Ask Me Another

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Hilarious games and puzzles in front of a live audience

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Sonia Manzano: These Are The Muppets In Your Neighborhood

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This week it's a classic episode from 2015. Actor Sonia Manzano talks about retiring from her role as Maria on Sesame Street after 44 years. Then, she and her TV husband Luis, played by actor Emilio Delgado, think back on all the Muppets they've encountered in their neighborhood.

William Jackson Harper: Getting To The Good Place

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William Jackson Harper shares where he was physically and emotionally when cast on The Good Place. Plus, ethics columnist Kwame Anthony Appiah. This episode originally aired on March 16, 2018.

Molecular Gastrivia

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Guests: Nadiya Hussain; Gabrielle Hamilton & Ashley Merriman; Carla Hall & Nancy Fuller

Rev up those fryers, it's the Ask Me Another Food Show! The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain (Nadiya's Time to Eat, Nadiya Bakes) dishes about baking for the Queen and digs up the truth in a game about plant family trees. Plus, James Beard Award-winning chef Gabrielle Hamilton (Blood, Bones and Butter, Prune) & Top Chef alum and National Arts Club head chef Ashley Merriman play a saucy music parody game, and Food Network hosts and judges Carla Hall (​​Carla and the Christmas Cornbread, Best Baker in America) & Nancy Fuller (Farmhouse Rules) are visited by a quizzical honey bee.

Javier Muñoz And David Harbour: The World Turned Upside Down

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From the Broadway musical Hamilton, Javier Muñoz leads a game about presidential pets. And from the Netflix series Stranger Things, actor David Harbour is challenged to a game about Shakespeare with a Dungeons & Dragons twist. This episode originally aired on October 14, 2016.

Nice Guys: Ted Lasso & Bob Ross

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Guests: Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone; Brett Goldstein & Hannah Waddingham; Gretchen McCulloch & Lauren Gawne

Ted Lasso's Brett Goldstein & Hannah Waddingham score points in a game about scores. Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone take a 180 from making R-rated comedy to producing a Bob Ross documentary. Lingthusiasm hosts Gretchen McCulloch & Lauren Gawne explain who's in charge of making new emoji. Speaking of which... hey, Unicode Consortium! Where's our fact bag emoji?

Sir Patrick Stewart: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

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In this encore episode from 2015, Sir Patrick Stewart talks about life in Brooklyn, becoming a knight, and his deep knowledge of all things Shakespeare.

Awkwafina And Sasha Velour: New York City Queens

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Two queens take the stage! From Raya and the Last Dragon and Crazy Rich Asians, Awkwafina recommends the best public restrooms in New York City. And RuPaul's Drag Race winner Sasha Velour talks about the incredible final lip sync that snatched her the crown. This episode originally aired August 17, 2018.

MathNuggets

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Guests: Kenice Mobley & Rohan Padhye; Shalewa Sharpe & Gastor Almonte

It's a friendtestants reunion! Kenice Mobley & Rohan Padhye, hosts of the podcast Love About Town, return to play a math game about pop culture numbers. Shalewa Sharpe & Gastor Almonte, hosts of The War Report podcast, take on a music parody that's delicious and definitely not nutritious.

We Ship It

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Guests: Peppermint; Miracle Workers' Karan Soni & Geraldine Viswanathan; Naomi Ekperigin & Andy Beckerman.

Ask Me Another returns to The Bell House for our final taping. Pre-sale tickets are available at nprpresents.org. Use the promo code: ASKMEANOTHER.

RuPaul's Drag Race
alum and Call Me Mother co-host Peppermint talks about the origins of her name, and why it was a bit of "a dumb mistake" to choose "Peppermint." Plus, Couples Therapy hosts Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman attend Masterclasses taught by animals, and Miracle Workers stars Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni play a game about some smokin' hot topics— that's 9.9 trillion degrees hot, baby.

