Everything Starts With LA

Nov 3, 2017

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann joins Jonathan Coulton for a rendition of "All This Time," from his latest album "Solid State." Then, our two winning celebri-testants vie for the starring role in our Ask Me Another Famepocalypse reboot. We challenged them to a final round in which every answer starts with the letters "L-A."

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Before we get to the final round, please welcome to the stage our very special musical guest, Aimee Mann.

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EISENBERG: Aimee, thank you for being with us for both of these shows.

AIMEE MANN: Thank you for having me two weeks in a row.

EISENBERG: You're welcome.

MANN: This song is a Jonathan song from his new record, which is called "Solid State" and a request of mine because I really like it, and I like singing on it.

EISENBERG: This is called "All This Time."

JONATHAN COULTON: That's right. It's a dance party at the end of the show. (Singing) Ten-thousand-seven-hundred days we've been accident-free. Practice my confident face. My pod's depending on me. Working hours fill the day, spending credits when we stay at home. So long since anyone has seen out past the edge of our zone. One of the friendlier machines said I should leave it alone. But I wonder anyway about some things I shouldn't say.

AIMEE MANN AND JONATHAN COULTON: (Singing) What if Kurzweil doesn't make it? What if all the switches get stuck on destroy? When the shuttle goes, we won't take it. When the final counter-measures are deployed, all we'll have is all this time. All we'll have is all this time. All we'll have is all this time, all this time.

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COULTON: Thank you very much everybody.

MANN: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Aimee Mann, Jonathan Coulton.

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EISENBERG: Now it's time to crown our big winner. Let's bring back our finalists. She stars in the film "Daddy's Home 2." It's Linda Cardellini.

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EISENBERG: And he stars in the Amazon series "Bosch," the Comedy Central series "Corporate" and MGM's "The Domestics," Lance Reddick.

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EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, take it away.

ART CHUNG: Thanks, Ophira. Linda and Lance, your final round is called Everything Starts With L.A. Every answer starts with the letters LA. For example if I said this film was mistakingly announced as best picture winner at the Oscars, you'd answer "Crash."

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CHUNG: Just kidding.

LINDA CARDELLINI: I would. I would because I was in "Brokeback Mountain." I would answer that.

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CHUNG: Just kidding, it was "La La Land." So we're playing this round like a penalty shootout. You'll each get up to eight questions. The contestant who scores the most points will be our big winner. And your prize is an ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube. We rolled a 20-sided die backstage. And Linda is going first.

CARDELLINI: Oh.

CHUNG: Here we go. Linda, it's a maze you can walk through and a 1986 movie starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly.

CARDELLINI: "Labyrinth."

CHUNG: That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Lance, 30 million Americans are intolerant to this sugar found in milk.

LANCE REDDICK: Lactose.

CHUNG: That is right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Linda, it's a circular rotating tray placed on tables to help everyone reach the food without passing it around.

CARDELLINI: Lazy Susan.

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Lance, this Nevada City claims that - thanks to all of its electric lights - at night, it's the brightest place on Earth.

REDDICK: Las Vegas?

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Linda, this preppy sport played on a field with special sticks and a ball traces its roots to ancient Native Americans.

CARDELLINI: Lacrosse.

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Lance. It's a red beetle with black spots that, despite its name, can be male or female.

REDDICK: Ladybug.

(LAUGHTER)

CHUNG: That is right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Linda, NBC's 12:30 a.m. talk show, which has been hosted by David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers.

CARDELLINI: What is "The Late Show."

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CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. We can't accept that. That's a different show. We're looking for "Late Night With David Letterman." Lance, Dulcolax is a brand of this kind of medication.

REDDICK: Laxative.

CHUNG: That is right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: We're at the halfway point. Lance is in the lead 4-3.

CARDELLINI: Ugh.

CHUNG: Linda, 2017 marked the 26th straight year this dog breed was the most popular in the U.S.

CARDELLINI: Labrador?

CHUNG: That's right - Labrador retriever.

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CHUNG: Lance, it's a childbirth method introduced by a French doctor in 1951. I'm going to have to give you three seconds for an answer.

REDDICK: Oh my goodness.

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CHUNG: Sorry. We were looking for Lamaze.

REDDICK: Lamaze - I was going to say Lazy Susan but whatever.

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CHUNG: Linda, with $1.6 billion in sales in 2016, this potato chip brand is the best selling in the U.S.

CARDELLINI: Lay's.

CHUNG: Lay's is correct.

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CHUNG: Lance, the Mormon church is officially known as The Church of Jesus Christ of this.

REDDICK: Latter-day Saints.

CHUNG: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Linda, in "Hamlet," he's a son of Polonius and the brother of Ophelia.

CARDELLINI: Laertes.

CHUNG: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Lance, it's a word for a huge victory or a Fleetwood Mac song with the lyric, I took my love. I took it down. I climbed a mountain, and I turned around. Don't make me do my Stevie Nicks impression.

REDDICK: (Laughter) I don't know. Lap - I don't know.

CHUNG: No. I'm sorry. We're looking for landslide.

REDDICK: Landslide. OK.

CHUNG: All right. Here's the situation. The score is 6-5. You each have one question left. Linda, if you get this question right, you win. This part of the trachea contains the vocal chords.

CARDELLINI: Larynx?

CHUNG: That is right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Congratulations.

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CARDELLINI: I used my larynx on that one, too, to beat Lance - also with an L and an A.

REDDICK: True, true.

EISENBERG: That was an amazing game. Lance Reddick, such a pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much for being on the show. Lance Reddick everybody.

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EISENBERG: And congratulations to Linda Cardellini, our big winner.

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CARDELLINI: I continue to love game shows.

EISENBERG: That's our show. ASK ME ANOTHER's puzzle guru is Art Chung.

CHUNG: Hey, my name anagrams to narc thug.

EISENBERG: Our house musician is Jonathan Coulton.

CHUNG: Thou jolt a cannon.

EISENBERG: Our puzzles were written by Jonathan Baylis, David Letzler, Danielle Thompson (ph) and senior writers Karen Laurie and J. Keith van Straaten. ASK ME ANOTHER's produced by Mike Katzif, Travis Larchuk, Julia Melfi, Denny Shin and Rommel Wood along with Steve Nelson and Anya Grundmann. We are recorded by Damon Whittemore. ASK ME ANOTHER was created by Eric Nuzman and Jesse Baker. We'd like to thank our media partner, Southern California Public Radio 89.3 KPCC.

CHUNG: CCPK.

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EISENBERG: The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles...

CHUNG: Hatch thee a tea totler.

EISENBERG: ...And our production partner WNYC. I'm her ripe begonias...

CHUNG: Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: And this was ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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