Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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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.

Prediction

Jul 14, 2018

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Now, panel, what will be the next feel-good story that everybody will be captivated by? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: Elon Musk will open up a chain of sandwich shops that serves kid-sized subs.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Adam Burke.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 14, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, onto 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?

Limericks

Jul 14, 2018

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It was about a year later we got around to speaking to her husband - Mr. Trisha Yearwood, also known as Garth Brooks - one of the biggest stars in the history of country music.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Celebrating the birth of our nation this week and trying to come up with ways of avoiding mentioning how it looks at this age - so we're bringing you some interviews we did with some delightful people.

Not My Job: The Blue Man Group Turns 25

Jul 7, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Our show is 20 years old this year. But we are but a stripling - a doe-eyed fawn compared to the Blue Man Group. That show began in 1987 and is still playing in five cities across the U.S. and on tours around the world.

Prediction

Jun 30, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will we find out is the least-common question Alexa gets asked? Negin Farsad.

NEGIN FARSAD: Will my parents ever respect my choices in life?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: If I'm doing my own heart valve operation, can I use a cross-stitch?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 30, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds 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?

Limericks

Jun 30, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 23, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto 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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