Fenway Bark And The Litter Box Disco

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Comedians Margaret Cho and Iliza Shlesinger from Good on Paper board a music parody time machine to several centuries' '70s. In Treatment and Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba says what she learned about therapy by playing a therapist, and how she and her sister annoyed her brother by speaking in gibberish. Quinta Brunson (She Memes Well) and Taylor Garron (As of Yet) put their middle school science class knowledge to the test in a game about the periodic table.

Rosie Perez, Fortune Feimster & Big Mouth's Ayo Edebiri: Fight And Flight

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Rosie Perez talks about recording PSAs for the New York City Subway, meeting Muhammad Ali, and her role in HBO Max's The Flight Attendant. Plus, Fortune Feimster and Jillian Bell play a game about delicious musicians, and Big Mouth's Ayo Edebiri and comedian Olivia Craighead tackle animal kingdom quandaries. This episode originally aired December 4, 2020.

Rita Dove: Set Phasers To Poem

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As Ask Me Another prepares for its final run of new episodes, enjoy this week's encore of a past favorite, taped at the Virginia Arts Festival. The guest is U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. She improvises a poem. She plays a game about Star Trek: The Next Generation. Everything you love about this show is well-represented.

Better Call Saul & The Mandalorian's Giancarlo Esposito; Hacks

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Better Call Saul and The Mandalorian's Giancarlo Esposito talks Baby Yoda. Plus, games with duos Lucia Aniello & Paul W. Downs of HBO Max's Hacks; Tanya Morgan's Donwill & Bethany Van Delft (Parentalogic)

Sara Bareilles, American Ninja Warrior & Rugrats

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Grammy-winning artist Sara Bareilles talks about how the musical Waitress changed her life and the harrowing experience of over-dressing to sing the national anthem at a Dodgers game. Then, the self-professed Golden Girls superfan puts it all on the line in a true/false trivia game. American Ninja Warrior hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila plug in for a game about video game controllers. Plus, voice actors Cheryl Chase and Bart Simpson herself, Nancy Cartwright, talk about the Paramount+ reboot of Rugrats.

Sarah Silverman, Sarah Paulson, Rickey Thompson & Denzel Dion: Meme Machines

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Comedian Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock) plays a game about Law & Order and shares some strong opinions about Kit-Kats. Actor Sarah Paulson (Ratched, Run, American Horror Story) talks about running from clowns, and plays an R&B music parody game celebrating the ampersand. Plus, YouTube phenoms Denzel Dion and Rickey Thompson listen to Ophira and Jonathan act out scenes from imagined movies based on board games. This episode originally aired November 13, 2020.

Andrew Rannells: The Truth About Cats And Dogs

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Actor Andrew Rannells looks back on his time as Elder Price in the Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon. Then, he plays a game about HGTV lingo. From the Hulu series Shrill, Lolly Adefope and E.R. Fightmaster play "Dolly Parton, Dalai Lama, or Both?" Comedians Carmen Lynch and Liz Miele play a game inspired by The Great British Baking Show.

Ryan O'Connell: The Real Housewives And The Olsen Twins

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Ryan O'Connell, creator and star of the Netflix series, Special, talks about the challenges of writing about his cerebral palsy for the first time. Then he plays a game that combines geography, the Olsen twins, and Bravo's, The Real Housewives. Love About Town podcast hosts Kenice Mobley and Rohan Padhye guess which came first: Sliced bread or the electric toaster? Plus, childhood friends actor Micah Stock (Netflix's Bonding) and comic Beth Stelling (HBO Max Girl Daddy) play a game about their home state, Ohio.

Sean Hayes & Ed Helms: Podcast No. 9

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Will & Grace's Sean Hayes talks about his pandemic puppy, his new medical podcast HypocondriActor, and his early days working as a piano player for a dinner theatre. Then, he's challenged to two games based on his obsession with medical stories. The stars of the comedy series Rutherford Falls, Jana Schmieding and Ed Helms, face off in a game of This, That, or the Other. Real Estate bandmates Martin Courtney and Alex Bleeker compete in a 90s themed music parody game about things from the 1890s, 1790s, 1690s... you get it.

