JI: A Face for (Public) Radio by SusannahBrooks


Just in time for the holidays, here's a little number about people with voices like tryptophan... without the voices.


Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 15 points. You must also mark 5 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

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Question 1

In Gaelan Kelly's comic "How the Voices In My Head Look, Part 1," this personality actually looks pretty darn similar to her real-life image. Who is she?

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Terry Gross

Question 2

The guy with the stylish chapeau on the far left is NOT actually a public radio personality, but he shares his name with someone who is. That person is affiliated with the woman mentioned in Q1. What is the shared name in question? (Both first and last, please.)

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Dave Davies

Question 3

You will probably never get this image out of your head, even if you see this host in person (and preferably fully clothed) at Chicago's Chase Auditorium on a Thursday night. Who is he?

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Peter Sagal

Question 4

CORRECTLY SPELL the first and last name of this Navy veteran, host of a half-hour program airing every weekday courtesy of American Public Media.

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Kai Ryssdal

Question 5

These little buddies were created to commemorate the 80th birthday of what beloved public radio figure, known for his presence on not one but two programs?

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Carl Kasell

Question 6

This person is not actually a public radio voice. Nevertheless, his name is familiar to millions of listeners of a particular program, even after he left the program's station of origin in July of 2013. Who is he? (Note: spelling does not count.)

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Our boss, Mr. Torey Malatia

Question 7

This dreamboat began his career as an intern for NPR's chief legal correspondent (mentioned elsewhere in this quiz). In addition to serving as international correspondent for NPR, he frequently performs live with the band Pink Martini. Who is he?

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Ari Shapiro

Question 8

According to the NPR online store, "this clever cotton canvas bag pays homage to two notable pillars of public broadcasting." Give BOTH the name of the item AND the correspondent who inspired it.

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The Nina Totin' Bag, Nina Totenberg

Question 9

This is NOT a public radio person. This is Cecily Strong from Saturday Night Live. Name the person being portrayed.

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Sarah Koenig

Question 10

"*GASP!* The Antonin Scalia Bedroom!" When Mr. Burns dumps Democratic assemblywoman Maxine Lombard (played by Jane Fonda), she demolishes his mansion and hands the land over to liberal causes. Name the NPR mainstay pictured here (who looks exactly like he sounds, I KNOW BECAUSE I MET HIM ONCE) who gleefully tells Mr. Burns that Burns Manor is "a National Public Radio broadcast center now."

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Robert Siegel

Question 11

This guy is perhaps one of the more recognizable figures outside of the studio, so let's up the ante by using his senior picture. Who is he?

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Ira Glass

Question 12

And we're back to "How the Voices In My Head Look, Part 1." Unlike the person in Question 1, the personality depicted here doesn't look like this in real life... well, okay, maybe a little. Whose voice does this very flattering image represent?

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Garrison Keillor