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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Give me liberty, or give me Death Cab For Cutie. We'll give you both in this next game that mashes famous speeches with pop music. So this is an audio quiz, called, Speeches and Songs. I'll play an audio clip that is a mashup of a famous speech and a popular song. They are joined together by one common word. You're going to identify the speaker and the musical artist. That's right. Each is worth one point, and your opponent can steal any points that you don't get. All right. Mary, you are in the lead. And so if you stay in the lead, you're in the final round. Alicia, you need to get more points or you have to change your Twitter bio to motivational speaker and deejay.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Let's hear your first mashup.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

JOHN F KENNEDY: We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP")

THREE 6 MAFIA: (Singing) Hard out here for a pimp when he tryin' to get this money for the rent.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Alicia.

ALICIA HODGES: That's JFK and Three 6 Mafia.

EISENBERG: That is right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Beautifully done. Beautifully done. I love these clips already.

JONATHAN COULTON: (Laughter). It's surprising juxtapositions...

EISENBERG: They're amazing.

COULTON: ...I will say.

EISENBERG: All right. Let's hear the next one.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

MICHELLE OBAMA: You work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond. That you do what you say you're going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RESPECT")

ARETHA FRANKLIN: (Singing) Respect. Find out what it means to me.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Mary.

MARY HANGLEY: Michelle Obama and Aretha Franklin?

EISENBERG: Yeah. That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right. Let's see how you do with this.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN: You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ROYALS")

LORDE: (Singing) Gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin' in the bathroom. Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room. We don't care. We're driving Cadillacs in our dreams.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Mary.

HANGLEY: OK. So the second half is Lorde.

EISENBERG: Yep.

HANGLEY: And the first half...

EISENBERG: The first half.

HANGLEY: ...Is a man...

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Yes, it is.

HANGLEY: ...Who was talking about crucifying people on crosses of gold. Is it William Jennings Bryan?

EISENBERG: Yes.

COULTON: Wow.

HANGLEY: Wait a minute.

(APPLAUSE)

HANGLEY: OK.

EISENBERG: Wait. Wait.

HANGLEY: This is big. My husband is William Bryan, related to William Jennings Bryan.

EISENBERG: Are you kidding?

HANGLEY: I'm not. He's back there. It's true. It's true.

EISENBERG: Wow. If you didn't get that...

HANGLEY: I know. Right?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I love that you talked it out, and then you were like, wait a second. This sounds familiar because he recites it every morning.

(LAUGHTER)

HANGLEY: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: That's amazing. All of a sudden, this game got very personal.

HANGLEY: Yeah.

EISENBERG: We wrote some personal questions. All right. This one might be tough.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. This right includes...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FREEDOM")

GEORGE MICHAEL: (Singing) Freedom. I won't let you down. I will not give you up. Freedom.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Alicia.

HODGES: OK. The singer is George Michael.

EISENBERG: Correct.

HODGES: The speech. It's a - well, it's a lady with a little bit of an - I want to say Margaret Thatcher, which is probably not correct. But it's someone like that. (Laughter).

EISENBERG: OK. All right. You currently have one point. You have half of the question. One point. Mary, can you steal?

HANGLEY: I don't know if I can, but I'm going to try. Eleanor Roosevelt?

EISENBERG: Yeah. You got it. That was Eleanor Roosevelt.

HANGLEY: All right.

(APPLAUSE)

HANGLEY: OK.

COULTON: Mary, I think we've found your superpower.

HANGLEY: I know.

EISENBERG: Pretty good. All right. This is your last clue.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT: That the only thing we have to fear is fear.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FEAR.")

KENDRICK LAMAR: (Rapping) Fear. Fear of losing creativity. I'm talking fear. Fear of missing out on you and me. I'm talking fear.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Mary.

HANGLEY: OK. FDR.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

HANGLEY: But I definitely don't know the next half, but I'm going to guess Kendrick Lamar.

EISENBERG: You guessed correctly.

HANGLEY: What?

(APPLAUSE)

HANGLEY: OK. All right. All right. All right. I don't know how that happened, but, all right.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Should we check you for an earpiece?

HANGLEY: Yes. You should.

EISENBERG: You're too surprised.

HANGLEY: I'm a little concerned, myself.

EISENBERG: Too surprised.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK. Fantastic. Both of you did amazing. After two games, Mary is going to our final round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll find out who will face off against Mary in our final round. And comedian Jay Pharoah is here. He's so good at impressions that this is actually Jay Pharoah talking right now. Yeah. I know. I got you fooled, right? You thought I was Ophira. Nope. Jay Pharoah. I'm Jay Pharoah, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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