Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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Peter Segal

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!
6:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 10:54 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: From Coffee Beans to Lima Beans, Fang by Elizabeth Arden, and You Know What They Say About the Size of a Man's Nose.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:50 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:03 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 9:50 am

Our panelists predict what will be the first thing delivered by the Post Office on Sunday.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:03 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 9:50 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A Thanksgivukkah Crisis; Hair-raising Havarti; Beware Mr. Compact Class.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:03 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 9:50 am

More questions for the panel: Xbox X-rays; A Cruller Fate; Professor Pampers; The Language of Huh.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 9:38 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will Toronto Mayor Rob Ford do next? P.J. O'Rourke.

P.J. O'ROURKE: Peter, he will run for higher office.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Well suited he will be. Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: He's going to become an actor and he's going to star in "Drunken Stupor, the (unintelligible) Story."

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Bobcat Goldthwait.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Host a, like, Funniest Home Videos kind of show with crack-smoking mayors, like Marion Barry and himself.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 9:38 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Bobcat Goldthwait and Kyrie O'Connor both have three points. P.J. O'Rourke has two.

SAGAL: OK.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Could we just stop now?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Just let it be.

GOLDTHWAIT: This is my personal best.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 9:38 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill In The Blank, but first it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That's 1-888-924-8924. Or, click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming show in Memphis Tennessee on December 19th! Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 10:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, who is the NSA not bothering to spy on? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: No need to monitor something that's always visible, so they NSA won't be spying on Mylie Cyrus's tongue.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 10:13 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Faith Salie has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Tom Bodett and Paula Poundstone are tied for second. They both have two points.

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