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Comments [85]

Tina Manley from York, SC

This has got to be the dumbest show on radio. Please take it off the air and replace it with something like The World. Anything would be better than Ask Me Another, except Says Who, also stupid! Give us something to make us think, not groan in exasperation! This show would never even air in Europe.

Jul. 19 2014 08:12 PM
Rebecca from Jersey City, NJ

Wow, I had no idea people didn't like this show. It's definitely one of my favorites and I actually listen to it at my desk on a regular basis since Saturday afternoons aren't prime NPR time for me.

Sure it's a little geeky, but I think that's a huge part of its charm. Keep it coming!

Jul. 15 2014 12:42 PM
Lara from Michigan

As a college student, I HATE this program. It is dull, slow paced, and sometimes the host is downright rude to the contestants. The quizzes are trivial and I honestly feel more stupid after listening to the program. How is this program nationally syndicated? Why is there a 5 minute break with the music guy? Everything about this show is awful and I can't believe such a blatant Wait Wait copy has continued to be produced at such low quality. Ruined my Sunday for sure.

Jul. 06 2014 11:14 AM
Jack from Ann Arbor, MI

WNYC is the home of many fine programs. "Ask Me Another" is not one of them. I don't expect every quiz program to be a Will Shortz "Puzzler" clone, but "AMA" is generic, trite, smug, and insulting. Are New Yorkers really that boring and ignorant? From out here, it certainly seems so. Then there's the treasure that is Jonathan Coulton. His work is the only thing that keeps me from interrupting my day-long NPR Saturday by turning off Ophira's childish blather.

Jun. 20 2014 10:18 AM
Shane from Beaufort, SC

Sorry, but I really hate the show. The show is a waste of time- the jokes and puzzles are simple. The guy that sings the songs sucks. I turn the radio off when this show comes on.

Jun. 14 2014 07:29 PM

Not everyone belongs on the radio, at least as a host/facilitator/personality for a game show. Ophira Eisenberg has not found her calling. Her on-air personality comes across as cloying and incredibly self-satisfied. This show marks the only time my radio is off of NPR. I cannot imagine how it got on the air. The fact that it remains on the air is equally astonishing.

Jun. 08 2014 09:08 AM
R from Brooklyn

I love Ask Me Another. I love everything about it - the music, the puzzles and games, the host, the guests, the final round… I can't wait to see a live show. It makes me laugh aloud. And like any good NPR show, I tell friends about things I heard on AMA. It's clever and fun and funny and self-referential. Keep it coming.

May. 19 2014 06:19 PM

This show isn't worthy of WNYC. It's like something beamed in from an alternate universe -- a very mediocre and provincial one. Please replace it with something smart and interesting.

May. 11 2014 09:49 AM
John from NC

I can't stand AMA. Please take it off the air. It reflects the worst about NYC - we are the center of the universe and anything we say or do is, by definition, cooler, funnier, and more hip. When AMA comes on the radio goes off.

May. 06 2014 07:47 AM
Npradduct

I'm in my 30s and I find this show oppressively stupid. I can stomach maybe one minute of it at most. Ms. Eisenberg seems so satisfied with herself for reasons that perplex me. When I think of all of the amazing NPR programming available to air, it never fails to astonish me that this show survives. My schoolage niece and nephew provide better quality entertainment that this show. I'm sure a much more pleasing substitute must exist.

Apr. 26 2014 11:13 PM
Cindy NS from Connecticut

I love AMA and suggest to those of you who don't, feel free to change stations when it's on. AMA has plenty of interested intellectuals listening and we won't be offended if you choose not to. That said, please keep your negativity in check; some of these comments seem ridiculously hostile given that we are, after all, discussing a game show!

Apr. 26 2014 11:24 AM
JBR from ct

I like it.

Apr. 11 2014 11:19 AM
Jean from St. Louis from St. Louis

This is a follow up to my earlier comment, in response to those who believe this show is disliked only by the older audience.

I am in my 30s and hate this show. It is boring, full of annoying commentary by Ophira and a complete waste of time when it comes to the quizzes.

I Ask You Another time to please remove this show from your otherwise excellent lineup!

Apr. 05 2014 12:38 PM
Cherie Giles

I've found it interesting to read through the comments about this program. I suppose it isn't surprising that anyone who takes the time to comment has strong feelings. For the most part, those who comment either LOVE or HATE this show. I also picked up a general feeling that age might make a difference in how commentators felt the program is assessed - younger audiences finding it more appealing.
I am a decades long listener/supporter of NPR and, as such, I feel that I have a pretty broad perspective. I believe that society has dumbed down so much of what we're presented through the media. NPR is my refuge in this storm of mediocrity. Not only does this program pale in comparison
to others but I find Ms. Eisenberg quite grating and just a little too satisfied with herself. Delusions of adequacy? I'm sure there are plenty of places to go to listen to shows of this quality. I'm sorry that it interrupts a day of morning to night NPR for me. This is only one of two programs (the other is off the air now) that I have ever had to turn off because I just can't stand to listen to them.

