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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is about what happens to rock stars when they have toddlers and need to make music their kids can listen to. All right, let's check in with our contestants. Rebekah (ph), if someone Googles you, something kind of odd comes up. Can you tell us about this?

REBEKAH SHOEMAKE: Yes, there's a hate article about me by some squirrel rights activists.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: What happened between you and the squirrel?

SHOEMAKE: So my sophomore year of college, I left a window cracked over Christmas break, and I came back to my room destroyed by squirrels. And I happened to be a writer for the college newspaper at the time, so I wrote an article about how I hate squirrels. And I guess the squirrel rights people have alerts for that kind of thing because...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: For the first time in a long time, they're like get up everybody.

(LAUGHTER)

JONATHAN COULTON: Red alert, red alert, it's happening.

EISENBERG: Just out of curiosity, how did you know it was squirrels?

SHOEMAKE: There was a tree outside my window that was full of squirrels...

EISENBERG: OK.

SHOEMAKE: ...So I guess I profiled because...

COULTON: Yeah?

EISENBERG: Ah ha.

COULTON: This is all circumstantial evidence. I don't - I don't know.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Cesar (ph), you have a very ambitious fun goal for the year.

CESAR MARTINEZ: Yes. So I'm a born-and-bred New Yorker. I recently Googled, and there are about, like, 80 to 90 museums in the city, and I've only been about five, so I'm trying to go and visit every single museum in this city in under a year.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: OK. Yes. And how's it going?

MARTINEZ: I'm still at five.

EISENBERG: Still at five.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: (Laughter) So far, so good.

EISENBERG: Still time. Let's go to your next game. Rebekah, what was the first album you ever purchased?

SHOEMAKE: I think that it was probably a "Broadway Kids" album...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Good.

SHOEMAKE: ...Where kids sing the hits of Broadway.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Cesar, what was the first album you ever purchased?

MARTINEZ: Unfortunately, it was "Now That's What I Call Music! 7."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So we have an audio quiz for you called Tunes For Tots. Many famous performers have released lesser-known works aimed at younger audiences. We'll play you a kid's song by a well-known artist. Ring in and tell us the artist. Rebekah, you won the last game, so you win this, and you're in the final round. Cesar, you need to win this, or you're going to have to sit through a middle school jazz concert.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here we go. This musician is in both the Rock 'n' Roll and Country Halls of Fame.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DINOSAUR SONG")

JOHNNY CASH: (Singing) Dinosaurs lived a long time ago. They were terrible lizards, don't you know? Some ate plants, and some ate meat. Some ate fish, and some ate beasts.

EISENBERG: He shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Cesar.

MARTINEZ: Johnny Cash?

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: That's right. That's how dinosaurs went extinct. They fell into the burning ring of fire (laughter).

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Next up, an ode to bean bags.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE BEAN BAG SONG")

ELLA FITZGERALD: (Singing) I'm a bean bag. A bean bag. A squish-ity, squash-ity bean bag. Squish. Squash. Oh, golly. Oh, gosh, how I love you.

EISENBERG: Clearly about body acceptance.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Also known as the First Lady of Song.

MARTINEZ: Hm.

EISENBERG: You can just guess. There's no, you know...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SHOEMAKE: OK, I'll bite.

EISENBERG: Rebekah.

SHOEMAKE: Aretha Franklin.

UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: Oh.

EISENBERG: Good.

(LAUGHTER)

SHOEMAKE: OK.

COULTON: Hey, we said there's no penalty.

EISENBERG: We said there's no penalty. I'm sorry. That is incorrect. Thank you for guessing, Rebekah.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Cesar, do you want to throw something in there?

MARTINEZ: I know it's wrong.

EISENBERG: Sure.

MARTINEZ: I'm just going to say Nancy Sinatra. I don't know.

EISENBERG: OK.

MARTINEZ: It's just...

EISENBERG: No problem.

MARTINEZ: I know.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: It's OK. I am going to - you know what? I'm going to buy each of you your second album.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: That was Ella Fitzgerald.

MARTINEZ: Oh, OK.

EISENBERG: I know. It's OK. It's OK. This clip is from an animated children's show.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE CRAYON SONG")

ANDRE 3000: (Singing) So everybody do the crayon, crayon. Everybody do the crayon, crayon.

EISENBERG: He's half of the hip-hop duo OutKast - 50/50 here.

(LAUGHTER)

ART CHUNG: There's a number in his name.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: It's a big number.

MARTINEZ: There's a number in his name.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I can't watch them suffer.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: We were looking for Andre 3000.

MARTINEZ: Oh, damn it.

SHOEMAKE: Sure. OK.

EISENBERG: It's OK. It's all right. OK, we have a couple more, plenty of time.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This legendary singer-songwriter co-wrote a children's musical with Maurice Sendak.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALLIGATORS ALL AROUND")

UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: (Singing) K.

CAROLE KING: (Singing) Keeping kangaroos.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: (Singing) L.

KING: (Singing) Looking like lions.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: (Singing) M.

KING: (Singing) Making macaroni.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: (Singing) N.

KING: (Singing) Never napping.

EISENBERG: She's also the subject of the Broadway show "Beautiful."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Rebekah.

SHOEMAKE: Carole King.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right. Here's your last clue. This American icon was apparently a picky eater, growing up in New Jersey.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CHICKEN LIPS AND LIZARD HIPS")

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) When I was a little kid, see, I never liked to eat. And Mom would put things on my plate, and I'd dump 'em on her feet.

EISENBERG: He was born in the USA and also sings songs for the newly born.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Cesar.

MARTINEZ: Bruce Springsteen?

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

CHUNG: Well done, Cesar. You won that game.

(APPLAUSE)

CHUNG: So you each won a game. It's time for a quick game 3. I'm going to give you a category, and you'll go back and forth naming things that fall into that category. The first contestant to mess up will be eliminated. Buzz in to answer first. Here's your category - name the 14 TV shows that won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series from 1990 to 2017.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Cesar, you're up.

MARTINEZ: "Frasier."

CHUNG: "Frasier," correct - five times. Rebekah.

SHOEMAKE: "Modern Family."

CHUNG: You are correct, also five times. Cesar.

MARTINEZ: "Friends."

CHUNG: That's correct - once, 2002. Rebekah.

SHOEMAKE: "Veep."

CHUNG: "Veep," three times. Cesar.

MARTINEZ: "Silicon Valley."

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. That's incorrect. The other answers were "30 Rock," "Ally McBeal," "Arrested Development," "Cheers," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Murphy Brown," "The Office," "Seinfeld," "Sex And The City," and "Will & Grace." Cesar, we're sorry to see you go. Rebekah, you're headed to the final round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll find out who will face off against Rebekah in our final round. And actor William Jackson Harper, who plays a fictional ethicist, will play a game with a real-life ethicist from The New York Times. But is it ethical to treat ethics as frivolous entertainment? We'll find out. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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