Ask Me Another
9:11 am
Thu April 10, 2014

We Are the Champions

It's often said that winners write history. Well, they also helped us write this game. We'll give you four major award winners—your job? Tell us the name of the prize they share.

Heard in Episode 314: Let's Do This Thing

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Jonathan?

JONATHAN COULTON: Yes, Ophira?

EISENBERG: When I think of the ultimate rock 'n roll showman...

COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: I, of course, think of you.

COULTON: Obviously.

EISENBERG: And then second, Freddie Mercury.

COULTON: Second, second place, Freddie Mercury.

EISENBERG: Exactly.

COULTON: That's very flattering. Thank you.

EISENBERG: Pretty good. Yeah. Which brings me to our next game, We Are the Champions. And here are our next two contestants, Jessica Wise and Emily Skrezec.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Jessica, Emily, you guys seem very friendly. Do you know which other?

JESSICA WISE: Yes. We became best friends when we were waiting in the contestant room.

EMILY SKREZEC: Exactly. We just kind of met and it just clicked, so.

EISENBERG: That's great.

WISE: Actually, I loaned my family and friends to her.

SKREZEC: None of my family came. None of my friends came. My husband didn't come, so Jessica was very nice enough to loan me her family.

EISENBERG: Oh.

WISE: And then we found out when we were meeting to see what we were competing against that...

SKREZEC: We're mortal enemies now.

(LAUGHTER)

WISE: Mortal enemies.

EISENBERG: Oh, that you didn't know you were competing against each other until now.

SKREZEC: Yes.

EISENBERG: Oh, I love the way this comes together.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: So in this game, I'm going to present you with a list of winners of a prestigious award, title or event. All you have to do is ring in and tell me what they of all won. Puzzle guru Mary Tobler, how about an example?

MARY TOBLER, PUZZLE GURU: Sure. So if we said Candace Glover, David Cook, Taylor Hicks and Carrie Underwood, that would be a list of winners of "American Idol."

COULTON: Are you ready?

WISE: Yes.

SKREZEC: Yes.

COULTON: "Fiorello," "Evita," Mighty Python's "Spamalot," "Kinky Boots."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jessica.

WISE: What is a Tony Award?

COULTON: Two things. You don't have to answer in the form of a question.

(LAUGHTER)

WISE: OK.

COULTON: And can you be a little more specific? Tony Award for...

WISE: Best musical.

COULTON: That's absolutely correct.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: The European Union, Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk, Elie Wiesel and Barack Obama.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jessica.

WISE: Nobel Peace Prize.

COULTON: That's right.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: The whole European Union? It does not seem fair, by the way.

COULTON: Well, they share it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: They pass it around.

COULTON: Pass it around. It goes to one person for a couple of weeks and then they send it down to somebody else. Nina Davuluri, Gretchen Carlson, Bess Meyerson, Vanessa Williams.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jessica.

WISE: What is a Grammy Award for best female singer.

COULTON: Mmm.

EISENBERG: Aw.

WISE: Grammy Award?

COULTON: No.

WISE: I have to let go?

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: No, I'm sorry, that is incorrect, and also in the incorrect form for the game that you're on.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Emily, do you want to steal it?

WISE: Are they Miss America?

COULTON: That's right.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: All right.

COULTON: Miss America pageant winners.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Kelly Monaco, Donny Osmond, Jennifer Grey, Amber Riley.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Emily.

SKREZEC: "Dancing with the Stars."

COULTON: You got it.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Yes.

SKREZEC: So sad that I know that. So sad.

COULTON: Occupy, bailout, truthiness, metrosexual.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jessica.

WISE: What is the word of the year?

COULTON: Word of the year is correct.

(LAUGHTER)

WISE: Oh, I did it. I did it...

COULTON: You did it again. And you don't even know you're doing it.

EISENBERG: Just keep going with it at this point. Just keep going with it.

COULTON: OK. "Madeline's Rescue," "The Polar Express," "Make Way for Ducklings," "Where the Wild Things Are."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jessica.

WISE: What is Newberry Award?

COULTON: No it's not the Newbery Award. Emily?

SKREZEC: What is the Caldecott?

COULTON: Caldecott. That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

WISE: She's...

SKREZEC: The librarian's coming out.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: She's a librarian. Not fair.

EISENBERG: I hope that everyone caught that, that when Jessica answered Newbery, Emily went, close. And then answered right.

(LAUGHTER)

SKREZEC: Nice try. Hold on. I got this one.

COULTON: I understand why you might think that's the answer, but that's not the answer.

EISENBERG: Common mistake. Let me just clear this up for everybody. Ding.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: All right. This is your last question. Or I should say, what is your last question?

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Bernardo Bertolucci, Sam Mendes, Ethan and Joel Coen, Alfonso Cuaron.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Emily.

SKREZEC: Oscar for best director.

WISE: Yes.

COULTON: That's right.

WISE: Well done.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: All right, Mary. How did our contestant do?

GURU: That was a very close game, but Emily takes this round. Congratulations.

(APPLAUSE)

WISE: The dam buzz, the dam buzzer.

EISENBERG: Emily. Congratulations. You're going to be moving onto our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show.

SKREZEC: All right.

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