Contestants play the "Ask Me One More" final round spelling bee-style. You can almost hear the tension in the room.
Discover baseball oddities with the father of fantasy baseball, combine highbrow folks (world leaders) with the lowest form of comedy (puns) and find out what happens when house musician Jonathan Coulton applies his mellow song stylings to the electric wizard, Jimi Hendrix.
Happy holidays from Ask Me Another!
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Sing a comical rendition of "Deck the Halls" and learn about quirky holiday traditions from around the world with writer A.J. Jacobs, The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead and comedian John Hodgman.
Our one-man house band Jonathan Coulton wields his mighty axe in the name of puzzles.
Play it again, Coulton. This week, revisit some of the most raucous and rolling musical games from the Ask Me Another archives. They're led by our house musician, the geek-rock legend himself, Jonathan Coulton.
Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay (left) and house musician Jonathan Coulton ham it up at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, with a rendition of the tune "Get Along Little Doggies."
Clean up Bruce Willis' Die Hard catchphrase, trivialize some dog breeds and guess celebrities with triple names. Plus, Nellie McKay uses her voice and brain to show her love of the icon Doris Day.
Puzzle guru John Chaneski rocks his famous "nrd" shirt at the World Science Festival taping of Ask Me Another at The Bell House in Brooklyn.
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Strap on your safety goggles: we're turning up the Bunsen burners for a special math and science-themed episode. Our V.I.P., mathematician Steven Strogatz, is on a mission to prove that math isn't scary, but actually joyful.
Puzzle Guru Will Hines got into the spooky spirit in costume as a safari dude.
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Inspired by this week's Very Important Puzzler, the best-selling children's horror author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps) the games in this show have been designed to scare the answers out of you.
As the saying goes, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," and this week's Very Important Puzzler, actor Justin Long has a knack for impressions.
Director Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids, Freaks and Geeks) pantomimes one of his childhood magic tricks, on Ask Me Another stage.
Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and Spy, discusses why funny women should be bigger stars, and reflects on the legacy of Freaks and Geeks.
Ian MacKaye: Punk rock icon, dental missionary. He joined Ask Me Another at NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Shake things up in our nation's capital with one of D.C.'s music legends. V.I.P Ian MacKaye, of punk bands Fugazi and Minor Threat, shares tales from the road and muses about what "punk" means today.
Get ready for trivia!
Our V.I.P. this week is Piper Kerman, author of the memoir-turned-TV series Orange is the New Black: My Year In A Women's Prison. Plus, two Mystery Science Theater 3000 veterans riff on bad movies.
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