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.

New York Times Best Sailors

Feb 7, 2020

Literary figures take to the sea in this word game where every answer is a mashup of a bestselling author and an aquatic creature.

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Tan France: Naturally Tan

Feb 7, 2020

Tan France went from a fashion designer to a household name when he joined the cast of Netflix's series Queer Eye. A reboot of the original Bravo series Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, this iteration of Queer Eye follows five lifestyle experts — known as the "Fab Five" — as they makeover the lives of people across the country.

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.

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Make It a Double

Jan 31, 2020

Finalists go double-or-nothing in a quiz where every answer begins with "double."

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Future Imperfect With John Cameron Mitchell

Jan 31, 2020

Writer and performer John Cameron Mitchell plays a game about past predictions of life in the 21st century. It'll make you think, "Yeah, why don't we have super chimpanzees?"

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Purple Prince

Jan 31, 2020

This is what it sounds like when the contestants play a music parody game based around Prince's discography and the artist's favorite color.

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Contestants try not to be total shabbaroons as they guess whether a word is a music festival, a children's television show, or a 19th-century British insult.

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Literature After Dark

Jan 31, 2020

Esmerelda, u up? In this game, literary romances are rewritten as flirty late-night texts.

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Rhyme Signature

Jan 31, 2020

Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton conduct and instruct the contestants to answer with a musical term and a rhyming word.

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John Cameron Mitchell: Getting Shrill

Jan 31, 2020

If there's any reaction that John Cameron Mitchell doesn't want, it's "meh." Since the 1998 Off-Broadway premiere of his glam rock-inspired musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Mitchell has spent his career creating stories that aim for the new and original. The musical, adapted into a film in 2001, follows a transgender rockstar as she travels across the country with her glam and punk band, The Angry Inch.

Marina Franklin: Single Black Female

Jan 17, 2020

Comedian Marina Franklin went from working at the themed restaurant Jekyll and Hyde in New York City, to sharing a stage with SNL alum Tracy Morgan in her first paid stand-up gig, and back to working at Jekyll and Hyde in the span of 24 hours. Since then, Franklin has appeared in the Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer and the HBO comedy series Crashing. She also hosts the podcast Friends Like Us, and continues to perform stand-up.

Justin Long: 'Lots Of Love'

Jan 17, 2020

Actor Justin Long genuinely wants to know his guests' favorite emoji. After starring in comedies like Idiocracy, Dodgeball and He's Just Not That Into You, Long adds "podcast host" to his resume. The actor currently co-hosts the podcast Life Is Short with his brother, Christian. In it, Long asks his guests questions ranging from "What's your favorite Muppet?" to "What's your conception of the afterlife?" More recently, Long has starred in in the film The Wave and the Netflix series Giri/Haji.

Welcome To The Jumble

Jan 17, 2020

In this anagram game, contestants unscramble different animal species. It's like the new Dr. Doolittle but with slightly less CGI.

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Final Round

Jan 17, 2020

The final two contestants test their knowledge of everything from world leaders to puppets in this rapid-fire game of smarts and strategy.

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The Swing Of Things

Jan 17, 2020

Revisit the New Jack Swing, you know, that musical genre trend of the mid-1980's to the early-'90s that fused R&B with jazz, soul, and hip-hop. In this music parody game, songs from the New Jack Swing movement are rewritten about things that very literally swing — or can be swung.

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This Is United States

Jan 17, 2020

The contestants swap two-letter terms and phrases for states that share those same two letters in this high-concept word game. It's that simple!

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Hashtag Challenge

Jan 17, 2020

In this audio quiz, contestants strike a pose and stay verrrrry still as they identify viral internet challenges.

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Luke James: Not 'Chi' About Singing

Jan 3, 2020

As a singer, an actor, and model with more than one ab, some may consider Luke James to be a true triple-threat. In a conversation with NPR's Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter reflected on how his New Orleans high school music group Upskale got the attention of model and singer Tyrese Gibson, and how that pushed his music career to the next level.

What A Geome-Treat

Jan 3, 2020

In this final round, every answer is a 2-D or a 3-D shape.

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Hungry Like The Wolf

Jan 3, 2020

A lover of wolves, singer, actor and model Luke James comes back to play a game where his wolf knowledge is put to the test.

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Jingle All The Way

Jan 3, 2020

In this music parody, contestants guess which movie or TV show a fictional product or company is from.

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Animal Life Coach

Jan 3, 2020

Like Robert Downey Jr., contestants channel their inner Dr. Dolittle when they guess how to advise animals facing various dilemmas.

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More Machine Than Man

Jan 3, 2020

Beep boop! In this audio quiz, contestants guess which fictional A.I. or robot-y voices they hear.

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The City Formerly Known As

Jan 3, 2020

Turns out change can be a good thing. In this quiz, contestants guess a U.S. city's current name, given the name it used to go by.

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Stand Up First Ladies

Dec 20, 2019

In this audio game, two returning champions guess which sassy first lady they're hearing.

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Something On The Something

Dec 20, 2019

Inspired by the holiday tradition, Elf on the Shelf, two returning champions play a rhyming word game where something is always on something.

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The Final Round

Dec 20, 2019

Just like the 1989 Fred Savage movie The Wizard, Ask Me Another's 2019 Tournament of Champions ends with the debut of a completely new game. In this final round format, the two remaining champions must use smarts and strategy to win.

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Dan Soder: Only Child Syndrome

Dec 20, 2019

Stand-up comedian and actor Dan Soder has been on your screen more times than you've probably realized. He's been featured on Comedy Central's The Standups, Inside Amy Schumer, and MTV's Guy Code. Alongside comedian Big Jay Oakerson, Soder co-hosts a daily radio show on SiriusXM called The Bonfire where they talk about all things sports, entertainment and comedy. He also has a recurring role as Mafee on the Showtime drama Billions, which depicts the power politics in the world of high finance in New York City.

Kal Penn: Aspiring Vegan

Dec 20, 2019

Kal Penn was on the show House, he worked in the White House, and, most recently, he stopped by the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York, to appear on NPR's Ask Me Another. Penn's unusual resume includes both starring in the Harold & Kumar stoner-comedy franchise, and working for President Barack Obama. In 2007, he became an Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Read It? I Devoured It!

Dec 20, 2019

Returning champions mash up authors and foods in one of Ask Me Another's most challenging word games ever.

Heard on Kal Penn And Dan Soder: The Tournament Of Champions.

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