Apr. 01 2014 06:41 PM
mwilbert from Massachusetts

Although it has occasional good moments, this show is generally awful. The quizzes are generally uninteresting, and the host is terrible. She seems to want to be funny, but isn't. I think Jonathan Coulton is mostly wasted, as the show doesn't really give him the scope to exhibit his actual talent at parody.

Compare it to a show like "Wait Wait" or even "Sez You" and there is simply a vast chasm in terms of quality. When it comes on, I am inclined to turn off the radio or leave the room. Or both, just to be safe.

Mar. 29 2014 07:12 PM
Sharon Attar from Grand Rapids, MI

The pacing is far too slow and the questions are too simple to make this show enjoyable for me. I especially dislike Ophira Eisenberg's delivery style, which feels awkward and forced. The only program on Public Radio that I actively avoid.

Mar. 29 2014 05:06 PM
Danny from Fort Worth Texas

The worst part of Saturday is when this show gets aired. I have to leave and come back later. Everything about it is just wrong. The host is only the beginning. There have to be plenty of other more entertaining and informative shows that could take that time slot.

Mar. 29 2014 03:05 PM
Michelle

I love trivia and brain teasers, and this is a pretty good show. The only thing I would change is how often the hostess says "Exactly!" when somebody has a correct answer. It's more like "ex-ACT-ly!" and it drives me CRAZY.

Mar. 17 2014 07:56 PM
BH

Love this show! Smart, light, and fun.

Mar. 12 2014 01:04 PM
Jean from St. Louis

This show is just terrible. Please stop this delivering this atrocity.

Ophira is simply not good at her job, the quizzes are either too simple or completely boring, and offending participants with condescending commentary is unnecessary and does not sound smart or funny.

Ask me Another is a train wreck.

At the very least, take it out of the otherwise excellent Saturday lineup. Please save us all from this horrible hour!

Mar. 08 2014 01:31 PM
David from Washington, NC

The show is barely tolerable. There are occasional semi-interesting/entertaining segments, but these are rare. The host, who I'm sure is great in person, just isn't fun to listen to. The show moves slowly and is "jittery." The audience doesn't laugh. The guitar guy is sort-of okay, but it's nothing original. It's basically just below mediocre. Which stinks, because all of the other shows are amazing.

Mar. 05 2014 01:35 PM
Melissa from Madison

Love this show! For all those who love wordplay, puns, crossword puzzles, trivia, etc. this is the perfect show for you.

Feb. 19 2014 01:13 AM
Jessica Hallman from Clinton Hill

The best way to describe this show is: LAME. Just LAME. I really hate it, it's terrible. I love every other show on WNYC but this one just sucks! And right smack in the middle of my Saturday WNYC/NPR listening day. It's just dorky and stupid and not funny. Please ERASE THIS SHOW! Thank you.

Feb. 08 2014 03:48 PM
Tom from Illinois

I have to turn the radio off when this awful show comes on. it's not funny. It's not interesting. It is annoying.

Feb. 01 2014 12:14 PM
sandyb14 from midwest

I discovered this site while trying to determine why this show was on the air. I live in a college town in the midwest, and I have to conclude that this show is aimed at the narrowest audience in the history of NPR. The host is easily one of the most unpleasant radio personalities ever -- she's so hip and so smart that she doesn't seem to realize when she ends up sounding very dumb. Today's choice tidbit was her amazement that anyone would associate wolverines with Michigan. I don't live in Ann Arbor, but do I really have to do so to know that the University of Michigan Wolverines are a perennial powerhouse in collegiate sports? The previous show featured the awful contestant stunned that her grandmother would have a land line and watch Murder She Wrote. I'm not a grandmother, but I'd rather watch Angela Lansbury in absolutely anything than listen to this show again. Ugh.

Jan. 26 2014 02:55 AM
Dan from NY

Full Disclosure: I did not hear the whole show today, January 25, 2014; had to get out of the car. But what I heard was really good. I even laughed out loud, which I rarely do. I particularly liked the game where they read Yelp reviews and the contestants had to guess the restaurant. Another improvement: I heard Ophira thank and say goodbye to a quiz loser. That wasn't so hard was it? Good job, guys.

