Packed with trivia, comedy and celebrity guests, Ask Me Another is like an amusement park for your brain. Host Ophira Eisenberg and musician Jonathan Coulton take brilliant contestants on a roller coaster that'll make you laugh and scream (out the answers)—and barely anyone throws up in a trash can.
In this extended interview from Ask Me Another's show in Orlando, Florida, Mike Rowe talks about everything — from his new podcast, The Way I Heard It, to what he learned from Dirty Jobs about job creation and the skills gap.
Director and actress Rose McGowan joins us at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo to talk about how she's challenging the entertainment industry. Plus, Lucasfilm's Andi Gutierrez tells us about the world of Star Wars Twitter parody accounts.
The creators of the cult podcast Welcome to Night Vale reflect on its runaway success and help lead a game about mysterious phenomena...that one should never speak of or acknowledge. This message will now self-destruct.
Ethan Hawke talks about the challenges of maintaining a successful acting career over several decades... and making a movie over the course of 12 years. The release of 2014's BOYHOOD, nominated for six Oscars (including Best Supporting Actor for Hawke), marked his eighth collaboration with director Richard Linklater. This episode originally aired on November 6, 2014.
Beloved children's author Mo Willems (Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!) knew he wanted to write at an early age. In this bonus clip, our VIP goes back to his own childhood and recounts a well-intentioned letter he sent to his hero, Charles Schulz.
Calling all Knuffle Bunnies: Children's author Mo Willems wants his books to be "played," not read, and recalls how a botched job interview landed him on Sesame Street. Plus House-Musician Joanthan Coulton plays a cry-along "Cat's In The Cradle" game.
Decode devious anagrams with novelist and word whiz Meg Wolitzer. The author of THE INTERESTINGS talks about the challenges in writing her first young adult novel BELZHAR and her own adolescent journaling habits. And speaking of young adults, toast your favorite mock-tails in a music game called THE TEETOTALLER'S PLAYLIST.
Put on some makeup and a wig with John Cameron Mitchell, who recently took over the leading role in his one man show - turned - cult hit film - turned - Broadway smash hit, Hedwig And The Angry Inch (which won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival). Plus, former contestants return to try and redeem themselves in this "second chances" show (Rebroadcast, Episode 327).
Grab a Corpse Reviver and perform a Shining Wizard with your Thimblerigger (Why do the names of cocktails, wrestling moves, and old-timey occupations sound so alike?). Then get loud with North Carolina local John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats as he explores the heart of death metal.
(Rebroadcast) Brush up on your British slang with Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Lord of the Rings), who talks about getting into the mind of Caesar the ape, reveals the origin of Gollum's creepy voice, and teases us ever-so-slightly about his upcoming role in Star Wars VII.
What do you think is "the worst"? Let comedian and top-notch ranter Lewis Black (The Daily Show) tell you what he thinks is the worst, from child beauty pageants to soy lattes to Donald Trump. Plus, sing pop songs with the grammatical tendencies of Cookie Monster, and a certain R. Kelly hit becomes "Me Believe Me Can Fly."
This episode is full of subjects known to put fear (or, for some, joy) into your hearts: philosophy, history, math. But fret not. We've put our own spin on them, and injected healthy doses of comedy, music, pop culture and puns. Amid these grueling rounds, get into the head of puzzle editor Art Chung, who reveals the process behind creating the show's games.
Sing along in a round with Jonathan Coulton and Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Happy holidays! In other news, you just learned what a ha'penny is. Because you heard it in the song, and Googled it. You're welcome. Hear the full 2014 Holiday Spectacular episode on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and askmeanother.npr.org.
It's the most wonderful time of year: the Ask Me Another Holiday Spectacular! This year, we want to celebrate our contestants by highlighting those who give us the wrong answers, but do it in spectacular style. So next time you don't know the right answer, just take a cue from these fine folks. Hear the full Holiday episode starting Thursday, December 18th. Music: "I Don't Know How To Drive" by Julian Velard. "Ask Me Another Theme" by Jonathan Coulton.
(Rebroadcast) You're in for a hilarious religious experience this week, as our Very Important Puzzler, comedian Mike Birbiglia, shares some bizarre personal tales, including why he once considered becoming a priest.