Rachel Bloom: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Sane Current Guest

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom talks about her book I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are. Plus, Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Karen Chee and illustrator Jonny Sun decipher kids' readings of song lyrics, and Orange is the New Black's Alysia Reiner and Beth Dover hear Dolly Parton songs re-written to be about dolls. This episode originally aired November 20, 2020.

Maria Bamford & Richard Kind: Yogurt Is Gold, Baby

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Rutherford Falls' co-creator Sierra Teller Ornelas talks about Native American representation in her new sitcom, and explains what "bank plants" are. Maria Bamford & Richard Kind (Everything's Gonna Be Okay) learn about space cheese. Mary Holland and Maureen Bharoocha (Golden Arm) learn about blue fries.

RZA & Busy Philipps & 'Woke' Creator Keith Knight & A Lizard

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The Wu-Tang Clan's RZA talks with Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton about his latest movie Cut Throat City, and the process of writing a new song for Good Humor's ice cream trucks. He also plays a game where he answers the question, "Is it a lizard?" Plus, Busy Philipps and comedy writer Shantira Jackson work together to make celebrity cocktails, and cartoonist Keith Knight and his sister Tracy geek out about The Brady Bunch. This episode originally aired September 18, 2020.

Yo-Yo Ma: Civic Duty

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (Words + Music) talks about performing at a COVID vaccination site. Then, he's quizzed on classical music pieces quoted in pop songs. Chefs Sohla El-Waylly and Stella Parks help Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton create dishes from random food items in their pantries. Timothy Simons (Veep) and The Pole producer Theodore Bressman listen to hair metal parodies about characters with little to no hair.

Spring TV: 'Chad' & 'Home Economics!' Also, Reggie Watts

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Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show) and Kate Berlant (POOG podcast) determine whether wellness products are real or fake. From ABC's Home Economics, Sasheer Zamata and Caitlin McGee learn what "holding the candle" means. Plus, Saturday Night Live alum Nasim Pedrad talks about her new TBS sitcom Chad and tries to guess the endings of classic I Love Lucy episodes.

Alfonso Ribeiro: Jokes About Butts And Mild Transgressions

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Comedians Demi Adejuyigbe and Gabriel Gundacker rise to the top as they answer trivia questions about bread. Star of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and host of America's Funniest Home Videos Alfonso Ribeiro talks about his Broadway days, epic fails, and the origins of the iconic Carlton dance. Alex Moffat (Saturday Night Live) and Jen Spyra (Big Time, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) learn about vampires and baby animals.

Jane Levy and Alex Newell: Zoey's Extraordinary Zoom Call

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From the NBC series Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, actors Jane Levy and Alex Newell talk about the musical numbers on the show. Actor and comedian Baron Vaughn, of Grace and Frankie, talks about his SyFy Wire series The Great Debate and plays a game about Black playwrights. Plus, couple-testants Catherine Reitman and Philip Sternberg (Workin' Moms) break out the hot dish for a Minnesota-inspired game about Bob Dylan and Charles Schulz. This episode originally aired June 22, 2020.

HAIM: Women In Trivia Pt. III

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Sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana of HAIM, discuss their third album Women in Music Pt. III, and being in a band with their parents. Then, they try to identify songs based only on the drum parts. Plus, comedians Greta Titelman, Benito Skinner, Erin Foley, and Arden Myrin play games about celebrity Zodiac signs and lesser-known sports. This episode originally aired July 24, 2020.

Justin, Travis And Griffin McElroy: My Podcast, My Podcast And My Other Podcast

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Podcast hosts Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me) talk about their book, Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You). Then they fight off trivia-spouting monsters in a game that tests their D&D knowledge and d20 luck. Plus, comedians Shalewa Sharpe and Gastor Almonte (The War Report podcast) listen to sped-up versions of slow jams and play a hilarious round of "Bridgerton character, sweatpants brand or potato?"

