WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark 200 shows with a special guest.
Last week's challenge
Start with the word Gregorian, as in Gregorian Calendar. Rearrange the letters in Gregorian and you can spell a three-letter word for a unit of work and six-letter word for an action known for creating that unit. What are the words?
Answer: ERG, OARING
THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "C. C."
On-air questions: Nate Corddry is an accomplished actor whose credits include Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Childrens Hospital, and the CBS series Mom. He has performed in productions at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and is currently the host of the Reading Aloud podcast on the Wolfpop network. Perhaps most importantly, however, he is a Red Sox fan, and for that reason alone it is our pleasure to welcome Nate Corddry to Any Questions?.
This is the 200th episode of Any Questions?, and since the Roman numeral for 200 is CC, this week each correct answer will be a two-word name or title with the initials C. C.
1. Launched in November of 1989, and adopting its current name in 1991, what network's early programming included classic movies, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Short Attention Span Theater, a show hosted by, among others, Jon Stewart and Marc Maron?
2. What literary character was possibly inspired by an animal carving on a church in an English village, and appears most famously in an 1865 novel where it appears and disappears at will and engages the title character in absurd philosophical conversation?
3. Commenting on his practice of instructing reporters to attribute his statements to "a White House spokesman" believing it would allow him to speak more honestly and freely, who said, "The words of a president have enormous weight and ought not to be used indiscriminately."?
4. What Latino civil rights activist and labor leader co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, has a street named after him that runs from Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles to Monterey Park, and is honored in California, Colorado, and Texas with a state holiday on March 31, his birthday?
5. Founded in 1870 as the White Stockings, later known as the Colts and the Orphans, and adopting their current name in 1907, what team is the oldest currently-active professional sports club in the U.S.?
1. Frequently used in the medical and automotive fields, what quantity is abbreviated "cc" and is equivalent in volume to one milliliter?
2. According to the title of the 1865 short story by Mark Twain, the "celebrated jumping frog" named Dan'l Webster hails from where?
This week's challenge
Start with the name of Nate's podcast READING ALOUD. Change one letter to a B, and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (seven letters, five letters) for something that would make it difficult to listen to a podcast. What is the phrase?
You can follow Nate on Twitter at @imnatecorddry and his podcast at @readingaloudpod. You can also subscribe to Reading Aloud on iTunes.
1. Comedy Central
2. Cheshire Cat
3. Calvin Coolidge
4. Cesar Chavez
5. Chicago Cubs
1. Cubic centimeter
2. Calaveras County