Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Saturday 11 AM
Hosted by: Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell

Now in its 14th season, 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 and comedian Stephen Colbert.

A rotating trio of witty panelists completes the Wait Wait team. They include author and humorist Roy Blount, 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, or find out what newsmaker personality you most resemble.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, who will push for independence next? Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: America will insist that Florida and Texas gain independence.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to the 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 is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the score?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Limericks

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:25 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 9:24 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will Great Britain do, finally, to convince Scotland to stay? Moshe Kasher.

MOSHE KASHER: They're going to give a 21-bagpipe-salute version of Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now."

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:25 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time move 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!
6:25 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 9:24 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:48 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next big leak? Mike Birbiglia.

MIKE BIRBIGLIA: The next big leak will be 1,300 photos of Mike Birbiglia's cat.

(LAUGHTER)

BIRBIGLIA: In parentheses, partial nudity.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:48 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:48 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Limericks

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:10 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

So panel, what is the next big viral fundraiser? Roy Blount Jr.

ROY BLOUNT JR.: The wedgie challenge, which draws attention to prostate problems.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

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