Ask Me Another

Airs Saturdays at noon & 8 pm
Ophira Eisenberg

Ask Me Another blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton. Ask Me Another is recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

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Ask Me Another
9:07 am
Fri August 16, 2013

I Left My Heart In Boston

Jonathan Coulton is wicked stoked to pay tribute to Boston in the best way he knows how: by substituting the names of Boston neighborhoods into the lyrics of well-known songs about other cities. For example, if Elvis had spent more time in a certain Boston neighborhood, he might have written a song called "Viva Dorchester!" Can you name the original towns? Or do you prefer a "Roslindale State of Mind"?

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Ask Me Another
9:07 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Name Brand Names

It may take a lifetime to develop your fashion sense or signature flourish, but only a few trendsetters can boast clothing items actually named in their honor.

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Article Adjective Noun

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

And now to end this for once and all, and I mean for this week anyways. Let's bring back our winners from our previous game. We have Olivia Bumgardner from Who's That Girl.

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EISENBERG: Andy Cohen from War, Oy, What's It Good For. Liz Kash Stroppel from Character Voices, Mark Kujawski from Crisp Game Arenas and Kiki Turner from Pop Goes the Answer.

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EISENBERG: I'm going to turn to our puzzle guru John Chaneski to take us out.

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Pop Goes The Answer

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants, Eden Gauteron and Kiki Turner to the stage.

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EISENBERG: Eden, you play in a band called Dino's House Party. Why did you name the band that?

EDEN GAUTERON: It's the name of a bar that all the bartenders were Russian women wearing bikinis.

EISENBERG: Oh, what a delightful place.

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EISENBERG: Kiki, I hear you're a fan of celebrity gossip.

KIKI TURNER: I am a fan of celebrity gossip.

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Crisp Game Arenas

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two victims. They are right here. We have Blake Olmstead and Mark Kujawski. Welcome to the ASK ME ANOTHER stage.

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EISENBERG: Blake, I love that your big hobby is astronomy.

BLAKE OLMSTEAD: Yes.

EISENBERG: That is amazing to me. And it's because your grandfather built satellites.

OLMSTEAD: Yeah, he worked for TRW for a long time, and then sort of gave me the introduction into astronomy that I've carried through to, you know, the starless skies of New York.

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Ask Me Another
10:32 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Steven Strogatz: The Joy Of 'X'

"I started making up questions for myself that I didn't know the answer to, just for the fun of getting back into that euphoric feeling of being puzzled and wanting to solve it." — Steven Strogatz, on how his habits changed after solving a challenging word problem in grade school
Greg Kessler World Science Festival

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

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Ask Me Another
10:32 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Hollywood Formulas

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

If there's actually a secret Hollywood movie formula, we want to see the proof. In a game that will take you right back to your beloved high school algebra and geometry classes, host Ophira Eisenberg asks contestants to combine the titles of well-known movies with mathematical terms. For example, "Rectangled" combines the polygon "rectangle" with the title of the film Tangled.

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Ask Me Another
10:32 am
Thu August 1, 2013

I'm No Doctor

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Breaking It Down, Avidan Ackerson. From Generically Speaking, Erin Barker. From Algebraic Music, Diane Firstman. From Real Housewives, John Rennie. And from Hollywood Formulas Chris Kairalla.

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EISENBERG: I want to ask our puzzle guru John Chaneski to take us out and crown a winner.

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Ask Me Another
9:11 am
Fri July 26, 2013

It's In The Cards

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now, we're going to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back, from Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, Christy O'Neill.

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EISENBERG: From This That or the Other: Sarah Bouboulis. From Bust a Cap: Darla Gutierrez. From Fruit Salad: Lauren Weisskirk. And from Just Do It: Andrew Sommerfeld.

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EISENBERG: I'm going to ask our puzzle guru Art Chung to take us out.

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Ask Me Another
9:11 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Just Do It?

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Welcome back to ASK ME ANOTHER, NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia. I'm Ophira Eisenberg and with me on our stage is our very important puzzler, Michael Ian Black.

MICHAEL IAN BLACK: Hello.

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EISENBERG: So Michael, we thought that before we throw you in the puzzle pit, we'd make you run a game with us. We're going to first, welcome our contestants that are going to play this game. Let's welcome Andrew Sommerfeld and Erica Pietricola.

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