This week on the show, break the rules of spelling, sing along to our re-write of Lorde's "Royals" (that is about actual royalty), and, if it pleases the court, test your knowledge of cliché legal phrases with star of Benched and Happy Endings, Eliza Coupe.
(Rebroadcast, Episode 307) Eat, pray and love your way through games about Italian foods, oddly-named deities and the best part of any newspaper--the funny pages--with V.I.P. and bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert.
Neil Gaiman says that he is working on issue #26 of Miracleman, the lapsed comic series he worked on in the 1990s with artist Mark Buckingham. Rumors have flown around the comics community for years — here, he confirms that the series shall return. Plus, hear what happens when Neil attempts to classify his writing. It's nearly impossible. Hear the full episode with VIP Neil Gaiman, "The Model of a Modern Major Game Show," now.
Ask Me Another dons its mask and cape for a super special episode recorded live at New York Comic Con Super Week. In this love letter to comic book nerds and the people who love them, author Neil Gaiman sings 19th century operettas, stumps his fans, and discusses his fandoms: beekeeping, and Gilbert & Sullivan.
AMA Bonus: Suddenly "Seymour" - Ethan Hawke's Directorial Debut
Ethan Hawke discusses Robin Williams, his Dead Poets Society co-star, and Seymour Bernstein, the subject of his new documentary Seymore: An Introduction. Although he met them 30 years apart, Hawke considers both of them his mentors.
In honor of Ethan Hawke's birthday (Nov. 6th), we let him be a little racy on public radio. Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg wonders if future directors will try to trump the Boyhood model — a movie filmed over 12 years — by making movies over even longer periods of time. Then Ethan has an idea. Hear more from Ethan Hawke in our most recent episode, "Puzzlehood."
Ethan Hawke talks about the challenges of maintaining a successful acting career over several decades...and making a movie, Boyhood, over the course of 12 years. Plus: you've never heard Rick Astley like how Jonathan Coulton sings Rick Astley.
(Rebroadcsat, Episode 303) Inspired by this week's Very Important Puzzler, the best-selling children's horror author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps, Fear Street), the games in this show have been designed to scare the answers out of you. Find out what zombies eat when they run out of brains, test your Looney Tunes knowledge through a revised rendition of "Sympathy For The Devil" and find out what else Edgar Allen Poe's Raven has been quoth'ing on about. Plus: what scares the man whose job it is to scare kids of all ages?
AMA Bonus: Lobster Pee, The Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week
In this debut segment of "The Best Piece Of Trivia You Learned This Week," find out whether lobsters actually pee out of their faces. Share with us the best piece of trivia YOU learned this week by visiting our Facebook or Twitter pages: facebook.com/NPRAskMeAnother | twitter.com/NPRAskMeAnother.
In this podcast bonus, enjoy the full version of Lake Street Dive's VIP Challenege, including two extra questions that didn't make it to air. Jonathan Coulton performs some radio hits from the 1990s, but butchers the lyrics. It's up to band members Rachael Price, Bridget Kearney, Mike Calabrese and Mike "McDuck" Olson (and you) to correct them.
Soul-pop band Lake Street Dive reveals how they kill time on their tour bus: singing 90's hits, playing songs on balloons and a game called "Guess Butt." Plus, hear some tunes played live off their album Bad Self Portraits.
In this special video podcast bonus, indie band Lake Street Dive shows off their versatility by leading a game with their favorite tour-bus instruments: balloons. Can you name these squeaky tunes? Hear the full audio episode, with more music from Lake Street Dive, starting Thursday, October 23rd.
(Rebroadcast, Episode 311) Bust myths, sing the news and quote action movies: from the San Francisco comedy festival SF Sketchfest, we play games with Community's Danny Pudi, Mythbusters' Adam Savage and tech writer Farhad Manjoo.
To you Canadian listeners: Happy Thanksgiving! Take a breather from all that family catch-up time to check in with fellow Canucks Ophira Eisenberg and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons. They swap stories about their favorite local foods, and the best circumstances in which to enjoy them. (Do YOU know the best time to eat poutine? We bet you do.)
After 11 seasons and many spin-offs, Top Chef judge Gail Simmons has tried a lot of different dishes. "A lot" is actually an understatement. In this podcast extra, host Ophira Eisenberg wanted to know about the worst and the weirdest.