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Information Please, Volume 5
 

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Information Please
Volume 5
 
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"Wake Up, America! It's Time to Stump the Experts!"

Dan Golenpaul was a man with a mission. Having spent most of the 1930s trying to talk radio network executives into raising the level of broadcast entertainment above the mentality of the average twelve-year-old child, Golenpaul had lately set his sites on a venerable radio feature: the quiz show.
 
What if, he thought, the contestants ask the questions, rather than the hosts? From this simple notion came a brainstorm: Information Please one of the most popular, award-winning, and consistently entertaining programs in radio history.
 
Armed with Clifton Fadiman, a team of experts, $100.00 in prize money, and NBC staff announcer Milton Cross, Information Please hit the airwaves at 8:30 PM on Tuesday, May 17, 1938 over NBC's Blue Network. From the beginning, Information Please showed signs of being an innovative program. Since the show was largely spontaneous - only the introductions, the closing, and the questions were written in advance. Likewise, listeners used to the typical personality-based musical and comedy shows of the late 1930s were surprised to hear authentic wit over the airwaves - surprised and pleased as well since, though the questions were usually difficult, the experts were both amazing and charming when they answered a question and, more importantly, authentically human and funny when they couldn't. It was said, in fact, that Information Please was really at its best and most entertaining when the brains of the "brain trust" failed them; Fadiman never hesitated to gently chide them when they missed an answer. During the contemplation following a question, he was frequently heard to say to the listeners "I can see their brains spinning away, folks" and "Come, come, gentlemen - everyone knows that" was a common response to a muffed question.
 
The sixteen programs in this fifth Radio Archives collection date from October of 1941 to November 1942.
 
Who might crack a case?
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Deems Taylor, C. S. Forester
Friday, October 24, 1941 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
What notable collaborators were not on speaking terms during their partnership?
John Kieran, Franklin P. Adams, Oscar Levant, Douglas Miller
Friday, November 7, 1941 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
What person was or is still known by the following
John Kieran, Franklin P. Adams, Oscar Levant, Cornelia Otis Skinner
Friday, November 21, 1941 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
Quote a line from a once popular song that rhymes with the given line and you’ll name the song
John Kieran, Franklin P. Adams, Oscar Levant, Drew Pearson, Robert Allen
Friday, November 28, 1941 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
Name the lady mentioned in each of these familiar songs
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Deems Taylor, Edna Ferber
Friday, December 5, 1941 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
If your sleep is interrupted by the following lines...what is their source?
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Oscar Levant, George Shuster
Friday, December 12, 1941 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
Identify these Toms in fiction
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Jan Struther, Joseph Davies
Friday, December 19, 1941 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
Tell me what the Bells are doing in each of these songs
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Oscar Levant, John Gunther
Friday, December 26, 1941 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
Give the phrase that precedes the end part of these cliches
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, John Carradine, Thomas Beecham
Friday, March 20, 1942 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
Recite a line of poetry about a snail, a moth, a flea and an ant
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Deems Taylor, Roland Young
Friday, May 22, 1942 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
Who asked these questions: Where are you going and what do you wish?
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Oscar Levant, Wallace Deuel
Friday, May 29, 1942 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
Can you quote the line of poetry or song that tells what happens, ‘When faith is lost; when honor dies’
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Christopher Morley, Cornelia Otis Skinner
Friday, June 19, 1942 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
What are the parallels in the present war to these phrases from the First war?
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Deems Taylor, H. I. Phillips
Friday, July 10, 1942 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
Name the sailor who took time out from Harvard to go sailing
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Oscar Levant, Henry Cabot Lodge
Friday, July 17, 1942 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
Who went from San Juan to Vichy to Washinton, D. C.?
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Arthur Garfield Hays, Paul Gallico
Friday, July 24, 1942 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike
 
What recent unusual act was, the ringing of churchbells
Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran, Oscar Levant, Louis Bromfield
Friday, November 20, 1942 – 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Lucky Strike

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