Jan. 25 2014 04:09 PM
K in Manhattan from Manhattan

I never miss "Ask me another" -- it's one of those Saturday moments where I have to switch from FM to AM to hear "Wait, Wait" followed by "Ask me another": Two of my best hours every week!

Jan. 25 2014 02:46 PM
Susan from South Carolina

I love Ask Me Another! It's amusing. Both Ophira and Jonathan are excellent. People who say otherwise should shut-up and tune in to something else....please keep this show on the air. It's a breath of fresh air.

Jan. 20 2014 11:52 PM

"Ask Me Another" is just awful. An embarrassment for NPR and an insult to it's audience. Please euthanize this clunker ASAP.

Jan. 17 2014 05:12 PM
Bill from Des Moines, IA

Who *ARE* the people whining about this show?! I love it. I honestly don't understand all the hate for Ophira. For those who state categorically (as if no reasonable person could disagree) that she's not funny... Listen to something else. Enjoy some nice Geritol and maybe you'll be less cranky. She's good at what she does, regardless of whether you appreciate her style or not; I find her hilarious. She's a stand-up comic and not an archetypal radio host. Get over it. I love the show and am disappointed I didn't find it earlier.

I find many of the quizzes a bit easy, but the dynamic created by Ophira, Jonathan, contestants, and quizfolk is delightful. I love Jonathan's musicianship, creativity, and sense of humor. The pace is brisk, but not so inflexible that it isn't occasionally hijacked by the occasional digression. That's part of the show's charm.

For those taking the time to enumerate small quibbles about what a guest said or incidental interactions with the host, please get a hobby. A show like this is very spontaneous (much less scripted than another of my favorites, Wait Wait). Things won't be perfect, and someone is bound to eventually say something that "falls hard" on somebody's ears. Get over yourself. Or at least listen to a few recent episodes before you conclude that something you heard once is some kind of recurrent theme. If you're interested in giving constructive feedback, pick something actionable. But don't expect them to sanitize the show to be as safe as possible for persnickety NPR listeners bent on aggrievedness. You are the reason we all have a reputation for having a giant stick up our tote bags.

Jan. 16 2014 03:01 AM
Maerk from Minneapolis

This show is the absolute worst. I realize that it's difficult to develop an entertaining radio program, but this show is a complete miss. The quizzes are moronic, the music is bland and the jokes are not funny. Is the show using a laugh track? Send this dog out to a farm.

By the way it's tarring other programs aired close to it.

Jan. 14 2014 12:23 PM
Dan

[The following is merely my opinion]: I just got in after walking the dog while listening to the show. First, "Ask Me Another" has gotten pretty good. Maybe it was just getting into a groove, but I think the games have improved, Ms. Eisenberg does a creditable job and Jonathan Coulton is very talented.

However, there were some unscripted remarks mostly out of your control) that fell hard on my ears. I think I heard even your hipster audience groan or wince.

1. Ms. Eisenberg never says goodbye or thanks the losers for participating. The second place finisher just . . . disappears. (Maybe you just edit out the farewell small talk?)

2. Your celebrity guest, a famous designer, told a story about a professor of his at Brown (or RISD; who cares?)- whom he identifies by name while transparently avoiding the actual enunciation of it - who counseled him not continue with design because (as I understood the story) she thought he was unqualified. The implication of this revelatory anecdote (as I understood it) was to reveal how very wrong the professor was, given the guest's well deserved success. (Hey,I know: I've had teachers who were mean to me. But did you really need to name her? She knows who she is I am sure. Let it go, Buddy; you're famous.)

3. Your guest states that he has a husband, then talks about a terrible job he once had where, according to his retelling, as I remember it, he slept with everyone in the office. I laugh when I think what my spouse would say if I mentioned on radio that we were married, then told the radio audience that I had once slept with the entire office. Welcome to the 21st Century I guess.

4. Your call-in contestant, who sounded to me like an 11 year old, states that she is calling from her grandmother's bedroom because her grandmother has only a "landline" (raucous laughter from the hipster studio audience). Ms. Eisenberg comments that it is nice that the contestant visits her grandmother. The contestant, who turns out to be a 30 year old woman and a lawyer, says something like (paraphrasing): "Yes, well, she is very grateful." How nice for your grandmother, dear. Whatever happened to: "Yes, we enjoy each other's company."? "I love her."? Dress it up a little. This isn't therapy. Its radio.)

5. Both the contestant and the celebrity designer disclose that they are Jewish and the contestant believes that is why they both wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Hello! I think that most people do that. Ms. Eisenberg, in an off the cuff remark appears to opine that visiting one's grandmother is a Jewish trait. Kind of a provincial thought, but the rigors of having to be funny inevitably lead to impolitic remakrs.

