Ask Me Another

Rhythm & News: Sat • 10am-11am
  • 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 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.

Are you game for NPR's guiltiest and most puzzling pleasure? To become a contestant, email askmeanother@npr.org. You never know — you just might wind up playing a game with your favorite celebrity.

Mystery Guest

Mar 3, 2017

This week's mystery guest is Harvey Burgett, an accomplished music composer, conductor and organist. In 2015, Harvey won a national title for something he only started doing four years ago! Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton ask "yes" or "no" questions to figure it out what it was for.

Heard on Tim Daly: Mr. Madam Secretary

Magazines Other Than Vogue

Mar 3, 2017

Let your body move to the music as you guess the names of the magazines Jonathan Coulton is singing about, in this parody of Madonna's "Vogue."

Heard on Tim Daly: Mr. Madam Secretary

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To Mock A Harper Lee

Mar 3, 2017

In this game, we describe hypothetical sequels to the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird with much better names. Each title plays off the original EXCEPT we've replaced the word "kill" with a rhyming verb and the word "mockingbird" with a different, three-syllable animal. For example, if we said, "Scout excites a spotted, laughing, dog-like scavenger, by taking it on a roller coaster," the title of that sequel would be "To THRILL a HYENA."

True Fact Or Fictitious

Feb 17, 2017

Guest musician Julian Velard sings about old wives tales in this parody of Stevie Wonder's classic song, "Superstition." Can you guess which tales are true and false before the contestants do?

Heard on Roy Wood Jr.: Puzzle Banger After Banger

Mystery Guest

Feb 17, 2017

This episode's Mystery Guest is Lauren Singer, who decided to change her life in a radical way while she was in college. Now she runs a blog that teaches people how to follow her lead. Ophira Eisenberg and guest musician Julian Velard ask yes or no questions to figure out what she did to change her life!

Heard on Roy Wood Jr.: Puzzle Banger After Banger

Ménage À Trois

Feb 17, 2017

They say two is company and three's a crowd, but these treasured trios prove that saying wrong. Contestants must guess the collective name given to a particular trio. For example, "Larry, Moe and Curly," are "The Three Stooges."

Heard on Roy Wood Jr.: Puzzle Banger After Banger

Categories To The Letter

Feb 3, 2017

Who's the only U.S. President with the letter X in their last name? Richard Nixon, of course! In this final round, contestants are given a category and a letter, and must respond with the only item or person that fits the bill.

Heard on Kathleen Madigan: Life On The Road

Kathleen Madigan: Life On The Road

Feb 3, 2017

Comedian and St. Louis native Kathleen Madigan credits growing up in the Midwest for her sense of humor. "We have an underdog attitude that makes us...observers rather than participants," She told host Ophira Eisenberg on stage at the Bell House in Brooklyn. "People that are in cool cities are actually participating in their lives...And we're just sitting there going, 'Why the f*** are we here?'"

Exit Through The Gift Shop

Feb 3, 2017

It's time for the Ask Me Another Museum Tour! In this gift that keeps giving, contestants guess the famous historical figure, based on a description of a souvenir from their museum's gift store.

Heard on Kathleen Madigan: Life On The Road

For The Win

Jan 27, 2017

Our finalists compete for the win — literally! In this final round, all answers contain the consecutive letters W-I-N. For example, the answer to "buildings that Don Quixote believes are giants" is "windmills."

Heard on Zazie Beetz: Atlanta In Brooklyn

Zazie Beetz: Atlanta In Brooklyn

Jan 27, 2017

"I'm really happy to be a part of something I'm proud of, 'cause that's not always the case!" actress Zazie Beetz told host Ophira Eisenberg on the Bell House stage. Beetz plays Vanessa on the FX television series Atlanta, which follows a group of characters trying to make it in the rap music industry. Vanessa plays the only female character, the single mother of the main character's child.

Words In Words

Jan 27, 2017

What would you get if Scrabble hooked up with a Russian nesting doll? That's what contestants figure out in this game where every answer is a multisyllabic word, followed by a word found inside that word. If we said, "My science experiment may or may not include an electronically charged particle," the answer would be "optional ion" because the word "optional" contains the word "ion."

Heard on Zazie Beetz: Atlanta In Brooklyn

Just Say No

Jan 20, 2017

Our finalists finally put their foot down in this game where every answer ends with the word "NO." If we asked, "What artist married John Lennon?" the answer would be "Yoko Ono."

Heard on Eugene Mirman: Burger On A Sesame Seed Pun

Easy Degrees

Jan 20, 2017

What do Pitbull and Celine Dion have in common? They both have honorary degrees! In this game we play a clip of a famous person accepting an honorary degree, and contestants buzz in to guess who else has joined the exclusive club.

Heard on Eugene Mirman: Burger On A Sesame Seed Pun

Stuff By The Ocean

Jan 20, 2017

Grab some sunscreen and a time machine! Jonathan Coulton takes us all the way back to the summer of 2016 with a parody of "Cake By The Ocean," where each clue is about something you'd find--you guessed it--by the ocean.

Heard on Eugene Mirman: Burger On A Sesame Seed Pun

D-lightful

Jan 13, 2017

All answers in this final round consist of two words, both words starting with D. For example, if we said, "A clue in Jeopardy! where a contestant can wager their entire earnings," you'd answer, "Daily Double."

Heard on Cat Cora: Her Kitchen Rules

Cat Cora: Her Kitchen Rules

Jan 13, 2017

According to celebrity chef Cat Cora, when she became the first female Iron Chef in America, things started to get a little weird. "I got into a winning streak...I would wear the same socks, I'd eat the same breakfast - I mean five almonds on my granola, my two tablespoons ... of yogurt... I measured everything out," she told host Ophira Eisenberg. "You get weird, you get freakin' weird."

Bring Your "Ay" Game

Jan 13, 2017

An-cay ou-yay eak-spay ig-Pay atin-Lay? In this game, clues hint at a word AND its Pig Latin translation. If we said, "Get CLOSE TO THE GROUND to CHEER at a bullfight," you'd answer, "Low... ole," because the Pig Latin translation of the word "LOW" is "OW-LAY."

Heard on Cat Cora: Her Kitchen Rules

Dash To Victory

Dec 16, 2016

What's that French phrase for a two-person meeting where you put your heads together? If you said "tete-a-tete," then you'll enjoy this final round where every answer contains at least two hyphens.

Heard on Tim Gunn: Make It Smirk!

Jumbled Plots

Dec 16, 2016

Chris Pratt stars in "Disco Walrus Jr.," a movie in which he runs around a theme park whose genetic engineering produces a funky sea mammal. That's the gist of this game, where titles of recent movies are anagrammed to make new titles.

Heard on Tim Gunn: Make It Smirk!

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