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Ask Me Another

Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on KANW-FM and Sunday at 10:00 p.m. on KANW-2
  • Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg

NPR's Ask Me Another is a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience. Listeners can play along, testing their knowledge of history, geography, literature, grammar, spelling, pop culture and even mathematics along with the competitors called up to the stage.  Ask Me Another host, noted comedian and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg, guides listeners with her witty banter aided by the comedic riffs and songs of house musician Jonathan Coulton. Each episode features an interview with a Mystery Guest (noteable actors, comedians, and authors whose identities are revealed via puzzle clues throughout the show), who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her.

Ask Me Another can also be heard on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. on KANW-2.

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Catherine Reitman and Philip Sternberg join house musician Jonathan Coulton for a game that tests their knowledge of two famous Minnesotans: Bob Dylan and Charles Schulz.

Heard on: Jane Levy and Alex Newell: Zoey's Extraordinary Zoom Call.

Inspired by his love of theatre and per his request, actor and comedian Baron Vaughn is challenged to a game about Black playwrights.

Heard on: Jane Levy and Alex Newell: Zoey's Extraordinary Zoom Call.

Baron Vaughn has had success as both an actor and a comedian. After graduating from Boston University's theater program, he appeared in a variety of television series and movies, ultimately landing the role of Nwabudike "Bud" Bergstein in Netflix's Grace and Frankie.

Listeners call in to talk about their quarantine kitchen disasters. Please don't attempt to bake your own cucumbers after hearing this.

Heard on: Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin: Sherman's Showcase Black History Month...In June!

Composers Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez compete in an audio mashup game where they combine the titles of two Broadway showtunes.

Heard on: Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin: Sherman's Showcase Black History Month...In June!

This true-or-false Star Wars themed quiz marks the triumphant return and fourth appearance of Oscar Award-winning composers Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen, Coco) on Ask Me Another.

Heard on: Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin: Sherman's Showcase Black History Month...In June!

Fact Bag returns from a tiresome expedition through time and space with a new edition of Fact Bag. It's difficult, some say dangerous work, but somebody has to do it. That somebody is Fact Bag. Featuring comedians Matt Rogers and Sudi Green.

Heard on Bobby Berk: Queer Eye For Home Design.

Bobby Berk wore many hats before becoming Queer Eye's interior design expert in 2018. Raised in a small Missouri town, he dropped out of high school at 15 and worked various retail jobs in Missouri and Colorado. He moved to New York City in 2003 and, after finding success with his own online marketplace, Berk opened up the first brick-and-mortar Bobby Berk Home store in SoHo. The company later opened locations in Miami, Los Angeles and Atlanta. In 2015, Berk opened his own design firm.

Comedians Sydnee Washington and Marie Faustin play a music parody game where the word "Baby" is replaced with another two-syllable word beginning with the letter B.

Heard on Bobby Berk: Queer Eye For Home Design.

Actor and comedian Ramy Youssef started his career in New York City's comedy scene. He frequented stand-up showcases, performed sketch comedy and took acting classes before landing his first major role in the Nick At Nite sitcom See Dad Run. He later had a recurring role in the USA Network drama Mr. Robot. In 2019, his hour long stand-up special titled Feelings premiered on HBO.

Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite) and Jackie Kashian (The Jackie and Laurie Show) update the titles of Shakespeare plays as search engine-friendly, clickbait-y headlines.

Heard on QuaranTV: Ramy, Space Force And Lady Dynamite.

Comedians Maria Bamford and Jackie Kashian join musician Jonathan Coulton for a game that ruins bands by adding an extra letter to form a new name. Coulton discovers the game's concept is a little hard to explain.

Heard on QuaranTV: Ramy, Space Force And Lady Dynamite.

Ask Me Another listeners call in to talk about things they're learned (or re-learned) while practicing distance learning with their kids, because nobody expected the pythagorean theorem to come back into their lives.

Heard on: Hong Chau & Nico Santos: Superheros And Superstores.

