Ask Me Another

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  • Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg

Ask Me Another is the rambunctious live show from NPR and WNYC that blends brainteasers, pub trivia, comedy and music into an hour of mind-bending fun. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones and be serenaded by house musician Jonathan Coulton. What you’ll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend’s house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.

Every week on your radio or podcast, you can play along as Ophira poses questions to willing audience members and call-in contestants, Jonathan sings clues to the tune of pop songs and the resident puzzle guru attempts to keep everyone in line. Each week a new celebrity V.I.P. – that’s Very Important Puzzler – dazzles from the puzzle hot seat in a custom-built game.

Are you game for NPR’s guiltiest and most puzzling pleasure? To become a contestant, email askmeanother@npr.org. You never know — you just might wind up playing a game with your favorite celebrity.

Ask Me Another is recorded in front of a live audience at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, and on the road in your city. To attend a taping, visit amatickets.org.

Ways to Connect

Word Capitals

Oct 5, 2018

An atlas and a dictionary combine powers in this game where every answer is a word that contains the name of a world capital.

Heard on Tom Arnold and Jill Sobule: Nostalgia Kills.

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Month To Month

Oct 5, 2018

In this final round, every answer includes a month of the year.

Heard on Tom Arnold and Jill Sobule: Nostalgia Kills.

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Two weeks before Kickstarter launched in 2009, Jill Sobule released her own crowdfunded record, California Years. Sobule began her fundraising efforts a year before the crowdfunding behemoth came into existence. She told Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another, that Kickstarter's founders even contacted her to gain insight on the crowdfunding process: "What an idiot! Why didn't I think of making it as a business?" she said.

Mystery Guest

Sep 28, 2018

Like the members of the Ask Me Another team, Bernadette Libonate's job involves a lot of questions. In this segment, Ophira and Jonathan turn the tables and ask her a lot of questions to find out what she does.

Heard on DeRay Mckesson: The Vest Is Yet To Come.

#Girlbosses

Sep 28, 2018

People may call Bruce Springsteen "The Boss," but these high-powered women are the ones really in charge. In this musical parody, Springsteen songs are rewritten to be about notable women in the business world.

Heard on DeRay Mckesson: The Vest Is Yet To Come.

Myth Connections

Sep 28, 2018

Do you know your myths from Aeneas to Zeus? In this final round, every answer contains a mythological figure.

Heard on DeRay Mckesson: The Vest Is Yet To Come.

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Matt And Kim: How To Go Outside And Not Die

Sep 14, 2018

Before they were Matt and Kim, the pop duo known for ecstatic live shows and inventive music videos, they were Kim Schifino and Matt Johnson, two art students at the Pratt Institute in New York. At The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri, NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg asked which came first: Matt and Kim the couple, or Matt and Kim the band? "The doing it came first," Johnson said.

Fact Bag

Sep 14, 2018

The fact bag is back and ready to fact you up. Facts about Clydesdales. Facts about Lewis and Clark. Facts about weird dog studies. Fact bag is always and forever. Long live fact bag.

Heard on Matt And Kim: How To Go Outside And Not Die.

Crazy Twain

Sep 14, 2018

In this music parody, lyrics to Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" are changed to be about Missouri-native Mark Twain.

Heard on Matt And Kim: How To Go Outside And Not Die.

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Why Haven't You Called?

Aug 31, 2018

The lyrics of songs about the telephone are changed to be about other forms of communication. "Can you hear me now?" I can't hear you respond; radio works only one-way.

Heard on Rose Byrne-ing Down The House.

Rose Byrne-ing Down The House

Aug 31, 2018

Rose Byrne has her older sister to thank for launching her acting career. When Byrne was eight years old, her sister told their parents that Rose ought to study acting. "I was very shy," she told NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York. "I think they thought it would help me come out of my shell, perhaps." Byrne, who grew up in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, joined the Australian Theatre for Young People and discovered her love of acting.

Alphabet Soup

Aug 31, 2018

In this final round, every answer is a letter of the alphabet. Why is "B" very cool? Because it's sitting in the "A-C"! No? O-K.

Heard on Rose Byrne-ing Down The House.

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Fact Bag

Aug 31, 2018

Ophira and Jonathan are back at it again with the Fact Bag! What's that? A trivia question is pulled from its depths. A debate ensues. The answer is revealed. End scene.

