Ask Me Another
10:03 am
Thu September 26, 2013

In A World...

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 10:19 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On our stage right now we have Marti Davidson Sitchel and Bill Holzapfel.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Marti, Bill, summer blockbusters. Tell me about one that either changed your life or was the biggest waste of your money. Marti?

MARTI DAVIDSON SITCHEL: If you're going there, I really like the "Star Treks."

EISENBERG: You really like the "Star Treks." There you go.

SITCHEL: I do like the "Star Treks."

EISENBERG: That does well with our people.

SITCHEL: They're my kind of people.

EISENBERG: Bill, how about you?

BILL HOLZAPFEL: My wife and I just saw "World War Z" the other day.

EISENBERG: And?

HOLZAPFEL: It's good but read the book. The book is far better. They couldn't have made a movie out of the book. Just go read the book. Enjoy the movie too.

EISENBERG: You know what? I am just going to wait for when it really happens.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Our next game is called In A World. We love getting to theaters early for the trailers so in this game we've re-imagined blockbuster style movie trailers for some of our favorite non-fiction books. For example, it might sound something like this.

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JONATHAN COULTON: (in movie announcer voice) Trapped in a race against time, one pop sociologist and New Yorker magazine writer must search for the exact moment when transcend ideas become sticky and start spreading (coughs) like a virus.

EISENBERG: And to find out what that is...

COULTON: The answer is "The Tipping Point."

EISENBERG: OK, contestants. So we'll give you overblown trailers for famous non-fiction books and you have to name the books. You don't have to give us the author. I mean, that's great if you want to show off, totally fine, but we're just looking for the title. And remember, these are all non-fiction. The winner of this round will of course move on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. Here's your first clue.

COULTON: (in movie announcer voice) In a world where different genders don't always understand each other, two nearby planets will teach us all how to get along and fall in love again.

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EISENBERG: Marti.

SITCHEL: "Men Are from Mars and Women Are from Venus"?

EISENBERG: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: Let's hear the next question.

COULTON: (in movie announcer voice) In a world where he has nothing to lose but his chains, one proletarian will usher in the march of history and throw a party that no class will struggle to be invited to.

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EISENBERG: Bill.

HOLZAPFEL: "The Communist Manifesto."

EISENBERG: Exactly.

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EISENBERG: Those party animals Marx and Engels. You guys are doing great. Let's hear our next clue.

COULTON: (in movie announcer voice) He thought he had it all figured out - until now. One English naturalist will embark on the ultimate ocean voyage. And, with the help of some finches and giant tortoises, discover where we all came from.

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(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Bill.

HOLZAPFEL: "The Origin of the Species."

EISENBERG: Yes, that is correct.

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EISENBERG: That is exactly how I would say it. The title is actually "The Origin of Species." OK. Next question.

COULTON: (in movie announcer voice) In a belief system where the erotic can lead to spiritual bliss...

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COULTON: (in movie announcer voice) ...one ancient Hindu philosopher will reveal everything you ever wanted to know about sex and won't skimp on the pictures.

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(LAUGHTER)

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EISENBERG: Marti.

SITCHEL: "The Kama Sutra"?

EISENBERG: That's right. Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

SITCHEL: Sorry, I got excited.

EISENBERG: Did you really get excited? You said it in a very sexy voice. I like that. You're like...

SITCHEL: I'm trying.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Let's have our next clue.

COULTON: (in movie announcer voice) They don't follow the rules. They make them. An English professor teams up with a children's book author to explore language usage. Composition. Form. And spelling. And this time...

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COULTON: (in movie announcer voice) ...it's grammatical.

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EISENBERG: Bill.

HOLZAPFEL: Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style."

EISENBERG: Yes, indeed.

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EISENBERG: I know you've read that by the way you said it so confidently.

HOLZAPFEL: Eh, I think I had it in college.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

HOLZAPFEL: I cracked it maybe once or twice.

EISENBERG: This is your last clue.

COULTON: (in movie announcer voice) She was just doing her job but the stakes were too high.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Oh, yeah...

COULTON: (in movie announcer voice) Now, one female Facebook executive will rise up and encourage all women to stop holding back and angle themselves towards reaching their goals.

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EISENBERG: Bill.

HOLZAPFEL: "Lean In"?

EISENBERG: "Lean In" is correct.

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EISENBERG: John Chanesky, how did our contestants do?

JOHN CHANESKI, PUZZLE GURU: (in a movie announcer voice) In a world where only one can be victorious, Bill is that winner.

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EISENBERG: Congratulations, Bill. Marti, thank you so much. You were a fantastic contestant. Bill, you'll be moving on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. Well done.

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