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.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 11:03 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what new words will we see on the SAT? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: In an effort to preserve some old school SAT words but add some relevant pop culture, two new words are chiwetelejioforebearance and lupitanyongoprobrium.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Mike Birbiglia.

MIKE BIRBIGLIA: A future SAT word will be Facebook, example sentence, Remember Facebook?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Adam Felber.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:28 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Real Science Or Sci-Fi?

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 11:03 am

Our panelists answer questions about things that seem like science fiction but are actually science nonfiction. (This segment originally aired on Sept. 1, 2012.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:28 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Wait Wait Goes To IKEA

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 11:03 am

Some of our favorite trips to the land of Lingonberries and Fjornholm shelves. (This segment originally aired on Sept. 1, 2012.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:28 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Gass And Black Of Tenacious D Play Not My Job

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 12:56 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We've interviewed a lot of musicians on this show, but recently we got a chance to interview the greatest rock band ever in all of history. That would be Tenacious D, also known as actor Jack Black and his friend Kyle Gass.

CARL KASELL: We were joined by Brian Babylon, Charlie Pierce, and Roxanne Roberts and we began with Jack Black trying to describe what their music is all about.

JACK BLACK: Well, it's been said that we're a combination of Black Sabbath and who's the other band, Kage?

KYLE GASS: Uh...

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Prediction

Our panelists predict how organizers will spice things up at the next Olympic games.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Pay As You Go, The Yippy Menace, and Dead Sexy.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:07 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 2:13 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will take out Matt Lauer from the hosts set? Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON, COMEDIAN: He gets horrible hair plugs that gave him bangs.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR, WRITER: Ann Curry with a tire (unintelligible).

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: And Maz Jobrani.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

MAZ JOBRANI, COMEDIAN: Given that the temperature is warm at the Olympics and Matt Lauer is cold as ice, he's just going to melt.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:07 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 2:13 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players now 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, ANNOUNCER: Kyrie O'Connor has the lead with four points. Brian Babylon and Maz Jobrani are tied for second, each has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:07 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 2:13 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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