Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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Peter Segal

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!
10:27 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 12:29 pm

Our panelists each tell us about a new way to turn away unwanted advances, only one of which is real.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:27 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Not My Job: Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake Gets Quizzed On Winter Sports

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 12:29 pm

We've asked Flake to play a game called "Dude, that skijoring was sick!" Three questions about non-Olympic winter sports. Originally broadcast Feb. 15, 2014.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:27 am
Sat April 19, 2014

A New Study Says ...

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 12:29 pm

We listen back to a round of questions for our panel, in which Paula took certain issue with the scientific method.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:44 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will we all do now that we can't go on the internet safely? Luke Burbank?

LUKE BURBANK: Resort to the unthinkable. Feeling our feelings for the briefest of moments.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: I refuse. Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Instead of posting on Facebook, maybe we'll put our face in a book?

(APPLAUSE)

DICKINSON: It could happen.

SAGAL: And Charlie Pierce?

CHARLIE PIERCE: Go out in the backyard and make real birds really angry.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:44 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: 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. Carl, please can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Luke Burbank has the lead, he has four points. Amy Dickinson and Charlie Pierce are tied for second, each has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:44 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 12:02 pm

Our panelists predict what will be the next major product recall.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 12:02 pm

Transcript

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, BYLINE: Roxanne Roberts has the lead, Peter, she has four points. Paula Poundstone has three, P.J. O'Rourke has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 12:02 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, its 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 one 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That is 1-888-924-8924 or click the Contact Us link on our website, WaitWait.NPR.org. You can find out there about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Prediction

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

Now, panel, no more G-8. What will Russia join, Roy Blount, Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR.: This is going to take a little sort of change of pace and join the fashion firm (Unintelligible).

(LAUGHTER)

PESCA: Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Oh, Russia will join the cast of the Real Housewives of the Former USSR.

(LAUGHTER)

PESCA: Tom Bodett.

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