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!
9:53 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Plays Not My Job

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:53 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Not My Job: Mavis Staples Gets Quizzed On Office Supples

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:47 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Not My Job: Project Runway's Tim Gunn Gets Quizzed On Terrible Fashion

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 8:04 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:47 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Not My Job: Three Headless Chicken Questions For Alice Cooper

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 8:03 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:47 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Professional Pickpocket Apollo Robbins Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 9:48 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:05 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Roseanne Cash Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 8:23 am

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Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

So on our Summer Pleasures show we've done baseball, beer, thrillers and movies. Bill, what's missing?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Our clothes. All we're missing is our clothes.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:05 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

John Waters Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 8:23 am

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Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, guys. So this, as we’ve been saying, is our summer pleasure show. And we’ve done the classics. We’ve done baseball, beer, books – what’s left?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Steve Inskeep playing nude shuffleboard.

SAGAL: No.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:04 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Gillian Flynn Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 8:22 am

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Peter, there’s nothing like a summer read, especially when you’re at a nude beach and a tiny paper is the only thing you have to cover up your bathing tackle.

(LAUGHTER)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

I need a big dictionary myself.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:12 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what is the next thing scientists will say is bad for us? Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Choral music.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: Watching too much Kardashians can lead to talking like this and like this and like this.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:12 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lightening Fill In The Blank. Each of our players now 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 Kurtis, can you give us the scores, please?

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