Ask Me Another

Ophira Eisenberg

NPR's exciting new show featuring puzzles, word games and trivia played in front of a live audience. Ask Me Another is a co-production of NPR and WNYC.

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Ask Me Another
9:55 am
Thu November 7, 2013

The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 2:16 pm

For those who came of age in the 90s, or went to high school in the 80s, Freaks and Geeks is a cultural touchstone. Not only because it so perfectly captured the pains and joys of adolescence, but also because its young cast would go on to do amazing things. We quiz the show's creator, Paul Feig, about what everyone in the cast has been up to since their roles in Freaks and Geeks.

Plus, house musician Jonathan Coulton gives Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" (also the Freaks and Geeks theme song) his own nerd-rock treatment.

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9:55 am
Thu November 7, 2013

First Name Basis

We live in an informal society — no one's introduced as Mr. Coulton or Ms. Eisenberg anymore. In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg talks about celebrities on a first name basis, and asks contestants to give her the full name of a famous person by combining the first names of two other famous people.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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3:47 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Spoiler Alert

With the Internet, it can be hard to avoid people talking about key plot points of movies or TV programs that you haven't seen yet. "It's a sled! She's a man! The Red Wedding is not a happy occasion!" See? In this game, we're going to spoil some movies by asking you to identify them based on the very last lines spoken in the film. (Though as you'll see, the last lines of most films are quite vague and spoiler-free.)

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10:23 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The Urge To Merge

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:08 pm

In this game led by host Ophira Eisenberg, you get to become a corporate executive. Trust us, it's way more fun than board meetings and conference calls. We merge two well-known businesses, and it's up to you to create the new company's name. For example, if the company that prepares one in every six U.S. tax returns merged with a struggling video rental company, they would form H&R Blockbuster, which is a combination of H&R Block and Blockbuster

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10:23 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Such Characters

Contestants gather for the final round.
Steve Petrucelli

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:18 pm

In this final round, led by puzzle guru Art Chung, contestants are given the names of two actors who have played the same role in different movies, and they must name the character. For example, Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both played Vito Corleone from The Godfather trilogy. Who was a more convincing mob boss? We'll let you figure that out on your own.

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10:23 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Ian MacKaye: Un-Punk'd

Ian MacKaye (left) and NPR's Stephen Thompson play an Ask Me Another Challenge in Washington, D.C.
Becky Harlan NPR

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:08 pm

Throughout his career as a musician, Ian MacKaye has played, listened to and analyzed countless hours of music. But how will he fare in our version of "Name That Tune"? In this Ask Me Another Challenge, MacKaye teams up with Stephen Thompson, NPR Music Editor and co-host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, to identify punk songs performed acoustically by house musician Jonathan Coulton.

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6:58 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Peace And War

Contestants gather for a tense final round at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.
Eamon Coyne NPR

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 10:20 am

It's Opposite Day for this final round, in which puzzle guru Art Chung will give you the "opposite" of a well-known book title, and you must figure out the real one. For example, "The Visible Woman," is a clue to The Invisible Man. So if we tell you "bad misfortune," what we really mean is--good luck.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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6:58 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Piper Kerman: Recipes For Survival

Piper Kerman at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Eamon Coyne NPR

Originally published on Sun June 8, 2014 5:49 am

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6:58 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Grammatically Incorrect Songs

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 10:37 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants, Jess Banks and Paul Reyburn.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Paul, you're an actor and director?

PAUL REYBURN: Yes.

EISENBERG: And you were once in the "Full Monty." Did you go full monty?

REYBURN: We certainly did.

EISENBERG: All right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: How was it?

REYBURN: Revealing.

EISENBERG: Revealing.

REYBURN: Yes.

EISENBERG: And Jess, interesting job, a game publisher.

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9:44 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Fifty/Fifty

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:03 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, it's what we've all been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the Ask Me One More final round. From Misquoting Mark Twain, Gregory Guity.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From Agrarian Maps, Jonathan Corbblah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From Let's Get Randy, Jen Midura.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: From One or More, Ileen Roos.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And from Soft Rock Café, John Woods.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Art, take us out.

