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Ask Me Another

Saturday, 9:00- 10:00am
  • Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar... No, it's not the start of a joke. It's the essence of Ask Me Another, a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton.

For an hour, listeners can play along as Eisenberg puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, audience members and special mystery guests, who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her. 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.

The puzzle gurus behind Ask Me Another include John Chaneski, who devised tough questions and answers for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" before becoming one of the "puzzle guys" on the radio program "A Way With Words"; Art Chung who has written for and produced television game shows including "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?," "Cash Cab," "The World Series of Pop Culture," and "Stump the Schwab"; and actor/writer Will Hines who has performed and taught improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for years, and obsessively reads books on compiling baseball statistics, a task he will never have to do.

Ask Me Another is recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

Foodie Favorites, Part II: Dinner

Mar 27, 2014

Hear Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport dish about his dislike of the term "foodie" and play a game based on fast food Yelp! reviews. Plus, mash up foods and bands at the "Soft Rock Cafe."

Heard in Episode 005: Foodie Favorites

Foodie Favorites, Part I: Brunch

Mar 27, 2014

Dig in as we revisit "Breakfast Cereal Haiku," a game that puts a poetic spin on your favorite childhood cereals, and "Natalie Portmantoast," in which we mash up celebrities with the names of foods.

Heard in Episode 005: Foodie Favorites

Winter Weather

Mar 20, 2014

Puzzle guru Art Chung helps our contestants cool off in this Ask Me Another final round, in which all the answers contain the word "frost," "ice," or "snow." Bundle up, it's getting chilly in here!

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Nathan Sawaya: Lego My Van Gogh

Mar 20, 2014

As a kid, artist Nathan Sawaya made a life-size Boxer out of Lego bricks when his parents wouldn't get him a dog. Now, he's working with Lady Gaga and creating golden statues for certain awards shows. But it took many years before he turned an obsession into a career.

Every End is a New Beginning

Mar 20, 2014

House musician Jonathan Coulton asks contestants to name words that complete two common phrases, as the last word of one phrase and the first of the other, like "log cabin" and "cabin fever."

Heard in Episode 312: Leggo My Lego

Spot the Mistake

Feb 14, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

OK. Up next on ASK ME ANOTHER, we have our contestants, Roger Craig and Sam Meyer.

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EISENBERG: Welcome. Sam, now you write a blog.

SAM MEYER: Yes.

EISENBERG: What is it about?

MEYER: I write a blog about cocktails.

SAT Analogies

Feb 14, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Audience, this is what we've all been waiting for. It's our Ask Me One More final round. This final elimination round will determine this week's ASK ME ANOTHER champion. So let's bring back the winners from all of our previous rounds.

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Happy And You Know It

Feb 14, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This is ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm your host Ophira Eisenberg, the queen of quizzes, the princess of puzzles, the trivia trollop. Next to me on stage are our amazing puzzle gurus, John Chaneski.

JOHN CHANESKI: Hi everybody, hi Ophira.

EISENBERG: Hi John.

Down at Downton Abbey

Feb 14, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants.

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EISENBERG: Andy Duong and Tom Miller. Welcome to ASK ME ANOTHER, Andy, Tom. So, Andy, you have been to a huge number of countries.

ANDY DUONG: I have.

EISENBERG: How many?

DUONG: Twenty-eight.

The "I" In Team

Feb 6, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Here are our next two contestants: Leo Auray and Brian Cawley.

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EISENBERG: Welcome to ASK ME ANOTHER.

LEO AURAY: Thank you.

EISENBERG: We are happy to have you.

Brian, you're originally from Boston.

Something In Common

Feb 6, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two contestants. We have Catherine Sommerfeld and Steven Strafford.

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EISENBERG: Welcome. Catherine, do you ever sing karaoke?

CATHERINE SOMMERFELD: Oh, yeah.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah. I like that answer.

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Sing What?

Feb 6, 2013

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From A To Z

Jan 31, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Okay, in front of me right now are our next two contestants. The writer, editor and word game junkie Natalia Lavric.

NATALIA LAVRIC: Hello.

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EISENBERG: Welcome. And Mike Nothnagel, a math professor for chefs.

MIKE NOTHNAGEL: That is correct.

Compound Interest

Jan 31, 2013

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, it's what we've all been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the quick fire round Ask Me One More. From Adult Young Fiction, we have Danny Errico.