Heard on Rose Byrne-ing Down The House.

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Emojis Louise

Aug 17, 2018

In this final round, every answer is also an emoji, according to the Unicode Consortium. *sunglasses emoji*

Heard on Awkwafina And Sasha Velour: New York City Queens.

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Sasha Velour is a winner. In June of 2017, the drag queen took home the crown on season nine of RuPaul's Drag Race. More than a year later, she's still using her queendom to spread the word about drag, and challenge perceptions about the art form.

On stage at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York, Velour was dressed in yards of shiny silver fabric adorned with hundreds of huge, multicolored gems. She described the look to NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg as "a crown as a dress," or "what Queen Nosferatu wears to her daughter's lesbian summer wedding."

Banned Books on the Run

Aug 17, 2018

The lyrics of the Wings song "Band on the Run" are changed to be about books that were once banned, censored or challenged in the United States. It's trivia turned up to 451 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heard on Awkwafina And Sasha Velour: New York City Queens.

Nobel Winner Takes It All

Jul 27, 2018

Guest musician Julian Velard takes the helm to parody songs by ABBA; changing the lyrics to be about another Swedish phenomenon: Nobel Prize winners. Based on the parody version, our contestants must ring in and identify the winner. Mamma Mia!

Heard on Jessica Walter's Alter Egos.

Final Round: The Time Has Come

Jul 27, 2018

Time flies — it's the final round already! In this rapidfire game, each answer has a word associated with time or timekeeping in it.

Heard on Jessica Walter's Alter Egos.

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The Order Of The Universe

Jul 27, 2018

Our ultra-competitive guest musician Julian Velard faces off against the audience in this space-themed game. See if he shoots for the moon, or spaces out.

Heard on Jessica Walter's Alter Egos.

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Final Round: The Danza

Jul 13, 2018

In this final round, every answer is an actor who played a character with his or her same first name. For example, Tony Danza played Tony Banta on Taxi.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

Fact Bag

Jul 13, 2018

Buckle up for FACT BAG! Ophira and Jonathan draw trivia questions from a bag and must debate the correct answers before they're revealed. They're facts in a bag, people. A bag of facts.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

Literal One-Named Bands

Jul 13, 2018

Jonathan sings songs from bands that go by one-word names, changing the lyrics of each to be about the literal definition of each band's name. It's a Journey, don't Rush, take time to Muse.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

Hollywood Headlines

Jun 29, 2018

Extra extra! Contestants are rewarded for their cinema know-how when they identify movies based off their corresponding prop-newspaper headlines.

Heard on Francois Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers.

Final Round: That's A Wrap

Jun 29, 2018

Every answer contains a piece of filmmaking vocab.

Heard on Francois Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers.

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Meet the Expert

Jun 29, 2018

Comedy writer Steve Young is an expert on "industrial musicals," full-blown musicals written and performed at corporate functions. Young discovered these while seeking out oddball songs as a comedy writer for the David Letterman show; he's now featured in a documentary exploring the musicals, Bathtubs Over Broadway.

Steve challenges Ophira, puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin and guest musician Julian Velard to an audio quiz where they try to identify the products associated with industrial musical songs.

Final Round: Rock On

Jun 15, 2018

In this final round, every clue is synonymous with an act in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, "Corridor and Cereal Grains" becomes "Hall and Oates."

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

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Meet The Expert: Rob Sheffield

Jun 15, 2018

Rob Sheffield, longtime Rolling Stone music critic and author, tackles some hardcore music trivia and chats about his newest book, Dreaming the Beatles. The book, which came out this spring, is an exploration of the beloved band through the ears of today's listeners.

"It's crazy the Beatles are still the most popular group in the world," says Sheffield. "There's nothing else anywhere in our culture that's like this." Later, Ophira tries to stump Sheffield with some extra-tough music questions.

Jonathan Coulton parodies some of Rolling Stone music critic Rob Sheffield's favorite summer songs in a game about summer annoyances. Don't forget your SPF.

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

New Surname, Who Dis?

Jun 1, 2018

This final round pits contestants against each other in a game of celebrity-name palindromes — words that are spelled the same backwards and forwards. Wow!

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

Wisdom Of The Crowd

Jun 1, 2018

Ophira and Jonathan join forces and face off against the audience to ponder the numerical answers to some of life's greatest questions.

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

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