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9:44 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Soft Rock Cafe

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:03 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's move on to our next two contestants. Please welcome Justin Ober and John Woods.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We are happy to have you both.

JOHN WOODS: Thank you.

EISENBERG: John, quick question for you. What is your guilty pleasure of music to listen to?

WOODS: Oh, I listen to the Top 100 of every year on the Billboard charts. They come out with a list every year. So I go through the 1 to 100. I rank them and I just go from there really.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Go from there like into life?

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9:44 am
Thu October 17, 2013

One Or More

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 10:03 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants, Jake Stoler and Ileen Roos.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Welcome to you both. Hi, Ileen. Hi, Jake. Now, you both grew up playing a lot of games at home. Jake, what was your favorite game to play at home with your family?

JAKE STOLER: We would rent the Jeopardy Nintendo game every week and that's kind of how I wound up here.

EISENBERG: Really? Okay. And Ileen?

ILEEN ROOS: Much more old school than that, Parcheesi and Trivial Pursuit and...

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10:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Solving With Es

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:33 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Here's To You, Mr. Robinson, Ana Chawla. From International Doppelgangers, Kim Roth. From the Idiot Jukebox, Ben Kopish. From That's Not Fair, Monique Sulle, and from Three Characters In Search of an Author, Amanda Strogoff.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru John Chaneski to crown our winner.

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10:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Tom Ruprecht: Make It 'Til You Fake It

Tom Ruprecht.
Courtesy of the author

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 12:45 pm

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10:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Three Characters in Search of An Author

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 7:05 pm

The premise of this game is quite simple: host Ophira Eisenberg names three literary characters, all creations of the same author, and you must name their creator. But things may get tricky. Who is responsible for writing Pudd'nhead Wilson? Iris Chase? Klamm?

Ask Me Another
9:48 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Ants Marching

No summer is complete without a picnic, just as no picnic is completed without a few little annoyances: sunburn, spilled wine or ants. Ants! (Shakes fist.) This game, led by house musician Jonathan Coulton, imagines some heightened picnic scenarios, all of which are clues to words that end with the letters "-ant."

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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9:48 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Songs Of The Summer

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

At this time, let's bring back our VIP, Nellie McKay, to the ASK ME ANOTHER stage.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And we also have two new contestants, Judy Wolf and Cassidy Brown.

(APPLAUSE)

CASSIDY BROWN: Hello.

EISENBERG: Hello, hi. Judy, Cassidy, what is a song that I might find on your soundtrack.

BROWN: I think I have to download it still, because...

EISENBERG: OK, Cassidy?

BROWN: ...But the (singing) hot town, summer in the city, the back of my neck getting dirty and gritty.

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9:48 am
Thu October 3, 2013

They're Not Booing

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

You're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR and WNYC. I'm Ophira Eisenberg. Coming up, we'll reminisce about the songs of summer, and we'll take a cinematic tour of New York City. Plus we'll put director David Wain and actor B.J. Novak up to another ASK ME ANOTHER challenge. But first, joining us onstage right now are Allison Kelsey and Sam Denehy.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Allison, you are joining us from Philadelphia.

ALLISON KELSEY: I am.

EISENBERG: And you used to work in Central Park.

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10:03 am
Thu September 26, 2013

In A World...

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 10:19 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On our stage right now we have Marti Davidson Sitchel and Bill Holzapfel.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Marti, Bill, summer blockbusters. Tell me about one that either changed your life or was the biggest waste of your money. Marti?

MARTI DAVIDSON SITCHEL: If you're going there, I really like the "Star Treks."

EISENBERG: You really like the "Star Treks." There you go.

SITCHEL: I do like the "Star Treks."

EISENBERG: That does well with our people.

SITCHEL: They're my kind of people.

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3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Just Add Nada

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 1:27 pm

A word that literally means nothing takes on a whole new meaning in this game led by house musician Jonathan Coulton. Contestants must identify words that, when the letter "O" is added to their end, become different words. For example, adding nada to what the "D" stands for in CD-ROM — "disc" — produces a music genre — "disco."