Again, the show as gotten better. But isn't it a nationally syndicated show? Do they listen to this in Kansas? Okay, we're in New York (Oh. Sorry. "Brooklyn!") but lets all grow up a little and show some manners.

Jan. 11 2014 06:32 PM
R from Central New Jersey

Drop either the Sunday or Monday 'Studio 360' and give us a replay of AMA instead!

Jan. 08 2014 01:09 PM
JML from Brooklyn, NY

This show is fun. Just listened for the first time and really enjoyed yesterday's game about oxymorons.

Wanted to make a comment, though, about tone. There was a guy playing who works in film, and you asked him what film he liked best from 2013, and he said he liked the Central Park Five because it was a compelling comment on race and social relations (I'm paraphrasing here.) Instead of thanking him and moving on, the host made an arch comment, first something like "you're smart!" and then something about how he's smart but in an understated not self-important way (again, I'm paraphrasing.)

I mean, honestly, why even go there? Particularly because what he said was 1) simply put 2) about race. The guy sounded white, so why be sarcastic when a white person (in Brooklyn, no less, which has the largest African diasporic population outside of Lagos!) says to watch something because it has a lot to say about race. I mean, jeez, you ask a film pro to reflect on film and then are even lightly sarcastic about him having a point of view?

He wasn't pontificating; he said one sentence about why he thought the film was worth watching. I haven't even seen that film, but I think that white hipsters (and this is a hipster show, to my ears) who've planted themselves in Brooklyn really don't need to be flip about race or about people who are enthusiastic about having serious conversations about the topic. And if the guy wasn't white, even worse to be flip about what he said. Please think about it.

Dec. 29 2013 02:01 PM
Jenna from Phoenix, AZ

I love this show! I heard about it when I was listening to Pop Culture Happy Hour and there was an ad for it. I'm a fan of Jonathan Coulton, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out he was a part of it. I'm a trivia buff and a stand-up comedy fan so this show is perfect for me. I like Ophira Eisenberg's sassy personality and I like the hipper, younger feeling of the show, and the fact that the puzzles are musical based or have some kind of hook, it keeps them interesting.

It's really fun to listen to at work. I wish I was on the East Coast so I could come to a taping. I hope they keep it going!

Dec. 13 2013 06:16 PM
joseph from California

(cont'd)

Jonathan Coulton is a great house band, and I really like it when he runs the quizzes too. He's got a good presence and a good announcer voice, and he masters seeming sweet even when poking fun at the contestants. That said, it would be lovely to have other musical guests, as long as they are super great. I realize auditioning for that is complicated and time consuming, and budgets must be tight, but it would be great to hear what more different people/groups could bring, now and then.

I don't understand why the show never tells us the scores. It's kind of obvious and sometimes there's even an awkward moment, like the show I was just listening to, where Ophira says "How did our caller do?" and the answer is awkwardly phrased so as to avoid saying "She got two out of three, so she wins!" Shows like Jeopardy are partly about score math. That's part of that magic formula.

I love the final speed-round. It's exciting. I never remember who any of the contestants are by name, but just hearing people under pressure working quickly or being eliminated is fun, and I sometimes pause the podcast so I can give myself a chance to think of the answers.

If I'm not on a plane, I never have the time to do a crossword. I love that this teases some of the same needy synapses. It'd probably be fun to have a quiz involving an oral crossword. Free idea for y'all. The first one is like "Five letter word for 'spring'!" and then the next one builds off of one of the letters in some way. "Three letter word for 'wingless', with the middle letter an 'n'"...

Something like it's probably been done. Anyway, good luck.

Nov. 24 2013 10:52 PM
joseph from California

Hello from the other coast. I guess people upset at the show take a moment to find this site and complain, and those of us happy with the show mostly don't think it's necessary to say so.

I love Ask Me Another. Not all the quizzes are challenging enough, not all the dialogue goes over smoothly or is consistently funny. At first, Ophira was kind of grating to me, but after listening for a few weeks (now months), I feel like her persona involves a sort of tough front with a much more relatable person behind it.

If these commenters want to call the show out for being smug and unlikable, the unassailable Wait Wait goes there every now and then too. Yeah, I said it. The only smugness or self-importance difference is, you like and accept WW, and haven't gotten into this show. Just think of the awful (and similar to these) comments WWDTM got when it tried to be a TV show. What's it really saying or doing that AMA isn't? (The only really challenging statements that show makes about anything tend to be the extremely dark cynical things that Peter slips in every now and then. Which I usually find cringeworthy and depressing. If he's kidding, it's like he has no heart; if he's not, then I'm going to go cry now.)

