Back In The ASMR Dr. Gameshow podcast hosts Jo Firestone and Manolo Moreno play a game that describes bodily responses in the whispery, soothing style of ASMR.
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Back In The ASMR

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This audio quiz is called Back In The ASMR. ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. It describes a tingly feeling some people experience when they hear certain sounds. So in this game, every answer is a different involuntary bodily reaction or function. I'm going to be whispering the clues ASMR-style while Jonathan creates some pleasing effects on this very stage. And the points are doubled.

JO FIRESTONE: Oh, my gosh.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right. Here we go.

JONATHAN COULTON: I'm unwrapping a piece of candy.

(SOUNDBITE OF WRAPPER CRINKLING)

EISENBERG: Hello, listeners. Relax. Allow your eyelids to do this, which helps remove irritants, spread tears and protect your eyeball.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Manolo.

MANOLO MORENO: Blinking.

EISENBERG: Blinking is right.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: I'm going to rip a piece of paper now.

(SOUNDBITE OF PAPER TEARING)

EISENBERG: Don't worry if your body does strange things, like when your diaphragm contracts and your vocal cords close, resulting in a sound that will make people think you are drunk.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jo.

FIRESTONE: Talking.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Very good guess. Very good guess. I like it when you use your own life to inform an answer.

(LAUGHTER)

FIRESTONE: Thank you.

EISENBERG: But I'm sorry. That is not what we're looking for. Manolo, can you steal?

MORENO: Hiccup.

FIRESTONE: Oh, yeah.

EISENBERG: Yeah. That's right.

FIRESTONE: Yes, that is right.

(APPLAUSE)

FIRESTONE: Wow. I understand.

COULTON: Talking (laughter)?

FIRESTONE: That is a really good answer.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: All right.

COULTON: I'm now going to tap a Rubik's Cube with a pencil.

(SOUNDBITE OF PENCIL TAPPING)

COULTON: I get paid to do this.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I want to make you feel at peace even if something is touching the back of your throat, tonsils, back of your tongue, roof of your mouth or uvula, triggering this.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Jo.

FIRESTONE: Getting it wet in there?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I think you're close. Can you give the commonly known...

COULTON: Gross.

EISENBERG: ...Expression to describe that?

FIRESTONE: Besides that one?

EISENBERG: Yeah, the other one.

FIRESTONE: OK - salivating.

EISENBERG: Oh. Oh, salivating. Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. No. No, that's not what we're looking for.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Manolo, can you steal?

MORENO: (Laughter) I'll just say swallowing.

EISENBERG: It's gagging.

FIRESTONE: Oh.

MORENO: Oh.

EISENBERG: Gagging, gagging. Yeah.

FIRESTONE: Yeah, yeah.

MORENO: You can give it to Jo. That's like making it wet in there.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

FIRESTONE: I don't think so.

(LAUGHTER)

FIRESTONE: I don't think it is at all.

EISENBERG: This is your last clue.

COULTON: OK. I'm just going to wrinkle some bubble wrap.

(SOUNDBITE OF BUBBLE WRAP CRINKLING)

EISENBERG: As I whisper you off to sleep, I hope you do this, which involves inhaling air while contracting an ear muscle then exhaling. It often happens when you're tired. Good night.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Manolo.

MORENO: Yawning.

EISENBERG: Yawning is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

FIRESTONE: Oh, wow. That was really good.

EISENBERG: After two games, Manolo is going to the final round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: You can be a contestant on ASK ME ANOTHER even if you don't have a podcast. Go to amatickets.org to apply. Coming up...

(SOUNDBITE OF DOORBELL)

EISENBERG: ...Our delivery is here. Ben Sinclair, creator and star of HBO's "High Maintenance," brings us the good stuff. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

(APPLAUSE)

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