Ask Me Another

Saturday at 11 a.m.
  • 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.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Alejandro Escovedo is a punk rock pioneer and veteran of Latino rock scene whose career has spanned almost 45 years. But the San Antonio-native and now-Austin resident is not the only one in his sprawling musical family to write a song or pick up a guitar; encouraged by their parents, especially their father who also played played, eight of the 13 siblings in became professional musicians.

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Nov 8, 2019

In this final round, every answer can be spelled on a traditional LCD calculator by turning it upside-down.

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Off Field Injuries

Nov 8, 2019

Songwriter Alejandro Escovedo returns to the stage for multiple choice quiz that challenges his baseball expertise in a game about mundane baseball injuries... will he hit a home run?

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Buddy's Hollywood

Nov 8, 2019

In this music parody game, the songs by Buddy Holly are reworked to be about everyone's favorite buddy movies.

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Things Debbie Does

Nov 8, 2019

In this game, every answer is a famous person's first name, a verb and a city.

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Don't Leave Me Hangin'

Nov 8, 2019

Contestants guess which television shows famous cliffhangers are from... will they survive the challenge? To be continued...

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Yellow Rosé Of Texas

Nov 8, 2019

Contestants become sommeliers and imagine what would happen if famous Texas locations became wineries.

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Singer-songwriter and "yacht rock" pioneer Michael McDonald has a lot to be excited about these days. This month, news broke that The Doobie Brothers — the band he performed with and wrote hits like "What A Fool Believes" for since the 1970s — was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time. If inducted next year, the celebration would be pretty perfect timing — 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the rock band's start.

Older Or Younger Than 25?

Oct 25, 2019

In this final round, Ask Me Another celebrate the 25th anniversary of Santa Barbara's public radio station KCLU in a game where contestants must decide if these things are younger or older than the station.

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For Santa Barbara residents, Lil' Toot is simply a water taxi. But to the Ask Me Another staff, Lil' Toot became something of an obsession. The captain of the boat, Fred Hershman described it as a "cute, lil' yellow tug boat that goes back and forth across the harbor." While the ride only lasts 12 to 15 minutes, the boat is equipped with a cute little horn, and bubbles coming out of the smokestack.

Non Surfing Safari

Oct 25, 2019

Inspired by the hard truth that The Pacific Ocean is actually really cold, in this music parody game we rewrote songs by The Beach Boys to be about beach activities you can do without getting more than your feet wet.

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Real Or Fake Ice Cream?

Oct 25, 2019

Contestants must guess which of these seemingly non-edible ice cream flavors are real or fake.

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Santas And Barbaras

Oct 25, 2019

Hello Gorgeous! In this audio quiz, contestants are played a clip of Santa Claus from a holiday movie or TV special — mashed up with a clip of a famous person named Barbara.

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West Coast, Best Coast

Oct 25, 2019

Contestants put their wordplay skills to the test-coast in this game where every answer is in the form of the phrase "West Coast, Best Coast."

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Heart Songs

Oct 11, 2019

This surprisingly difficult audio quiz is inspired by the late great Selena's "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom." Contestants identify other songs containing made-up phrases. It's bidi bidi fun fun.

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We're Having Space Problems

Oct 11, 2019

Houston... you know what we're gonna say. Contestants guess which celestial bodies are calling in with their real, space-related problems.

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Everything's Bigger In Texas

Oct 11, 2019

In this final round, every answer contains the word "big." The ending is a BIG surprise.

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7-Eleventh Heaven With Kristin Chenoweth

Oct 11, 2019

In tribute to Kristin Chenoweth's love of the 7-Eleven Slurpee, she answers trivia questions about the history of the convenience store chain.

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Famous Follicles

Oct 11, 2019

Jonathan Coulton must ask mustache questions in this ZZ Top music parody about iconic facial hair.

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Going Underground

Oct 11, 2019

If you can't go over it, you play a game about guessing what's under it. Contestants play a game about some underground spots.

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Kristin Chenoweth: No Rest For The Wicked

Oct 11, 2019

You might know Kristin Chenoweth as popular girl Glinda the Good Witch in the original cast of Wicked, the long-running musical retelling of The Wizard of Oz. You may know her from one of her numerous TV roles. Maybe you've sung along to one of her seven albums. In a conversation with Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Cullen Performance Hall in Houston, Texas, Kristin Chenoweth shares how her operatic plans turned into an award-winning career in musical theater and television.

Matthew McConaughey: Commerce And Vanity

Sep 27, 2019

He's an Oscar winning actor, a University of Texas alum-turned-professor, and the unofficial (yet also kinda official) face of Austin, Texas. He's Matthew McConaughey.

Lone Star

Sep 27, 2019

In this stellar final round, each answer contains something found in outer space.

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Weird Texas Laws With Matthew McConaughey

Sep 27, 2019

As the state's capital, Austin is where Texas's laws are made. Matthew McConaughey guesses which of these Texas laws are real, and which are myths.

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Sep 27, 2019

In this music parody, house musician Jonathan Coulton rewrote songs with the word "America" or "American" in their titles to make them about people, places and things that happened the same year Texas became an American state.

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Stone Cold Steve Austin, Texas

Sep 27, 2019

Contestants combine their celebrity expertise and geography skills with this star-studded, state capitals mash up game.

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One Nocturn Deserves Another

Sep 27, 2019

Inspired by the 1.5 million bats living under the Congress Bridge in Austin, this audio quiz invites contestants to guess which night-time critter they're listening to.

Heard on Matthew McConaughey: Commerce And Vanity.

Famous Moments In Nudity

Sep 27, 2019

Inspired by Austin's clothing-optional park, Hippie Hollow, contestants play a game that could lead to a winning streak.

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Historic Tech Support

Sep 13, 2019

Ophira and Jonathan play tech support agents troubleshooting problems with old-timey inventions.

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Do not adjust your radio as contestants answer questions about some of the earliest audio recordings ever made.

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