Any Questions?

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

Last week's challenge: Start with the letters MSNBC. Add four vowels and you can spell a two-word phrase (five letters, four letters) for something that makes a loud noise. What is it?

Answer: If you add an I and three Os, you can spell SONIC BOOM.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: ROBOTS

On-air questions: On July 22, 2015, the annual RoboCup competition came to a close. Held every year since 1997, the annual robotics competition is officially titled "Robot Soccer World Cup", and its mission statement is "By the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win a soccer game, complying with the official rules of FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup." This week, we welcome our new robot overlords as we have a quiz about robots.

1. Bender, the Robot Devil, Calculon, and the Reverend Lionel Preacherbot are among the many robots on the animated series Futurama, created by which man, also behind the creation of another long-running popular animated series?
2. In 2009, film critic Peter Travers said, "If there was ever a time where an animated feature deserved to be nominated for Best Picture, it's" what Pixar film, which tells the story of a robot tasked with cleaning up trash on an abandoned Earth?
3. The dance known as the robot – in which the dancer moves their arms and legs in a, well, robotic fashion – first gained widespread fame when the lead singer of which singing group did the robot during a performance of the group's 1974 hit song "Dancing Machine" on an episode of Soul Train?
4.  "A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm"; "A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law"; and "A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law" are the Three Laws of Robotics, which appear in a book of short stories titled I, Robot, written by what prolific science-fiction author?
5. Introduced in September of 2002, what is the name of the robotic vacuum cleaner manufactured by the iRobot company, whose later models have included an infrared sensor to help it avoid obstacles, wi-fi connectivity, and a smartphone app?

Extra credit

1. "Our democracy has been hacked" is a slogan that appears in promotional materials for what USA series starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater?
2. "Robot Parade" is a track on the 2002 children's album No! by what band, which won a Grammy award in 2009 for its children's album Here Come the 123s?

This week's challenge
Start with the title of the 1982 film BLADE RUNNER. Change one letter to a G and you can spell the two-word name of something that isn't true, but a lot of people think is. What is it?

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 venues. 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. 

Any Questions #196

May 29, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are marking a milestone birthday.

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May 22, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to find their way out of this week's show.

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May 15, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are taking a tandem ride.

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May 8, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are very excited for this week's show.

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May 1, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are in a New York state of mind.

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Apr 24, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a knee.

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Apr 17, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are ducking trivia questions.

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Apr 10, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel high-tail it for a quiz about comets.

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Apr 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel join for a jaunt about Js.

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Mar 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back (to-back).

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Mar 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel break out the berets and Chablis.

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Mar 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats once again.

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Mar 6, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are heading west for this week's show.

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Feb 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are dressed to the nines....uh, 14s.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase POST OFFICE. Change one letter to an E and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (6, 4) for things that you can probably find in most break rooms. What are they?
Answer: If you change the I to an E, you can spell COFFEE POTS.

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Feb 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel send a different kind of audio postcard.

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Feb 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to be good men.

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Feb 6, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on the 40th president.

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Jan 30, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to the before-and-after well.

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Jan 23, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are staying up past their bedtime this week.

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Jan 16, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go to MIT the only way they can: vicariously.

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Jan 9, 2015

Hold the phone. WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back.

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Jan 2, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip around the map of names.

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Dec 26, 2014

It's that time of year: the trivia clearance sale.

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Dec 19, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about people with colors in their names.

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Dec 12, 2014

If you can see through the smoke and scotch fumes, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a quiz about the Rat Pack.

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Dec 5, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about the bouillon.

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Nov 28, 2014

Pass the trivia: it's time for a turkey show for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Nov 21, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel put it in gear for this week's show.

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Nov 14, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides for another journey to the center of the trivia earth.

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Nov 7, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel hope like elephants, they never forget.

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