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.

Literal One-Named Bands

Jul 13, 2018

Jonathan sings songs from bands that go by one-word names, changing the lyrics of each to be about the literal definition of each band's name. It's a Journey, don't Rush, take time to Muse.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

Final Round: The Danza

Jul 13, 2018

In this final round, every answer is an actor who played a character with his or her same first name. For example, Tony Danza played Tony Banta on Taxi.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

Fact Bag

Jul 13, 2018

Buckle up for FACT BAG! Ophira and Jonathan draw trivia questions from a bag and must debate the correct answers before they're revealed. They're facts in a bag, people. A bag of facts.

Heard on Darlene Love: From Background To Limelight

Hollywood Headlines

Jun 29, 2018

Extra extra! Contestants are rewarded for their cinema know-how when they identify movies based off their corresponding prop-newspaper headlines.

Heard on Francois Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers.

Final Round: That's A Wrap

Jun 29, 2018

Every answer contains a piece of filmmaking vocab.

Heard on Francois Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers.

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Meet the Expert

Jun 29, 2018

Comedy writer Steve Young is an expert on "industrial musicals," full-blown musicals written and performed at corporate functions. Young discovered these while seeking out oddball songs as a comedy writer for the David Letterman show; he's now featured in a documentary exploring the musicals, Bathtubs Over Broadway.

Steve challenges Ophira, puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin and guest musician Julian Velard to an audio quiz where they try to identify the products associated with industrial musical songs.

Final Round: Rock On

Jun 15, 2018

In this final round, every clue is synonymous with an act in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, "Corridor and Cereal Grains" becomes "Hall and Oates."

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

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Meet The Expert: Rob Sheffield

Jun 15, 2018

Rob Sheffield, longtime Rolling Stone music critic and author, tackles some hardcore music trivia and chats about his newest book, Dreaming the Beatles. The book, which came out this spring, is an exploration of the beloved band through the ears of today's listeners.

"It's crazy the Beatles are still the most popular group in the world," says Sheffield. "There's nothing else anywhere in our culture that's like this." Later, Ophira tries to stump Sheffield with some extra-tough music questions.

Jonathan Coulton parodies some of Rolling Stone music critic Rob Sheffield's favorite summer songs in a game about summer annoyances. Don't forget your SPF.

Heard on Ed Helms: Tag Me In.

New Surname, Who Dis?

Jun 1, 2018

This final round pits contestants against each other in a game of celebrity-name palindromes — words that are spelled the same backwards and forwards. Wow!

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

Wisdom Of The Crowd

Jun 1, 2018

Ophira and Jonathan join forces and face off against the audience to ponder the numerical answers to some of life's greatest questions.

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

Rapid Eye Music

Jun 1, 2018

Jonathan Coulton parodies some of the band R.E.M.'s most famous songs, rewritten to illustrate common dream experiences. Nighty night!

Heard on Ethan Slater & Kyle Jarrow: Squarely SpongeBob.

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Walk, Don't Run

May 18, 2018

In this final round, every answer contains one of three natural human gaits — "walk," "skip," or "run."

Heard on Diane Guerrero: Most Likely To Be Superlative.

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

May 18, 2018

Ophira and Jonathan estimate various quantities, such as how many blocks make up the Great Pyramid of Giza. They compare their estimates to an average of the guesses made by a previous Bell House audience.

Heard on Diane Guerrero: Most Likely To Be Superlative.

Cash Rules Every Song Around Me

May 18, 2018

Yen for a currency events quiz? Make cents of this: Jonathan Coulton parodies songs with "money" in the title, making them about international tender.

Heard on Diane Guerrero: Most Likely To Be Superlative.

Mystery Guest

May 4, 2018

This episode's mystery guest, Laurie Pressman, has a job in which she helps select the winner of a well-known annual award. Can you solve the mystery before Jonathan and Ophira do?

Heard on Jenn Colella And The Phantom Broadway Tattoo.

Literally Geographic

May 4, 2018

If you can't place the name of that popular band, you'll have a hard time with this game about bands named for places. In this music parody, Jonathan Coulton sings about various geographic locations, to the tune of songs performed by bands named after those locations. It's a thing!

Heard on Jenn Colella And The Phantom Broadway Tattoo.

Dude, Where's My Car?

May 4, 2018

In this final round, all the answers contain the consecutive letters "C-A-R". Dude! Sweet!

Heard on Jenn Colella And The Phantom Broadway Tattoo.

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Power Ballads

Apr 13, 2018

It's time to feather your hair, layer on the schmaltz, and pack an extra phone charger: we rewrote classic power ballads to be about things that run on battery power. Ring in to identify what product Jonathan Coulton is singing about and, for a bonus point, name the song or artist he's parodying.

Heard on Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine: Muse Clues

Mad Skillz

Apr 13, 2018

We've taken the liberty of drafting new LinkedIn profiles for famous people, all of whom have names that sound like jobs or occupations. Based on these revised, more literal career summaries, can you identify the celebrity? Make sure to keep your answers to one page, and choose your fonts carefully.

Heard on Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine: Muse Clues

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