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Not My Job: 'X-Files' Star David Duchovny Gets Quizzed On Famous Exes

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:37:14 -0500

The actor, whose trademark role recently returned to TV, answers three questions about tumultuous public divorces.

It's Element-ary

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:38:00 -0500

Time to brush up on your chemistry: the answer to each final round question contains an element from the periodic table. Isn't it iron-ic, don't you think?

Wisdom Of The Crowd

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:38:00 -0500

We polled audiences at The Bell House on a variety of questions and averaged their responses. That collective wisdom goes up against one-man house band Jonathan Coulton. Whose estimate is closer?

It's Party Time

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:38:00 -0500

Identify the occasion that Jonathan Coulton is singing about and, for a bonus point, name the original song or artist he's parodying.

The Mandela Effect

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:38:00 -0500

We ask questions about popular instances of the Mandela Effect, and contestants dive into their memories in order to sort fact from fiction.

Lola Kirke: Mozart In The Puzzle

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:38:00 -0500

Lola Kirke talks about "fake playing" the oboe on 'Mozart in the Jungle,' and portraying one of the only woman conductors on television. Then we challenge her to a game about real and fake operas.

Other Pet Sounds

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:38:00 -0500

Can you tell the difference between an alligator and a chipmunk? In this audio quiz, contestants must guess what animal is responsible for the sound in each clip.

Late Starts

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:38:00 -0500

We lopped off the first letter from a TV show's title, and imagined what the new plot would be. Based on that hypothetical summary, can you guess the title?

Sunday Puzzle: Put Your Back Into It

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:02:07 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzlemaster Will Shortz play this week's puzzle with Michelle Snow of Crown Point, Ind.

Not My Job: We Quiz The Mayor Of South Bend, Ind. About North Bend, Wash.

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 07:29:33 -0500

Pete Buttigieg is a Harvard graduate, a Rhodes scholar, an Afghanistan veteran and the millennial mayor of an Indiana city. We ask him three questions — about a small town in Washington state.

Winter Sports Science

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:51:02 -0500

As a former downhill ski instructor and retired astronaut, Chris Hadfield is uniquely qualified for this game about winter sports.


Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:51:02 -0500

We've rewritten songs by artists with "Smith" in their name to be about notable objects in the Smithsonian's collection— can you guess the object?

Podcast Or Fraud-cast?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:51:02 -0500

Guess whether the shows described in this game are real or fake podcasts— or, as we like to call them, future podcasts.

Chris Hadfield: Ground Control To Major Trivia

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:51:02 -0500

We blast off to D.C. with astronaut Chris Hadfield! He talks about the challenges of spending five months in space, gives tips on playing space guitar, and plays a game about winter sports.

The Tourists' Guide To Washington D.C.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:51:02 -0500

During our Washington road show, a group of AMA producers interviewed tourists at famous memorials and monuments. Based on clips from those interviews, our contestants try to guess the landmark.