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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!
8:30 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 10:21 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:10 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 9:54 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, it's time to move 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 two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:10 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 9:54 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:10 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 9:54 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who will win the last season of "American Idol"? Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: Tony Robins singing a duet with his close friend Bill Clinton covering "Who's That Girl?"

SAGAL: Gabe Liedman.

GABE LIEDMAN: I say give it to Paula Abdul. It'll be like that movie "Rudy."

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:24 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 9:48 am

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Now, panel, who's going to announce they're running for president and shock us all? Mike Birbiglia.

MIKE BIRBIGLIA: Obama will run again proving that all email forwards from my dad are true.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Jessi Klein.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:24 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 9:48 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, it's time to move 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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:24 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 9:48 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:22 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:10 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:22 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:10 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time to move 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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:22 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 10:10 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

DANIEL: Hello. I'm Daniel from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

SAGAL: Hey, Daniel. How are you?

DANIEL: You know, I'm doing fantastic. How are you doing?

SAGAL: I'm doing pretty fine. We're having a lot of fun. Thanks for joining us.

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