Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg and her puzzle mavens travel to Washington, D.C. seeking math in odd places and fitting new underwriters for some classic novels. Plus, a special visit from this week's Mystery Guest, a worldly NPR correspondent.
This hour of puzzles and games involves shared names, like Jon Favreau — Swingers director AND a White House speechwriter. There's also fictional love triangles and a quiz specially tailored for our Mystery Guest, a notable rock critic and pop culture aficionado.
Our puzzle gurus imagine a world where horror film characters use dating sites and musicians write songs like, "Wake Up, Little Herman." Plus, our Mystery Guest tells us what makes America sexy, and shows us that the good life is but a tweet away.
House musician Jonathan Coulton takes a '90s alt-rock hit around the world in this week's music game, while contestants go to Tinseltown for some weird movie mash-ups. And this week's Mystery Guests tell us how they keep in tune with the headlines.
"Radio is a sound salvation," sang Elvis Costello, and it's also the theme of Jonathan Coulton's euphonious music quiz. Fitting that the Mystery Guest is a Broadway superstar. Plus, mutated movie titles, a double name game, and an etiquette test from the 1960s. Got a light?
What do you get when you throw Leonard Bernstein, a 19th-century murderer, and the CEO of Goldman Sachs in a room together? Perhaps the best R.E.M. song ever. In this hour, contestants create horrific hybrids like Dr. Moreau, rewrite some outdated Cole Porter lyrics, and join this week's Mystery Guest to evaluate their own signature flourish.