Ask Me Another

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Exciting puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of an audience.

The Emerald City

Jun 28, 2019

Inspired by Seattle's evocative nickname, in this final showdown, contestants are given definitions and must identify the corresponding word, which will contain a precious stone, mineral, or fossil within it.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Nicole Byer: It's A 'Ghost' Quiz

Jun 28, 2019

Nicole Byer returns to the stage for her Ask Me Another challenge, where she answers trivia questions about her self-proclaimed favorite childhood film, the 1990 hit Ghost.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Smells Like Teen Starbucks

Jun 28, 2019

In this music trivia round, the words of famous grunge songs are changed to describe things in and from the Seattle area.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

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Catherine Cohen: Queen Of Cabernet Cabaret

Jun 14, 2019

Catherine Cohen is still a relative newcomer in New York, but the comedian, actor, and singer has already made a name for herself in the world of cabaret comedy. In 2019, GQ magazine featured her as one of "The 7 Funny People Reshaping Comedy Right Now." Cohen welcomed her recent praise in a conversation with NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York: "I'm one of the only people on earth that doesn't suffer from imposter syndrome."

Disco-Y History

Jun 14, 2019

Contestants listen to parody songs of famous disco hits and guess what 1970s phenomenon the lyrics were rewritten to describe.

Heard on Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous.

Beach Reads

Jun 14, 2019

It's a mash-up of clues about authors' names and common beach objects. If Jay Gatsby put on sunscreen at the beach, he'd have S-P-F Scott Fitzgerald to thank.

Heard on Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous.

Robot Love Songs

May 31, 2019

Beep Boop Beep. Robots can't love us, but we can write love songs about them. In this music parody game, contestants identify the real and fictional robots as Jonathan Coulton serenades.

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Grand Ole Finale

May 31, 2019

In this here Grand Ole Finale, every answer ends with the letters O-L-E.

Heard on Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks.

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Carlene Carter: Country Music Royalty

May 31, 2019

Bow down — or politely curtsy — in the presence of country music royalty like Carlene Carter. As the daughter of Carl Smith and June Carter Cash, the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (who bought her first electric guitar from Sears), and part of the groundbreaking Carter Family, it's fair to say Carlene Carter grew up enmeshed in country music.

Spin Cycle

May 10, 2019

In this final round, every clue is a spin-off movie or television show.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

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Notorious And Eponymous

May 10, 2019

In this game, actor Taylor Schilling and Jonathan Coulton team up for a quiz about peculiar things named after real people.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

Odes To Codes

May 10, 2019

Contestants get crackin' in this music parody where song lyrics have been changed to different types of code.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

Taye Diggs: Your Grandma's Favorite

May 3, 2019

The titular character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch is not a role Taye Diggs thought he would ever get to play. The off-Broadway-turned Broadway hit musical by John Cameron Mitchell saw a slew of actors like Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall all portray the story of the glam and punk rock transgender woman as she travels from East Germany to America on tour. But for Diggs, taking on the iconic part, and donning those diva heels represented both a challenge and a breakthrough.

Set It Off

May 3, 2019

In this (crazy) final round, every clue is about a song with a parenthetical in its title.

Heard on DeWanda Wise And Taye Diggs: She's Gotta Get Her Groove Back.

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Book-To-Movie Adaptations

May 3, 2019

What's better, the movie or the book? In this word game, contestants mash up book and movie titles.

Heard on DeWanda Wise And Taye Diggs: She's Gotta Get Her Groove Back.

The Carpentry

May 3, 2019

Get those hammers out for a music parody game rewriting Carpenters songs.

Heard on DeWanda Wise And Taye Diggs: She's Gotta Get Her Groove Back.

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Case In Points

Apr 19, 2019

In this final round, every answer contains at least two of the highest value Scrabble letters: Q, Z, X or J.

Heard on Retta: Tweet Yo' Self.

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Hockey Fact Bag With Retta

Apr 19, 2019

It's the Stanley Cup of public radio bags: Fact Bag. In this hockey-themed edition, Los Angeles Kings fan and Good Girls star Retta joins Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton to discuss three NHL trivia questions, one for each period in a regulation game. Will they guess the answers, or will they be sent to the penalty box?

Heard on Retta: Tweet Yo' Self.

If Rock Stars Weren't Rock Stars

Apr 19, 2019

Get out those guitars: It's music parody time in a word game where the names of famous musical acts are mashed up with regular-people occupations.

Heard on Retta: Tweet Yo' Self.

Anyone up for some... birthday chicken? In this game, Russian Doll actor Greta Lee and co-creator Leslye Headland team up to play a multiple-choice quiz on food trends.

Heard on Greta Lee And Leslye Headland: Valley Of The Russian Dolls.

Breadway Bound

Apr 5, 2019

In this music parody game, we took a classic Broadway musical, changed one letter in the title, and rewrote one of its songs to reflect that change. Not following? Read it slowly—you have to be more Into the Words.

Heard on Greta Lee And Leslye Headland: Valley Of The Russian Dolls.

Final Round: Super Duper

Apr 5, 2019

In this superb, not superfluous final round, our superstar contestants must compete in an insuperably tricky trivia game where every answer contains the word "super." Super!

Heard on Greta Lee And Leslye Headland: Valley Of The Russian Dolls.

Palindrome Thunderdome

Mar 15, 2019

A trivia game that will make you say "ah, ha"! In this tricky final round, every answer is a two-word palindrome.

Head on Aparna Nancherla: Introvert Goes 'Corporate'

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Fact Bag With Aparna Nancherla

Mar 15, 2019

Ophira, Jonathan, and comedian Aparna Nancherla team up to guess the answers to our brain-tickling facts, conveniently stored in a bag. Fact Bag!

Head on Aparna Nancherla: Introvert Goes 'Corporate'

Closing Time

Mar 15, 2019

You make me feel like a Natural... Wonders? In this music parody game, contestants identify retail chains that went out of business.

Head on Aparna Nancherla: Introvert Goes 'Corporate'

New York City Landmarks

Mar 1, 2019

Eggheads take on the Big Apple: In this audio quiz, contestants must identify the New York City landmark based on descriptions provided by real residents and tourists.

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Jim Gaffigan Brings The Laughs Again

Mar 1, 2019

How has comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan's relationship with his wife Jeannie evolved over their 15 years of marriage? "I've become more and more frightened of her," Gaffigan deadpanned to Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York. "I was very resistant to [collaborating], but now it's full-on codependency."

Middle School Book Report

Mar 1, 2019

For everyone who thinks The Catcher in the Rye is about a baseball star stuck in a loaf bread, this game is for you. Contestants must identify books based on fictional book reports written by middle schoolers who only read the work's title.

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Meet The Expert: Esther Perel

Feb 15, 2019

In this edition of Meet the Expert, Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another at The Bell House in New York, talks Esther Perel, a renowned couples therapist and host of the podcast Where Should We Begin?. Having just finished its third season, the podcast documents Perel as she leads live counseling sessions with real couples coping with sexlessness, infidelity, and loss.

Love Is Love Is Love Is Love Is Love

Feb 15, 2019

In this heart-pounding finale, contestants tackle trivia questions where each answer contains the word "love."

Heard on Michael Ian Black Is Back, All Right!

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