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EISENBERG: Celebrity Crossbreeds: Diana Tenery.

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EISENBERG: Compound Interest, we have Dory Green.

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EISENBERG: We Will Rock You: Eric Linn.

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EISENBERG: And from A to Z, Mike Nothnagel.

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EISENBERG: John, what kind of game do we have for our final round?

Celebrity Cross-Breeds

Jan 31, 2013

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, it's what we've all been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the quick fire round Ask Me One More. From Adult Young Fiction, we have Danny Errico.

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EISENBERG: Celebrity Crossbreeds: Diana Tenery.

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EISENBERG: Compound Interest, we have Dory Green.

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EISENBERG: We Will Rock You: Eric Linn.

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EISENBERG: And from A to Z, Mike Nothnagel.

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EISENBERG: John, what kind of game do we have for our final round?

The Man Who Knew Too Much. Way Too Much.

Jan 30, 2013

So you think you're a TV buff. But how well do you know shows by their episode titles? Contestants are put to some pop culture challenges, like deciphering breakfast cereal haikus and a remixed nursery rhyme. Plus, our Mystery Guest this week is a certain brainiac who shares a few of his favorite apocalyptic prophesies.

Small Screen Test

Jan 24, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Next up on ASK ME ANOTHER, we have our two new contestants, Scott Schwartz and Julieanne Smolinski.

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EISENBERG: Julieanne, I want to talk to you about this. You, you're a little famous.

JULIEANNE SMOLINSKI: Oh thank you, yeah.

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I'm A P.C.

Jan 24, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right everybody, this is what we've all been waiting for, our Ask Me One More final round. Our final elimination round will determine the grand champion of this week's ASK ME ANOTHER. Let's bring back the winners from all of our previous rounds. From Bingo: Tony Hightower.

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On With Their Heads

Jan 24, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right, let's welcome our next two contestants, Jamie Fried and Tom Kelso.

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EISENBERG: Hi, Tom Kelso.

TOM KELSO: Hello, Ophira.

EISENBERG: Do you have some experience in the theatre, being onstage in the past?

Leverage Your A-Game

Jan 17, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, it's what we've all been waiting for. Let's bring back the winners to play our Ask Me One More in final round. From Where in the World is Ronald McDonald, Reuben Hampton.

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EISENBERG: From Celebrity Grammograms, Andy Kravis.

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Celebrity Grammograms

Jan 17, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two fearless contestants. We have Andy Kravis and Sara Manaugh.

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EISENBERG: Andy, you're a bit of a geek. You parody pop songs with law school related lingo. What's up with that?

Where in the World Is Ronald McDonald?

Jan 17, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

In front of me right now are our first two contestants. Please welcome Reuben Hampton and Mark Thomas.

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REUBEN HAMPTON: Hi, Ophira.

EISENBERG: Hello. Reuben, I have a question for you.

HAMPTON: What might that be?

Our Greatest Author

Jan 9, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two brave contestants. Please welcome Meera Siddharth and Helen Stoilas (ph).

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EISENBERG: Meera, here's a question for you. Who do you think is the greatest author of all time?

Johnson and Johnson

Jan 9, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Finally, it's what we've all been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the Ask Me One More final round.

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This, That, Or The Other III

Jan 9, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

And we have our next two contestants up here, chomping at the bit. Let's welcome Shannon Sun-Higginson and Jeremy Lin.

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EISENBERG: Shannon, I enjoy your job as a documentary filmmaker. What are you working on right now?

Time To Turn Off The TV

Jan 7, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our next two victims, I mean contestants. We have Dan Moren and Alexander Yellen.

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EISENBERG: Dan, now you refer to yourself as a veritable IMDB.

Street Music

Jan 7, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let me introduce our next two contestants: Sterling Walker and Steve Spinoglio.

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EISENBERG: Sterling, you have a PhD in neuroscience. I didn't know that was a real thing. I just thought that was something you say sarcastically to people.

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Name That Candy Bar

Jan 7, 2013

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's bring up our first two contestants, and let's welcome Mike Cisneros and Sarah Sheppard.

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EISENBERG: Sarah, I understand you're a big pop culture fan, and just moved to New York from North Carolina. Welcome, nice to have you.

SARAH SHEPPARD: Thank you.

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