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NPR's Ask Me Another is a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience. Ask Me Another's entertaining melange of brainteasers and fun is a descendant of Weekend Edition Sunday's Puzzle Segment with Will Shortz, but infused with the vibrancy and quick wit of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me

Listeners can play along, testing their knowledge of history, geography, literature, grammar, spelling, pop culture and even mathematics along with the competitors called up to the stage.

Host Ophira Eisenberg wearing a very stylish WUNC T-shirt.
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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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TV Decor

Aug 25, 2017

We've spent so much time in the rooms of certain TV shows, they can be as familiar as our own. Ophira and Jonathan read an imaginary real estate listing for a room and contestants guess what TV show it's featured in.

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Rita Dove: Set Phasers To Poem

Aug 25, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove always knew she was happiest while reading. As the only artist in a family of scientists, she jokingly described herself to host Ophira Eisenberg at the Virginia Arts Festival as the "typical black sheep of the family." As a child, she would read anything she could find around her house, from science books to Shakespeare. In fact, Dove's mother would quote Shakespeare to her before she knew who he was. "She'd be cutting the roast and say, 'Is this the dagger I see before me?'...I just thought she was just getting a little, you know, kinda over the top!

Depressing Place Names

Aug 25, 2017

The United States is full of places that may be lovely, but have depressing names. Contestants guess which of three locations with a less-than-exciting name is real.

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Can Festival

Aug 25, 2017

The great Andy Warhol demonstrated that anything can be art if you give it the right price. So in this game, Ophira and Jonathan pretend to be hoity-toity art critics describing everyday beverage cans as if they're works of art.

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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!

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Begins And Ends With ME

Aug 4, 2017

It's all about ME this final round, where every answer begins with the letter M and ends with the letter E.

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Mystery Guest

Aug 4, 2017

What exciting business has Gary Souza's family carried on for more than 100 years? Jonathan and Ophira ask yes-or-no questions to find out.

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Meet The Mondegreens

Aug 4, 2017

A mondegreen isn't a trendy salad ingredient, it's a humorously misheard lyric from music or poetry! House musician Jonathan Coulton messes up some familiar songs, and our contestants name the real lyrics he's misheard.

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Movies With A Twist

Aug 4, 2017

If the classic Gene Kelly movie about talkies were updated to include ASL, it might be called "SIGNin' in the Rain" instead of "SINGin' in the Rain." We've switched the positions of two letters in a movie's title to create a totally new film.

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Kerry Bishé: Halt And Catch Science

Aug 4, 2017

Kerry Bishé started her career performing with the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks company. She and the other actors traveled all over the state, setting up the stage with their bare hands. This simplicity of life appealed to Bishé, who considers herself quite the Luddite. "I collect typewriters...they're amazing," She told host Ophira Eisenberg. "I can see it working, there's ink on a ribbon--it's so good."

Chipmunk'd

Aug 4, 2017

We played with the forbidden filters of ProTools and you have to suffer the consequences. In this audio quiz, we've changed the voices of famous people to sound like they're one of Dave's famous chipmunks.

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Startup Stories

Aug 4, 2017

Did NASCAR begin as informal races between bootleggers trying to outrun the cops, or did we make that up? See if you can tell if these corporate origin stories are real or manufactured.

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Broadway? No Way!

Jul 28, 2017

If you're eagerly awaiting the musical adaptation of Apocalypse Now...why? In this game, guest musician Julian Velard belts Broadway songs rewritten to be about movies that would make terrible musicals.

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

Jul 28, 2017

We put guest musician Julian Velard up to the test in this game, where he has to decide who is closer to the truth: the audience at the Bell House, or puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin!

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Celebrity Letter Swap

Jul 28, 2017

In this game, we change one letter in a celebrity's name... so goodbye, James Franco, and bonjour, James France.

Heard On Janeane Garofalo & Lili Taylor: Returning To 'Marvin's Room'

Despite their similar career trajectories, Janeane Garofalo and Lili Taylor had never worked together before starring in the Broadway revival of the play Marvin's Room. "But it felt like it," Lili Taylor said, turning to her co-star on stage at the Bell House. Standing next to each other, Garofalo and Taylor seemed like they really could be sisters.

Cecil Baldwin: On The Road

Jul 28, 2017

Puzzle Guru and honorary beat poet Cecil Baldwin has wandered all over this great big country of ours. And with the help of guest musician Julian Velard, he's going to give us the beat on a couple of 'burgs he's blown through.

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Element In The Room

Jul 28, 2017

Dust off that old laminated periodic table in your closet, because we've got a chemistry game! We've replaced two-letter terms with the name of an element with the same chemical symbol.

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Bird's The Word

Jul 28, 2017

Spread your wings and fly to glory in this final round, where every answer contains the name of a bird!

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Channel Flip

Jul 14, 2017

In this final round, we give the rough opposite of the name of a TV show, and our finalists name the original show. For example, if we said "Fixing Good," the answer would be "Breaking Bad."

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Mystery Guest

Jul 14, 2017

This week's Mystery Guest is Zoë Greenberg, who teaches at a New York high school, and involves her students in an interesting project! Ophira and Jonathan ask yes-or-no questions to get to the bottom of this mystery.

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Adjacent Anthems

Jul 14, 2017

If you say you're from Dallas when you're really from Arlington, we've got a game for you. Jonathan Coulton sings songs about cities living in the shadow of nearby metropolises.

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Matching Pairs

Jul 14, 2017

What if Laurel and Hardy were a kind of tree and a.k.a. Carl's Jr.? We ask this and other, better questions in this game, where we give alternate definitions for the names of famous duos.

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Fans, Fiction, And Fan Fiction

Jul 14, 2017

In 2008, when Chris Colfer was offered a part written specifically for him--that of openly-gay teen Kurt Hummel on the FOX series Glee -- there were very few characters like his on network television. It was a risky role to take. "I was terrified, I was very, very scared," Colfer told host Ophira Eisenberg. He continued sarcastically, "But then I thought, 'oh, but what about the award potential?'"

If I Could Turn Back Time

Jul 14, 2017

In this audio quiz, contestants have to identify some popular songs. The twist? All of these songs are themed around the concept of TIME...and we're playing them...BACKWARDS.

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