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Ask Me Another

Saturday, 9:00- 10:00am
  • Hosted by 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.

This, That, Or The Other

Dec 1, 2017

Contestants guess whether phrases are spooky urban legends, nicknames of old-timey Hall of Fame baseball players, or a phrase following "The Adventure of" in the title of a Sherlock Holmes story.

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The One-Thousandth Game!

Dec 1, 2017

We've officially played one thousand games on Ask Me Another! And what better way to celebrate than with a final round in which every answer contains the consecutive letters 'U-S-A,' just like the word 'thousandth.'

Heard On Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

Wisdom Of The Crowd

Dec 1, 2017

Can you guess how many people follow the most-followed raccoon on Instagram? We challenged house musician Jonathan Coulton and the hive mind of our audience to a guesstimation game.

Heard On Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

Cop To It

Dec 1, 2017

Get ready for the ultimate Sting operation: We rewrote songs by The Police to be about famous cop shows.

Heard On Jason Mraz: Choco-mole And Pie

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The In Crowd

Nov 17, 2017

If you want to win Ask Me Another, just channel the Arthur theme song and "Believe in Yourself." Case in point: We challenged our contestants to a final round in which every answer is a three-word phrase with the middle word "in."

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Mystery Guest

Nov 17, 2017

We spoke to Chloe Swantner, who practices an unusual craft. Can you solve the mystery before Ophira and Jonathan figure it out?

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Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Nov 17, 2017

Finally, a game that combines the glitz of bromocriptine with the glamour of phosphocreatine! We rewrote Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to be about other things that end with "teen."

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Everything Starts With LA

Nov 3, 2017

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann joins Jonathan Coulton for a rendition of "All This Time," from his latest album "Solid State." Then, our two winning celebri-testants vie for the starring role in our Ask Me Another Famepocalypse reboot. We challenged them to a final round in which every answer starts with the letters "L-A."

Heard On Los Angeles: Famepocalypse Part Two

This, That, Or The Other

Nov 3, 2017

Lance Reddick and Paul Rust teamed up for a very glamorous This, That, Or The Other. Can you guess whether each phrase is the name of a TV series on the BBC, a type of flower, or an erotic technique described in the Kama Sutra?

HIGHLIGHTS

Lance Reddick On His Ideal Night In

I'm gonna give you the PG version. My wife and I binge-watching our latest whatever show we're crazy about and ordering in and cuddling on the couch. And I'm gonna give you [PG-]13— we kiss a little bit.

Paul Rust On His Ideal Night In

We wrote an audio quiz for Lance Reddick and Paul Rust that's loud, abrupt, and inaccessible to industry outsiders. We inserted the Wilhelm scream, a famous inside joke among sound editors, into the middle of iconic movie quotes.

HIGHLIGHTS

Lance Reddick On His Early Inspiration

I always wanted to be Captain Kirk, and once I found out that William Shatner was a trained Shakespearean actor, I would open up monologues and try to do them like Captain Kirk.

Paul Rust On His Hometown, Le Mars, Iowa

In International Name Only

Nov 3, 2017

Perhaps best known for playing Lt. Cedric Daniels on the HBO series The Wire, and for his stints on the iconic dramas Oz and Lost, Lance Reddick currently stars as another tough-as-nails police chief on Amazon's Bosch, and will appear in the post-apocalyptic thriller The Domestics. After conquering the world of drama, Reddick is due for a comedy break. "Goofing off is always better than working," he told host Ophira Eisenberg.

Nobody Walks In L.A.

Oct 27, 2017

It's a total Misubishi Eclipse of the heart as we crown our celebrity Ask Me Another champion in a final round about literal descriptions of car model names.

Heard On Los Angeles: Famepocalypse Part One

Freeway Traffic Report

Oct 27, 2017

Brett Gelman and Missi Pyle completed their Ask Me Another trilogy contracts with a quiz in which every answer is also the number of a freeway in the Los Angeles area. Plus, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann also joined us for a performance of "Rollercoasters," a song from her recent album "Mental Illness."

Heard On Los Angeles: Famepocalypse Part One


HIGHLIGHTS

Missi Pyle On Her Driving Style

Holy Foley!

