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.

The Emerald City

Jun 28, 2019

Inspired by Seattle's evocative nickname, in this final showdown, contestants are given definitions and must identify the corresponding word, which will contain a precious stone, mineral, or fossil within it.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Nicole Byer: It's A 'Ghost' Quiz

Jun 28, 2019

Nicole Byer returns to the stage for her Ask Me Another challenge, where she answers trivia questions about her self-proclaimed favorite childhood film, the 1990 hit Ghost.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Smells Like Teen Starbucks

Jun 28, 2019

In this music trivia round, the words of famous grunge songs are changed to describe things in and from the Seattle area.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

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Fifty Shades Dorkier

Jun 28, 2019

Twilight fan-fiction-turned best-selling romance trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey is based in Seattle. This game provides more risqué descriptions of other famous films and television shows that are set in and around the city.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Bleep Bloop

Jun 28, 2019

Washington state is the home of tech companies ranging from Microsoft to Nintendo's American headquarters, so in this game contestants are asked to identify the iconic video game based on an audio clip.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Spinoffs In Seattle

Jun 28, 2019

In this tribute to the classically romantic Sleepless In Seattle, contestants listen to clues that imagine Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks experiencing different alliterative combinations of emotions and cities around the globe.

Heard on: Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Nicole Byer: Nailed It!

Jun 28, 2019

As a comedian and actor, and host of the Netflix baking competition show Nailed It!, Nicole Byer projects an exuberant and infectious energy, evidenced by her dynamic stand-up material and playful vocal inflections — both in full form on stage at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington. But, as she told Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another, comedy wasn't initially her first path.

Did Ya Ever Notice?

Jun 21, 2019

We test how well you remember things that you've seen many, many times. How many dots are on a Domino's Pizza box — three or four?

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

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A Neeeeeeew Game

Jun 21, 2019

Contestants channel their inner Rod Roddy and imagine that they have the greatest job in the world: Being the announcer on The Price is Right. The answer to every question is something that starts with or sounds like the word "new." If we said, "Your prize is someone who constantly inconveniences you!" You'd answer... "A nuuuuuuu-isance!"

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

Floral Arrangements

Jun 21, 2019

Each of these answers contains the name of a flower or flowering plant. If we were to say, "British singer who recorded the albums "It's Not Me, It's You," and "Sheezus," you would reply, "Lily Allen."

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

Movie-Rap Mash Up

Jun 21, 2019

Contestants must mash up movie titles with the names of famous hip-hop and rap artists. For example, if we said, "Veteran cop Denzel Washington mentors Ethan Hawke about the album Three Feet High and Rising," you'd answer, "Training Day La Soul."

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

State the State

Jun 21, 2019

Contestants guess which U.S. state we're talking about based on a list of clues. Jell-O is the official snack of what state?

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

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Queen Diva Of Quizzes

Jun 21, 2019

Queen diva Big Freedia's fierce and fabulous energy is contagious. Born and raised in New Orleans, this musical risk-taker and lightning-speed booty shaker was first introduced to bounce music (a call-and-response style subgenre of hip-hop) in the early '90s. She was immediately hooked and, as she tells Ophira Eisenberg, spent the following decades working nonstop to establish herself as an icon of the New Orleans music scene. Today she's on the cutting edge of the bounce movement, performing most nights of the week in clubs from New Orleans to L.A.

Stump Jonathan Coulton

Jun 21, 2019

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969, they wore spacesuits developed by a company well-known for making a piece of everyday clothing. Can Coulton guess what piece?

Heard on Big Freedia: Queen Diva Of Quizzes

Catherine Cohen: Queen Of Cabernet Cabaret

Jun 14, 2019

Catherine Cohen is still a relative newcomer in New York, but the comedian, actor, and singer has already made a name for herself in the world of cabaret comedy. In 2019, GQ magazine featured her as one of "The 7 Funny People Reshaping Comedy Right Now." Cohen welcomed her recent praise in a conversation with NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York: "I'm one of the only people on earth that doesn't suffer from imposter syndrome."

Disco-Y History

Jun 14, 2019

Contestants listen to parody songs of famous disco hits and guess what 1970s phenomenon the lyrics were rewritten to describe.

Heard on Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous.

Beach Reads

Jun 14, 2019

It's a mash-up of clues about authors' names and common beach objects. If Jay Gatsby put on sunscreen at the beach, he'd have S-P-F Scott Fitzgerald to thank.

Heard on Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous.

Josh Gondelman is often described as the "nicest man in comedy." His interview with NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg illuminated exactly how nice and enthusiastic he can be. In their conversation at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York, Gondelman notes there have been moments in his life where he's been less than nice (or "snappy," as he put it) with strangers. But, he conceded that he's not good at being mean, admitting "it's so humiliating when I try to be unkind."

You Heard Wrong Right

Jun 14, 2019

Contestants listen to clips of songs that contain factual inaccuracies and buzz in to correct the artist's mistake.

Heard on Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous.

Get Your Cranium In The Game

Jun 14, 2019

In this multiple choice guessing game, host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton offer clues about obscure body parts. #nophiltrum

Heard on Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous.

Pride Month

Jun 14, 2019

In this final round, every answer contains the letters L, G, B and T.

Heard on Josh Gondelman And Catherine Cohen: Brooklyn Famous.

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Robot Love Songs

May 31, 2019

Beep Boop Beep. Robots can't love us, but we can write love songs about them. In this music parody game, contestants identify the real and fictional robots as Jonathan Coulton serenades.

Heard on Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks.

Grand Ole Finale

May 31, 2019

In this here Grand Ole Finale, every answer ends with the letters O-L-E.

Heard on Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks.

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Carlene Carter: Country Music Royalty

May 31, 2019

Bow down — or politely curtsy — in the presence of country music royalty like Carlene Carter. As the daughter of Carl Smith and June Carter Cash, the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (who bought her first electric guitar from Sears), and part of the groundbreaking Carter Family, it's fair to say Carlene Carter grew up enmeshed in country music.

You're The Only Ten-I-See

May 31, 2019

In this guessing game nominally inspired by Tennessee, contestants guess whether a quantity is more than/greater than/higher than ten or fewer than/less than/lower than ten. Grammarians: proceed with caution.

Heard on Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks.

Trace Adkins: Whiskey, Cigarettes, And Kale

May 31, 2019

Trace Adkins has followed many paths in his life. Through it all, however, he's always returned to music. "This is nothing but a hobby that got horribly out of control," he deadpanned to NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at TPAC's Polk Theater in Nashville, Tennessee. Long before he was a country music superstar, Adkins received his first guitar from his father when he was 10 years old. Although he wasn't known for his musical skills or aspirations, Adkins' father paid for his son's music lessons. "I never asked him why he did that, either.

Speeches And Songs

May 31, 2019

This audio quiz is for people who are well-versed on both political speeches AND popular music. Hillary Clinton fought for human rights, but who's fighting for your right to party?

Heard on Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks.

Meat And Three

May 31, 2019

In this word game based on the classic southern meal, "meat and three," contestants mash up foods and famous trios.

Heard on Trace Adkins And Carlene Carter: Cowboys And Cowpunks.

Spin Cycle

May 10, 2019

In this final round, every clue is a spin-off movie or television show.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

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Notorious And Eponymous

May 10, 2019

In this game, actor Taylor Schilling and Jonathan Coulton team up for a quiz about peculiar things named after real people.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

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