Ask Me Another VIPs: Very Important Puzzlers
May 10, 2013 — This week's Very Important Puzzler talks about his political family, his accomplishments in Congress and the role of comedy in politics. Plus, we challenge him to identify the speaker of some notable quotes: Was it Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, rapper Kanye West ... or Barney Frank?
May 3, 2013 — This week's Very Important Puzzler talks about his life as a "human guinea pig," from trying to become the healthiest person in the world, to living by the Bible for a whole year. Plus, we put Jacobs in the puzzle hot seat for an Ask Me Another Challenge about famous people who go by two initials and a last name.
Apr 19, 2013 — Host Ophira Eisenberg interviews the actor, comedian and long-suffering father of two. Michael offers up some sound parenting advice and reveals the once-in-a-lifetime role he dropped out of NYU to pursue: a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
Apr 11, 2013 — This week's Very Important Puzzler sits down with Ophira Eisenberg to talk about hosting the PBS web series Idea Channel and what exactly makes a video go viral on the Internet. Plus, we pit him against a member of the listening audience for a quiz about memes.
Mar 29, 2013 — This week's Very Important Puzzler sits down with host Ophira Eisenberg to talk about what it takes to be an International Grandmaster of chess and how technology has changed the game. Plus, we test Ashley's knowledge on the human quirks of famous chess masters.
Mar 15, 2013 — The host of WNYC's Radiolab never set out to create a wildly successful public radio show that tackles hard questions about life and the universe. But that's just one of the many happy accidents explored in this segment of Ask Me Another. Abumrad reveals how he broke into radio, ruminates on the overall story Radiolab tries to tell, and plays a game about unintentional scientific discoveries.
Mar 1, 2013 — This week's Very Important Puzzler sits down with host Ophira Eisenberg to talk about her novel The GQ Candidate, as well as how she got her start as a political pundit. Plus, Goff teams up with a member of our listening audience for a quiz about her favorite TV show, Law & Order.
Feb 22, 2013 — Hear the actor's unlikely Hollywood success story, which began with him talking his way onto the Paramount lot and resulted in his roles in Police Academy, Diner and Three Men and a Baby. Plus, we challenge him to determine which of three celebrities is the father of some notable babies.
Feb 8, 2013 — The author of How To Sharpen Pencils is the master of the artisanally-sharpened No. 2. So what happens when we pit him against another graphite enthusiast in the ultimate pencil trivia match? Only one can prove that he is, indeed, the sharpest. Pencils of the mechanical sort will not be discussed.
Jan 25, 2013 — Our Very Important Puzzler is a renaissance man—he's been a cheesemonger, literary agent, traffic counter and more. A self-proclaimed expert in eschatology, the study of endings and destiny, he's a perfect candidate for our quiz on apocalyptic predictions.