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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

And I see our next two contestants on the stage. Please welcome Taylor Cole and Randi Morris.

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EISENBERG: Randi, you work at my favorite store in the entire world, Macy's.

RANDI MORRIS: Yay.

EISENBERG: And how long have you worked there?

MORRIS: Twenty-one years. Yeah.

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EISENBERG: And what do you do there?

MORRIS: I'm the director of print production.

EISENBERG: Have you been in the parade or to the parade?

MORRIS: I have.

EISENBERG: Oh, you've been in the parade?

MORRIS: I have, a couple of times. Yeah.

EISENBERG: Nice.

MORRIS: With my family.

EISENBERG: Oh, they must've gone nuts for that.

MORRIS: Yeah. It was fun.

EISENBERG: And Taylor, you're a high school teacher who teaches music and film. Clearly, you are everyone's favorite class.

TAYLOR COLE: I hope so.

EISENBERG: I would imagine so. If you could teach anything to them what would be the dream course that you would teach these kids?

COLE: Dream course would be an elective on the golden age of Kubrick from '56 to '68.

EISENBERG: Wow. All right.

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EISENBERG: That is very, like...

JONATHAN COULTON: Audience loves that idea.

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EISENBERG: I know. That's super specific and highly disturbing. I like it. Yeah. So this is a music game called Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me What to Do. Jonathan, am I about to hear a duet between you and Carl Kassel?

COULTON: Oh, I wish. I wish.

EISENBERG: I know.

COULTON: Carl Kassel has a beautiful counter-tenor's voice. He sings like an angel.

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COULTON: But, no. This game is all about songs that start with the word don't. So contestants, I'm going to sing snippets of these songs. All you have to do is ring in and identify the song. Are you ready? OK.

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COULTON: (singing) Don't drink that blue margarita. The truth is I never left you. All through my wild days, my mad existence, I kept my promise. Don't keep your distance.

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COULTON: Randi.

MORRIS: "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina."

COULTON: You got it.

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

COULTON: (singing) Won't you come see about me? I'll be alone, dancing, you know it, baby. Tell me your troubles and doubts, give me everything inside and out and don't you turn off my TV. Don't, don't, don't, don't...

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COULTON: Taylor.

COLE: (singing) Don't you forget about me.

COULTON: Yeah, that's right.

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COULTON: I like that. With vim and vigor. Very nice.

COLE: Oh, thank you.

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COULTON: (singing) I want to take you away. Let's escape into the music. DJ, let it play. I just can't refuse it. I like the way you do this. Keep on rocking to it. Please don't leave the, please don't leave the seat up.

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COULTON: Randi.

MORRIS: I'm blanking. "Don't Stop the Music."

COULTON: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: Are you a big Rihanna fan?

MORRIS: No.

EISENBERG: No.

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EISENBERG: But you just can't escape it, right?

MORRIS: Yeah.

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COULTON: (singing) Young teacher, the subject of schoolgirl fantasy. She wants him so badly, knows what she wants to be. Inside him, there's longing. This girl's an open page. Bookmarking. She's so close now. This girl is half his age. Don't grow, don't grow, don't grow a weird goatee.

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COULTON: Yes. Randi.

MORRIS: "Don't Stand So Close to Me."

COULTON: Mm-hmm.

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COULTON: You know, I think we're great work here. I think a lot of times we're improving these songs.

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EISENBERG: I know. We made that one less creepy somehow.

COULTON: You wouldn't think that adding a goatee would make something less creepy.

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EISENBERG: I know. A weird goatee. But, no. It's better now.

COULTON: Yeah.

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COULTON: (singing) Ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe, if you don't know by now. Ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe. You'll never do, somehow. When the rooster crows at the break of dawn, look out your window and I'll be gone. You're the reason that I'm traveling on. Don't drive through that stoplight.

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COULTON: Taylor.

COLE: (singing) Don't think twice. It's all right.

COULTON: Oh, yeah. You got it.

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EISENBERG: Taylor was mouthing all the words to that one. He knew that one like...

COULTON: Oh, he was...

EISENBERG: Yeah, that is...

COULTON: He was ready from the beginning, yeah.

COLE: I was Bob Dylan for Halloween twice.

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EISENBERG: So you had to learn all the songs for that costume?

COLE: Oh, yeah. For sure.

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COULTON: If you're going to be authentic. This is your last clue.

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COULTON: (singing) Seasons don't tie their sneakers, nor do the wind or the sun or the rain. We can be like they are. Come on, baby, don't page my beeper. Take my hand. Don't blast those speakers. We'll be able to fly. Don't be a creeper, baby. I'm your man.

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COULTON: Randi.

MORRIS: "Don't Fear the Reaper."

COULTON: That's right.

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COULTON: How'd they do, Art?

ART CHUNG: They did phenomenal but Randi is our winner.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Randi. You're moving on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of our show.

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EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll do a couple of things unthinkable on the radio. We'll play with words that sound the same and a game about colors. Yeah, with our VIP Jonathan Adler. So stay tuned and see if we pull it off. This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER.

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