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Delia Ephron: Tag Line, You're It!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ephron is no stranger to romantic comedies, having written and produced the likes of You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle alongside her sister Nora. She discusses her path from a "Girl Friday" to following in the family writing footsteps, and her recent visit to the pet psychic. Then she falls head over heels for our quiz on rom-com tag lines.
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Random Questions With: Delia Ephron

Thursday, February 13, 2014

When it comes to dealing with potentially tricky family situations, our V.I.P. knows best. The author of Sister Mother Husband Dog comes from a large family of writers and knows which situations require diplomacy, and which call for more "creative" solutions.
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Presidential Monster Hunter

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Did you see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Well, Honest Abe wasn't the only Commander-in-Chief to fight the supernatural. In this game, we ask you to imagine other films that might depict presidents and the mythological creatures they fought, like George Washington: Dinosaur Hunter. Who knew that the father of our country was fighting T. Rex as well as Rex Anglie (The King of England)?
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Mime Time

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Brother, can you spare a mime? No, it's not pledge drive season yet. In this game, house musician Jonathan Coulton asks our contestants to put on their pun hats (berets, naturally) and answer clues with clever puns that include the word "mime". Cue the groans!
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The Answer Lies Within

Thursday, February 13, 2014

It's any quiz show contestant's dream come true. In this game, we're going to give you all the answers. Yes, we're serious. Listen as host Ophira Eisenberg gives our contestants clues to answers that are contained within the questions themselves. But be careful: it's not as easy as it sounds!
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What's The Delia With Love?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

(Episode 309) What's love got to do with it? A lot, actually. This week we explore those fuzzy feelings between families, couples and a puzzle guru and his games. Plus author and screenwriter Delia Ephron shares tales from the front lines of the romantic comedy business.

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Planet Money Makes The World Go 'Round (R)

Thursday, February 06, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 224) Making heads or tails of the ever-changing job market can be a puzzle in and of itself. Luckily, this week's Very Important Puzzlers — Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg, co-creators of NPR's Planet Money podcast — give the scoop on how they help listeners make sense of the global economy. Plus, a literary twist on blockbuster-style movie trailers, a tribute to city names of yesteryear, and a game all about repeating words for effect...effect...effect.

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Totally Biased, Totally Hilarious

Thursday, January 30, 2014

(Episode 308) In 1955, Variety predicted rock 'n roll would be dead by summer. Boy, were they wrong! We can't predict the future either, but we can invite you to learn the ups and downs of hosting your own TV show, from a comedian who's been there — this week's V.I.P., W. Kamau Bell.

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AMA Bonus: Barbara Walters Heckles W. Kamau Bell

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In this podcast extra, comedian W. Kamau Bell shares his rather lively appearance on The View, sharing the spotlight with pop star Taylor Swift and why he was heckled by Barbara Walters.

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AM/PM

Thursday, January 30, 2014

From morning until night, Ask Me Another contestants are always working on their puzzling skills. In this final round, puzzle guru Art Chung asks our contestants to come up with two-word phrases or proper nouns that have either the initials AM or PM. It's Positively Mesmerizing!
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W. Kamau Bell: After 'Totally Biased,' What's Next?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bell's late night comedy show may have recently joined the ranks of "brilliant-but-canceled," but its host says he's just getting started. He dropped by Ask Me Another to discuss the ups and down of having his first TV "internship" broadcast nationally, share life advice from Chris Rock and drop some hints about what's next for him.
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Bad To The Future

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Babe Ruth's famous "called shot" is an example of a freakily accurate prediction. But what about those that don't work out quite as well? In this game, house musician Jonathan Coulton asks our contestants about some historical predictions gone spectacularly wrong.
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Hi-Ho Elemental Metals, Away!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

We all know about Silver, the Lone Ranger's trusty steed — but did you know that he had a whole herd of other stallions, also named after metals? House musician Jonathan Coulton tests our contestants' mettle in this musical game, in which the answers to his musical clues — sung to the theme song of The Lone Ranger — are the names of other metals.
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Double Feature

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Coming not-so-soon to a theater near you...In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg asks our contestants to imagine famous movie sequels that could be made by combining two real film titles that share a word or syllable in common. Who wouldn't want to see Denzel Washington take on Magneto in Malcolm X-Men?
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Russian Dolls

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Russian dolls nest inside of each other. Some words are like that as well: they contain one word nested inside of a different word. Listen as host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton challenge our contestants to this tricky round of wordplay.
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Jacko Of All Trades

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Did you know that Grammy Award-winning musician Michael Jackson was also a word nerd? In this challenge, host Ophira Eisenberg leads our phone contestant through questions whose answers are all titles of Jacko's greatest hits. As far as trivia games go, you can't "Beat It"!
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Foodie: The Other 'F' Word (R)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 223) Do you like trivia? Do you enjoy food? This week, you can have your cake and eat it too. Two professional competitive eaters square off in a music round inspired by a certain Twisted Sister song. Our Very Important Puzzler, Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport, dishes about culinary trends, the scourge of Yelp.com reviews and why he hates giving wine advice. Plus, trivia rounds about nursery rhymes, bad spelling and ironic facts. Find out who's the cream of the crop, and who'll be mincemeat.

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AMA Bonus: A Naughty Language Lesson From Elizabeth Gilbert

Monday, January 20, 2014

In this slightly naughty podcast extra, author Elizabeth Gilbert, reveals some fascinating vocabulary she picked up researching 19th century erotica for her latest novel, The Signature of All Things.

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Eat, Play, Love

Thursday, January 16, 2014

(Episode 307) There’s lots to explore in V.I.P. Elizabeth Gilbert’s adventurous new novel, The Signature of All Things, such as botany and 19th-century erotica. Plus, eat, pray and love your way through games about Italian foods, oddly-named deities and the best part of any newspaper: the funny pages.

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Literary Comic Strips

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The trickiest games on Ask Me Another ask you to keep two things in your brain at once, then mash them together to form a mega-answer. In this one, combine the titles of books and newspaper comic strips, such as "Doonesbury My Heart at Wounded Knee." (Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury meets Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.)
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