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.

Straight from the Greek

Aug 16, 2019

Contestants are given commonplace English words and are asked to correctly identify their obscure Greek origin.

Heard on Antoni Porowski: Queer Eye For The Quiz Guy.

Antoni Porowski: Queer Eye For The Quiz Guy

Aug 16, 2019

Quebec-born, Polish-descenced, and now a New York local, the trilingual food enthusiast Antoni Porowski is best known as one fifth of Queer Eye's fab five. In each episode, this enthusiastic group sets out to transform the life of one woefully unkempt "hero." Each member of the team has a niche and, although he isn't professionally trained, Porowski serves as the show's food and wine connoisseur. Now that Porowski has worked in this role over the show's four seasons, to date, he's gearing up to release his own cookbook: Antoni in the Kitchen.

M&Ms

Aug 16, 2019

In this final round every word begins and ends with the letter M.

Heard on Antoni Porowski: Queer Eye For The Quiz Guy.

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Stay Gold, Ponyboy

Aug 2, 2019

In this final round, every answer contains the word "Golden."

Heard on Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Cereal Stans.

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Ophira Eisenberg chats with Arturo Castro on Ask Me Another at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York.

Browsing History

Aug 2, 2019

Real moments from US history are rendered as social media updates.

Heard on Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Cereal Stans.

: 8/01/19

A previous version of the American history quiz on this podcast incorrectly said Sally Ride was the first woman in space. She was the first American woman in space.

Sailing Takes Me Away

Aug 2, 2019

The words from Yacht Rock classics, soft rock singles with nautical references, are rewritten to be about real and fictional boats.

Heard on Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Cereal Stans.

To many, Topher Grace may still be best known for his role as Eric Forman on the late 1990s coming of age sitcom That '70s Show. But it's not like he's been resting on his laurels since then. Just in the past year, the actor has appeared in the Oscar-winning Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman, and in a fifth season episode of Netflix's techno-pessimistic anthology series, Black Mirror.

Humonyms

Aug 2, 2019

In this audio quiz, contestants identify two different popular songs that sound questionably similar.

Heard on Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Cereal Stans.

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It's Lit, Bro!

Aug 2, 2019

Famous novels are described in the way a stereotypical bro might relate to them.

Heard on Topher Grace And Arturo Castro: Cereal Stans.

Chicken And Egg Problems

Jul 19, 2019

In this final round, the contestants — plus special guest Bowen Yang — are asked to identify, given a pair of events, which came first?

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

Too Many Letters With Anna Roisman

Jul 19, 2019

In this game guest-hosted by the host of HQ Words, Anna Roisman, contestants mash-up two initialisms: The first is a government agency, and the second could be anything. For example: if your tax returns are being audited by Kate McKinnon, you've sent them to the I-R-S-N-L.

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

Put On A Happy Face

Jul 19, 2019

In this music game, songs from famous musicals are rewritten to describe the plots of famous non-music dramatic stage plays. It's a crossover the Tony Awards would never themselves allow.

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

Classical Power Chords

Jul 19, 2019

In this audio quiz, classical compositions are paired up with contemporary songs they inspired.

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

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Fly Me To The Permanent Natural Satellite

Jul 19, 2019

Pretending they're on a romantic night stroll, contestants must correctly identify facts about the moon that would impress their hypothetical date.

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers were not fast friends. Now the co-hosts of the pop culture podcast, Las Culturistas, the two lived on the same floor of their freshman dorm at New York University (NYU) — where they had little to do with each other. Smash cut to 2019 where they are now both emerging voices on the comedy scene.

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.

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!

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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