For the record, I love both shows, though I'm not always a fan of everything they do.

AMA is at its best when the quizzes are difficult and unique, refreshing the ol' underutilized brain cells, and at the same time a little silly, so you get to hear the contestants sing or make strange noises when they answer. I think the show would be better were it bolder, literally requiring contestants to do the "optional" singing. My favorites involve combining knowledge from two or three very different realms, especially if it's not impossible to solve even if you're missing a piece.

My least favorites are puzzles that are solved entirely on the basis of stuff in tabloids. Stars and whom they date. Who directed some cheesy cheap popular movie that will be forgotten in six months to a year. Also unfavorite: guests who aren't gung-ho or know nothing about the show. Ophira sometimes getting a little snarky with guests; I do prefer the classic genial respectfulness of most hosts. And I think you may get better, happier guests that way, too. Sometimes Ophira goes too Letterman when she should be a little more Carson.

(cont'd)

Nov. 24 2013 10:51 PM
John from Milwaukee, WI

I have been an NPR fan since the early 1980's. This is the worst show ever aired. Dead air or static would be far better. Please, I beg you, remove this misguided, unfunny, travesty of mediocrity immediately.

Nov. 17 2013 04:32 PM
John from Milwaukee, WI

I have been an NPR fan since the early 1980's. This is the worst show ever aired. Dead air or static would be far better. Please, I beg you, remove this misguided, unfunny, travesty of mediocrity immediately.

Nov. 17 2013 04:27 PM
Jay in NJ

Easily the worst show on WNYC. Ophira Eisenberg is a poor imitation of Michael Feldman, and the questions on the show are like a C- take at Jeopardy. Please, please, please, lose this off the lineup. Sorry to sound harsh, but the only thing that makes me change the channel this fast is your underwriting announcer. (And other than this, thanks for all the great work at your station! Sorry to sound like such a crank.)

Nov. 14 2013 08:55 PM

You know that fundraising ad you all are running? The one where people "call in" and suggest how to make the boring show better? You could just substitute AMA and the calls would be relevant. The worst show ever. Makes me want to suspend my sustaining membership.

Oct. 19 2013 03:29 PM
Matty from Miami

Im listen to NPR everyday and allllll day Saturdays. But I don't understand how they take out this American life and replace it with this HORRIFIC show. When the 1 pm hour rolls around I hope that the show is cancelled. But week after week it's still there. And it seems to get worse and wore by the minute. Please please
Please take this show offfffff. And bring back Ira G lass. I need mental entertainment. Not a train wreck.

Oct. 19 2013 01:42 PM
Meg

Ask me another.....PLEASE get that girl off the radio...very annoying.

Oct. 13 2013 09:19 AM
Charlie

Ask Me Another is an embarrassment. The audience laughter sounds forced (it must be, the jokes are never funny) and the host is boring.

Oct. 12 2013 02:03 PM
Chris from NYC

This is the weakest spot in the lineup, by far. Ophira Eisenberg is supremely unfunny. I'm talking gouge-out-your-eardrums unlistenable. Every episode is awkward with her at the helm. Beyond that (and that is really enough), I'm not sure what this show is trying to *be*.

Take it off.

Oct. 06 2013 07:43 AM
Liz from New Jersey

I just discovered that your schedule links Ask Me Another to:
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/ask-me-another/ (which was last updated in 12/12)

..while the up-to-date, accurate link is:
http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/ (which is recent)

Sep. 23 2013 12:37 PM
Liz from New Jersey

How come the webpage hasn't been updated since December 2012? Are you just airing repeats?

Sep. 23 2013 12:33 PM
Jeff from NY

Easily the best show on WNYC. My whole family loves it.

Sep. 15 2013 12:08 PM
Ayze

This kind of show is the main reason I am switching to listening to podcasts on the weekends. It's not informative and not all that much fun.

Sep. 14 2013 03:07 PM
JSB

I don't enjoy the show at all. Questions to easy, and arbitrary. The bubbly atmosphere seems artificially pumped up. There's no connection to real trivia or appreciation of worthwhile knowledge. It seems like a very very pale imitation of Wait Wait Don't tell me. Not sure what Jonathan Coulton is doing on there. Surely he's got better things to contribute to?

Sep. 14 2013 03:03 PM
Gerald Fnord from Palos Verdes, Ca

(All i.m.a[rrogant]o..)

I've got mixed feelings: I like Coulton's work on the show, but Eisenberg varies from competent to cringe-worthily unfunny*. The levels of the quizzes also varies tremendously.

