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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!
6:08 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Prediction

Now that we're no longer the fattest country in the world, our panelists predict what the U.S. will do to regain our No. 1 status.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:36 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

NIH Director Francis Collins Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 10:41 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Francis Collins is a pretty good scientist. He unraveled the human genome, among other parlor tricks and now he's the head of the National Institutes of Health. We started our visit with him by asking him what the heck that is.

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1:36 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Smithsonian's Wayne Clough Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 10:41 am

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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1:36 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Astrophysicist Adam Riess Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 10:41 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Winning a Nobel Prize, that's not cool. You know what's cool? Winning a MacArthur Grant and then winning a Nobel Prize.

CARL KASELL: Astrophysicist Adam Reiss did just that, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011. And he joined us that very week, along with P.J. O'Rourke, Paula Poundstone and Luke Burbank.

SAGAL: I started by asking him if he could explain what his award was for.

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9:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will President Obama do to make people care about climate change? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: He's going to offer big tax credits on people who buy the foot-powered Fred Flintstone car.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Yabadabadoo. Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: He's going to fry an egg on Mitch McConnell's head.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca.

MO ROCCA: Every American will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in August. Attendance is mandatory.

(LAUGHTER)

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9:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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

BILL KURTIS: Brian as one, Kyrie has two, Mo has five.

MO ROCCA: Oh, my gosh, how did this happen?

BRIAN BABYLON: What?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: What?

(APPLAUSE)

BABYLON: What?

O'CONNOR: What?

ROCCA: Oh, my gosh. I want to thank my manager.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Limericks

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:34 am

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

BILL KURTIS: Paula and Alonzo have two, that's a tie. Jessi has three.

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10:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:34 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will Mahmoud Ahmadinejad do next with his time? Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: Well, after a failed attempt to be cast in "Hangover 4"...

(LAUGHTER)

BODDEN: ...he's going on a world basketball and dictator tour with Dennis Rodman.

SAGAL: There you go.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN: I think we have a new spokesman for Men's Wearhouse.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Paula Poundstone.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Who's Bill This Time

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 10:08 am

Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: Cold War 2, The City That Never Sleeps or Throws Things Away, A Cereal Liar.

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