Eddie Huang & 'Judas And The Black Messiah' Writers: Who Tells Your Story

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'Fresh Off the Boat' author and restaurateur Eddie Huang discusses Taiwanese buns, basketball, and his directorial debut with the new film, 'Boogie'. Story writers of 'Judas and the Black Messiah' Keith and Kenny Lucas learn about mushrooms, hacker aliases, and anime. Plus, comedians Emily Heller and Emmy Blotnick discover which real-life reporters played themselves in movies.

Home Cooking With Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Superstore's Nico Santos

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson discusses Modern Family, his Michelin-star restaurant research for his one-man show Fully Committed and his new cookbook Food Between Friends. Then, he plays a game about his home state, New Mexico. Nico Santos (Superstore) and Zeke Smith (Disclosure) play This That Or The Other while dealing with a smoke alarm. Comedians Samantha Ruddy and Luke Mones are no beauty school dropouts as they rock n' roll to a Grease-themed music parody game about... Greece.

Kyra Sedgwick: Empty Nest, Barn Full Of Goats

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Emmy Award-winning actor Kyra Sedgwick discusses her nearly four decade spanning career and her new comedy series, Call Your Mother. Then, she is challenged to a game about G.O.A.T. goats. Late Night with Seth Meyers writers Jeff Wright and Ben Warheit navigate the plots of cheesy Hallmark Original movies. From the film Save Yourselves! actors Sunita Mani and John Reynolds play a game about commonly-known things that are named after less commonly-known people.

Bob the Drag Queen And Camila Mendes: We're Here... To Play Games!

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Bob the Drag Queen is back! The drag star, from RuPaul's Drag Race, tells us about his HBO docuseries We're Here and plays a grab-bag game that finally brings together Whoopi Goldberg, Kesha, and... clowns? Plus, Cristin Milioti and Camila Mendes (Palm Springs) plug their noses through a game about things that stink, and comedians Laurie Kilmartin (CONAN) and Erin Jackson (Last Comic Standing) CRASH BOOM ROAR in a game about iconic movie sound effects. This episode originally aired July 10, 2020.

Keegan-Michael Key: Key & Peele & Penguins & Shakespeare

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Actor Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) reveals which animal is the funniest, geeks out about Shakespeare and discusses his Audible Original series The History of Sketch Comedy. Actors Matt Wilkas and Brendan Scannell (Bonding) hear fictional animals introduced as if they were at the Westminster Dog Show. Plus, hosts of the podcast Add To Cart, Kulap Vilaysack and SuChin Pak, combine the titles of Broadway shows and corporate brands.

Ken Jeong: Mask Me Another

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Actor Ken Jeong talks about his journey from studying medicine to becoming an actor and chats about his time as a panelist on The Masked Singer and its new spinoff, The Masked Dancer. Then, he plays a music parody game set to the tunes of iconic nineties rock songs. From the NBC musical comedy Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, actors Skylar Astin and John Clarence Stewart test their knowledge of unconventional instruments. Plus, comedians Cameron Esposito (Queery podcast) and Beth Stelling (HBO Max's Girl Daddy) navigate their way through a game about maps.

Leslie Jones Reinvigorates 'Supermarket Sweep'

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A special bonus feed drop from the NPR podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour. Our producer and game show geek Travis Larchuk joined NPR's daily culture show, Pop Culture Happy Hour host Stephen Thompson to talk about the 2020 reboot of Supermarket Sweep, starring Saturday Night Live alum Leslie Jones. Supermarket Sweep features contestants running through a fake supermarket, throwing hams and giant wheels of cheese into their shopping carts.

Michelle Buteau: 'The Circle' And Van Halen

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Comedian Michelle Buteau talks about her new book Survival of the Thickest and her gig hosting the socially-distanced Netflix reality series The Circle. Then she plays a game about Dutch things set to the tunes of Van Halen. Plus, Showtime docu-series Love Fraud directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady answer the question, "Is it a Lizard?" And the hosts of the You're Wrong About podcast Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes play a game with a mysterious whale named Jonathan Krillton.