Sometimes, I must admit, when I am annoyed by the show, I realise that I'm just annoyed at the contestants' seemingly ignorant but (likely) looking a lot better than I do now, very much a 'wasted on the young' sentiment that does not speak well of me ('How dare they not know some things I don't and still get to have joints that don't ache!').

*I have heard her be more of a story-teller, and have just read her book, which I can recommend because most of the time she's telling her story, and quite well---occasionally, a moving but depressing passage will be followed by yet another thing that is formally a joke, but doesn't make it for me, and I'm reminded of what I don't like about her act.

Sep. 10 2013 11:21 AM
Suzie from New York, NY

A.W.F.U.L.

Aug. 10 2013 03:18 PM
Derek Langston

Easily the worst program NPR has to offer. I normally leave NPR on even when I leave the home so that my dog feels she has company. However, if Ask Me Another is on, I just leave her to contemplate how terrible the show is in silence.

Jul. 28 2013 09:37 AM
Eileen Murphy

I heard this show today for the first time in awhile. I usually ignore it like the plague but I though that maybe I would see if it's improved over time. Nope! Still awful. I heard the host on Brian Lehrer and despised her all the more. I was vaguely reminded of Faith Saley's horrifying show several years ago. You know, 20-something's do not want celebrity name quiz games. I see all the other negative comments on this site are from 2012 and it's remarkable that you've done nothing to improve the show.

Jul. 21 2013 12:55 AM
in yorkville from Manhattan

We know the goal is a younger demographic but, really, this show is terrible. Canned, middlebrow, deadly dull, but oh so impressed with itself. Hosts Eisenberg and Coulton epitomize a nouvelle Brooklyn that feels more like Nebraska than New York. Fortunately, there are other WNYC shows to validate my donation. But the station needs to lose this clunker, pronto.

Jul. 20 2013 03:39 PM
Margaret's Dad from Bay Ridge

Worst NPR show since Kings County, which was the worst since the Satellite Sisters. Kill this monstrosity, pronto.

Jul. 08 2013 10:50 PM
VH McKenzie from East Village, NYC

Quoting the commenter below -- "my kids clamor for it" -- well that should be enough to tell you, WNYC, that this is not a show for actual grown ups in NYC on the weekends.

Please. J

Jettison this simpleton showcase. Pronto.

I find myself having to go online every Saturday afternoon and calling up old episodes of Radiolab or This American LIfe to plug the gaping jaw of imbecility that is "Ask Me Another."

SORRY. I love you. But this BLOWS.

Jun. 08 2013 03:38 PM
Jenn from Bethesda, MD

I love, love, love Ask Me Another. My kids clamor for it everytime we get in the car. They love Jonathan Coulton, and I enjoy Ophira Eisenberg and the Puzzle Guests. Please, please keep doing this.

Jun. 03 2013 09:35 AM
WNYC Fan from Brooklyn

Totally agree. I love WNYC and have been an avid listener to shows like Wait Wait, This American Life, Radio Lab, and Moth Stories. Even Jonathan Schwartz.

But Ask Me Another is TERRIBLE. It's a black-eye in Saturday programming. Is the host or creator related to someone on the show or to a big donor or something? I have tried to keep an open ear, giving it plenty of chances to win me over. But I cringe at almost every moment. The games are uninteresting, the banter is forced, and the musical accompaniments add no value. This show makes me question the judgement of WNYC programmers!

After many attempts to like the show, unfortunately I am forced to turn the radio off whenever this show is on.

PLEASE TAKE THIS SHOW OFF THE AIR.

May. 25 2013 02:30 PM
Darius from Brooklyn

I am ready to take to the streets and do whatever is necessary to get this show off the air. Let's start a petition, stage a rally, march on the green space...

I wish I could be more positive about this. I am a long time lover and supporter of WNYC. The new programming on Saturdays is great, but there is one obvious exception... I find "Ask Me Another" to be forced, unfunny, unimaginative and a waste of a program slot.

The host speaks to her guests in a condescending tone, the same way an uncomfortable adult speaks to a child they've met for the first time. I couldn't be less interested in their sterilized pop-culture references jammed into the form of pub trivia questions. The show is humorless. It feels like listening to a group of people who weren't ever told "no" as children taking themselves too seriously about trying to be funny. Can we please be the first to say it to them?

NO! Put that down. OFF THE AIR. OFF THE AIR.

