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.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 24, 2016
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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?

Limericks

Sep 24, 2016
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Prediction

Sep 24, 2016
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Now, panel, what will be the big surprise out of Monday's debate? Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: That Donald Trump was born in Kenya.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson.

Prediction

Sep 17, 2016
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 17, 2016
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Limericks

Sep 17, 2016
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Prediction

Sep 10, 2016
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Lightning Fill-In-The-Blank

Sep 10, 2016
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Limericks

Sep 10, 2016
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Prediction

Sep 3, 2016
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 3, 2016
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Limericks

Sep 3, 2016
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Bill Lee was a successful pitcher in the major leagues for many years — he played for the Boston Red Sox in the 1970s and the Montreal Expos in the early 1980s. Known for his outspoken nature and his unconventional left-handed pitch, he ended up with the nickname "Spaceman."

We've invited the Spaceman to answer three questions about actor Kevin Spacey. Click the audio link above to hear how he does.

Panelist Round

Aug 27, 2016
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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.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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We here at WAIT WAIT... do what we do for one reason, and it has nothing to do with you. It's because we get to talk to famous people who otherwise would never give us the time of day.

(LAUGHTER)

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Lastly, let's listen back to an interview that is on point for a disaster of a year. We talked to Craig Fugate, who runs the Federal Emergency Management Agency back in May. And I asked him about his qualifications for the job.

Prediction

Aug 13, 2016
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 13, 2016
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Limericks

Aug 13, 2016
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Lightning Fill-In-The-Blank

Aug 6, 2016
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Prediction

Aug 6, 2016
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Limericks

Aug 6, 2016
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Panel Round 2

Aug 6, 2016
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Prediction

Jul 30, 2016
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 30, 2016
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Limericks

Jul 30, 2016
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Prediction

Jul 23, 2016
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