The Titular City

Jan 22, 2021

Documentary filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Love Fraud) guess the names of cities that are named after objects, or visa versa. What was that joke about Hungary and Turkey, again?

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Are you ready to play another game?

HEIDI EWING: Yeah. We're ready.





EISENBERG: Now, this is - you'll do great. You'll take turns answering these questions again. So here's what's going to happen. We're going to describe a geographical location that is also the name of a common object.



EISENBERG: OK, so you're just going to tell us the name of the place or thing.


EISENBERG: I took a tour through Mexico's largest state and was literally hounded the entire time by some of the world's tiniest dogs - Rachel.

GRADY: Chihuahua.

EISENBERG: That's right - Chihuahua.

GRADY: Oh, my God.

EISENBERG: It's Chihuahua.

GRADY: That was so - that was too easy. That was so...

EWING: No, yeah - amazing.

GRADY: But also, I - the dog I have is a chiweenie. I have...

EISENBERG: A chiweenie.

GRADY: Yes, I have a chiweenie, which is...

COULTON: A chiweenie.

GRADY: ...Half chihuahua, half dachshund. And they're called chiweenies.

EWING: So it has the long...

COULTON: Oh, my goodness.

EWING: ...Gorgeous hot dog body and the head of a Chihuahua. So I'm a big koala (ph) fan.

COULTON: That sounds like a cute dog. That sounds like a very cute dog. All right, Heidi, for an extravagant prom night, fancy teens can travel to this French administrative region in this very long, chauffeured car.

EWING: Oh, a limousine.

EWING: Is that French, a limousine?

COULTON: Limousine, that's right. It is named after the region in France because the hood of the car was thought to resemble the hooded cloaks of shepherds in the area.

EWING: How funny.

EISENBERG: What? What does that mean? I don't get that.

COULTON: It's because somebody saw the car and they were like, do you know what that reminds me of? Do you know those shepherds in France?

EWING: (Laughter).

COULTON: No, no, in Limousin. And you know the hoods they wear? And somebody's like, yeah, it looks exactly like that.

EWING: Oh, my God.

EISENBERG: All right, Rachel, this one's harder. Calling all horse girls. It's time to take a pilgrimage to the blue city of India wearing your most fashionable riding breeches.

GRADY: Jodhpurs (ph).


COULTON: Wow. Look at you.


GRADY: I might be a game person. Something's happening here. I've literally never won anything in my life. This is - it's - this feels different, Heidi. I like it.

EISENBERG: Well, let me tell you something...

EWING: I don't think we win anything, though.

EISENBERG: No, there's no winning on NPR.

COULTON: No, you definitely do not.

EISENBERG: There's no winning.

EWING: No, no, emotionally, emotionally.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah. Oh, yes, yes, yes.

EWING: I don't need stuff - boring.

COULTON: All right, Heidi, this is the last one.


EISENBERG: This is the last one is for you. When I eat a spoonful of ground hot red pepper, it was so spicy that I hallucinated and thought I've been transported to this capital of French Guiana.

EWING: Cayenne.

COULTON: It is Cayenne, is correct. That is correct.

EWING: Woo (ph).


COULTON: Well done - two hard ones.

GRADY: Nice.

COULTON: You guys both came through - fantastic.

EWING: Oh, my God, we've actually studied a globe a couple of times in life.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EWING: We got 100%.

COULTON: You did.

EISENBERG: I do like this little fact, though, about Cayenne. The word comes from the from the Indigenous Brazilian Tupi language where it means pepper. So when we say cayenne pepper, we're just saying pepper, pepper like idiots.

EWING: Like pepper squared.


EISENBERG: Yeah, exactly. I just love that. OK. Excellent. Hey, thanks, guys.

EWING: This is fun.

EISENBERG: Heidi Ewing's first narrative feature, "I Carry You With Me," is coming this spring. And the docuseries she made with Rachel Grady, "Love Fraud," is available now on Showtime. Coming up, comedian Michelle Buteau is here for some real talk about parenting, and she'll play music parody about stuff from the Netherlands. You only get that kind of content here, people. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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