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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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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.

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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Tom Arnold: Don't Call It A Comeback

Oct 5, 2018

Before Tom Arnold was a comedian, he worked in an Iowa meatpacking plant. "If you work at a meatpacking plant, especially on the kill floor, two things are for sure," Tom Arnold told Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another. "One, you will get very drunk every night, and two, you'll have crazy dreams like you're best friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger."

Podcast Themes

Oct 5, 2018

Ask Me Another shows some love for other podcasts in this audio quiz. Contestants identify podcasts from their theme songs.

Heard on Tom Arnold and Jill Sobule: Nostalgia Kills.

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Measured Response

Oct 5, 2018

Still struggling with the metric system? Well that doesn't matter here! In this game, contestants guess if historical measurement facts are true or false.

Heard on Tom Arnold and Jill Sobule: Nostalgia Kills.

This, That, Or The Other

Sep 28, 2018

Is a "vorpal" a sea creature, gadget, or fictional sword? Contestants guess from these categories in this edition of "This, That or The Other."

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

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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Cinema Sequels

Sep 28, 2018

Sure, the original is usually better, but not in this word game! Contestants add one letter to movie titles in order to create a new sequel.

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

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DeRay Mckesson: The Vest Is Yet To Come

Sep 28, 2018

DeRay Mckesson's favorite X-Men character is Storm. The activist, author and podcaster told Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another, "She would often arrive first and do something simple for her, and then she would fall back and let the other X-Men come and lead. It was such a great example of what it meant to be a leader."

Fictional Bands

Sep 28, 2018

Is your taste in music so niche that you don't even listen to real bands? Then you'll love this audio quiz in which contestants identify audio clips of fictional bands from movies and TV.

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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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."

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