Share your comments about Cabinet of Wonders & other NPR pilots

Jul 12, 2012

WEKU is asking for your help in evaluating a total of 3 new shows that NPR is making available to stations. Tune in for Ask Me Another at 2:00 pm and Cabinet of Wonders at 3:00 pm, then let us know what you think below and on our Facebook page.   We're also still glad to hear your comments about The TED Radio Hour, which will be returning to the air for at least a few more weeks later this summer.

Here are some links so you can also  post your comments directly to NPR as well.

Cabinet of Wonders:

Ask Me Another:

TED Radio Hour:

 Cabinet of Wonders"A vaudeville night that combines music and literature, resulting in one of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer." -- The New Yorker.

John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders is a variety show recorded live at the City Winery in New York.It features an exciting mix of musicians, authors, comedians, and other artists. Imagine you're in the audience of a talent show put on by your friends, your very talented, critically acclaimed friends.They sing, read from their novels, tell jokes, make you laugh, make you think, and keep you entertained.This hour-long radio show features performances from Ted Leo, Josh Ritter, Craig Finn, Nicole Atkins, and readings from authors John Hodgman, Patrick McGrath, and Rick Moody. As host John Wesley Harding puts it, "the time is right for a little variety."

Listen to a rough mix of a broadcast episode now.

Guest List

  • Show One: Edie Brickell, Punch Bros, Josh Ritter, Haley Tanner, Sarah Vowell, Eugene Mirman
  • Show Two: Rosanne Cash, John Darnielle, Craig Finn, Paul Harding, Hamilton Leithauser, Eugene Mirman
  • Show Three: Nicole Atkins, Ted Leo, Sean Nelson, Eugene Mirman, Audrey Niffenegger
  • Show Four: Meg Baird, Bhi Bhiman, Sloane Crosley, Eugene Mirman, Joe Pernice, John Hodgman
  • Show Five: Eugene Mirman, Rick Moody, A.C. Newman, Megan Reilly, Will Sheff, Colson Whitehead, Dean & Britta
  • Show Six: Janeane Garofalo, Langhorne Slim, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Simone Dinnerstein, Tift Merritt, Kelly Hogan, Sam Lipsyte

Ask Me Another

Dust off the Britannica, and brush up on those Pop-Up Video reruns. When all else fails, let the tunes clue you in. Ask Me Another is a rambunctious new show from NPR that challenges contestants with an hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia.The 13-part series, hosted by comedian Ophira Eisenberg airs Saturday at 2pm.

With 13 live, sold-out stage shows under its belt,  Ask Me Another’s improvisational mix of banter, brains, and music shines brightly in those funny, unexpected moments. Eisenberg guides listeners through each episode as she puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, audience members and “mystery” guests.

With a background in comedy, improvisation and storytelling, Eisenberg effortlessly incorporates each mystery guest into the show with a cheekiness that disregards formalities and levels the playing field. Featured guests include author/humorist John Hodgman, Tony Award-winner Nikki M. James, and blogger and media personality Meghan McCain. The resulting ambiance resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend’s house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes and fortuitous postulations. Each show also features a spontaneous soundtrack from computer programmer-turned-Internet phenomenon Jonathan Coulton.

TED Radio Hour

Hosted by journalist Alison Stewart, TED Radio Hour presents big ideas about modern life from some of today’s most fascinating thinkers. The weekly, 10-episode season airs Saturdays at 3pm.

The TED Radio Hour explores ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to teach and learn. The show represents a new partnership between NPR and TED. Each year, TED hosts conferences that bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less about the best ideas in technology, entertainment, design and more. 

TED Radio Hour focuses on a theme each week – such as happiness, the power of crowds, or food – and weaves together TEDTalks centered on the topic with innovative soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life. As host, Stewart talks with the original speakers to probe how ideas make waves and get inside people’s heads, and most importantly, provoke excitement.

Over the course of the season, TED Radio Hour will dive inside humans’ collective heads with shows exploring what makes the brain an amazing idea engine, why collaboration is the new normal, and where creative wellsprings might be found. The show also plans to address major issues confronting society, with talks about rethinking cities and urbanization, and examining food issues with guest chefs Jaime Oliver and Dan Barber.