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

Apr 21, 2018

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Now, panel, what will be the next big food item? - Mo Rocca.

MO ROCCA: Now on the menu at Marin County's finest eateries, decomposed organic waste ordinarily used as fertilizer mixed in with fruit and sugar syrup for the delectable dessert known as compost compote.

(LAUGHTER)

Remembering Carl Kasell

Apr 21, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

So this is how WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME began - the very first moments of our very first episode, January 1998.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

CARL KASELL: From outside the newsroom - from way outside the newsroom, it's WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 21, 2018

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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 is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Prediction

Apr 16, 2018

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 14, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time for 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 is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the score?

Limericks

Apr 14, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Bluff The Listener

Apr 14, 2018

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We're playing this week with Tom Bodett, Adam Burke and Faith Salie. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Segal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

Prediction

Apr 7, 2018

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Now, panel, what will be the next big celebrity scandal? - Roy Blount Jr.

ROY BLOUNT JR.: Why is it not news when I bite Beyonce?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 7, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

It is time for 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 is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Apr 7, 2018

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