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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!
8:25 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 10:08 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:25 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 10:08 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who will get caught trying to hide something in their past? Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: WikiLeaks memos released last week actually reveal more about Ben Affleck that he's tried to suppress. One of his ancestors was a Republican.

SAGAL: Peter Grosz.

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8:25 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 10:08 am

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Now, it is time to move on to the final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players now has 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!
7:13 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 10:32 am

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Now, panel, where and when will we see a Gyrocopter again now that we finally know what one is? Maz Jobrani.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:13 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 10:32 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

All right, it is time to play our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 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!
7:13 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 10:32 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:11 am
Sat April 11, 2015

We Ask Australian Baz Luhrmann About Austria

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 10:16 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:11 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Gets Quizzed On Downhill Cheese Races

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 10:15 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:11 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Brat Pack Member Rob Lowe Gets Quizzed On Bratwurst

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 10:15 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:40 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Prediction

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

In just a minute, we will ask our panelists, now that we've mended our relationships with Cuba and Iran, who would know we make friends with next?

PESCA: Now panel, who will we make friends with next? P.J. O'Rourke.

O'ROURKE: Indiana.

(LAUGHTER)

PESCA: Paula Poundstone.

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