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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!
6:58 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat February 8, 2014 11:17 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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Roxanne Roberts has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Tom Bodett and Paula Poundstone are tied for second. Each has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:58 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat February 8, 2014 11:17 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:58 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat February 8, 2014 11:17 am

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CARL KASELL: Now panel, how will we be wasting our time ten years from now? Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: Well, as the second term of President Chris Christie winds down Americans will be wasting a lot of time stalled in revenge traffic jams across the United States.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: We'll still be trying to scrub all those drunken spring break pictures and slightly offensive jokes off all our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:13 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 1:51 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will be the big story out of the Sochi opening ceremonies? Mo Rocca.

MO ROCCA: The Iranian ice hockey team will enter the arena singing, It's Raining (unintelligible).

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: Putin and Assad will appear in matching rainbow leotards and reveal through an interpretive ribbon dance that they carry a torch for each other.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Tom Bodett.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:13 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 1:51 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto 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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Tom Bodett and Faith Salie both have three points. Mo Rocca has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:13 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 1:51 pm

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9:15 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 3:16 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will be the big surprise at this year's State of the Union coming next week? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: Breaking news, Obamacare will now cover yoga pants.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: You'll be in seventh heaven. Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN: Tired of adhering to laws and basic decency, Florida will finally secede.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Mr. Hannibal Burress.

HANNIBAL BURRESS: Obama will say, this sucks. I'm going to just coast from here.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:15 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 2:07 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto 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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Jessi has the lead, Peter, with four points, Brian Babylon has two and Hannibal Burress has one.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:15 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 3:16 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:02 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Prediction

Our panelists predict, what will A-Rod do now he's not playing baseball?

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