Oct 27, 2017

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the sound of boots walking through a kiddie pool filled with glue! We tested Missi Pyle and Brett Gelman's knowledge of the magic of cinema with an audio quiz about the strange practices of foley artists, the audio technicians who create sound effects for film.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Missi Pyle On Succumbing To Peer Pressure From Sigourney Weaver

The End

Oct 13, 2017

In this final round, contestants must endure an impending letter trend that portends the end: every answer contains the letters "E-N-D" in consecutive order.

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Mystery Guest

Oct 13, 2017

This episode's mystery guest, Steve Baldwin, leads an unusual tour through Brooklyn. Can you guess his secret before Jonathan and Ophira do?

Heard On Adam Conover: Adam Fixes Everything

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Monkee Business

Oct 13, 2017

This music parody quiz is exactly as fun as a barrel of Monkees! We rewrote Monkees songs to be about other zoo animals. Hey hey, we're the Giraffes!

Heard On Adam Conover: Adam Fixes Everything

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Slogan Erring

Sep 29, 2017

This word game will melt in your mouth, not your hands. We took famous corporate slogans and changed one letter to reflect a new demographic the brand is targeting. This Cud's for You!

Heard On Melissa Joan Hart And Amy Seimetz: Multi Multi-Hyphenates

Does Not Compute

Sep 29, 2017

Our final two contestants get their heads out of the cloud to compete in this trivia game involving words associated with computing.

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Mac Daddies

Sep 29, 2017

Contestants face off in a music parody challenge that combines two of the biggest icons of the 1970s: Fleetwood Mac and macramé. We rewrote Fleetwood Mac songs to be about things with "mac" in their names.

Heard On Melissa Joan Hart And Amy Seimetz: Multi Multi-Hyphenates

Tiny Desk Contest winner Tank and the Bangas took a stop on their NPR Music tour to join us on Ask Me Another. This New Orleans band beat out more than 6,000 entries from all 50 states with a sound they call "Soulful Disney." They played more music for us at the Bell House than we could fit into the final cut of our show, so here's a special bonus podcast with the band's entire four-song set. And in case you missed it, be sure to check out the link to hear the full episode. Enjoy!

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Cray Crayola

Sep 15, 2017

We pick the brightest crayon in the box with this final round in which every answer is also the color of a Crayola crayon. It's "bittersweet," which also happens to be a very nice shade of orange.

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Mystery Guest

Sep 15, 2017

This episode's mystery guest, Emily Perina, teaches an unusual class for women. Can you solve the mystery before Jonathan and Ophira do?

Heard On Julia Stiles: Antihero Of The 'Riviera'

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Talking Heads

Sep 15, 2017

TV pundits in absurdly large suits star in this music game. We rewrote Talking Heads songs to be about the hosts, pundits, and game show sidekicks who make their living as talking heads.

Heard On Julia Stiles: Antihero Of The 'Riviera'

Encore

Sep 1, 2017

With the help of the Ask Me Another audience, house musician Jonathan Coulton leads a music game that turns Queen's classic We Will Rock You into an ode to famous rocks. Then contestants compete in a ménage à trois-themed final round.

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Headliner

Sep 1, 2017

Ophira Eisenberg talks to sex columnist Dan Savage at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, then contestants play a round of This, That, or the Other featuring prescription drugs, Harry Potter spells, and Ikea products.

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Opening Act

Sep 1, 2017

This first game plays on the slang term "Netflix and Chill," where every answer rhymes with the word "chill." Then, just try to forget this mother father next game where contestants identify the movie based on the redubbed swear word.

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Mo Questions, Mo Problems

Aug 25, 2017

In this final round, every answer begins with the letters "M-O."

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Mystery Guest

Aug 25, 2017

Our mystery guest and her husband own an unusual business in a 6,000 square foot facility. Ophira and Jonathan ask yes or no questions to figure out what it could be.

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Which Witch Is Witch?

Aug 25, 2017

Jonathan Coulton takes songs with the word "magic" in the title and parodies them to be about famous fictional witches. It's like a witch hunt, but fun!

Heard On Rita Dove: Set Phasers To Poem

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