Ask Me Another

Saturday, 9:00- 10:00am
Ophira Eisenberg

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar... No, it's not the start of a joke. It's the essence of Ask Me Another, a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton.

For an hour, listeners can play along as Eisenberg puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, audience members and special mystery guests, who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her. What you'll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend's house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.

The puzzle gurus behind Ask Me Another include John Chaneski, who devised tough questions and answers for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" before becoming one of the "puzzle guys" on the radio program "A Way With Words"; Art Chung who has written for and produced television game shows including "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?," "Cash Cab," "The World Series of Pop Culture," and "Stump the Schwab"; and actor/writer Will Hines who has performed and taught improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for years, and obsessively reads books on compiling baseball statistics, a task he will never have to do.

Ask Me Another is recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

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Ask Me Another
9:53 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Really Hard Edition 2: Part 3

In the final segment, we pull out all the stops for a Very Important Puzzler and some special musical guests. In "Accidental Science," we challenge Radiolab host in the puzzle hot seat for a quiz about unintentional scientific discoveries. Then, They Might Be Giants devise a game literally filled with trick questions, appropriately titled, "Wrong, Wrong, Wrong."

Ask Me Another
9:52 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Really Hard Edition 2: Part 2

Host Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle editor Art Chung continue the hour with a trio of games that push the limits on your ability to recall cultural references. In "Nick Names," identify famous people and fictional characters named "Nick." (See what we did there?) Sing along with house musician Jonathan Coulton in "Jingle All The Way," as he performs favorite commercial jingles...in Italian. Plus, insert comic strip characters into your favorite novels in "Literary Comic Strips."

Ask Me Another
9:49 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Really Hard Edition 2: Part 1

In this hour, take on some of our trickiest games in recent memory with host Ophira Eisenberg and puzzle editor Art Chung. Do your best to remember two things at once in "International Doppelgangers" as puzzle guru John Chaneski asks you to combine celebrities with the names of countries, like that South American star, Argentina Fey. Then, try a twist on the mash-up in "Russian Dolls" by "nesting," or placing words inside a different one to make a longer word — putting a LAMB inside of a CAKE creates a CLAMBAKE.

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Ask Me Another
9:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Doug Liman: Action Speaks Louder

Doug Liman.
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Since his earliest films, director Doug Liman has been a rule breaker. He shot Swingers in increasing order of what scenes were most likely to get him arrested. When he made The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Liman treated the multi-million dollar productions like a film school, figuring out every last detail out on the fly.

And in his latest film, Edge of Tomorrow, Liman stays true to that belief, as he cast Tom Cruise in a role he's never taken on before: an inept, cowardly soldier.

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Ask Me Another
9:07 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The Soundgarden Of Music

We mashed up popular musicians with the names of Broadway shows to create a can't-miss theatre lineup. Look out for the show about a rap artist who meets a girl named Maria: Kanye West Side Story.

Heard in Episode 321: Live. Puzzle. Repeat

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Podcasts

  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:37am
    In the home stretch, we test Radiolab's Jad Abumrad on accidental scientific discoveries. Plus, They Might Be Giants give a quiz chock full of trick questions, aptly titled, "Wrong, Wrong, Wrong."
  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:37am
    It's the definitive test of cultural references, from celebrities and commercial jingles, to comic strips and classic literature, in "Nick Names," "Jingle All the Way," and "Literary Comic Strips."
  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:37am
    Can you remember two things at once? Combine the names of celebrities and countries in "International Doppelgangers," then nest words inside of other words in "Russian Dolls."
  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:57am
    Make no bones about it, this final round is body-licious! The answer to every clue contains the name of a body part. Who will prove themselves head and shoulders above the rest?
  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:57am
    The Edge of Tomorrow director shares his rule-breaking ways, from treating his summer blockbuster films like film school projects to "killing" Tom Cruise on the big screen.