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One of the Longest Running Broadcast Shows in the U.S.

University of Detroit Mercy's quirky quiz show has been on the air since the 1950s.

Today, the show is moderated by Matthew J. Mio, Ph.D.,  associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Ask the Professor is an unrehearsed show of questions and answers, where you, the audience, can try to stump the professors of University of Detroit Mercy. The program features University of Detroit Mercy faculty members from chemistry, communications, English, history, math and philosophy.

This panel of professors is challenged by listeners who send in questions about almost anything, in an attempt to stump the group. Communication Studies students help produce the successful radio program, and each show is recorded and available as a podcast from iTunes.

Send in Questions; Stump the Profs; Get a Cool Mug!

All you need to do to be sipping your morning brew out of one of these fabulous mugs is to send in a list of questions and answers to producer Michael Jayson. If your questions stump the profs, we'll mail you a mug!  Send us your questions through Fax or email.

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    How to Send in Your Questions!

    Questions can range in topic from the ridiculous to the sublime. Be sure to include your answers!  You can even listen to past shows to get an idea of the variety of questions our listeners send in.

    Submit your questions and answers by email or through our online Google form:

    When sending by email, be sure to include:

    • Your Name
    • Your Mailing Address (so we can send you a prize!).

Did You See Us on Michigan Under the Radar?

Check out our TV appearance with the great folks from Michigan Under the Radar.  Our segment starts 8 minutes into the show.

Ask the Professor can be heard from Detroit to Des Moines

Our faithful listeners tune into our show through a variety of ways.  For a list of archived shows, be sure to bookmark this page where the 10 most recent episodes are always available.  We are still on traditional radio, too.  Check us out at these stations:
WTBR
FM 89.7
Pittsfield, Massachusetts    
Sundays, 10 a.m.
KLAV
AM 1230
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sundays, 7 a.m.

WHO Radio
AM 1040
Des Moines, Iowa
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.

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Listen to past episodes dating back to 2014.
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Recent episodes

  1. Episode # 1842 Download
    Air date: 6/24/18 From March 1986. Featuring Edwin DeWindt, George Pickering, Sarah Gravelle, Wallace Peace and John Klamanski.

  2. Episode # 1841 Download
    Air date 6/17/18 This classic episode of ATP is from March 1986

  3. Episode # 1840 Download
    Air date: 6/10/18 A classic episode of Ask The Professor from February 1986.

  4. Episode # 1839 Download
    Air date: 6/3/18

  5. Episode # 1838 Download
    Air date: 5/27/18 Host Matt Mio is joined by Professors Joe Abisaid, Dan Maggio, Jim Tubbs, Dave Chow and Kendra Evans.

  6. Episode # 1837 Download
    Air date: 5/20/18 Host Matt Mio is joined by Professors Joe Abisaid, Dan Maggio, Jim Tubbs, Dave Chow and Kendra Evans.

  7. Episode # 1836 Download
    Air date:5/13/18 Matt Mio, Nicole Najor, Jim Tubbs, Joe Abisaid, Dave Chow and Heather Hill-Vasquez.

  8. Episode # 1835 Download
    Air date: 5/6/18 The professors are back in the studio for this week’s show, as they welcome special guest Dr. Nicole Najor from Detroit Mercy’s Department of Biology.

  9. Episode # 1834 Download
    Air date: 4/29/18 Today’s program was recorded before a live audience at University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus Library. Matt Mio and panelists Beth Oljar, Jim Tubbs, Heather Hill-Vasquez and Dave Chow.

  10. Episode # 1833 Download
    Air date: 4/22/18 ATP listeners through the years will enjoy this rebroadcast from October 2003. Moderator Kathy Bush welcomes Professors Jeffe Boats (Mathematics), Dan Maggio (Engineering & Science), Matt Mio (Chemistry) and Jerry Curtsinger (Communication Studies).

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