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Yippee-Ki-Yay, Nellie McKay! (R)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

(Rebroadcast, Episode 304) This week, clean up Bruce Willis' Die Hard catchphrase, trivialize some dog breeds, and since no rule of three is complete without the third item, guess celebrities with triple names. Plus, the lovely and talented singer-songwriter Nellie McKay uses both her voice and brain to demonstrate her love of the icon Doris Day.

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Car Talk

#1415: The Ant Picnic

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Mara has tried everything to rid her car of its ant infestation. Well, maybe not everything, since there are no burn marks. Tom and Ray have a way to lure them out that is at once incredibly creative-- and very stupid. Elsewhere, how does Diane reconcile her husband's desire to rebuild his BMW with her parent's need to get it off their farm, so the potatoes can be planted? Also, a lesson to car dealers: if you're going to make up a name for your wife, choose one you know how to spell. And, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom, Ray, and Joan's husband can correctly diagnose her screeching Ford Festiva. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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AMA Bonus: Hannibal Buress on his '30 Rock' role

Friday, April 11, 2014

You may recognize comedian Hannibal Buress from his roles on Broad City and 30 Rock, the latter of which he also wrote for. In this bonus clip from Episode 314: Let's Do This Thing, Buress describes his experience with improv and its spontanaeity, and the genesis of his recurring role on 30 Rock as an eccentric homeless gentleman. 

For more Hannibal Buress on Ask Me Another, visit askmeanother.npr.org.

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The Quiet Rise of Bob Menendez

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez has quickly become one of the most prominent Democrats on Capitol Hill. The two-term Senator became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last year after an unusual wave of turnover among top Democrats.  That has put Menendez in a high-profile position with crises in ...

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Let's Do This Thing

Thursday, April 10, 2014

(Episode 314) Make groan-worthy puns about Shaquille O’Neal, sing commercial jingles in Italian, and test your knowledge of rap music with comedian and television writer Hannibal Buress.

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AMA Bonus: Just A Friend

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A teaser for our upcoming episode with comedian Hannibal Buress as our V.I.P. Yes, his game involves a hat tip to Biz Markie's "Just A Friend," performed here by Jonathan Coulton with an assist from our in-house audience. 

Hear the entire episode with Hannibal starting April 10th, 2014.

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#1414: Ode to the Dart

Saturday, April 05, 2014

This week on Car Talk, one listener's tribute to Tommy's dearly departed Dodge Dart will have William Wordsworth rolling over in his grave. "For in the spot where Dart once sat, there's now but oil stains." Later, Tom and Ray try to rescue a spoon trapped in one car's vents, and a 20-dollar bill trapped in a driver's door; and, on a slighlty more urgent note, they try to keep Eric's engine from disintegrating. Elsewhere, Doug might become the Chuck Yeager of CV joints if he doesn't mind the risk of getting stuck on a railroad track; and can Environmental Studies major Carl do anything to ease his guilt over driving two ginormous gas guzzlers? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.


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AMA Bonus: Blurred Rhymes

Friday, April 04, 2014

Remember way back in the summer of 2013, when you couldn't escape Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"? Well, we think the lyrics could have used some work; after all he rhymes "you wanna hug me" with "what rhymes with hug me?" So, we rewrote the song into a trivia game where all the answers rhyme with "hug me"...sort of.Hear the song in its entirety, sung by our favorite piano-playing troubadour, Julian Velard. You provide the answers.

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This Birbiglian Life

Thursday, April 03, 2014

(Episode 313) Get ready 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.

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AMA Bonus: Mike Birbiglia, No Air Quotes, Man!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Here at Ask Me Another, we like to create a safe space for our VIPs, where they can feel free to bare their souls. Like comedian Mike Birbiglia, who shared with us a story about a visit to a particular doctor.

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Car Talk

#1413: The Fall of the Dart

Saturday, March 29, 2014

This week on Car Talk, all good things must come to an end. So too, must all pieces of junk, as Tommy's beloved Dodge Dart finally heads to the crusher. Find out what caused its way-beyond-timely demise. Elsewhere, Fred decided to do a good deed and close the door of a stranger's parked truck. Unfortunately, a half hour later said truck caught on fire. Is Fred an unwitting arsonist? Also, Dr. Kenny takes a break from surgery to find out why his car's brakes have a mind of their own; and Monica's husband may need electroshock therapy to stop his odd behavior at stop lights. All this, plus a round of Stump the Chumps, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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Foodie Favorites

Thursday, March 27, 2014

(Favorites Episode 005) This hour, sample a smorgasbord of our favorite food-related games from past episodes. Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton are in the kitchen and cooking with fire for this puzzle feast.

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#1412: The Truth Detector

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray help test a device that should strike fear in the hearts of all mechanics: a voice biometrics-based lie detector. Elsewhere, Corinne can't seem to get an oil change without a broken dipstick as a bonus; Christine's keys are stuck in her ignition--which may not be too worrisome, since her car won't start; and can struggling musician Dan fix his van's exhaust with guitar strings and an orange juice can? Also, a story that offers even more proof why you should never drive like Tommy! All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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Leggo My Lego

Thursday, March 20, 2014

(Episode 312) Revisit a cherished childhood hobby with this week's Very Important Puzzler, LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya, who builds astounding, life-size sculptures out of those magical bricks.

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AMA Bonus: An Extra Bit of "California"

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hear Jonathan Coulton perform a cover of Rufus Wainwright's "California," recorded at The Castro Theatre in San Francisco during the comedy festival SF Sketchfest.

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#1411: Potholes and Bowling Balls

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This week on Car Talk, pothole season is in full swing. After her Toyota was almost swallowed by one crater, Sara's wondering what happens to the departed asphalt. Elsewhere, Steve drove over a bowling ball outside a topless bar, which sounds like a great joke set-up, but the punchline could be very expensive. Also, Shanthi is ready to buy a car, but has no place to park it. Does she need to move, or should she forget about the car and keep mooching rides from her friends? And, how can Johanna make sure her summer of teepee living doesn't start with her car getting washed away by spring flooding?  All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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AMA Bonus: Happy Pi Day!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy March 14th - aka Pi Day! How will you celebrate? Why not check out this bonus round from our holiday episode, with VIP John Hodgman stepping into the role of puzzlemaster.

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Puzzlin' On The Dock Of The Bay

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bust myths, sing news and break out beloved action movies one-liners: from the San Francisco comedy festival SF Sketchfest, we play games with Community's Danny Pudi, Mythbusters' Adam Savage and tech columnist Farhad Manjoo.

 

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AMA Bonus: Danny Pudi Makes Docs and Adam Savage Calls Space

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

For us, the mark of a good show is when we agonize over what to air, and what gets left on the cutting room floor. Our show in San Francisco at the SF Sketchfest comedy festival was one such show. Enjoy these extra clips from Community's Danny Pudi and Mythbusters' Adam Savage, and be sure to check out the full episode starting March 13, 2014.

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Car Talk

#1410: Car Talk Vs The Marital Industrial Complex

Saturday, March 08, 2014

This week on Car Talk, will James and his fiancee incur the wrath of Miss Manners and their families by registering for gifts at Louie's Lexus rather than Chafing Dishes R Us? Elsewhere, Puzzler Master Will Shortz is having trouble starting his Saab. Will Tom and Ray trade a diagnosis for the answer to 9 Down? Also, Mike may need a gregarious gullible geek to help figure out why his car is creaking; Susan's brother hit new heights of bogosity by trying to convince her she's freezing in his car because it's too efficient; and can Eric spend his summer driving the Alcan highway with his dad and sister, and remain on speaking on terms with either one? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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