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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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Derek DelGaudio: Sleight Of Mind

Mar 2, 2018

When the acclaimed magician and performer Derek DelGaudio walked into a magic shop for the first time, he wasn't trying to learn any tricks. He was just a twelve-year-old who wanted to play a prank on his mom.

"I thought that was gonna be hilarious," he told host Ophira Eisenberg, "So I went in to get one ... and they didn't have them. Which was a bummer, but the guy behind the counter asked me if I wanted to see some magic." DelGaudio ended up walking out with a few books on card handling: "I had to do something with the twelve bucks I had to blow."

Isle Of Accents

Mar 2, 2018

It's time for a special audio edition of This, That or The Other. We'll play a clip of an actor attempting an English, Scottish, or Irish accent. Key word: attempting. Ring in to guess what the accent is, and, for a bonus point, guess the movie that the clip is from.

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Artisanal Junk Food

Mar 2, 2018

Welcome to the Ask Me Another Grille, a high end gourmet restaurant...that only serves junk food. Based on our waiters' overly-fancy descriptions of items on the menu, can you guess what snack they're talking about?

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Cray Crayola

Feb 23, 2018

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

Feb 23, 2018

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

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Talking Heads

Feb 23, 2018

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.

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Shocking Surprise

Feb 23, 2018

This game has a major twist ending: Jonathan's been dead this whole time and Ophira's his father! In this game, we collected movies with surprise endings and gave them a twist of our own by adding one letter to their titles.

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The Sounds Of Failure

Feb 23, 2018

In this round, our contestants succeed by failing as they're quizzed on the sounds you hear when you lose or die in various games.

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The Instagram Of Dorian Gray

Feb 23, 2018

What would've happened if Dr. Jekyll used Grindr and wondered why Mr. Hyde was always zero feet away? In this game, we've solved the core plot issues in classic works of fiction using modern solutions.

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Julia Stiles: Antihero Of The 'Riviera'

Feb 23, 2018

While attending a Prince concert in London, actor and superfan Julia Stiles got to live out her rockstar fantasy when he pushed her in front of the microphone and told her to sing. Her first thought was, "I get to sing in front of 50,000 people!" But another thought quickly followed: "Wait, I don't know how to sing and I also don't know the lyrics to this song." When she later asked Prince why he didn't warn her, he simply replied, "Because it's not fun that way."

Late Starts

Feb 16, 2018

Sometimes if you miss the beginning of a TV show, the plot can be hard to follow. In this game we take that one step further. We lopped off the first letter from a TV show's title, and imagined what the new plot would be. Based on that hypothetical summary, can you guess the title?

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It's Element-ary

Feb 16, 2018

Time to brush up on your chemistry: the answer to each final round question contains an element from the periodic table. Isn't it iron-ic, don't you think?

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It's Party Time

Feb 16, 2018

We took songs with the word "party" in the title and rewrote them to be about celebrations. Identify the occasion that Jonathan Coulton is singing about and, for a bonus point, name the original song or artist he's parodying.

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The Mandela Effect

Feb 16, 2018

The Mandela Effect is an Internet phenomenon where a group of people share a common misconception. Some people say it's evidence for alternate universes; we say it's a fun topic for a silly trivia game. We ask questions about popular instances of the Mandela Effect, and contestants dive into their memories in order to sort fact from fiction.

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Lola Kirke: Mozart In The Puzzle

Feb 16, 2018

When Lola Kirke was cast as Hailey Rutledge in Amazon's Golden-Globe winning series Mozart in the Jungle, she knew almost nothing about classical music. "I have this dentist who likes to listen to it really loud while he's drilling and then talk to me ... while he has tools in my mouth," she recalled to host Ophira Eisenberg. "That was my association."

Other Pet Sounds

Feb 16, 2018

Can you tell the difference between an alligator and a chipmunk? In this audio quiz, contestants must guess what animal is responsible for the sound in each clip.

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

Feb 16, 2018

What percentage of our waking hours do we spend sleeping? How many words per minute are there in the Hamilton soundtrack? We polled audiences at The Bell House on a variety of questions and averaged their responses. That collective wisdom goes up against one-man house band Jonathan Coulton. Whose estimate is closer?

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Our Nation's Capital

Feb 9, 2018

Question: what do single-elimination tournaments and the International House of Pancakes have in common? Answer: They're both NATION-al! In the final round of our D.C. show, each answer contains the word "nation."

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Winter Sports Science

Feb 9, 2018

As a former downhill ski instructor and retired astronaut, Chris Hadfield is uniquely qualified for this game about winter sports.

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SMITHS-sonian

Feb 9, 2018

The Smithsonian is home to historical artifacts, iconic Americana, and all manner of weird pop culture memorabilia. We've rewritten songs by artists with "Smith" in their name to be about notable objects in the Smithsonian's collection— can you guess the object? For an extra point, name the artist we're parodying. And no, they're not all by The Smiths.

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Podcast Or Fraud-cast?

Feb 9, 2018

From reviewing board games to comparing stationery products, it seems like everyone has a podcast these days. Guess whether the shows described in this game are real or fake podcasts— or, as we like to call them, future podcasts.

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When astronaut Chris Hadfield returned from his last mission in space, his body was "really, really confused." After five months in orbit, "You can't balance. You don't inherently know which way up is," the first Canadian to become Commander of the International Space Station told host Ophira Eisenberg at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.

The Tourists' Guide To Washington D.C.

Feb 9, 2018

What DC landmark "looks a little bit like a missile?" During our Washington road show, a group of intrepid AMA producers interviewed tourists at famous memorials and monuments. Based on clips from those interviews, our contestants try to guess the landmark.

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Paradigm Shift

Feb 9, 2018

Welcome to the alternate dimension where Julia Louis-Dreyfus's hit HBO comedy about crying is called "Weep." We've changed one letter in a movie or TV title, and imagined what the new plot might be. Based on our new synopsis, can you guess what our version would be called?

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Mary Wiseman: Live Long And BLEEP

Jan 26, 2018

Cadet Silvia Tilly is not your average Star Trek character. She's bubbly, talkative, and friendly. It turns out, one of the showrunners has a three-year-old niece who inspired this child-like character, played by Mary Wiseman, on the new Star Trek: Discovery. "And then I am a giant three-year-old, so I kinda fit in there really well," Wiseman told host Ophira Eisenberg.

Film And TV Trivia

Jan 26, 2018

Ask Me Another is a non-fictional quiz show. But sometimes, game shows pop up in movies and television, which is the subject of this game. We'll play an audio clip in which a fictional character is asked a trivia question on a game show. Contestants ring in and provide the correct answer to that question and, for a bonus point, try to name where the clip comes from.

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That's Not So Great

Jan 26, 2018

Sure, they call it the "Great" Wall of China, but it's really just thousands of miles of stacked bricks—how great can it be? See if you can guess what "great" thing we're talking about, based on our totally over-it one-star reviews.

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The Hairy Ape

Jan 26, 2018

The answers to questions in this final-round game all contain the letters A-P-E in consecutive order. Like Grape Nuts, everyone's favorite cereal that contains neither grapes nor nuts.

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Mystery Guest

Jan 26, 2018

Jackie Faherty is looking for something, and it's up to Ophira and guest musician Julian Velard to guess what that thing is. Can you figure out our Mystery Guest's secret before they do?

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It's A Mystery

Jan 26, 2018

We've rewritten Ed Sheeran's song "Thinking Out Loud," in which "people fall in love in mysterious ways," to be about other famously mysterious things. So if you like your wedding songs with a touch of conspiracy theory, you'll love this game.

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