How I Lost My Chance to See ‘Hamilton’

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Screenshot of Ask Me Another‘s website. Link below.

Earlier this year, I wrote about that one time I was a game show contestant.

Now, I have the proof.

The episode of the radio show/podcast Ask Me Another featuring yours truly has finally been published. It was recorded in February.

You can listen and/or download it here (or wherever you may get your podcasts).

And though I’m not one for spoilers, I’m about to give one. I didn’t win. Otherwise, I would’ve been bragging about it since February. And here’s why.

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My day is your night: Working overnights

I have the perfect icebreaker in my back pocket. It’s always guaranteed to be a conversation starter, and the conversation can thrive for several minutes. It typically goes something like this:

Stranger: “What do you do?”

Me: “I’m a news writer for a morning show.”

Stranger: “Oh, you must go into work pretty early.”

Me: “Yeah, I work overnights.”

Stranger: “What time do you go in?”

Me: “2 a.m.”

What follows is some combination of a dropped jaw, a gasp, an expletive or bulging eyes. Hook, line and sinker.

But let’s talk about the reality of working overnights.

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Views (and booze) from the top

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A look north from the 100th floor of One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, with the Empire State Building front and center.

I’m not one for heights. So what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than from the top of the tallest building in the Western hemisphere?

My stomach is still settling. But it was a chance to show off some Instagram skills.

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That one time I was a game show contestant


Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton host the “Ask Me Another” radio show and podcast.

UPDATE: The podcast episode has been published! Click here for more details on how to listen.


I apparently need to brush up on my ’80s teen movie villains.

And rappers. And constitutional delegates of the 1770s.

But I wouldn’t know I need to do any of this if it weren’t for “Ask Me Another.” It’s a quiz show heard regularly on NPR (on air and in podcast form). And it’s pretty fun.

I fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming a game show contestant when “AMA” came calling. I had to take a very difficult contestant quiz that challenged my knowledge of history, pop culture, vocabulary and general useless knowledge.

I’m good at the useless knowledge part.

Based on my success there, I received the call to become an actual contestant.

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A nod to a subway charity ambush

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What’s the only state that ends in a ‘K’?

That question was posed to me as I walked up the stairs from the subway platform to the concourse. I had just finished a sweaty workout at the gym, which followed eight hours of work, and I was focused on transferring trains and making home to my bed.

But an excited man in a three-piece suit approached me to ask.

Normally, I’d smile, nod, say “no, thanks” and carry on to my next train. But I was intrigued. Honestly, I thought I was going to be on an ambush-style game show. I looked great — scraggly hair, oversized pea coat and gym shorts.

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Puns get tweeting coders very excited

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Screenshot from “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

My favorite online series returned with a new season Wednesday night. Humor is brewing with more episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

(To be fair — CICGC is the only online series I watch.)

Wednesday’s season premiere featured Jerry Seinfeld speaking with President Barack Obama — perhaps an unconventional choice for a comedian, but Seinfeld defends his choice my referencing past White House Correspondents’ dinners.

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Happy holidays from The Temple News (alumni)


My good friend and Flyers reporter extraordinaire Dave Isaac had an idea when we were younger goons at The Temple News. It was to produce this video.

Of course, communications director extraordinaire LeAnne Matlach and I jumped at the chance. Another fellow extraordinaire, Shannon McDonald, wanted no part.

So, enjoy. Because remember.

You deserve it.