January 3, 2012
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Anna Christopher, NPR


   

'ASK ME ANOTHER' LAUNCHES INTO A NEW SEASON OF LAUGHS

WEEKLY PUBLIC RADIO HOUR OF PUZZLES, WORD GAMES AND TRIVIA
RETURNS TO STATIONS STARTING JAN. 5,
FIRST SHOW FEATURING DR. RUTH AVAILABLE NOW

WITH HOST AND COMEDIAN OPHIRA EISENBERG
AND HOUSE MUSICIAN JONATHAN COULTON

It's All Squeak to Me. Misquoting Mark Twain. Where in the World is Ronald McDonald? Play along with the new season of Ask Me Another, the boisterous radio hour of high-brow and (not so high-brow) word games, puzzles and trivia from NPR and WNYC. The ruckus hits local markets beginning Saturday, January 5, as NPR Member Stations around the country bring listeners the weekly batch of noggin-scratchers and fuel for water-cooler fodder. Each episode of the show, hosted by unflappable comedian and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg, will be available at NPR.org, and offered as a podcast and on NPR's mobile apps. The first episode, starring guest Dr. Ruth Westheimer, is available now at askmeanother.npr.org.

Ask Me Another is pub trivia, comedy club and house concert rolled into one, recorded in front of (and with) a live audience. Armed with original games customized for each VIP (Very Important Puzzler), Eisenberg and the show's band of puzzle gurus keep audience contestants and this season's lineup of notable guests on their toes. Select shows feature a spontaneous soundtrack from the show's house musician Jonathan Coulton.

Listeners can play along with puzzles and games like "The Sound of Art," "On the Colbert Report," and "Our Greatest Author." Try a few on for size: What American artist's last name is a prolonged conflict between nations, plus a corridor inside a building? What car company's logo is known as the "Bowtie"? And what famous novel might be retitled, in the style of Robert Ludlum, The Caulfield Expulsion?*

The premiere episode features an interview and games (not that kind) with Dr. Ruth, who will answer all the questions you're afraid to ask and give Eisenberg relationship advice. Also in the hot seat to be quizzed and interviewed this season: Cristin Milioti, star of the Broadway musical Once; actors Steve Guttenberg and Michael Ian Black; and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Ask Me Another grew out of a programming expansion from NPR last Spring that also introduced audiences to TED Radio Hour, the iTunes' editors' pick for Best New Audio Podcast of 2012. The show has now been heard on more than 150 stations and its success led NPR to expand the program into a weekly offering, with WNYC as co-producer.

Ask Me Another airs on public radio stations across the country, and each episode is also available as a podcast, on NPR's mobile apps and at askmeanother.org. The show is recorded at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY; a schedule of upcoming dates and tickets is available here. Visit the show's Facebook page and follow its Twitter account (@NPRAskMeAnother) to learn more. Ask Me Another is produced by NPR and WNYC.

*If you insist: Andy Warhol, Chevrolet and The Catcher in the Rye.