Ask the Professor

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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.


    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:

    When sending by email, be sure to include:

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

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

  1. Episode # 1950 Download
    Air date: 8/18/19 (v.o.: 00:28:25) On this week’s episode, we go back to January 2004. Host Kathy Bush is joined by Professors Matt Mio, Jerry Curtsinger, Jeffe Boats, Erick Barnes, Roy Finkenbine and Dan Maggio.

  2. Episode # 1949 Download
    Air date: 8/11/19 (v.o.: 00:28:36) On today’s encore edition of Ask The Professor, we’re sharing memories from September 2005. Featuring Professors Kathy Bush, Dan Maggio, Beth Oljar and Jeffe Boats.

  3. Episode # 1948 Download
    Air date: 8/4/19 (v.o.@ 00:28:45) Originally aired in November 2006, today’s episode features long-time ATP moderator Kathy Bush with Professors Lazaros Kikas, Beth Oljar, Dan Maggio, Roy Finkenbine and Jeffe Boats.

  4. Episode # 1947 Download
    Air date: 7/28/19 v.o.: (00:28:31) On today’s episode, we return to Book Suey in Hamtramck, Michigan for the second half of a special summer-time gathering of the Ask The Professor panelists.

  5. Episode # 1946 Download
    Air date: 7/21/19 (v.o.: 00:28:54) Today’s program was recorded before a live audience at Book Suey in Hamtramck, Michigan.

  6. Episode # 1945 Download
    Air date: 7/14/19 (v.o.: 00:28:46) ATP memories from April 2007. Kathy Bush is joined by Professors Roy Finkenbine, Dan Maggio and Matt Mio.

  7. Episode # 1944 Download
    Air date: 7/7/19 (v.o.: 00:28:27) On this episode, originally aired in March 2008, Professors Kathy Bush, Matt Mio, Beth Oljar and Dan Maggio get together for a great time answering questions from Ask The Professor listeners.

  8. Episode # 1943 Download
    Air date: 6/30/19 (00:28:34) On today’s program, we continue with some great ATP memories from November 2008.

  9. Episode # 1942 Download
    Air date: 6/23/19 (v.o.@ 00:28:23) Even though we officially welcome summer this weekend, this edition of Ask The Professor may have you thinking about Thanksgiving. Recorded in November 2008; and featuring ATP Host Kathy Bush with Professors Dan Maggio, Ron Naski and Lazaros Kikas.

  10. Episode # 1941 Download
    Air date: 6/16/19 (v.o.@ 00:28:19) This week’s encore edition of Ask The Professor is from October 2008. Featuring Kathy Bush, Dan Maggio and Roy Finkenbine.