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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!
8:54 am
Sat June 20, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:05 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:44 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 10:03 am

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

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8:44 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 10:03 am

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Now on to our final game. It's 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 correctly answer. Each correct answer is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:44 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 10:03 am

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(APPLAUSE)

MIKE PESCA, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:14 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 11:57 am

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Now panel, what will Sepp Blatter let do next? Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: He'll head over to the TSA because they're still getting it right 5 percent of the time.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Greg Proops.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:14 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 11:57 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?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:14 am
Sat June 6, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 11:57 am

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9:52 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Not My Job: Drummer Marky Ramone Gets Quizzed On Marky Mark

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: And here's an interview, which gave me a flashback to my days in the New York punk scene when I was known as Kill Burtis.

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9:52 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Not My Job: Trombone Shorty Gets Quizzed On Obscure Musical Instruments

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9:52 am
Sat May 30, 2015

Not My Job: We Quiz Funk Legend George Clinton On The British Parliament

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: One of the most memorable interviews we’ve had in a long time was with George Clinton – the founder of Parliament-Funkadelic, who came to Earth from beyond in the mothership.

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