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Sibling Rivalries

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next two contestants will play a game about sibling rivalries. Not every sibling pair can be as functional as the sisters in "Fleabag." Let's meet them.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: First up, Molly Rubin. You're a video journalist. But you say the longest year of your life was spent being a PA on a true crime show.

MOLLY RUBIN: Indeed - true crime all the time.

EISENBERG: All right. What were kind of - what were a few of the things that you had to do that made it the longest year?

RUBIN: Oh, gosh - all sorts of things...

EISENBERG: Yeah.

RUBIN: ...When you go into the murder business. I had to, you know, pick up convicted felons from the airport, get them coffee, ask what they would, you know, prefer to eat and hang out with them all day.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

RUBIN: I had to look at crime scene photos and order them from least gory to most gory.

(LAUGHTER)

RUBIN: It was...

EISENBERG: Oh, my goodness.

RUBIN: ...Quite a lot. Probably the most interesting thing that I had to do as part of this was I was the main actress in all of the recreations.

(LAUGHTER)

RUBIN: I think acting is a generous term. But I had to source, you know, like, '70s, like, nightgowns and muumuus and then pretend to be a murder victim in a cold field in New Jersey in the middle of the night, rolling around as they pretend I'm being tortured and murdered. So...

EISENBERG: It didn't even occur to me that they are, you know, PAs and et cetera who are working just on the show.

RUBIN: Yeah, passion for murder.

EISENBERG: OK. So when you ring in, we'll hear this.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Your opponent is Daniel Varghese. You're a writer specifically for tech and lifestyle products for GQ. All right. Have you come across any good gadgets recently that have changed your life?

DANIEL VARGHESE: No. All gadgets are bad.

EISENBERG: Really?

(LAUGHTER)

VARGHESE: Oh, it's so bad. Like, tech is the worst thing in the world.

(LAUGHTER)

VARGHESE: I - it is just a disaster. What people think - people who make tech have no idea what real people want...

EISENBERG: Yeah.

VARGHESE: And so everything that they make is just a bizarre - like, it feels like it comes from, like, the world from "Stranger Things," where it's just like - they're, like, well, your watch is a phone that folds into - like, and it's just - they - nobody wants this.

EISENBERG: I can't wait to read your column.

(LAUGHTER)

VARGHESE: It's written in this voice.

EISENBERG: It is - just scathing reviews about how no piece of technology understands what humans need.

VARGHESE: Yeah. Yeah, pretty much.

EISENBERG: Daniel, when you ring in, we'll hear this.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Remember, Molly and Daniel - whoever has more points after two games will go to the final round. Siblings - sometimes they fight. Sometimes they take the gloves off. In this trivia game called Sibling Rivalries, every answer is a famous pair of siblings And we'll deliver the clues as if they were in a boxing match. Here we go. Prepare for the fracas of the rackets. They're siding up to their corners on piles of medals. Do we see a few Olympic gold ones in there? We do. They're ready to deliver a Wimbledon whacking.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Daniel.

VARGHESE: The Williams sisters.

EISENBERG: That is correct, yes - Venus and Serena Williams.

(APPLAUSE)

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: In this corner, a hot Australian who survived the "Avengers" franchise. In this corner, another hot Australian who survived the "Hunger Games" franchise.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Molly.

RUBIN: Hemsworths. Hemsworths.

COULTON: That's right - Chris and Liam Hemsworth.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: You've got to know there's a third brother who works in a warehouse...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...Or something.

RUBIN: There is. His name is Luke, I believe.

EISENBERG: Luke?

(LAUGHTER)

RUBIN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Coming down from "Brokeback Mountain," this contender might seem Mysterio, but he's no match for "The Deuce." She may look like "The Kindergarten Teacher" or "Secretary," but his sister is a "Twister."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Daniel.

VARGHESE: Franco?

EISENBERG: Sorry. That is incorrect. Molly, can you steal?

RUBIN: Gyllenhaal.

EISENBERG: That is correct - Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. That's OK.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Don't let the Brotherhood 2.0 facade fool you. Behind their chummy YouTube personas, these guys are out for complete, mutually assured annihilation. Blame "The Fault In Our Stars," but it will be an absolutely remarkable thing if these bloggers get out of the ring without vlogging each other senseless.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Daniel.

VARGHESE: John and Hank Green.

COULTON: Yeah, you got it.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Yeah. They're the modern-day Bronte sisters.

(LAUGHTER)

VARGHESE: That's really kind. Wow.

EISENBERG: I know. Scary, right? Sad - maybe sad.

Choosing a winner in this match is harder than finding out you've been living in a computer simulation. With both of these opponents showing off "Speed Racer" moves, they're stoking a vendetta for the ages.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Oh.

VARGHESE: Coen brothers.

EISENBERG: Daniel, I'm sorry. That is incorrect.

VARGHESE: OK (laughter).

EISENBERG: Molly, can you steal?

RUBIN: Brother, writer, directors - Duffer Brothers?

EISENBERG: I'm sorry - also incorrect. We were looking for the Wachowskis, Lana and Lilly Wachowski - and they have done "The Matrix," "Cloud Atlas." They are incredible.

COULTON: We're seeing the clash of the quarterbacks tonight, folks. In one corner, this MVP is snorting like a Bronco and brandishing a brass knuckle made out of Super Bowl rings. Is that even legal? And in the other corner, another MVP with another brass knuckle of Super Bowl rings. It's going to take more than a beanstalk to bring down this Giant.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Daniel.

VARGHESE: Manning?

COULTON: Yeah, that's right - Peyton and Eli Manning.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Our one football clue, everyone. There you go. There you go. All right. This is your last clue. Buzzing from the hive, this queen is dousing the "Lemonade" and ready to keep it fierce against the "Solo Star." And I think her sister is yelling, wait "When I Get Home." This match is going to rival the crater in the elevator.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Molly.

RUBIN: Beyonce and Solange Knowles.

EISENBERG: That is correct. Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: OK. Great game. It is a tie, everybody.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Coming up, Dan Deacon returns to play another game. He's a composer, so naturally, his game is about decomposition. I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

[POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: In a previous broadcast and digital version of this episode, we incorrectly refer to the Wachowskis as brothers, and use their former names. They are trans women and their names are Lana and Lilly.]

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