter Cash, the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (who bought her first electric guitar from Sears), and part of the groundbreaking Carter Family, it's fair to say Carlene Carter grew up enmeshed in country music.

Spin Cycle

May 10, 2019

In this final round, every clue is a spin-off movie or television show.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

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Notorious And Eponymous

May 10, 2019

In this game, actor Taylor Schilling and Jonathan Coulton team up for a quiz about peculiar things named after real people.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

Odes To Codes

May 10, 2019

Contestants get crackin' in this music parody where song lyrics have been changed to different types of code.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

Set It Off

May 3, 2019

In this (crazy) final round, every clue is about a song with a parenthetical in its title.

Heard on DeWanda Wise And Taye Diggs: She's Gotta Get Her Groove Back.

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Book-To-Movie Adaptations

May 3, 2019

What's better, the movie or the book? In this word game, contestants mash up book and movie titles.

Heard on DeWanda Wise And Taye Diggs: She's Gotta Get Her Groove Back.

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