Speeches And Songs: Stratford Edition

Feb 7, 2020

Contestants let slip the dogs of war in this Shakespeare-themed audio quiz where the Bard meets contemporary pop songs.

Heard on Tan France: Naturally Tan.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is about Shakespeare and pop music. You know, today we study Shakespeare as classic literature, but it's important to remember that he wasn't a real person.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Your next game is an audio quiz called Speeches and Songs: Stratford Edition. Each clue is a mashup of two clips. The first is an actor performing a famous line from Shakespeare. The second is a pop song. You get one point for identifying the play and one point for the pop artist or song. All right, Randolph, stay in the lead, and you are in the final round. Meredith, you need to get more points, or you have to buy Richard III a sunlamp. It would help.

This begins with Sir Ian McKellen in a 1995 adaptation.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "RICHARD III")

IAN MCKELLEN: (As Richard III) A horse, a horse - my kingdom for a...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "OLD TOWN ROAD")

LIL NAS X: (Singing) Horse. You can whip your Porsche.

(LAUGHTER)

LIL NAS X: (Singing) I been in the valley. You ain't been up off that porch.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Meredith.

MEREDITH LARK: "Richard III." I don't know the song.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Have you just been talking to your plants for the last two years?

(LAUGHTER)

LARK: Is it Lil Nas X?

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Yeah, it is. "Richard III" - yes, Lil Nas X, "Old Town Road."

LARK: OK, cool.

EISENBERG: Yeah, yeah, yeah. OK. First, we'll hear Andrew Scott as the hot priest in "Fleabag."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "FLEABAG")

ANDREW SCOTT: (As The Priest) To be, or not to be. That is the...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "INDEPENDENT WOMEN, PT. 1")

DESTINY'S CHILD: (Singing) Question, how'd you like this knowledge that I brought?

(LAUGHTER)

DESTINY'S CHILD: (Singing) Bragging on that cash that he gave you is to front. If you're going to brag, make sure...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Meredith.

LARK: "Hamlet" and Beyonce. Ooh, ooh.

EISENBERG: OK.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Meredith, that is technically a Destiny's Child song, But Beyonce is singing, so you will be given the point.

(APPLAUSE)

LARK: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Wow. That was close.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: The first voice you'll hear is Claire Danes from a 1996 adaptation.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "ROMEO AND JULIET")

CLAIRE DANES: (As Juliet) What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MONEY")

CARDI B: (Rapping) Sweet like a honey bun. Spit like a Tommy gun.

(LAUGHTER)

CARDI B: (Rapping) Rollie a one of one - come get your mommy some. Cardi at the tip-top...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Randolph.

RANDOLPH MEIKLEJOHN: "Romeo And Juliet."

MEIKLEJOHN: Anything else?

MEIKLEJOHN: I got nothing.

EISENBERG: OK.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: "Romeo And Juliet," that is correct. Meredith, can you score the other points?

LARK: I could try.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

LARK: Is it Nicki Minaj?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I know. We thought you'd go Montague, but you picked Capulet.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: It's actually - no, that's Cardi B. All right. This is your last clue. This begins with Tom Hiddleston reading a speech by the character Duke Orsino.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

TOM HIDDLESTON: (As Duke Orsino) If music be the food of love, play on.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'")

JOURNEY: (Singing) ...And on and on and on. Strangers...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Randolph.

MEIKLEJOHN: "Twelfth Night."

EISENBERG: And anything else?

(LAUGHTER)

MEIKLEJOHN: Not going there.

EISENBERG: OK.

MEIKLEJOHN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: "Twelfth Night" is correct. Meredith, can you take the other point?

LARK: It's Journey.

EISENBERG: That's right. Journey, "Don't Stop Believin'."

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: What a couple of games. What a couple of contestants.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Great job. And after two games, Meredith is going to the final round.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Do you think you have what it takes to be a contestant? Why not go to amatickets.org to apply? Coming up, "Queer Eye" style expert Tan France is here. And never...

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EISENBERG: Yeah, never has a public radio staff been more concerned about what they are wearing.

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EISENBERG: We all brought out our fanciest clogs.

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EISENBERG: I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is the ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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