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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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Eugene Mirman: Burger On A Sesame Seed Pun

Jan 20, 2017

For his most recent comedy album, I'm Sorry (You're Welcome), Eugene Mirman recorded "over 45 minutes of crying." What he didn't realize was that he'd have to listen to it several times over to make sure there were no audio flaws. "In a sense," he told host Ophira Eisenberg, "I mostly pranked myself."

Muppets, Beanies Or Mascots

Jan 20, 2017

In this week's edition of This, That, or the Other, contestants must decide: is it a Muppet, a Beanie Baby or a college sports mascot?

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Cereal Brawl

Jan 20, 2017

This word game is about cereal...the breakfast, not the podcast. We'll describe a brand, and you guess the name with one letter changed. If we said, "There's nothing like the 'snap-crackle-pop' of a bowl full of rodents," you'd say, "MICE Krispies."

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Just Say No

Jan 20, 2017

Our finalists finally put their foot down in this game where every answer ends with the word "NO." If we asked, "What artist married John Lennon?" the answer would be "Yoko Ono."

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Easy Degrees

Jan 20, 2017

What do Pitbull and Celine Dion have in common? They both have honorary degrees! In this game we play a clip of a famous person accepting an honorary degree, and contestants buzz in to guess who else has joined the exclusive club.

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Stuff By The Ocean

Jan 20, 2017

Grab some sunscreen and a time machine! Jonathan Coulton takes us all the way back to the summer of 2016 with a parody of "Cake By The Ocean," where each clue is about something you'd find--you guessed it--by the ocean.

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Mystery Guest

Jan 20, 2017

This episode's mystery guest, Alan Drazen, joins us from the Philadelphia area. Alan created something "very, very cool." Can you figure out what he invented before Ophira and Jonathan do?

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D-lightful

Jan 13, 2017

All answers in this final round consist of two words, both words starting with D. For example, if we said, "A clue in Jeopardy! where a contestant can wager their entire earnings," you'd answer, "Daily Double."

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Cat Cora: Her Kitchen Rules

Jan 13, 2017

According to celebrity chef Cat Cora, when she became the first female Iron Chef in America, things started to get a little weird. "I got into a winning streak...I would wear the same socks, I'd eat the same breakfast - I mean five almonds on my granola, my two tablespoons ... of yogurt... I measured everything out," she told host Ophira Eisenberg. "You get weird, you get freakin' weird."

Bring Your "Ay" Game

Jan 13, 2017

An-cay ou-yay eak-spay ig-Pay atin-Lay? In this game, clues hint at a word AND its Pig Latin translation. If we said, "Get CLOSE TO THE GROUND to CHEER at a bullfight," you'd answer, "Low... ole," because the Pig Latin translation of the word "LOW" is "OW-LAY."

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Dolly's Dollies

Jan 13, 2017

If you hear, "her life is plastic and it's fantastic!" and immediately think "Barbie," you'll love this game. We took the Dolly Parton song "9-to-5" and rewrote it to be about careers that have been held by an official Barbie doll.

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Mystery Guest

Jan 13, 2017

This week's Mystery Guest, Matthew Ahn, used to hold a Guinness World Record, but as of 2017, that record has officially been nullified. Now it's up to Ophira and Jonathan to ask "yes" or "no" questions and figure out what his world record was!

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This, That Or The Other

Jan 13, 2017

In this week's installment of This, That, or the Other, contestants decide if the answer is a brand of whiskey, a U.S. Navy ship, or the name of a dog who won "Best in Show" at Westminster.

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B.O.O.K. Cupid

Jan 13, 2017

What famous literary characters would be down to "Netflix and chill"? We found the online dating profiles of some of fiction's biggest leading men and women; contestants must guess what book they're from.

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Leslie Odom Jr.: Shake It Up

Dec 23, 2016

With the help of Leslie Odom Jr., Jonathan retools Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," to be about THINGS THAT YOU CAN SHAKE. Such as, your groove thing.

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Leslie Odom Jr.: Aaron Burr, Sir

Dec 23, 2016

Every night, Leslie Odom Jr. kills Lin-Manuel Miranda. To be precise, Odom plays Aaron Burr opposite Miranda's Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway musical Hamilton. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical has become a phenomenon by using hip-hop and a racially diverse cast of black and Hispanic actors to tell the story of the early Republic. And night after night, Odom laments the infamous duel between Burr and Hamilton. "I really do feel bad about killing him every night, I really do," he tells Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

Don't Know Much About History

Dec 23, 2016

We all know that "those who don't learn from history are doomed to make things up on the test." This game recalls descriptions of historical events from the perspective of someone who wasn't really paying attention in school.

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This, That, Or The Other

Dec 23, 2016

In honor of Hamilton, an American hip-hop musical, this episode's categories are: the real names of famous rappers; delegates to the first 1774 Continental Congress; OR 1980s fictional teen villains. Can you tell the difference?

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Celebrity Cross-Breeds

Dec 23, 2016

In this game we imagine what would happen if two famous people became close friends...and did that thing that all close friends do: combine their names. We're looking at you, Paul Ryan Gosling.

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Yes We Can

Dec 23, 2016

In this final round, every answer will contain the letters C-A-N, in that order, somewhere in the answer. As in, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli."

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It's Alive!

Dec 23, 2016

In this game, every answer sounds like the word "alive" said in the voice of Dr. Frankenstein. For example, "What actor delivered the line this game is based on?" You'd answer, "It's Colin Clive!"

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Dash To Victory

Dec 16, 2016

What's that French phrase for a two-person meeting where you put your heads together? If you said "tete-a-tete," then you'll enjoy this final round where every answer contains at least two hyphens.

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Jumbled Plots

Dec 16, 2016

Chris Pratt stars in "Disco Walrus Jr.," a movie in which he runs around a theme park whose genetic engineering produces a funky sea mammal. That's the gist of this game, where titles of recent movies are anagrammed to make new titles.

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We Are Families

Dec 16, 2016

This music game is fun for the whole family! Jonathan Coulton sings a parody of the Sister Sledge song "We Are Family" rewritten to be about real and fictional famous families.

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Meet The Expert: Jason Porath

Dec 16, 2016

Jason Porath, author of the book "Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics," joined Ask Me Another in our "Meet the Expert" segment. The former Dreamworks animator told host Ophira Eisenberg that the book was born from a lunchtime discussion of Frozen's female characters.

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