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3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Mind Your Ps And Qs

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:03 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion so let's bring back the winners from all of our former games. From Which Came First Jamie Orenstein. From Triple Word Score David Schmidt. From Istanbul, Not Constantinople, Jim Sparnon. From In A World, Bill Holzapfel. And from Just Add Nada, Cody Lee.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru John Chanesky to crown our winner.

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3:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Planet Money: Our Perplexing Economy, Explained

"If you bought [gold] now, you'd be making a slightly less bad mistake than if you bought two months ago," says Planet Money's Alex Blumberg, center. He and co-creator Adam Davidson, right, spoke with host Ophira Eisenberg.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:16 pm

Imagine that you had a fun evening at a bar, chatting with a friend about the economy. That's the essence of NPR's Planet Money. With the aid of a team of reporters, co-creators Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg help listeners make sense of how economic changes impact our lives in an entertaining twice-weekly podcast.

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10:10 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Loose Change

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, what we've been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the Ask Me One More final round. From Name that Candy Bar, Sarah Sheppard.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: It's All Squeak to Me, Stephen Kendall. Time to Turn off the TV, Dan Moren. Street Music, Steve Spinoglio. Celebrity Secret Words, Margaret Maloney. All right, Noah, how are we going to wrap this show up?

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10:10 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Celebrity Secret...Words

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Moving on, here are our next two contestants: Margaret Maloney and Eric Schulmiller. Happy to have you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now, you are a cantor at a synagogue, awmane.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And you have Schul in your name.

ERIC SCHULMILLER: That's actually thanks to my wife. We actually combined our names when we got married. I was Miller and she was Schulman, and we just shared.

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10:10 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Street Music

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let me introduce our next two contestants: Sterling Walker and Steve Spinoglio.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Sterling, you have a PhD in neuroscience. I didn't know that was a real thing. I just thought that was something you say sarcastically to people.

(LAUGHTER)

STERLING WALKER: No, that's true.

EISENBERG: But you actually have it.

WALKER: Yes.

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1:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

The Last Film I'd Want To See

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 9:54 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now it's time to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Isn't It Ironic, Jessica Morello; from Minimum Sentence, Whitney Reynolds; from Sensational Spelling Bee, Virginia Roberts; and from Nursery Rhyme News, Kevin Maroney.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: They'll be playing our Ask Me One More final round, and I'm going to ask puzzle guru Mary Tobler to lead our final game.

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1:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Adam Rapoport: Good Eggs, Bad Apples

"I don't want a waiter to lecture me, and have to explain to me how to eat something. It's like, 'Dude, stop.'" Bon Appétit magazine editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport.
Courtesy of Adam Rapoport

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 1:33 pm

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1:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Nursery Rhyme News

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 9:54 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's say hello to our next two contestants, Amy Passiak and Kevin Maroney.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Amy, you are a classics major, and you work in art conservation. Kevin, you publish the New York Review of Science Fiction.

KEVIN MARONEY: It's true.

EISENBERG: Here is my first question for you, Amy. This is not a quiz, just curious. What is your favorite nursery rhyme?

AMY PASSIAK: Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. It's really the first one I can think of.

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4:49 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Mister-y Men

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 10:25 am

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Mind in the Gutteral Scott Bergeron; from All in the Cards, Melissa Kalwanaski; from Charming Old Moviehouse Justin Sheen; from I Am Not the Walrus, Jonathan Firestone; and from Down With O.P.P, Stacey Molski.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru Art Chung to take us out.

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4:49 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Peter Sagal: The Oddly Informative Quiz Show Host

Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg chats with Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal onstage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, N.Y., about how to host the perfect public radio game show.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 5:59 pm

When NPR listeners want to test their knowledge of current events — and laugh in the process — they tune in to Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, NPR's news quiz. In every episode, host Peter Sagal quizzes panelists and contestants on a smattering some of the week's most oddball events, from the eccentricities of world leaders to failed robberies.

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