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Any Questions #199

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Juneteenth by switching sides.

Last week's challenge
Start with the words GLOBE and EARTH. Change one letter to an M and you can rearrange the result to spell an adjective that might describe something that comes from the earth. What's the word?
Answer: If you change the B to an M, you can spell GEOTHERMAL.

On-air questions: Today is Juneteenth, a holiday first celebrated in 1865 that celebrates the emancipation of the last slaves in the U.S. Although the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect more than two years earlier, it wasn’t until June 19th, 1865, weeks after the end of the Civil War, that an estimated quarter-million slaves in Texas were liberated by the federal army. The name Juneteenth is a portmanteau of June and Nineteenth. In its honor, today’s show is about things with months in their names.
1. Actress January Jones was referring to which character when she told the New York Times in 2013, “She is really searching for something, but doesn’t know herself well enough to know what might make her happy,”
2. Speaking of Joneses….The album August and Everything After was the 1993 debut of which Adam Duritz-fronted band, whose lead single off the album “Mr. Jones” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top 40?
3. Which actress who made her Broadway debut as a stripper in the original production of Gypsy lifted her skirt in a memorable graveside scene in the 2013 movie Nebraska, in a role that earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination?
4. What term now synonymous with the NCAA basketball tournament was first used to describe the Illinois state basketball tournament in 1939 and wasn’t used on air on CBS until 1982?
5. Which reporter with Channel 6 Eyewitness News in New York City was portrayed on screen most recently by Megan Fox, who investigates a series of crimes by the Foot Clan?

Extra credit
1. For which German-American businessman, politician and horseman is the third led of the Triple Crown named?
2. What song by the band in question two gets an annual spike in radio play on New Year’s Eve?

This week's challenge
Start with the word Gregorian, as in Gregorian Calendar. Rearrange the letters in Gregorian and you can spell a three-letter word for a unit of work and six-letter word for an action known for creating that unit. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Betty Draper on Mad Men, and with the show over after seven years, Jones said she is looking forward to growing her hair out for the first time since she got the role
2. Counting Crows
3. June Squibb (her husband in the film Bruce Dern was also nominated for Best Actor)
4. March Madness (A writer named Henry  Porter wrote that “a little March madness may…contribute to sanity.”
5. April O’Neil (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; O’Neil has been voiced or portrayed by more than a half-dozen actresses including Sarah Michelle Gellar)

Extra credit
1. August Belmont
2. “A Long December”

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.
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