And, best of luck :)

May. 25 2013 01:17 PM
Richard Savory

I agree with the previous commentor that the underwriting announcer is grotesque. WNYC does not give her name because she has upset so many people with her smug, falsely-smooth delivery. Her name is Lorraine Mattox, and the sooner Laura Walker overcomes her crush on this ghoul, the better.

May. 16 2013 05:44 PM
JT from Morningside Heights

Agree with the previous poster -- a terrible, embarrassing show, far below WNYC standards. Not to sound xenophobic, but why are all your new hosts Canadian? Are there no smart, savvy American radio pros who need jobs?

May. 11 2013 09:28 PM
JR from New York

Correcting myself here (subj-verb agreement fault in the comment I just made):

"Ophira Eisenberg's voice and delivery [are] unbelievably annoying---"

WNYC really puts forth a lot of really annoying and grating voices, as on This American Life, some of the supporting folks on Studio 360 (Audrey Quinn, especially), and others. It's the radio. Why can't these people learn how to talk in a way that is less unattractive? Some of them seem to go out of their way to sound gross.

And most of all, this applies to your sponsor/underwriter announcement woman, who is truly grotesque.

May. 11 2013 05:19 PM
JR from New York

First, Ophira Eisenberg's voice and delivery is unbelievably annoying, especially her new affectation of attenuating the word "correct" to "corr-rr-e-cc-tt". Yuck. The audience members are boring and charmless, and Ophira presides over this pile of crap with a Wicked Witch cackle which is just revolting.
Some of the previous commenters have it right: stop trying to create shows. You don't have a knack for it.
And bring back "To the Point"!

May. 11 2013 05:10 PM
shashinyc from New York, NY

Boring show that thinks it's brilliant, clever, and cutting-edge. Host Ophira Eisenberg is an annoying narcissist. Questions are third grade-appropriate, not at the "Harvard, MIT" level advertised in the promo. Can't NPR come up with something better, on the level of, say, Brian Lehrer, Leonard Lopate, John Schaefer or The Car Guys? This show is worse than your new tag line "Never turn it off," which makes me want to do just that...

May. 11 2013 04:03 PM
Sarah from CT

I just turned off my radio and Googled, " Ask Me Another annoying". Need I say more? Not up to WNYC standards, not by a mile. Not what my sustaining membership was intended to sustain.

May. 11 2013 03:18 PM
Alyce from New York

My teenage son and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show! We complete against each other and laugh so hard we miss half of the questions. I can't wait until he gets out of school for the year so that we can attend a live taping. It's on par with our favorites, Radio Lab, The Moth, Leonard Lopate, and Wait, Wait Don't tell me. NPR rocks!
If want to complain, how about dissing talking about Jonathan Scwartz? Even my elderly mother can't stand it, and I imagine that she is in the major (only?) demographic for that show.

May. 05 2013 01:11 PM
Mark Filipak from Mansfield, Ohio

Ugh!

May. 01 2013 09:18 PM
Jessica from Brooklyn

This show is TERRIBLE. Like the commenter below, I think almost everything else you do is great, but this totally sucks. My fiance agrees. It's even.... embarrassing.

Apr. 27 2013 03:28 PM

First, let me preface my comments by saying that I am a die-hard NPR supporter (WNYC-FM), a New Yorker and a sustaining member for several years. I LOVE YOU GUYS!

But Ask Me Another totally BLOWS!! IT'S AWFUL!

I expect you don't get enough emails about all of your wonderful programming so let me just tell you i give a hundred thumbs up to damn near everything else you do. I wake up to WNYC-FM in the morning, before work, and also listen all weekend long.

But I just CAN NOT BEAR Ask Me Another. Sweet jeezus -- it sucks.

I don't know -- is it supposed to be a version of "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" for those under 30? Or those under 12? I'm not in that demographic so, perhaps its appeal will always elude me.

Ugh. Surely Brooklyn can serve up a more clever and sophisticated radio show......please.

Apr. 27 2013 03:19 PM
Dan Heyman from New York, NY

Right up there with Satelite Sisters.

Apr. 20 2013 03:50 PM
Steve from Brooklyn

This show is really awful. Seriously. It's a failed attempt to copy Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.
I can have WNYC on all day and love it, but when this show comes on, off goes WNYC.

Apr. 13 2013 03:11 PM
Ron Fisher from Chattanooga

This show is addictive and non-fattening. It has grown on me but I'm assured a topical medication is available "real soon now." Ophira and her cast of usual suspects make me laugh and grow my synaptic count at the same time. Kudos for taking on the Everest of "coming after" (in a non-sexual way) the Italian Mechanics.

