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Any Questions? #94

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on banned books.

Last week's challenge
Think of a famous comedian and a famous athlete each with the initials "L. A." Say aloud the first name of the comedian and the last name of the athlete and you'll get the name of a famous musician. Who are the three people?
Answer: The comedian is LOUIE ANDERSON and the athlete is LANCE ARMSTRONG. Following the directions, you get LOUIS ARMSTRONG.

On-air questions: On June 14, 1966, Pope Paul VI formally abolished the Catholic Church's Index Of Prohibited Books, a list of publications deemed immoral or thought to contain theological errors. So this week, our quiz is about banned and challenged books.
1. Three series that have frequently been banned in recent years are the Harry Potter books, the hunger games trilogy, and what four-book series by Stephenie Meyer about teenage vampires?
2. What Dan Brown novel, adapted into a 2006 movie starring Tom Hanks, was banned in Egypt that same year because, as the culture minister told Parliament, "We ban any book that insults any religion"?
3. On the American Library Association's list of the most frequently challenged books of the 1990s are Forever, Tiger Eyes, and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret., three young adult books by what author?
4. Challenged in 2004, Bringing Down The House by Ben Mezrich is a semi-fictionalized account of a team of students who learn to count cards while playing blackjack. What university did these students attend?
5. In 2010, a California school district pulled what book from its library after a parent complained when a student came across an explicit term in the book, presumably in proper alphabetical order?

Extra credit
1. On the list of the most challenged books of 2010 is And Tango Makes Three, a children's book based on a true story. The book recounts how an egg is hatched by two male members of what species?
2. Challenged in Pennsylvania but not banned, despite a parent's concern that it promotes "economic fallacies," what Barbara Ehrenreich book was also flagged in New Hampshire for its alleged "biased portrayal of capitalism"?

This week's challenge
Start with the name HARRY POTTER. Change one letter to a C and you can rearrange the result to spell a six-letter word for a type of award and a five-letter word that names a person who might receive that award. What is the award and who is the person?

On-air questions
1. The Twilight series
2. The Da Vinci Code
3. Judy Blume
4. MIT
5. Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

Extra credit
1. Penguins
2. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.