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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!
5:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Limericks

Transcript

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, 9-2-4, 8-9-2-4. Or you can click the contact us link on our website which is waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago Illinois and our upcoming show in Elkhart Indiana on November 21st. Tickets are still available! Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Melinda Gates

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 11:03 am

The philanthropist and better half to Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, takes a quiz about gifts given to Queen Elizabeth II. (This segment originally aired on April 20, 2013.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Erykah Badu

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 11:03 am

Soul singer Erykah Badu tells us about public nudity and her many names, and she plays a game about online dating. (This segment originally aired on Feb. 9, 2013.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Not Danza's Job

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 11:03 am

Actor Tony Danza answers three questions about company bosses. (This segment originally aired on Aug. 24, 2013.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 10:42 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks...Not Feline Fine, Pawn Police, Treble Trickery.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 10:42 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the new Nobel Prize awarded for? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: It's going to be a super duper peace prize given to each American for putting up with Congress' crap.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN, COMEDIAN: There will be a Nobel Prize for twerking.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: The Nobel Prize for open letter to Miley Cyrus.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 10:42 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 11:57 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the silver lining of the government shutdown? Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Tea Party conservatives, using their spare time, will pick up that nice autobiography of Shirley Jones and will be so shocked they will be unable to speak for a week.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Could happen. Charlie Pierce.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Next on C-SPAN, Booktalk with Brian Lamm and Honey Boo Boo.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Maz Jobrani.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 10:04 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 10:04 am

Transcript

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 1-88-924-8924. Or click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org. You can find out there about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our first ever show in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 24th and in Elkhart, Indiana on November 21. Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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