This That Or The Other: Bond Girl Edition In this game, contestants Marie Faustin and Sydnee Washington decide whether a name belongs to a James Bond character, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or a political candidate.
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This That Or The Other: Bond Girl Edition

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is about political candidates and Bond girls. True, there has never been a female president of the United States, but 100% of Bond girls have been women. So today's show is The Battle of the Podcast Stars, and our next two contestants host the podcast "The Unofficial Expert." Let's meet them - first up, Marie Faustin.

MARIE FAUSTIN: Hi.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: You host the podcast with Sydnee Washington, who we will meet in just a minute.

FAUSTIN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: But how did you guys meet?

FAUSTIN: We met at an all-female open mic. I thought she was pretty, OK? She thought I was pretty. And now we're friends, and we get lots of likes on Instagram.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: How many people were on the open mic?

FAUSTIN: Open mic.

EISENBERG: How many people were on the show?

FAUSTIN: Too many.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

FAUSTIN: It felt like - I don't know. How many people you think were there - like, 30?

SYDNEE WASHINGTON: Thirty.

EISENBERG: Like, it was a kind of standard open mic...

WASHINGTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: ...Where there's just tons of people...

FAUSTIN: Yeah. Just, like...

EISENBERG: ...And they're only performing for comedians.

FAUSTIN: Sad people with dreams, yes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Sad people with dreams - awesome.

FAUSTIN: That's what an open mic is.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: It's a mess. Well, I'm glad you guys met. All right. Marie, when you ring in, we'll hear this.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Your opponent is Sydnee Washington. So...

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Yes (laughter). So on your podcast, "The Unofficial Expert," you don't have actual experts. You like to have people who are interesting and get them to open up and talk about what they are an expert in. So has anyone ever gotten too comfortable?

WASHINGTON: Oh, they all too comfortable. They all...

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

WASHINGTON: ...Say too much. And I'm like, you know thousands of people are going to hear this.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

WASHINGTON: And we love that.

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

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: All right. Remember, Marie and Sydnee, whoever has more points after two games will go to our final round. You're going to play This, That or the Other. We're going to give you a person's name. All you have to do is ring in and tell us which of these three categories best describes that person. So, Jonathan Coulton, what are today's categories?

JONATHAN COULTON: Each person is either a real political candidate, a real Fortune 500 CEO or a fictional Bond girl.

EISENBERG: All right.

FAUSTIN: This is going to be a long round.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah, it's going to be great. You just got to guess. Here we go - Krystal Ball.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Sydnee.

WASHINGTON: Political.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right. That's correct.

(APPLAUSE)

FAUSTIN: Look at that.

WASHINGTON: I was going to scream Bond girl.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Krystal Ball was a Virginia congressional candidate in 2010...

FAUSTIN: Look at that.

EISENBERG: ...Although a seat in Congress was not in her future.

FAUSTIN: Wow.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And you'd think she...

FAUSTIN: Wow.

EISENBERG: ...Could have predicted that, but no.

FAUSTIN: OK.

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: Well, now that I know we're just saying names, I'm going to have this ready to go.

EISENBERG: OK.

COULTON: All right. Here's your next one - Sylvia Trench.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

FAUSTIN: Ah, I don't know that.

COULTON: Sydnee.

WASHINGTON: Bond girl.

COULTON: Yeah, you're right - from "Dr. No."

(APPLAUSE)

FAUSTIN: (Laughter) Wow. I think Sydnee is cheating...

WASHINGTON: (Laughter).

FAUSTIN: ...And she wrote the answers on her hand.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: How about Penny Pennington?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Sydnee.

WASHINGTON: Political.

EISENBERG: Sorry, that is incorrect. Marie, can you steal?

FAUSTIN: I'm going to say - it feels like, you know, somebody who doesn't run a company because I feel like she would change her name to something like Richie Richington.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

FAUSTIN: You know?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Millions Millionton - yeah.

FAUSTIN: Right, because pennies are for poor people.

