Go Fish! A verbal version of the children's card game "Go Fish", but with groups of things other than fish. Have you got any Cavendish, Lady Fingers, or Rajahs? Go bananas!

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JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: From NPR and WNYC, live from The Bell House in beautiful Brooklyn, N.Y., it's NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia, ASK ME ANOTHER. Here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.



Thank you, Jonathan. What a show we have for you. But first, I want you go back in your mind to 2006. A tough-talking Texan was in the office. Everyone's phone was still dumb. You just threw out your free Winona T-shirt, and you got first Internet friend, and his name was Tom. Oh yeah, I'm referring to MySpace. But one thing hasn't changed, today's VIP was discovered on MySpace while still living with her parents. And now she's a huge success, making great music, praised for her witty wordplay and soulful songwriting. Our VIP is Ingrid Michaelson.


EISENBERG: And our first game is called Go Fish. Here to play it are Aaron Benor and Stephen Burke.


EISENBERG: Hey guys.


EISENBERG: Hi. So Go Fish - this game - it requires really just general knowledge. You have to know stuff about everything. But I would like to know what you consider your particular area of expertise 'cause it might give you an edge in this game. Aaron?

AARON BENOR: My area of expertise is quitting your job and traveling for extended periods of time.

EISENBERG: That is - yeah, that is a very useful skill.

BENOR: Yeah.

EISENBERG: How do you do that?

BENOR: I was lucky to do it with my then-girlfriend, now wife, a few years ago.

EISENBERG: Congratulations.

BENOR: Thank you - spent a year backpacking around the world and had a blast.

EISENBERG: So what's your one piece of advice for someone that is listening that wants to quit their job and travel the world?

BENOR: Do it.


EISENBERG: You just have to want to do it, right?

BENOR: Just do it.

EISENBERG: Just dive in.

BENOR: It's a lot easier than you think.

EISENBERG: All right. Stephen, what is your area - specific area of expertise?

BURKE: Songs to play at middle school dances.

EISENBERG: Oh. All right. So how - first of all, how do you become an expert in that?

BURKE: DJ a lot of middle school dances.



BURKE: I did. It's been a while.

EISENBERG: OK. How do you pick your music?

BURKE: End with "Stairway To Heaven."


BURKE: One-hundred percent of the time.

EISENBERG: Oh my God, that's what they ended when I went to middle school.

BURKE: It's the right song.

EISENBERG: 'Cause it's super long. It's super long.

BURKE: Yeah, and uncomfortable for everyone.


EISENBERG: That is so good to know, that those really awkward moments get passed on decade to decade.

COULTON: You're shutting it down on purpose is what's happening. You're like, dance is over, everybody.


EISENBERG: All right. Well, we're going to play a verbal version of the children's card game go fish, but with groups of things other than fish. We're going to read you a list of things, and your answer will be, go, followed by the category that these things belong to. Our house musician, Jonathan Coulton, who is also known as a guitar hero, would love to give you an example.

COULTON: I would indeed. If we said, have you got any filberts, pistachios or pecans, you would say, go nuts.

BURKE: Of course.

COULTON: Sounds fun, right?

EISENBERG: That is some public radio craziness right there.


COULTON: Just a little note - I don't know why I just said pecans. I always say pecans. I don't - I'm not a pecan person. I say pecan. And I guess I panicked because I'm on the radio.


EISENBERG: You wanted to class it up a little bit?

COULTON: I wanted to sound fancy, and so I said pecans.

EISENBERG: So you're going try to figure out what these three things are examples of. And the winner will move on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. Have you got an Akita, a Samoyed or a Basenji?



BENOR: Go dogs.


BENOR: Awesome.

BURKE: Cool.

EISENBERG: And hipster baby names, I believe, too, they are.


EISENBERG: It's possible. That would be amazing.

COULTON: Akita Samoyed, get downstairs.


EISENBERG: Yeah, it does.

COULTON: It's nice.

EISENBERG: Would you guys like some pecans?


COULTON: I deserved that.

EISENBERG: I need a malleus, a humerus or a metatarsus.



BENOR: Go bones.

EISENBERG: That's what I like to say all the time. That's right, Aaron. Do you have a Great Bear, Michigan or Titicaca?

COULTON: Now you're classing it up too.

EISENBERG: I'm just...


COULTON: See what happens?




BURKE: Go lakes.

EISENBERG: Go lakes.


EISENBERG: Have you got any Marathi, Tagalog or Romanj (ph)?



BENOR: Go languages.

EISENBERG: Go languages, yes.


EISENBERG: I'm looking for Spectacular Speculoos, Americone Dream or Cherry Garcia.



BURKE: Go Ben & Jerry's flavors of ice cream.


EISENBERG: And you are correct. Have you got any Raekwon, Ghostface Killah or RZA?



BENOR: Go Wu-Tang Clan



BENOR: And go public radio.

EISENBERG: Ol' Dirty Bastard, by the way, is my favorite Ben & Jerry's flavor.


EISENBERG: All right, this is your last question. Do you have an arabesque, a croise or a grand jete?



BENOR: What are go dance moves?

EISENBERG: Yeah, there you go. Ballet moves is what we were looking for. That is correct. Well done.


EISENBERG: Let's go to a puzzle guru, John Chaneski. John, how did our contestants do?

JOHN CHANESKI, BYLINE: I'm going to say go Aaron. You're going onto the Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show.


INGRID MICHAELSON: (Singing) All the broken hearts in the world still beat. Let's not make it harder than it has to be. Oh, it's all the same thing. Girls chase boys chase girls.

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