50/50 Chance

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's meet our next two contestants. Emily Tabachuk, you are a stage manager for a children's theater company.

EMILY TABACHUK: I am.

EISENBERG: That's so nice.

TABACHUK: Yeah.

EISENBERG: What age are these kids?

TABACHUK: I'm with ages 6 to 10 and 11 to 13.

EISENBERG: Well, how do you get them to do anything?

TABACHUK: They're really good. I mean, we're an after-school program...

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah.

TABACHUK: ...So we're, like, the best part of their day.

EISENBERG: OK.

TABACHUK: So they're really excited to come to drama.

EISENBERG: So are you looking at these kids and are you seeing, like, future De Niros and future Streeps?

TABACHUK: Some of them got some - some talent.

EISENBERG: No way?

TABACHUK: Yeah.

EISENBERG: And do you encourage that?

TABACHUK: Yeah, we're also more of, like, an ensemble team-building company, so we don't, like, focus on outside agents and whatever. We just encourage them in the production we are doing.

EISENBERG: That's amazing.

TABACHUK: Yeah.

EISENBERG: OK, I hand it to you. And we also have Norah McNally. Now, one time a squirrel fell on your head.

(LAUGHTER)

NORAH MCNALLY: Yes, that's true.

EISENBERG: All right, I love that bio.

MCNALLY: Yeah, I'd don't, so...

EISENBERG: How - how and why?

MCNALLY: I don't know why. I was walking to the bus stop. I was very late for the bus.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) This is how every squirrel-head story starts.

MCNALLY: Yeah, and I'm from a place in America where there's lots of trees and lots of squirrels. And the squirrels really take ownership of the whole situation.

EISENBERG: Where is this?

MCNALLY: Takoma Park, Md.

EISENBERG: Got it.

MCNALLY: I was running to the bus stop and a squirrel fell out of a tree onto my head. And then it scampered away.

EISENBERG: Did you feel like you had a lucky head that day?

MCNALLY: No, I ran home and was, like, Mom, help, a squirrel fell on my head. And then she was like, you missed the bus.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Wow. What have you learned from this squirrel incident?

MCNALLY: Well, you know, I hadn't really thought about it until today...

EISENBERG: Sure.

MCNALLY: ...But I think in retrospect, I would have made the bus.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Your game is called 50-50 Chance. The answer to every clue is either more than 50 or fewer than 50. That is all you need to figure out. But be careful because if you buzz in and guess incorrectly, your opponent will automatically score the point. Let's go. More than 50 or fewer than 50 - how many seasons have there been of "Saturday Night Live?"

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Norah.

MCNALLY: Less.

EISENBERG: That is right. Fewer than 50, correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: The show is in its 41st season, yeah. Darrell Hammond has been in 40 of those...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...Or something. How many Tic Tacs are there in a standard box of Tic Tacs?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Emily.

TABACHUK: More than 50.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry, fewer than 50. I know, it seems like like there would be.

JONATHAN COULTON: They're very small mints. They pack a lot in that box.

EISENBERG: I know. Thirty-six is the average. Total number of people singing in the original 1985 charity single "We Are The World."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Norah.

MCNALLY: More than 50.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry, fewer than 50. Yeah, it was 46, but with all the shoulder pads...

MCNALLY: Right, it's hard to know.

(LAUGHTER)

MCNALLY: The visual would've helped.

EISENBERG: A visual - sorry, it's radio.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: How many Starbucks are there in Australia? Someone's just...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: ...Got to take it - Norah.

MCNALLY: More than 50.

EISENBERG: No.

(LAUGHTER)

MCNALLY: I'm from New York. I have no gauge.

EISENBERG: It's true. It's fine, it's fine. There's fewer than 50. As a matter of fact, there's 25-ish.

MCNALLY: Ish?

EISENBERG: Yeah, I know.

MCNALLY: Is there, like, half of one?

EISENBERG: Yeah, there's a beer store that says Starbucks.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: A little confused. You guys will get this, one of you, I promise. How many books were published in the original Nancy Drew mystery series from 1930 to 1979?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Emily.

TABACHUK: More than 50.

EISENBERG: More than 50 is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Did you read them?

TABACHUK: Yeah, I think I've read most of them.

EISENBERG: Do you remember the title of any of your favorites?

TABACHUK: There was one with an old clock. I think that was the first one...

EISENBERG: "Secret Of The Old Clock?"

TABACHUK: Yeah.

EISENBERG: That's a good one.

TABACHUK: It is a good one.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: That's a weird one. Ophira, are you a huge Nancy Drew fan?

EISENBERG: What are you talking about? Who isn't a Nancy Drew fan?

COULTON: No, I just didn't know that about you. That's fantastic. Did you read them all?

EISENBERG: I read them all.

COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Vowel tiles in a standard box of Scrabble.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Norah, you're like, whatever.

MCNALLY: Less than - fewer than 50.

EISENBERG: Fewer than 50 is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Forty-two - 44 if you count Y as a vowel, but 42. Unique words in Dr. Seuss's "The Cat In The Hat."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Norah.

MCNALLY: More than 50.

EISENBERG: More than 50 is unbelievably correct.

MCNALLY: Wow. Oh, my God.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Do you know how many? Do you want to guess how many?

MCNALLY: Fifty-seven.

EISENBERG: Two hundred thirty-six.

MCNALLY: Oh, wow.

EISENBERG: I know, I just blew everyone's minds.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This is your last clue - wedges on the "Wheel Of Fortune" wheel.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Emily.

TABACHUK: Less than 50.

EISENBERG: Yes, indeed, it is less than 50. It is 24. You got that right. Well done.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Puzzle guru Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

ART CHUNG: We have a tie.

EISENBERG: All right, 50-50.

(APPLAUSE)

CHUNG: Hands on your buzzers. Here's your tiebreaker question - how many languages have the "Harry Potter" books been translated into?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

CHUNG: Emily.

TABACHUK: More than 50.

CHUNG: That is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

CHUNG: Congratulations, Emily, you're moving on to the final round at the end of the show.

TABACHUK: Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Coming up, Jonathan Coulton tells us what he hates about you. And here's another crowd pleaser - we have a game about palindromes. So go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog, Ophira Eisenberg. And this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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