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Any Questions #237

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a Friday stroll.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase SOUTH POLE. Change one letter to an R and you can rearrange the result to spell a word that names things explorers might look through. What are they?
Answer: Change the U to and R and you can spell PORTHOLES.

On-air questions: On this day in 1933, the film 42nd Street was released. Directed by Lloyd Bacon, the film is considered a classic of the backstage musical genre and was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. It also inspired the stage musical of the same name that debuted in 1980. So today’s show is all about famous streets.

1. Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, and Musical Legends Park. These are among the attractions on which street, whose name has changed from Spanish to French to English over the centuries?
2. The 1968 Steve McQueen film Bullitt is remembered for a famous chase scene through the streets of which city, including Lombard Street, said to be the crookedest street in the world?
3. Known for its shopping and architecture, The Magnificent Mile is a section of which Illinois street, which bears the name of another Midwest state?
4. David Lynch’s 2001 film starring Naomi Watts has been linked by many critics to a 1950 Billy Wilder film noir starring Gloria Swanson. Both films are named for famed Los Angeles roads. What are they?
5. Designed to emulate Paris’ Champs Elysees, Benjamin Franklin Parkway terminates at the Philadelphia Art Museum, where scenes from all seven films in which series were filmed?

Extra credit
1. Blues fans often make pilgrimages to which street in Memphis, Tennessee?  
2. On which street, known by an unofficial nickname, would you find places called Monte Carlo, Treasure Island, Venetian, Wynn and Mandalay Bay?

This week's challenge
Start with the words WALL STREET. Rearrange the letters and you can spell two five-letter nouns that can be associated with water. As a hint, one can also be a verb. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Bourbon Street (As a bonus fact, on the HBO series Treme about post-Katrina New Orleans, the lead character played by Wendell Pierce, a jazz musician, is told “There’s still pride on Bourbon Street.”
2. San Francisco (according to the Associated Press, 2,000 cars a day, mostly driven by tourists, snake along Lombard Streets during summer weekends.)
3. Michigan Ave in Chicago (the street’s northern terminus is, of course, Lake Michigan)
4. Mulholland Drive and Sunset Boulevard
5. Rocky

Extra credit
1. Beale Street, apparently named for a forgotten military hero
2. The Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard South)

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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