You're The First, The Last, My Everything In this game, we give our contestants a category (for example, the cast of Friends) and ask what comes alphabetically FIRST and alphabetically LAST.

You're The First, The Last, My Everything

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

And we have our next two contestants. Jessica Montana, you teach 10th- and 11th-grade algebra and geometry.

JESSICA MONTANA: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Nice.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So what do you tell your students that they will be using that for later in life?

(LAUGHTER)

MONTANA: I tell them it's for problem-solving because they're going to have to problem-solve no matter what, so I try to spin, like, the most abstract things into, like, relevant things, doesn't always work.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: But you try. I like that.

MONTANA: Yeah.

EISENBERG: I like that you're like, doesn't work, but, you know, we keep going. Your opponent is Jonathan Chahin. You're in your first-year residency as a physician.

JONATHAN CHAHIN: Yup, that's correct.

EISENBERG: So, Jonathan, what's the best part of your week?

CHAHIN: Any time a patient says thank you or gives me a hug for what I've done, so...

EISENBERG: Jessica, what's the best part of your week?

MONTANA: Probably Friday night when I get to be one with my couch and my cat and...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yes.

MONTANA: Yeah, not get up.

EISENBERG: Does anyone ever say thank you for teaching me algebra and geometry?

MONTANA: Today they did.

EISENBERG: What?

MONTANA: Yeah, I was shocked.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: That's amazing, yeah. Were they bribed? Was there some sort of money involved, cupcakes? What was going on?

MONTANA: They didn't say it to me. They said it to another teacher who told me, so, like, it was like, don't tell her I said this, but...

EISENBERG: No, no.

MONTANA: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

JONATHAN COULTON: Don't tell her I said this, but thank you.

MONTANA: But thank you.

EISENBERG: Exactly.

(LAUGHTER)

MONTANA: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Kids these days are weird. They're weird. So your game is called You're The First, The Last, My Everything, which, of course, is a very white song, putting things in alphabetical order.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I'm going to give you a category, and I want you to say what comes alphabetically first and what comes alphabetically last in that category. Let's go to our puzzle guru John Chaneski. Give these fine people an example, please.

JOHN CHANESKI: If the category is days of the week, you'd answer first, Friday and last, Wednesday.

EISENBERG: Each question is worth up to two points, one for the first item and one for the last. Your opponent can steal points if you don't get one of them. Here we go, planets of the solar system.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jonathan.

CHAHIN: I'm going to say Earth is first and then Venus.

EISENBERG: Yes, you are correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Everyone's minds were like, there is no other planet. There is no other planet.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: There's no other planet, no other planet. That's right. (Unintelligible). Yes, you got it, the seven continents.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jessica.

MONTANA: Asia.

CHANESKI: Is.

MONTANA: Oh, no, no.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

MONTANA: Oh.

CHAHIN: Africa.

CHANESKI: Is.

CHAHIN: The first.

CHANESKI: Yes and...

CHAHIN: And then South America.

EISENBERG: Yes, fantastic.

CHANESKI: (Unintelligible) Very good, Jonathan, nice work.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: OK, bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jonathan.

CHAHIN: I'm going to say the first one is AC/DC, last one, Led Zeppelin.

EISENBERG: OK, very good.

CHAHIN: It's not that far in the alphabet.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Those were good, but they are incorrect. Jessica, can you steal?

MONTANA: I can do the last one.

EISENBERG: OK, what's last?

MONTANA: ZZ Top.

EISENBERG: How about first? Give me a first.

MONTANA: My first guess was AC/DC as well, so...

EISENBERG: All right, well, do you want to get a different one?

(LAUGHTER)

MONTANA: Sure.

EISENBERG: Since we know that's incorrect.

MONTANA: That was incorrect, ABBA.

EISENBERG: Yes, you did it.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Accidentally correct but correct nonetheless, all right, here we go. This one is going to really take some intense knowledge, first names of Kris Jenner's daughters on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" in alphabetical order.

(LAUGHTER, SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jonathan.

CHAHIN: Khloe and - is the first, and the last one is Kylie.

EISENBERG: You got the last. Jessica, can you give me the first?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Yup, sure.

(LAUGHTER)

MONTANA: The first one is Kendall.

EISENBERG: Yes, that's right. You guys both split the points on that one.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And just so you know, it's Kendall, Khloe, Kim, Kourtney, Kylie, last names of Canadian prime ministers.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Kidding, kidding, kidding.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Last names of American presidents.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jonathan.

CHAHIN: First is Adams and the last is Washington.

EISENBERG: You got the first one. Jessica, can you steal for the last?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jessica.

MONTANA: The last one is Wilson.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Now if we would've done Canadian prime ministers, could have either of you...

CHAHIN: I know Harper.

EISENBERG: Harper.

CHAHIN: That's all.

EISENBERG: So just in the middle, just the name of the (unintelligible).

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: It would've been, just so you know, Abbott, and then most would people go Trudeau, but it's actually Turner, but he was only in for 79 days, and so sometimes you forget.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: That's adorable.

EISENBERG: Isn't that cute?

COULTON: They're like your presidents.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right, you've done it, your last clue, the first names of the friends on "Friends."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jonathan.

CHAHIN: First is Chandler and last is Phoebe.

EISENBERG: So you got the first one right.

(LAUGHTER)

CHAHIN: I guess I got that one right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jessica.

MONTANA: Last one is Ross.

EISENBERG: Yes, all right, you split the point on that one, too.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: It's an incredible group effort. Puzzle guru John Chaneski, how did our contestants do?

CHANESKI: Well, you guys make quite a team together, actually, but, Jonathan, you came in first that time. You'll be at our final round. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We are going to be at C2E2, the Chicago comic and entertainment expo on March 18 and the Bob Carr Theater in Orlando, Fl. on March 30. Just go to amatickets.org. Coming up, two Duplass brothers enter, but only one will leave.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and you're listening to ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TOM SAWYER")

RUSH: (Singing) No, his mind is not for rent to any god or government, always hopeful yet discontent. He knows changes aren't permanent.

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