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 nicknames of two of Phoenix's sports teams: COYOTES and SUNS. Change one letter to a P and you can rearrange the result to get a six letter word for something you take to get information and a five-letter word for things that would be bad to have in that information. What are the words?

Answer: If you change an O to a P, you can spell CENSUS and TYPOS.
 

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS FARMS

On-air questions: On September 30, 1962, the first convention of the National Farm Workers' Association is held in an abandoned movie theater in Fresno, California. Led by labor leader Cesar Chavez, the NFWA later merged with the Agricultural Workers' Organizing Committee to become the labor union known today as the United Farm Workers. Chavez is also credited with popularizing the phrase "si, se puede", the English translation of which ("yes, we can") became the 2008 campaign slogan for President Barack Obama. To commemorate Chavez's legacy, today our questions are about famous farms.

1. A farm owned by the Kents and adjacent to the rural town of Smallville, Kansas becomes the landing point for a rocket containing an infant alien, whom they adopt. From what planet did this rocket originate?
2. In the 1989 film Field of Dreams, farmer Ray Kinsella constructs a baseball diamond on his farm after hearing a voice telling him to build it. After months of inactivity, a famous player appears on the field. Kinsella gives him permission to bring others, and he returns with the seven other players implicated in what infamous incident?
3. By what name do we know the organization that began as a 1985 benefit concert organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young, and has since gone on to hold 29 subsequent concerts and set up hotlines and other assistance for those who have lost crops and other belongings because of natural disasters?
4. Near the town of Hanover, Nebraska, a woman inherits her family's farmland and attempts to keep it viable. This is part of the plot of O Pioneers!, the first novel in the Prairie Trilogy – a trilogy which also includes My Antonia – written by which American author?
5. The 1968 two-part episode "A Star Named Arnold Is Born", in which a pig named Arnold Ziffel appears in a local play, which leads to a starring role in a major motion picture, was the finale of the third season of what series, starring Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert as New Yorkers who move to a farm in the country?

Extra credit

1. By what name do we now commonly know the person who had a “farm in Ohio-i-o” in the original 1917 version of a familiar song?
2. “Plane Crazy”, a 1929 short film which takes place on a farm, is the first appearance of what famous character, who, in a 1931 book, is described as living “in a cozy nest under the floor of the old barn”?
 
This week's challenge
Start with the phrase DAIRY FARMER. Rearrange the letters to spell a five-letter word that can describe someone who is happy and a six-letter word that can describe someone who probably isn't happy. 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. 

Any Questions #175

Jan 2, 2015

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

Any Questions #174

Dec 26, 2014

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

Any Questions #173

Dec 19, 2014

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

Any Questions #172

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.

Any Questions #171

Dec 5, 2014

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

Any Questions #170

Nov 28, 2014

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

Any Questions #169

Nov 21, 2014

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

Any Questions #168

Nov 14, 2014

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

Any Questions #167

Nov 7, 2014

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

Any Questions #166

Oct 31, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a break from fun size candy bars and popcorn balls for a tangentially Halloween-themed quiz.

Any Questions #165

Oct 24, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the World Series with a show about other series.

Any Questions #164

Oct 17, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to mask their Nobel envy.

Any Questions #163

Oct 10, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate a crucial part of WAMC fund drives: the volunteers.

Any Questions #162

Oct 3, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots this week for a show about the O.J. Simpson trial.

Any Questions #161

Sep 26, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have been training for this show for 160 weeks.

Any Questions #160

Sep 19, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Any Questions #159

Sep 12, 2014
Wordplay

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome a special guest player to the show.

Any Questions #158

Sep 5, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the start of season four.

Any Questions #157

Aug 29, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quick trivia battle.

Any Questions #156

Aug 22, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to score a 666 out of 5.

Any Questions #155

Aug 15, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel cast a spell over radioland.

Any Questions #154

Aug 8, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dig out the Casey Jones and April O'Neil action figures on this national holiday.

Any Questions #153

Aug 1, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about Music Television.

Any Questions #152

Jul 25, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dust off the turntable for a visit to Laurel Canyon.

Any Questions #151

Jul 18, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are joined by special guest player Walter Hickey of FiveThirtyEight.

Any Questions #150

Jul 11, 2014

To celebrate show No. 150, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head 150 years back in time.

Any Questions #149

Jul 4, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a break from the poolside grill for a show about the Declaration.

Any Questions #148

Jun 27, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a tour of awards.

Any Questions #147

Jun 20, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend this week at the movies.

Last week's challenge
Start with a key two-word phrase heard in many television recitations of the Miranda rights. Rearrange the letters in these two words and you can name a six-letter member of the military and a six-letter action that person has taken. What are the words?
Answer: REMAIN SILENT, MARINE ENLIST

Any Questions #146

Jun 13, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about television police.

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