Hong Chau didn't plan on becoming an actor. She studied film at Boston University and planned on pursuing a career in documentary filmmaking. But after landing roles in Treme, Inherent Vice, and the off-broadway drama John, Chau had her breakthrough performance in Alexander Payne's sci-fi comedy Downsizing. In 2019, Chau played the hyper-wealthy futurist Lady Trieu in the critically-acclaimed HBO series Watchmen.

Couple-testants Nico Santos and Zeke Smith compete against Ask Me Another listeners in this numbers-based guessing game.

Heard on: Hong Chau & Nico Santos: Superheros And Superstores.

Drag queen and actor D.J. "Shangela" Pierce gained national attention as a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race. Shangela was the first queen eliminated in season 2, but Shangela's personality won fans and the producers over. In the premiere of season 3, the queen surprised the other contestants by popping out of an oversized gift box and joining them in the competition.

Since then, Shangela has appeared in the Oscar-nominated remake of A Star Is Born, The X-Files and Ariana Grande's 2019 album, thank u, next.

Pop artists meet pop music in this music parody game where songs are rewritten about artistic movements, featuring comedians Aparna Nancherla and Joyelle Nicole Johnson.

Heard on D.J. "Shangela" Pierce: Quaran-Queen.

Inspired by the iconic Drag Race "unboxing," Shangela takes an audio quiz on unboxing videos found on YouTube.

Heard on D.J. "Shangela" Pierce: Quaran-Queen.

Listeners call in to talk about the most decadent and shameful things they've eaten since social distancing began, because honestly? Making whipped coffee is more fun in theory than in practice.

Heard on TV Face-Off: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore, Parks & Rec, Silicon Valley & Insecure

Before working on the HBO comedy series Insecure, writer and comedian Natasha Rothwell performed comedy in New York City, Washington D.C. and Tokyo. In 2014, she was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live's 40th season and later, Rothwell wrote and starred in an episode of the Netflix sketch series, The Characters.

Fact Bag re-emerges from the digital cloud to once again relay a fresh set of facts. Why? Because facts never sleep and neither does Fact Bag. Featuring comedians Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz.

Heard on TV Face-Off: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore, Parks & Rec, Silicon Valley & Insecure

Ophira's son Lucas makes his Ask Me Another debut with this quiz about classic superhero theme songs.

Heard on Orville Peck & Mitra Jouhari: A Cowpunk And One Busy Debra.

Country musician Orville Peck gained attention with the release of his debut album, Pony, in 2019. Released through Sub Pop Records, the album formally introduced the public to a queer masked crooner who straddled the line between outlaw country, punk and indie. After extensive tours through North America and Europe, Peck developed an audience for his unique songwriting and his energetic live performances.

Hey now, it's all-stars versus all stars in this rhyming word game. Comedians Alyssa Limperis and May Wilkerson get their game on; go play.

Heard on Orville Peck & Mitra Jouhari: A Cowpunk And One Busy Debra.

Listeners call in to talk about their most decadent and/or shameful thing they've eaten since social distancing began. Octuple-stuffed Oreos don't count, right?

Heard on Marc Maron & Aimee Mann: End Times Fun.

Stand-up comedian, podcaster, writer and actor Marc Maron didn't know what to expect when he started his podcast, WTF With Marc Maron, in 2009. Eleven years later, the podcast has a loyal listenership with more than a thousand episodes and counting. In WTF, Maron conducts off-the-cuff, long-form interviews with fellow comedians, actors and musicians.

Married musicians Aimee Mann and Michael Penn try unplugging (and then plugging back in) their router to play this game about various kinds of connection difficulties.

Heard on Marc Maron & Aimee Mann: End Times Fun.

Listeners call in to tell us how their behavior has changed since social distancing began.

Heard on Debra Messing & Paul F Tompkins: Show Yourself Some Grace.

Actor and activist Debra Messing was already a recognizable performer by the time Will & Grace premiered. She starred as Stacey Colbert in the Fox comedy Ned & Stacey for two seasons and had the lead role in the short-lived ABC drama, Prey.

Stay F. Homekins hosts Paul F. Tompkins and Janie Haddad Tompkins join Jonathan Coulton for a music parody where the word "love" in song titles is replaced with another four-letter word beginning with "L."

Heard on Debra Messing & Paul F Tompkins: Show Yourself Some Grace.

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