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The Oddly Informative News Quiz from NPR

The Peabody Award-winning show, Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!, uses current stories (from the global to the ridiculous) for questions and comedy. Host Peter Sagal, along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news. Contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by Kasell for their voicemail.

Each week, Sagal quizzes the panelists and listeners to determine just how closely they paid attention to the week's news. He serves up questions in all forms: lightning rounds, tape from NPR news shows, multiple choice, identify the “fake” stories, and fill-in-the-blank limericks. Listeners call 888-WAIT-WAIT for a chance to win the show’s coveted prize: a custom-recorded greeting by Carl Kasell for their home answering machine or voicemail.

One of the most popular segments is “Who's Carl This Time?,” in which Kasell recites quotes from the week’s newsmakers as contestants guess who he is impersonating. The show’s “Not My Job” segment, when famous people are quizzed on subjects about which they know absolutely nothing, has attracted such names as President Barack Obama (okay, he was Senator Obama at the time…), Tom Hanks, Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod and comedian Stephen Colbert.

A rotating trio of witty panelists completes the Wait Wait team. They include author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr., advice columnist Amy Dickinson, Washington Post columnist Roxanne Roberts, writer and performer Adam Felber, author P.J. O’Rourke, comedian Paula Poundstone and humorist Mo Rocca.

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is a co-production of NPR and Chicago Public Radio. The program debuted nationally in 1998 and quickly established itself as a weekend favorite.

Visit the show’s Web site at waitwait.npr.org to take the weekly news quiz, download the weekly podcast, find out what newsmaker personality you most resemble, or find a local station and broadcast time.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:08 am

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7:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:08 am

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7:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:08 am

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Now it is time to go on to our final game, Lightening Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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10:22 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:29 am

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10:22 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:29 am

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Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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10:22 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:29 am

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8:46 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Not My Job: Dame Edna Everage Gets Quizzed On Farewell Tours

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:47 am

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Our next mother, Dame Edna Everage, is actually a mother, but the greater question is whether she actually exists.

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8:46 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Not My Job: 'Eat, Pray, Love' Author Gets Quizzed On Dieting, Blasphemy, Hate

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:47 am

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BILL KURTIS, HOST:

From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT DON’T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I’m Bill Kurtis, and here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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8:46 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Not My Job: Shirley Jones Gets Quizzed On Partridge Shooting

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:47 am

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We started the show with Florence Henderson one of TV's great moms. Her rival for the crown of best fictional mom ever - Shirley Jones of the "Partridge Family" joined us in November of 2013.

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8:13 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 10:25 am

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Now, panel, when he takes office, what will President Donald Trump do first? Peter Grosz.

PETER GROSZ: President Trump will immediately convene his hand-picked cabinet of David Duke, Donald Sterling, Mel Gibson, Paula Deen and the ghost of Strom Thurman.

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