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Ask Me Another

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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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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!

Heard on Justin Long And Marina Franklin: Franklin My Dear, I Don't Give A Long.

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

Heard on Justin Long And Marina Franklin: Franklin My Dear, I Don't Give A Long.

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.

Heard on Justin Long And Marina Franklin: Franklin My Dear, I Don't Give A Long.

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

Heard on Luke James: Not 'Chi' About Singing.

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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.

Heard on Luke James: Not 'Chi' About Singing.

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

Heard on Luke James: Not 'Chi' About Singing.

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.

In this music parody about famous flops, contestants are punished for the mistakes of previous contestants — just like in a real relationship.

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

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

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

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Inspired by the queen of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Aretha Franklin, every answer starts with "R," is seven letters long, and must be spelled correctly.

Heard on Paula Cole: Where Have All The Puzzles Gone?

Did you know "wink-a-puss" is an old name for an owl? Singer-songwriter Paula Cole and Jonathan Coulton team-up to guess what birds were formerly known by much more ridiculous names.

Heard on Paula Cole: Where Have All The Puzzles Gone?

In this music parody game, contestants show their age when they try to guess what '80s trend is being sung about.

Heard on Paula Cole: Where Have All The Puzzles Gone?

Everything's bigger in Texas, but some places are bigger than Texas. In this final round, contestants guess whether a geographic area is larger than the Lone Star state.

Heard on Robert Earl Keen: Texas Troubadour.

In the first season of Queer Eye, previous Ask Me Another guest Antoni Porowski broke the Internet by making guacamole with Greek yogurt. Inspired by this, singer-songwriter and Tex-Mex fan Robert Earl Keen tackles questions about other guac-troversies.

Heard on Robert Earl Keen: Texas Troubadour.

Inspired by San Antonio's queso connection, Ask Me Another's house musician Jonathan Coulton performs another music parody about cheese.

Heard on Robert Earl Keen: Texas Troubadour.

Songwriter Alejandro Escovedo returns to the stage for multiple choice quiz that challenges his baseball expertise in a game about mundane baseball injuries... will he hit a home run?

Heard on Alejandro Escovedo: Punk Rock Roots In Texas.

In this music parody game, the songs by Buddy Holly are reworked to be about everyone's favorite buddy movies.

Heard on Alejandro Escovedo: Punk Rock Roots In Texas.

In this final round, every answer can be spelled on a traditional LCD calculator by turning it upside-down.

Heard on Alejandro Escovedo: Punk Rock Roots In Texas.

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In this final round, Ask Me Another celebrate the 25th anniversary of Santa Barbara's public radio station KCLU in a game where contestants must decide if these things are younger or older than the station.

Heard on Michael McDonald: Once A Doobie, Always A Doobie.

For Santa Barbara residents, Lil' Toot is simply a water taxi. But to the Ask Me Another staff, Lil' Toot became something of an obsession. The captain of the boat, Fred Hershman described it as a "cute, lil' yellow tug boat that goes back and forth across the harbor." While the ride only lasts 12 to 15 minutes, the boat is equipped with a cute little horn, and bubbles coming out of the smokestack.

Inspired by the hard truth that The Pacific Ocean is actually really cold, in this music parody game we rewrote songs by The Beach Boys to be about beach activities you can do without getting more than your feet wet.

Heard on Michael McDonald: Once A Doobie, Always A Doobie.

In this final round, every answer contains the word "big." The ending is a BIG surprise.

Heard on Kristin Chenoweth: No Rest For The Wicked.

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In tribute to Kristin Chenoweth's love of the 7-Eleven Slurpee, she answers trivia questions about the history of the convenience store chain.

Heard on Kristin Chenoweth: No Rest For The Wicked.

Jonathan Coulton must ask mustache questions in this ZZ Top music parody about iconic facial hair.

Heard on Kristin Chenoweth: No Rest For The Wicked.

He's an Oscar winning actor, a University of Texas alum-turned-professor, and the unofficial (yet also kinda official) face of Austin, Texas. He's Matthew McConaughey.

In this stellar final round, each answer contains something found in outer space.

Heard on Matthew McConaughey: Commerce And Vanity.

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As the state's capital, Austin is where Texas's laws are made. Matthew McConaughey guesses which of these Texas laws are real, and which are myths.

Heard on Matthew McConaughey: Commerce And Vanity.

Sacré bleu! In this final round, every answer is a commonly-used French phrase.

Heard on Ilfenesh Hadera: Spike Lee Alum And DJ School Dropout.

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Fact Bag makes its triumphant return as Ophira and Jonathan ponder questions about Germany, Bob Ross and an early Corn Flakes marketing gimmick. Fact Bag!

Heard on Ilfenesh Hadera: Spike Lee Alum And DJ School Dropout.

This music parody is not for the lactose intolerant, as contestants guess which cheese musician Jonathan Coulton is singing about.

Heard on Ilfenesh Hadera: Spike Lee Alum And DJ School Dropout.

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