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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!
4:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:42 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 now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Tom and Brian each have two. Ophira has four.

SAGAL: Whoa.

(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, BYLINE: Whoa.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:42 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:38 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:39 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lighting Fill In The Blank. Each of our players 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?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Peter and Mo each have three. Jessi has two going into this.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:37 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:39 am

Our panelists predict the new system for identifying hurricanes.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:37 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:39 am

Bill reads three news-related limericks: Manmary Glands, Larger Loafers, Bargain Hunting vs. Bed Hopping.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:18 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 10:15 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the end of Kim and Kanye? Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: The only thing that could break up this couple is poor ratings.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: I don't know, but Kanye is going to detail it in his hit Platinum Digger.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Ms. Rosie Perez.

ROSIE PEREZ: The potential record sales from a divorce album. It's going to be good.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:18 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 10:15 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lighting Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can - each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Well, Rosie has two, Adam has three, Amy has four with the lead.

AMY DICKINSON: What? What?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:18 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 10:15 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:46 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 10:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will be the next organization to loosen their tie a little? Charlie Pierce.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Uh, CIA, Peter. Unfortunately, analysts at the headquarters in Langley will be baffled when a crucial conversation between al-Qaida operatives on a secret wiretap is drowned out by the drum solo from "In A Gadda Da Vida."

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

O'CONNOR: Republicans in Congress. And if they want to learn how to smoke weed, Rand Paul is giving seminars.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:46 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 10:13 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 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 Kurtis, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Charlie and Kyrie each have three, but Roy is in the lead with four.

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