Apr. 06 2013 11:00 AM
Terry DeCarolis from Arizona

Sorry, but this show is a real stinker. The presenters sound like mannered robots - no personality, sincerity or humor. The quizzes are boring and unbearable. I love NPR but your show sounds like SNL did a parody of an NPR program.

Mar. 30 2013 09:41 PM
Alyce from NY

My family and I love this show! What happened to it? It's engaging, interesting, and so much fun to match wits with the intelligent contestants. Too bad you're hearing from the naysayers- the only reason I'm even commenting is because I came here to see what happened to it- perhaps the people that love it are just expecting it to come back after a break. If you can air Jonathan Scwartz, the worst show ever- even my mother hates it, why can't you alternately air this show? I pledged $100 in the last fund drive specifically because of this show, Radio Lab, Here's the Thing, and Leonard Lopate. PLEASE KEEP THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar. 10 2013 12:28 PM
scotbear8175 from Milwaukee-WUWM-FM 89.7

At first listen, I gave it a "two" out of 3...second lisen-notsomuch. Get rid of the music-maker who sounds like my ex-roomie who thought he could play guitar and sing. It adds NOTHING to the show. Not impressed.

Mar. 09 2013 10:14 PM

You've got a problem when the best comment is "a great way to kill an hour." It actually KILLS the hour. The the remainder of WNYC's weekend lineup -- from Studio 360, to Weekend Edition, Car Talk, Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me, Bullseye .. are creative, thought-provoking or charming in a quirky sort of way. Jonathan Schwartz depresses me, but it's a good show. 'Ask me another' -- why would I want to ask another? The last one was so boring.

Replay "My Word"--that was fantastic.

Mar. 02 2013 04:15 PM
Alyosha from Brooklyn

I really can't understand the point of airing this show. I'd just as soon listen in on a game of Scrabble. It's not challenging, there are no intriguing stories, no witty personalities or commentary -- it's the anti-Wait, Wait, don't tell me." No, not Scrabble. The better analogy is a radio show of WNYC staff chewing gum: "oh, you chew SO well! Oh, listeners, wish you could see it - she just blew the BEST bubble."

Mar. 02 2013 04:02 PM
are you kidding me?? from Manhattan

This is a parody, right? Please say yes or otherwise I'm insulted and you should be, too. I just renewed my membership to WNYC and *this* is what you are funding? Really?? ...REALLY??? Was there a pressing need to answer the question "how many self-consciously high-brow, downtown-wannabe white people can we pack into our community-sponsored multi-million-dollar studios to throw around pointless trivia and vapid observations?"??? You have *got* to STOP developing shows, whether or not by committee and market research, that have no basis in the communities of greater New York that you are (ostensibly) committed to serve. INVITE THE COMMUNITY IN, TRAIN THEM, AND WORK WITH THEM TO ACTUALLY CREATE SOMETHING MEANINGFUL. For the rest of us. I'm not talking WBAI where they had over the keys; I'm talking about a community partnership. There are so many of us out here who could help you realize that mission, if only you want to. Rant over.

Mar. 02 2013 03:36 PM
AIC411

Has this show gone off the air? I have been busy on Saturdays this year and came here to look for missed episodes, but there seems to be nothing after December 8.

Feb. 19 2013 01:08 PM

I've been a supporting member of this station for many years and this is got to be the most annoying show I've ever heard on WNYC. I so enjoyed working at home on Saturdays listening to Jonathan Schwartz. I agree with the guy from Brooklyn, put Jonathan back on the air.

Jan. 26 2013 03:35 PM
Naomi

I like it! There is nothing quite like it on NPR. I find it to be amusing and funny. It is a great way to kill an hour.

Dec. 25 2012 02:28 AM
rosebudz from San Diego

Where is the staff listing, I'd like to know who produces and writes the show, but don't know where to look.

Dec. 09 2012 12:39 AM
Joan Mokray from Franklin Lakes, NJ

THe first time this came on I think I was able to listen for 10 minutes. Since then, as soon as it comes, I switch to AM. It's not smart. It's not funny. It's insulting and a waste of good air. Stop producing it immediately. Better that something else gets repeated. I always like Studio 360 on Saturdays.

Oct. 13 2012 03:42 PM
Andrew Reynolds from Brooklyn

Horrible crap! You replaced Jonathan Schwartz with this? What we you creative geniuses thinking. If you want crap, why not just fill in with old Micheal Feldman reruns? WNYC should stop trying to invent new shows, "The Takeaway" was an awful failure. This attempt to pander to a younger crowd is embarrassing. If they don't find WNYC staples like Brian Leher and Leonard Lopate interesting, don't lower the bar in a desperate attempt to widen your base.

Sep. 22 2012 03:27 PM

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