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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!
8:17 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 10:52 am

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Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will be the next problem solved by a corporation? Gabe Liedman.

GABE LIEDMAN: Speedo for global warming. In this new world, you've just got to cover up your stuff that will ruin the couch.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:17 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 10:52 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it is time to move on to our final game, Lighting 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:17 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 10:52 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:28 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 9:53 am

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Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, who will be the Senate's new pen pal? Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: Dear ISIS, do you like me? Yes or no? Circle one.

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:28 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 9:53 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now 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?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:28 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 9:53 am

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Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:44 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:09 am

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Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, who will John Boehner invite to Congress next? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: After Bibi Netanyahu, it's B.B. Neuwirth, whose rendition of "All That Jazz" also brings Nancy Pelosi to tears.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:44 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:09 am

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Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time to move on to our final game, Lighting 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:44 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:09 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:55 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what is next for rats now that their name has been cleared when it comes to plague? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: They're going to band together and form a class-action lawsuit against all the unions for defamation for making them come off as scabs.

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