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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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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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Saint Umped

Sep 14, 2018

St-umped? Not these contestants! In this game, words that start with S-T become saints.

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

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Arch Nemesis

Sep 14, 2018

In celebration of St. Louis's famous Gateway Arch, each answer has the consecutive letters A-R-C-H.

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St. Louisans

Sep 14, 2018

It's not just the birthplace of 7UP! Contestants must name famous people born or raised in St. Louis based on audio clips.

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Imaginary Tourism

Sep 14, 2018

Pack your bags! In this game, contestants identify fictional destinations from books, movies, and TV shows.

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

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Celebrities On Celebrities

Aug 31, 2018

In this audio quiz, contestants are played a clip of a celebrity impersonating another celebrity. Points are awarded for identifying one or both superstars.

Heard on Rose Byrne-ing Down The House.

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It's An Albany Expression

Aug 31, 2018

Got a phrase you can't use anywhere but your hometown? In this game, contestants attempt to guess the real definition of regional slang words!

Heard on Rose Byrne-ing Down The House.

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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.

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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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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.

Literary Spoonerisms

Aug 31, 2018

A spoonerism is where you switch the beginnings of two words, i.e. "jelly beans" becomes "belly jeans." But in this game, things are made even harder, as every spoonerism is of a famous author's first and last name.


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The Spoken Word

Aug 24, 2018

You know those parts in songs where the singing stops and there's a poem, or a monologue, or something oddly spoken? In this game, Ophira and Jonathan perform dramatic recitations of odd spoken sections from popular songs, and contestants must guess the artist or song title.

Heard on Lena Hall: From Yitzhak to Hedwig.

National Parody Radio

Aug 24, 2018

We here at NPR are self-aware enough to know that we're ripe for parody. Television knows it too. For this game, we've found clips of fake public radio shows and podcasts; contestants identify the TV shows they came from.

Heard on Lena Hall: From Yitzhak to Hedwig.

Lena Hall: From Yitzhak to Hedwig

Aug 24, 2018

Tony Award winner Lena Hall comes from a long line of performers. "Seven generations back in the Philippines," Hall recounted to host Ophira Eisenberg, "my father's great-great-great-whatever ... was, like, a dancer." She continues, "My father's a choreographer; he had his own company. And my mother was his prima ballerina."

Ethereum. Mysterium. Cat Dealers. Are these things cryptocurrencies, top electronic dance music DJs, or board games?

Heard on Lena Hall: From Yitzhak to Hedwig.

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Happily Alone

Aug 24, 2018

We've rewritten the TLC classic "No Scrubs" to be about famous women who were never married. Guess what historical figure Jonathan Coulton is singing about.

Heard on Lena Hall: From Yitzhak to Hedwig.

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Largest And In Charge-Est

Aug 24, 2018

Which has a greater diameter: the world's largest disco ball or the world's largest beach ball? Puzzle guru Art Chung presents Ophira and Jonathan with two Guinness World Records, and they must guess which of the two is bigger.

Heard on Lena Hall: From Yitzhak to Hedwig.

Quebec Uniform India Zulu

Aug 24, 2018

The NATO phonetic alphabet has many super-serious uses, but we primarily know it as those words you use when you're trying to spell your name over the phone. In this final round, each answer is one of those twenty-six words. Good luck, and may the best contestant W-as-in-Whiskey, I-as-in-India, N-as-in-November!

Heard on Lena Hall: From Yitzhak to Hedwig.

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.

Subject To Dispute

Aug 17, 2018

Contestants are given terms from their school days and must choose the real definition from a list of multiple choice answers. Anybody remember what the powerhouse of a cell is? (Mitochondria.)

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Awkwafina: 'No Turning Back'

Aug 17, 2018

When Nora Lum chose Awkwafina as her rap name, she was 16 years old, writing music in her childhood bedroom in Forest Hills, Queens in New York. At the time, she was an aspiring concert trumpeter attending the prestigious Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, teaching herself how to produce beats, and writing lyrics to flesh out the songs. Over the next two years, she recorded more than 500 tracks, including "My Vag" — a response to Mickey Avalon's self-aggrandizing "My Dick."

Courtroom Drama

Aug 17, 2018

Grab your gavels! In this audio quiz, contestants listen to clips of popular courtroom scenes from television and film, then identify where they came from.

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Historical Tweets

Aug 17, 2018

Contestants identify famous historical figures based on fictional tweets they might have created in their day. Imagine going back to 140 characters — #gross.

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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*

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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."

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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