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.

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?

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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.

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Odes To Codes

May 10, 2019

Contestants get crackin' in this music parody where song lyrics have been changed to different types of code.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

Inside The States

May 10, 2019

It's time for everyone's favorite subject: geography! In this word game, every answer is a state, and a word that can be found in that state's name.

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

Wild And Famous

May 10, 2019

Do away with your domesticated tendencies and get ready for an audio puzzle that mixes animal sounds and celebrities. Rawr!

Heard on Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown.

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In this word game, contestants mash up the names of podcasts with historical figures.

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Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Clown

May 10, 2019

What's your next move after starring in seven seasons of a hit television show? If you're Taylor Schilling, star of Orange Is the New Black, you go to clown class. "I'm constantly like, 'How can I be better?' And so clowning is, it's really beautiful, it's like going back to complete innocence," the actor told Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York. "And there's something about the lack of artifice and the bold, physical choices that it requires that really kind of, like, shake me up."

Taye Diggs: Your Grandma's Favorite

May 3, 2019

The titular character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch is not a role Taye Diggs thought he would ever get to play. The off-Broadway-turned Broadway hit musical by John Cameron Mitchell saw a slew of actors like Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall all portray the story of the glam and punk rock transgender woman as she travels from East Germany to America on tour. But for Diggs, taking on the iconic part, and donning those diva heels represented both a challenge and a breakthrough.

DeWanda Wise: She's Gotta Have WHAT!?!

May 3, 2019

After getting in trouble for repeatedly being late to class, a teacher offered DeWanda Wise a choice: head to detention, or audition for the spring musical, The Music Man. Wise said it was his well-meaning push at getting her to do something constructive with her time, instead of wasting it. "He was like, 'I see promise in you,'" she told Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York.

Book-To-Movie Adaptations

May 3, 2019

What's better, the movie or the book? In this word game, contestants mash up book and movie titles.

Heard on DeWanda Wise And Taye Diggs: She's Gotta Get Her Groove Back.

The Carpentry

May 3, 2019

Get those hammers out for a music parody game rewriting Carpenters songs.

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Doppel-Bängers

May 3, 2019

In this audio quiz, contestants identify songs that sound an awful lot like other songs.

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In this game, we incorrectly refer to the title of a Chuck Berry song as "Sweet Sixteen." The correct title is "Sweet Little Sixteen."

Sick Burns From Big Brains

May 3, 2019

Still thinking about that perfect comeback you never got to use against your middle school bully? You're in good company. In this game, contestants identify highbrow thinkers by their fictional lowbrow digs.

Heard on DeWanda Wise And Taye Diggs: She's Gotta Get Her Groove Back.

Set It Off

May 3, 2019

In this (crazy) final round, every clue is about a song with a parenthetical in its title.

Heard on DeWanda Wise And Taye Diggs: She's Gotta Get Her Groove Back.

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Alphabet Soup

Apr 26, 2019

In this final round, every answer is a letter of the alphabet. Why is "B" very cool? Because it's sitting in the "A-C"! No? O-K.

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Fact Bag

Apr 26, 2019

Ophira and Jonathan are back at it again with the Fact Bag! What's that? A trivia question is pulled from its depths. A debate ensues. The answer is revealed. End scene.

Heard on Rose Byrne-ing Down The House.

Why Haven't You Called?

Apr 26, 2019

The lyrics of songs about the telephone are changed to be about other forms of communication. "Can you hear me now?" I can't hear you respond; radio works only one-way.

Heard on Rose Byrne-ing Down The House.

Literary Spoonerisms

Apr 26, 2019

A spoonerism is where you switch the beginnings of two words, i.e. "jelly beans" becomes "belly jeans." But in this game, things are made even harder, as every spoonerism is of a famous author's first and last name.


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Celebrities On Celebrities

Apr 26, 2019

In this audio quiz, contestants are played a clip of a celebrity impersonating another celebrity. Points are awarded for identifying one or both superstars.

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It's An Albany Expression

Apr 26, 2019

Got a phrase you can't use anywhere but your hometown? In this game, contestants attempt to guess the real definition of regional slang words!

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Rose Byrne-ing Down The House

Apr 26, 2019

Rose Byrne appears on Ask Me Another at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York.
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Case In Points

Apr 19, 2019

In this final round, every answer contains at least two of the highest value Scrabble letters: Q, Z, X or J.

Heard on Retta: Tweet Yo' Self.

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Hockey Fact Bag With Retta

Apr 19, 2019

It's the Stanley Cup of public radio bags: Fact Bag. In this hockey-themed edition, Los Angeles Kings fan and Good Girls star Retta joins Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton to discuss three NHL trivia questions, one for each period in a regulation game. Will they guess the answers, or will they be sent to the penalty box?

Heard on Retta: Tweet Yo' Self.

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