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.

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
5187f364e1c8ae55ab3b89ee|5187f359e1c8ae55ab3b89d9

Pages

Ask Me Another
8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Ho Ho Ho

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:45 am

In this final round, every correct answer will start with a jolly "Ho!" sound. Which goalkeeper has won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's soccer team? That would be Ho Ho Hope Solo!

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

Read more
Ask Me Another
8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

All I Don't Want For Christmas

All they want for Christmas is for you to sing along.
Sylvie Rosokoff NPR

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:45 am

Warm up your vocal chords and join in singing some holiday tunes with the songwriting duo from Disney's Frozen, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The Oscar-winning husband-and-wife musical team has written some of the all-time catchiest tunes about winter, and on a previous episode of Ask Me Another, graciously lent their voices to a rewritten version of "Let It Go."

Read more
Ask Me Another
8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Chappy Cholidays

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:45 am

All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.

Heard in Holiday Spectacular 2014

Read more
Ask Me Another
9:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

The Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week: Parachuting Beavers

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:51 am

What's the best piece of trivia you learned this week? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter, and we'll figure out whether it's true or false.

After World War II, did Idaho really airlift beavers around the state using parachutes? Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton debate the premise before revealing the truth.

Read more
Ask Me Another
9:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

I Definitely Not Before E

Sometimes words like to break the rules. Every answer in this final round contains the letters "E" and "I" in that order, with complete disregard for the "I before E except after C" rule!

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

Read more
Ask Me Another
9:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

A-Plus

In this game we'll give certain words an A! For instance, if you give a purple fruit an A, you get what confident word? "Aplomb." All the answers will start with "A" and involve terrible wordplay.

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

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

Transcript

Read more
Ask Me Another
9:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

We'll Always Be Royals

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:51 am

The most popular lord of the 21st century is a teenage pop star from New Zealand who spells her name "L-o-r-d-e." We've rewritten her hit song "Royals" to be about famous royalty, both real and fictional.

Heard in Coupe De Grace.

Read more
Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Answers So Nice, They Named Them Twice

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 11:31 am

They call New York, New York, "the city so nice, they named it twice," and that's the theme for this game. All answers will be phrases that feature repeated words or names.

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

Read more
Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Fictional Illnesses

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 11:31 am

R2-D2-berculosis? In this game, we've mashed up the names of fictional comic, sci-fi and fantasy characters with medical diseases or conditions. Welcome to the hypochondriac's Comic Con.

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

Read more
Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu November 13, 2014

One Letter Away From Fame

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 11:31 am

Take a single letter away from a celebrity's name and he's transformed. If the star of World War Z lost a letter in his first name, he becomes a piece of lingerie: "Bra Pitt."

Heard in Episode 402: The Model Of A Modern Major Game Show

Read more

Pages

Podcasts

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:36am
    In this final round, every correct answer will start with a jolly "Ho!" sound. Which goalkeeper has won two Olympic medals with the U.S. women's soccer team? That would be Ho Ho Hope Solo!
  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:36am
    Ah, the comfort of cliché gifts and holiday expectations well met. Frozen songwriters Bobby and Kristen Lopez sing about not-so-original gifts to the tune of Mariah Carey's classic holiday earworm.
  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:36am
    All answers in this round start with the letter "h", but we want you to pronounce them with that back-of-the-throat "ch" sound, in honor of the "ch" in "Chanukah." Have a lozenge or two ready.
  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:36am
    If you spell "reindeer" by combining precipitation ("rain") and a loved one ("dear"), then you think in homophones. We give clues to two words whose homophones form a new word or phrase.
  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:36am
    We surveyed our loyal listeners on a wide range of holiday topics and quiz siblings Rosie Schaap (The New York Times Magazine) and Jeremy Schaap (ESPN) on the most popular answers, Family Feud-style.