Friday, March 28, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
The BuzzFeed quiz is ubiquitous; it seems as irresistible as it is inescapable. But when did we first start taking quizzes? Writer Sarah Laskow recently embarked on a quest to find out. She takes Brooke through her search for the Ur Quiz.
Try On the Media's first (and maybe last) quiz: Which 19th Century Media Baron Are You?
Thursday, February 27, 2014
How well do you know NYC history and trivia? With his latest book, I Never Knew That About New York (Plume, 2014), Christopher Winn ventures across the Atlantic to tell us about our home town. And he'll quiz you! If you want to play, call 212-433-9692. If you get two quiz questions right in a row, you'll have a chance to stump Winn and Brian Lehrer with a question of your own!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
In this episode: Dr. Bill Guegold, Olympics music historian, talks about the history of the grand musical themes that we Americans associate with the games; the long-extinct Olympic arts competitions that used to award medals to composers; the Russian Police Choir; and more.
Then: All this week, Soundcheck is asking you to pick a side: The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? (Make your case in the comments here, on Twitter at @Soundcheck or leave a voicemail at 866-939-1612.) But no matter your loyalty, everyone can participate in our Beatles chart quiz, devised by writer Chris Molanphy. Given a pair of classic Fab Four songs, pick the one that charted higher in the U.S.
And: Pianist Helen Sung’s story is a tale of two genres: classical and jazz. Growing up in Texas, she studied classical piano – and went to college intending to become a concert pianist. But it was a Harry Connick Jr. concert, of all things, that opened her eyes and her ears to jazz – and her path took a dramatic turn. Helen recently made her major label debut with her new release called Anthem For A New Day, and we hear some of it live.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
When the actor came in to the studio, Kurt Andersen knew there wasn’t time to ask him about his entire ouvre. So instead he did a free-association interview. Can you match the movie titles with McConaughey’s descriptions?
Friday, December 20, 2013
On today’s program: the Brian Lehrer Show End-of-Year news quiz for 2013! This year listeners will play for teams representing different parts of the listening area – and yes, we’re trying to find the most knowledgeable zone in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the world. Get ready for questions on politics, pop culture, economics, science, foreign affairs and other news from the past 12 months!
→ Submit Now: The Best Photos of 2013 (That Are Sitting On Your Phone)
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
How closely were you paying attention this election season? It's our New York City 2013 Election Season Quiz! We’ve got a clear winner in the race for New York City mayor, after a primary season where there was a new front runner every week (at least it certainly felt that way). Let’s remember the highlights and talk about how we got here. Anna Sale serves as quiz-master, call 212-433-9692 at 11:25 if you want to play.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Every time you sign up for a new online service, you face a choice: do you click "accept" at the bottom of a long scroll of dense legalese that is the company's terms of service. We decided to whip out the old magnifying glass to get a better look at the fine print and bring you some of the more unexpected gems buried in real terms of service agreements. Can you guess which ones are real?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Were you paying attention in 2012? Test your memory of the the serious and not-so-serious news of the year with Brian and guest quiz-master Ken Jennings!