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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!
5:46 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Limericks

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

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill in the Blank. But first it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That's 1-888-924-8924. Or click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and check out the latest "How to Do Everything" podcast. This week, Ian and Mike tell you what to do with that enormous whale on your beach.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Special Message 4

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:37 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

I noticed another call came in to our answering machine here. This one, I can't help but notice, has a Washington, D.C., area code.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Hi, everybody. This is Barack from Washington, D.C.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:37 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. Carl Kasell, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Paula Poundstone has the lead with four points. Mo Rocco has three. Roxanne Roberts has two.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:37 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill In the Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call and leave a message at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That's 1-888-924-8924, or click the "contact us" link on our website, waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Ill., and our upcoming show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, July 10th. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:49 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:49 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, onto our final game Lightening 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, BYLINE: Tom Bodett has the lead. He has four points. We have a tie between Jessi and Brian.

SAGAL: OK.

KASELL: Each has two points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:49 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Limericks

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 11:33 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will George Clooney and his new wife fight about first? Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: It'll be over the fact that as a good night ritual, both of them say the same thing.

SAGAL: What?

FELBER: I love you George.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: She through out his perfectly good underwear.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: Matt Damon in the guest room.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 11:33 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it is time to move 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 he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Three-way tie, Peter.

SAGAL: Oh, my goodness.

KASELL: Alonzo Bodden, Paula Poundstone, Adam Felber. Each has three points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 11:33 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill in the Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on-air, call or leave a message at 1 - 888 - WAIT WAIT. That's 1-888- 924- 8924 or click the Contact Us link at our website, waitwait.NPR.org.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows, back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Illinois or our upcoming show in Madison, Wisconsin June 19. Hi. You're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

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