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: So I'm going to say Bond girl.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. That is incorrect. She is...

WASHINGTON: Wow.

EISENBERG: She is the CEO and managing partner of the investment company Edward Jones and the only woman running a major U.S. brokerage.

WASHINGTON: Wow.

FAUSTIN: Oh, good for Penny.

EISENBERG: Yes. It's the only case...

FAUSTIN: Good for Penny Proud.

WASHINGTON: Give it up for Penny.

EISENBERG: Yeah, right.

FAUSTIN: P time.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: That's right.

FAUSTIN: Wow.

COULTON: How about this one? Ursula Burns.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Marie.

FAUSTIN: Ah, yikes.

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: Ursula Burns. I mean, Ursula - you know, favorite Disney villain of all time.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

COULTON: Yeah.

FAUSTIN: Best eyebrows.

COULTON: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: I'm going to say CEO.

COULTON: Yeah, you're correct.

EISENBERG: Wow.

FAUSTIN: OK.

(APPLAUSE)

FAUSTIN: We're on the board. OK. I'm going to go home.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Yeah. She was the CEO and chairman of Xerox.

FAUSTIN: Xerox, yes. But she is a black woman, yes?

EISENBERG: Yeah.

COULTON: Yeah, that's right. She was the...

FAUSTIN: That's the only reason why I knew it.

COULTON: ...First African American woman to run a Fortune 500 company. That's right.

EISENBERG: Kinky Friedman.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

FAUSTIN: Ah...

EISENBERG: Marie.

FAUSTIN: ...That feels like a Bond girl.

EISENBERG: Kinky Friedman.

FAUSTIN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Sorry, that is incorrect.

FAUSTIN: Wow.

EISENBERG: Sydnee, can you steal?

(LAUGHTER)

WASHINGTON: I'm going to say political.

EISENBERG: Yeah, you're right, political candidate.

(APPLAUSE)

WASHINGTON: Wow.

EISENBERG: It's actually - it's a guy. His name - his full name is...

FAUSTIN: Oh.

WASHINGTON: Oh, look at that.

EISENBERG: ...Richard Samet "Kinky" Friedman. He's a country singer in Texas. He ran for the governor of Texas in 2006. His - the kinky refers to his hair.

FAUSTIN: Oh.

WASHINGTON: That's offensive.

FAUSTIN: That feels offensive.

WASHINGTON: Yeah. That is not...

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: Somebody, can we pull up a photo of his...

WASHINGTON: Yeah, what does he look like?

FAUSTIN: ...Of his perm?

WASHINGTON: Yeah, that...

EISENBERG: So supposedly, what he was - in one of his campaign slogans, he said, I've got a head of hair better than Rick Perry's. It's just not in a place I can show you.

FAUSTIN: Wow.

WASHINGTON: Problematic.

FAUSTIN: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: All right, this is your last clue.

FAUSTIN: Got it.

COULTON: Pam Bouvier.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Marie.

FAUSTIN: Wow. The buzzer is so fast now.

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: Pam Bouvier - wasn't that Marge's maiden name from "The Simpsons?"

WASHINGTON: Look at you.

FAUSTIN: Bouvier.

WASHINGTON: Snapple facts.

FAUSTIN: Yeah. You know, I be reading.

(LAUGHTER)

WASHINGTON: You can read "The Simpsons?" What?

FAUSTIN: Patty and Selma Bouvier.

(LAUGHTER)

FAUSTIN: Pam Bouvier. I'm going to say Bond girl again. That's it - final answer.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That's it.

FAUSTIN: That's it.

COULTON: Yeah, you're correct. She's a Bond girl.

(APPLAUSE)

FAUSTIN: Wow.

WASHINGTON: Oh. Oh. Marie's a crowd favorite. OK.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right. Well done. Sydnee is in the lead.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Coming up, our podcast-ants (ph) will play a game for people with a sweet tooth and an ear for music. I like to call it, Hold Me Close, Tiny Glucose. And you can decide whether the term podcast-ants is trying too hard or not hard enough. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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