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

Jun 24, 2017

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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?

Limericks

Jun 10, 2017

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Last fall we went to Rochester, N.Y., where we met the dancer and choreographer Garth Fagan. He's best known for choreographing the musical "The Lion King."

Panel Questions

Jun 3, 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. Thanks, everybody.

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Last year, the movie "Rogue One" came out. It was the first Star Wars movie to have a female hero, the first without a Jedi knight and the first with music composed by someone other than John Williams.

Prediction

May 27, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 27, 2017

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Now it's 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 two points. Bill, can you give us the score?

Limericks

May 27, 2017

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Limericks

May 20, 2017

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Prediction

May 20, 2017

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Just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict what will be the big surprise out of President Trump's first trip abroad.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 20, 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?

Prediction

May 13, 2017

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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict who will be the surprise new head of the FBI.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 13, 2017

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Now on to our final game. It's Lightning Fill In The Blank. You know how it works. Each of our players will each 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

May 13, 2017

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Prediction

May 6, 2017

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Just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict, after the Fyre Festival, what will be the next terrible thing we enjoy watching happen to rich people?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 6, 2017

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Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players now has 60 seconds to fill in as many fill-the-blank questions as they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Panel Questions

May 6, 2017

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz, and I'm Bill Kurtis. We are playing this week with Paula Poundstone, Luke Burbank and Roxanne Roberts. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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Prediction

Apr 29, 2017

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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists - now that we've heard about clear jeans and mud jeans, what will be the next innovation in jean technology?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 29, 2017

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Now onto our final game. It's Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our panelists has 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, what are the scores?

Limericks

Apr 29, 2017

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Prediction

Apr 22, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 22, 2017

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Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players has 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

Apr 22, 2017

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