Are We There Yet?

Dec 17, 2013
Originally published on December 24, 2014 11:17 am

Prepare to answer a child's age-old question during road trips. Given a starting point and a list of three destination cities by host Ophira Eisenberg, a phone contestant must put the cities in order of driving distance from the starting point, from shortest to longest. If you left New York after a visit to the Empire State Building and drove west, which city would be the closest: Cleveland, Chicago, or Seattle?

This segment originally aired on December 17, 2013.

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Here's some trivia you can use. According to the Department of Transportation, over 90 percent of long-distance travel over Christmas and New Years is made by car. And the average distance that's traveled is 275 miles. Why are we talking about that? You're about to find out because we're going to do some travel of our own. Because our next contestant is on the line. Hello. You're on ASK ME ANOTHER.

ZACK DOYLE: Hi. This is Zack Doyle from Nashville, Tennessee.

EISENBERG: Hello, Zack Doyle. Have you always lived in Nashville?

DOYLE: No. I'm originally from Louisville, Kentucky.

EISENBERG: Ah. And how many other places have you lived? Is that it? Just Louisville and Nashville?

DOYLE: Yeah. Those are the two big places I've lived for lots of periods of time. I actually worked camp in the summers which has let me live in about six other different cities across the country for at least two or three months at a time, so.

EISENBERG: OK. Good. Because we're going to find out how well you know your way around the country.


EISENBERG: Because this game is called Are We There Yet? And we're going to give you a starting point and list three destination cities. You have to put the cities in order of driving distance from the starting point from shortest to longest. Puzzle guru Art Chung is going to give you a quick example.

ART CHUNG: So Zack, if we said put the following cities in order of driving distance from New York City, Seattle, Cleveland and Chicago you would say Cleveland first, then Chicago and then Seattle.

DOYLE: Got it.

EISENBERG: How do you feel, Zack?

DOYLE: Feeling good.

EISENBERG: Excellent. All right. So you're seeing your family in Albuquerque, New Mexico but you're going to drive to see more family in Portland, Maine; Portland, Oregon; and Portland, Texas.

DOYLE: I would say Portland, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Portland, Maine.

EISENBERG: You would say the right thing.


EISENBERG: All right. You're hanging out in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but you're going to do some shopping in Columbus, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; and Columbus, Indiana.

DOYLE: Columbus, Ohio; Columbus, Indiana; Columbus, Georgia.

EISENBERG: Again correct.


EISENBERG: Are there any computers around you, Zack?


EISENBERG: All right. Let's say you're listening to our show in Charlotte, North Carolina and you think, you know what? I want to listen to the show also in Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Florida.



DOYLE: Jacksonville, Florida; Tampa, Florida; and Miami, Florida.

EISENBERG: Oh, that was too easy for you.


EISENBERG: OK. Finally, you're in New Orleans and, you know, why leave?


EISENBERG: Why leave? You're in New Orleans. But you're going to leave. You want to see some friends. So you're going to go to Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and New York City.



EISENBERG: Exciting.

DOYLE: Let's say, oh, I'm trying to think in my head. I'm going to say Oklahoma City, Kansas City, New York City.

EISENBERG: You got them all correct, Zack.


DOYLE: Awesome.

EISENBERG: Every last one. So we're going to send you a copy of "One Christmas at a Time." It's the holiday album from Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick.


EISENBERG: And also a limited edition ASK ME ANOTHER Rubik's Cube.

DOYLE: All right, that's it right there.

EISENBERG: Thank you so much, Zack. You were a fantastic phone contestant.

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