Any Questions?

Friday at 6:25 p.m. on Northeast Report Late Edition
  • Hosted by Ian Pickus
  • Local Host Mike Nothnagel and Ian Pickus

About Any Questions?

WAMC's Friday quiz segment, Any Questions?, puts news director Ian Pickus in the hot seat, as he and listeners field questions from resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel. Nothnagel is Associate Professor of mathematics at The Culinary Institute of America, and a crossword constructor for the New York Times and Games Magazine, among other outlets. Often, Mike and Ian switch seats or feature guest answerers, such as Will Shortz, Liane Hansen, John Flansburgh and Mike Doughty. Any Questions? airs Friday during Northeast Report Late Edition on WAMC.

Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase FIELD MOUSE. Change one letter to an R and you can spell a hyphenated word (six letters before the hyphen, four after) that you might see on a package at a health food store. What is it?

Answer: If you change the L to an R, you can spell SODIUM-FREE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS CARLS

On-air questions: Earlier this week, longtime NPR newscaster and Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! scorekeeper Carl Kasell passed away at the age of 84. Kasell began working at NPR in 1975 and was a fixture on the station for more than three decades. Kasell estimates he recorded some 2000 voicemail messages as prizes for contestants on Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! before retiring from his scorekeeping duties in 2014. To honor the legacy of Carl Kasell, this week our questions are about famous Carls.

1. 1977's Oh, God!, 1979's The Jerk, 1983's The Man With Two Brains, and 1984's All of Me are among the directorial efforts of whom, also known for creating and writing for The Dick van Dyke Show and playing Saul Bloom in the Ocean's trilogy?
2. The 1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was a thirteen-part miniseries that covered a wide range of scientific topics, from competing models of the universe to the big bang theory to the search for intelligent life. The series was narrated and co-written by what scientist and author?
3. Track and field athlete Carl Lewis joins discus champion Al Oerter and swimmer Michael Phelps on the list of the only athletes to win an Olympic gold medal in the same event in four consecutive Olympic Games. Lewis won his four consecutive golds in the long jump, beginning in 1984 in Los Angeles and ending in 1996 in what city?
4. He founded analytical psychology, worked with Sigmund Freud for many years before opposing viewpoints caused a split, and is the author of The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious and The Development of Personality, among dozens of other publications. Who is he?
5. From 1935 to 1940, actor Carl Switzer – known as "Alfalfa" – was a member of a group of child actors who starred in a series of short films known collectively as Our Gang. In the 1950s, the Our Gang shorts were repackaged under what new three-word name?

Extra credit
1. Carl Grimes is the only son of deputy sheriff Rick Grimes and his wife Lori on what long-running television series?
2. Author Carl Van Doren, winner of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Benjamin Franklin, is the uncle of Charles Van Doren, a contestant implicated in the quiz show scandals of the 1950s as a result of his appearance on what show?

This week's challenge
Start with the name CARL KASELL. Add a letter and you can rearrange the result to spell a four-letter word for what people do on the radio and a seven-letter word for people you hear on many radio shows. What are the words?

About Any Questions?

WAMC's Friday quiz segment, Any Questions?, puts news director Ian Pickus in the hot seat, as he and listeners field questions from resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel. Nothnagel is Associate Professor of mathematics at The Culinary Institute of America, and a crossword constructor for the New York Times and Games Magazine, among other outlets. Often, Mike and Ian switch seats or feature guest answerers, such as Will Shortz, Liane Hansen, John Flansburgh and Mike Doughty.

Any Questions? airs Friday during Northeast Report Late Edition on WAMC. 

Carl Kasell
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show dedicated to the memory of NPR's Carl Kasell, who died this week at 84.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for another quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer are back....ward and forward.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to get ready for April.

Any Questions #343: L-A

Mar 23, 2018
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L.A.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats once again this week.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about one of their favorite topics.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about Rays.

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New Jersey

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about the Garden State.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for a quiz about orange things.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back, baby.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a post-Fund Drive quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap spots for the final quiz before the February Fund Drive.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about "rocky' things.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with show all about "V.W."

Mark Messier
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a quiz about famous promises.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel kick off 2018 with a golden quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel wrap up another year with the seventh installment of leftover questions.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are getting into the Christmas spirit with a holiday-inspired show.

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The Last Jedi

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars!

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel express their last name envy on this week's show.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about the 12th month.

On this Black Friday, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel bid farewell to "Movember."

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about lions.

Baseball's over, but WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about diamonds.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about November.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with an annual show tradition.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for the "latest piece" of their show.

Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus try to hit one out of this world.

Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about comedy.

Actor Mackenzie Astin
Mackenzie Astin

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome a special guest to the program: actor Mackenzie Astin.

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