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A Knight to Remember

A Knight to Remember

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is about royal or honorary titles in the U.K. such as knight, duke, star baker, Time Lord.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: First up, Darren Biggart (ph). You're the creative director of a nonprofit. And you're in a podcast club.

DARREN BIGGART: I am. And I have two members here tonight...

EISENBERG: Nice.

BIGGART: ...Of our podcast club.

EISENBERG: What are the rules of podcast club?

BIGGART: Never talk about podcast club.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) OK. And what is a podcast?

BIGGART: What is a podcast?

EISENBERG: Just kidding.

(LAUGHTER)

BIGGART: Oh. my God. It's, like, so esoteric.

EISENBERG: How many people are in the podcast club?

BIGGART: It's a small but mighty crew. There are, like, six of us. We're all in Astoria, Queens.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(CHEERING)

BIGGART: Yes. And it's like book club. You know we choose some episodes of a podcast, listen to it, talk about it.

EISENBERG: Oh, fantastic. Very cool. Darren, when you ring in, we'll hear this.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Your opponent is Sam Russell (ph). You're visiting here from Washington state, where you're an environmental health specialist focused on onsite septic systems and solid and hazardous waste.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: You say that most people are really surprised to find out how their waste is handled.

SAM RUSSELL: Yes, that's true.

EISENBERG: OK. Surprise me.

(LAUGHTER)

RUSSELL: I don't know if that's quite kosher for public radio (laughter).

EISENBERG: OK.

RUSSELL: Basically, lots of different techniques to handle anything that comes in and out of your home or your body. So if it comes out of your body or your house, I'm handling it in some capacity.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

RUSSELL: So it is very glamorous, as you might imagine.

EISENBERG: All right. Sam, when you ring in, we'll hear this.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Remember, Darren and Sam, whoever has more points after two games will go to our final round. Let's go to your first game. Some famous Americans hold royal or honorific titles in the U.K. Jonathan and I will ask you about these people in a trivia game called A Knight to Remember. Just identify who we are talking about. Here's your first one. This computer pioneer was knighted in the years between the release of XP and Vista. Now he can add KBE to his name.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Darren.

BIGGART: Let's go Bill Gates?

EISENBERG: Let's go yes.

BIGGART: Oh, great.

(CHEERING, APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So that's right. Only British citizens can use sir. So he gets knight commander.

RUSSELL: Oh, snap.

EISENBERG: I know.

JONATHAN COULTON: Not too shabby.

EISENBERG: Not too bad. Night night, knight commander.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Is that what Melinda says?

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Across the pond, she's Lady Haden-Guest. She's a regular in the "Halloween" movies. And she'll keep you regular with Activia yogurt.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Darren.

BIGGART: Jamie Lee Curtis.

COULTON: Yeah, that's right.

EISENBERG: The moment she said I do, this California native became Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel. That title really suits her.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Sam.

RUSSELL: Meghan Markle?

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Two people laughed at that title. Really, USA suits her.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: He grew up in the Bronx and became America's first black secretary of state. Now he's a member of the Order of Bath.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Darren.

BIGGART: Colin Powell?

COULTON: You got it. That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: This actor's happy day may have been when he became an honorary officer of the Order of the British Empire. Unfortunately, when he received the honor he did not put his thumbs up and go, ayyy.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Darren, you're so excited right now about this.

BIGGART: I am. It's Henry Winkler?

EISENBERG: It is Henry Winkler. That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: This is your last clue. She won an Academy Award for "Girl, Interrupted." Then her marriage was interrupted. But now she's an honorary dame commander.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Darren.

BIGGART: Angelina Jolie.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: She was honored by Queen Elizabeth for her work against sexual violence. Well done, both of you. Great game. Darren is in the lead.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: If your honorary title in grade school was Sir Dork Face, you have the kind of childhood that would make you a perfect contestant for our show. Just go to amatickets.org. Coming up, we'll hear from a food safety expert. And you know what you'll never want to put in your mouth again? Food. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

COULTON: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now, here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

(APPLAUSE)

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