Check-In: VFD VIP Host Ophira Eisenberg tells Jonathan Coulton about a recent trip she and her son took to a fire truck museum where they had the whole place to themselves and got the VIP treatment.

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From NPR and WNYC, coming to you from beautiful Brooklyn, N.Y., it's NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia, ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now, here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.



Thanks, Jonathan. How's it going?

COULTON: Pretty good, pretty good. What's new with you?

EISENBERG: You know, just finding new ways to entertain a 5-year-old.

COULTON: (Laughter) Yeah, I feel you.

EISENBERG: The constant journey. So it's harder when it's raining, of course. But I found something good recently. We drove to a fire truck museum.

COULTON: Oh, come on. That's a real thing?


COULTON: That's a real thing that a 5-year-old child gets to do?


COULTON: (Laughter) That's amazing.

EISENBERG: I felt like a genius for just finding it.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: And we get there, and it's exactly what you think. It is just this massive, massive series of rooms that are just filled with fire trucks. And we get there and we're checking in, and I look around this huge space and there's nobody there. Like, we're the only people there.

COULTON: Oh, it's the dream. It's the dream. You go to a museum and it has not been ruined by all the other people.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yes. Yeah, I figured it would be, like, swarming with people. No, we're the only people there.

COULTON: (Laughter)

EISENBERG: So - and because we were the only one there and they were quite well staffed, they were like, do you want to meet Molly the Dalmatian who we taught a bunch of tricks to? We're like, yeah.

COULTON: (Laughter) Yes.

EISENBERG: So Molly - we got a private, like, hang out with Molly the Dalmatian who did all the tricks. And then they were like, do you want to climb on a couple fire trucks that we don't usually let people climb on? We're like, yes.

COULTON: (Laughter)

EISENBERG: And then they gave my son a hat, and then they gave him a bunch of stickers. And then they're like, do you want to take a fire safety quiz that we've made into a carnival? And we were like, sure. And we were just the only person there. We got this unbelievable experience. And as we're leaving - I don't know why I had the need to do this - but I felt like I had to water it down and just be like, Lucas, it doesn't usually go like this.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: This is not what a museum experience - we were the only - like, that was - because he was like, that was - I love museums, they're amazing. I'm like, that was amazing. It's not usually...

COULTON: (Laughter) You only think you like museums.


EISENBERG: It was like we didn't have to wait.


EISENBERG: There was no line.


EISENBERG: We got - we were - we got, yeah, the white glove personal - it was like they opened the museum just for us.

COULTON: You're heading it off at the pass, that's all. Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yeah, exactly.

COULTON: You don't want to hear a bunch of, oh, let's go to museums because museums are so great. You don't want to hear that from your kid.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Well I just worry - I'm just like...

COULTON: (Laughter) You want to nip that in the bud right away (laughter).

EISENBERG: I was like, we're not going to go to, you know, the Natural History Museum and have, like, someone come out and be like, do you want to see the real dinosaur?

COULTON: Do you want to get inside the whale?

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yeah, exactly.




EISENBERG: (Laughter) Do you want to get inside the whale?

COULTON: I'm surprised there wasn't a - like, kid, a call just came in, do you want to put out a fire with us?

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yeah, exactly. Here's your hat. Come on, Molly, let's do this.

COULTON: (Laughter) The hose is heavy. It really bucks, so hold on tight.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Jonathan, you know what else is on fire?

COULTON: What's that, Ophira?

EISENBERG: This show.


COULTON: Yeah, sure.

EISENBERG: This show.

COULTON: It's a very, very hot collection of trivia, and it's literally on fire right now.


EISENBERG: We have some amazing contestants and guests today. We have Andrew Rannells. He originated in the role of Elder Price in the musical "The Book Of Mormon" and he currently stars in basically every TV show - "Big Mouth," "Girls5eva," "Invincible" and the Showtime comedy "Black Monday." Plus, we'll have comedians Liz Miele and Carmen Lynch. Liz wrote a book about cats, and we make her play a game about dogs. And we have another pair of fantastic guests, Lolly Adefope and E.R. Fightmaster. They star together on the Hulu series "Shrill," and they'll play our favorite new game, "Dolly Parton or Dalai Lama?" So let's do it.


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