Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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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.

Prediction

Aug 12, 2017

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Limericks

Aug 12, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 12, 2017

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Now it's time to 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?

Prediction

Aug 5, 2017

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In just a minute - since last week, we asked our panelists to predict how Scaramucci would get in trouble and get fired and he was fired, this week, we're going to ask our panelists to predict what will make Trump turn on his new chief of staff, John Kelly, and fire him.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 5, 2017

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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 they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Aug 5, 2017

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Prediction

Jul 29, 2017

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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict what will cause President Trump to turn on Anthony Scaramucci...

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 29, 2017

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It is time - believe it or not - for 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.

Limericks

Jul 29, 2017

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Prediction

Jul 22, 2017

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TOM BODETT: Oh, thank you.

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Congratulations, Tom.

BODETT: So happy.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 22, 2017

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Hey, it is time for 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 2 points.

Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jul 22, 2017

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In the hit sitcom Parks and Recreation, Aubrey Plaza played an intern who hated everybody and everything. In the new movie, The Little Hours, she plays a medieval nun who hates everybody and everything, so its nice to see her branching out.

We've invited Plaza to answer three questions about the famous Plaza Hotel in New York.

Click the audio link above to see how she does.

Prediction

Jul 15, 2017

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FAITH SALIE: All right.

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She's happy.

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SAGAL: In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict what will be Donald Trump's favorite memory of Paris.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 15, 2017

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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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jul 15, 2017

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Finally, a conversation with somebody who has the toughest job in 2017 America, making stuff up that's stranger than reality.

(LAUGHTER)

Panel Questions

Jul 8, 2017

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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Thank you, Bill. Thank you so much.

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Prediction

Jul 1, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 1, 2017

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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?

Limericks

Jul 1, 2017

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Prediction

Jun 24, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 24, 2017

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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. The correct answer is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the score?

Limericks

Jun 24, 2017

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Prediction

Jun 17, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 17, 2017

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It is time to 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 2 points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jun 17, 2017

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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-WAITWAIT. That's 1-888-924-8924. You can click the Contact Us link on our website. That's waitwait.npr.org.

Prediction

Jun 10, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 10, 2017

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Now it's time to 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 is worth 2 points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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