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The Right Brothers

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our next two contestants, Kelly Garza and Kris Sunderic.

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EISENBERG: Oh, they shook hands. I love it when they do that. Now, Kelly is visiting from Baltimore and Kris is getting a PhD in biomedical engineering, not that those two things are even. Obviously, living in Baltimore is harder.

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EISENBERG: But you both are captains of your own trivia teams in your town.

KELLY GARZA: Yes.

EISENBERG: Yes. I know.

KRIS SUNDERIC: Yes.

EISENBERG: This is heavy hitters we have here. So I would like you each to tell what the name - I'm sure your team has a punny name - and also how well your team is doing. Kelly?

GARZA: Tequila Mockingbird is our team's name.

EISENBERG: Perfect.

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GARZA: And we've been house champions for a very long time, so.

EISENBERG: Oh, wow.

GARZA: Yeah.

EISENBERG: All right. Undefeated. Kris.

SUNDERIC: My team's name is Schindler's Fist.

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EISENBERG: I can guess who's not on your team.

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EISENBERG: This game is called The Right Brothers and that is R-I-G-H-T. The premise is pretty simple - it's a quiz about famous pairs or sets of brothers. So ring in when you know the answer, and the winner will move on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. In 1812, this pair of brothers published "Kinder -und Hausmarchen" or "Children's and Household Tales," the first collection of German folklore.

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EISENBERG: Kris.

SUNDERIC: The brothers Grimm?

EISENBERG: Exactly. Well done.

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EISENBERG: That is Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

SUNDERIC: Sorry I didn't know the first names.

EISENBERG: Yeah. No, it's OK. Brothers Grimm is all we needed. Dmitri, Ivan, and Alexei are the titular siblings in what Dostoyevsky novel?

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EISENBERG: Kelly.

GARZA: The brothers Karamazov.

EISENBERG: Exactly.

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EISENBERG: Started in 1844 as a dry goods store, what infamous financial firm got its name from the Bavarian brooder named Henry and Emanuel and Mayer? Yep. I know. No, don't know?

GREG PLISKA: They declared bankruptcy in December of 2008.

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EISENBERG: Kelly?

GARZA: Lehman Brothers?

EISENBERG: Yes, indeed.

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EISENBERG: It's been said of this pair of 19th century brothers that the elder was a psychologist who wrote like a novelist and the younger was a novelist who wrote like a psychologist in books like "Portrait of a Lady."

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EISENBERG: Kelly.

GARZA: James?

EISENBERG: Ye-yes.

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EISENBERG: That is certainly one part of the answer.

PLISKA: I think we'll accept James for this one.

GARZA: Yeah. One of them is Henry James, I know.

PLISKA: Yes, absolutely.

EISENBERG: That's right. We'll take it. William and Henry James. Well done.

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EISENBERG: Widely considered two of the best tap dancers of all time, brothers Fayard and Harold danced at Harlem's legendary Cotton Club under this name.

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EISENBERG: Kelly.

GARZA: The Nicholas Brothers.

EISENBERG: Exactly.

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EISENBERG: We were not sure anyone was going to get that, Kelly. This is just something that you know? This is part of your fact knowledge here?

GARZA: One of them was married to Dorothy Dandridge.

EISENBERG: OK. You just know a lot of stuff. I get it. All right.

GARZA: Yeah, you know.

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EISENBERG: It's great. You got it right. Kris, did you know that answer?

SUNDERIC: I did not.

EISENBERG: They tap danced really well. And now you know forever. What director has cast his younger brother Clint in more than a dozen of his films including hits like "Parenthood," "Cocoon," and "Apollo 13"?

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GARZA: It's Ron Howard.

EISENBERG: Kelly says Ron Howard and Kelly is correct.

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EISENBERG: All right. This is your last question. "I Got Rhythm" is a fair description of what two brothers who collaborated on some of the biggest Broadway of the 20th century?

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EISENBERG: Kelly.

GARZA: It's the Gershwins.

EISENBERG: Exactly. George and Ira Gershwin.

GARZA: George and Ira Gershwin.

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GARZA: Thank you. Thank you.

EISENBERG: They are shaking hands but we go to Greg, our puzzle guru. How did that turn out?

PLISKA: It's Kelly who's going to tap dance her way into the finals.

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EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll get the dirt on our Very Important Puzzler, Elizabeth Gilbert, and her new novel about a 19th century botanist, "The Signature of All Things." So stick around. I'm Ophira Eisenberg and this is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER.

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JUDY GARLAND: (singing) I've got music. I've got my man. Who could ask for anything more? Who could ask for anything more?

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