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!
9:10 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, where will the next giant hole show up? Bobcat Goldthwaite?

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: I'm going to talk about the elephant in the room here.

(LAUGHTER)

GOLDTHWAIT: There's a lot of sexual tension between Roxanne and myself.

(LAUGHTER)

GOLDTHWAIT: And it's the hole in my heart - this woman's going to be.

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Arizona, where the locals affectionately call it the border tots daycare center.

(LAUGHTER).

SAGAL: And Roy Blount Jr?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:10 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Bobcat has one, Roxanne and Roy are tied with three.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: So it's Bobcat.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Are you sure? I don't even remember getting one.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:10 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Limericks

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

'Cause how often does that happen? Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME.

CARLA: Hi.

SAGAL: Hi, who's this?

CARLA: My name is Carla.

SAGAL: Hey, Carla. Where are you calling from?

CARLA: I'm in Charlotte, North Carolina.

SAGAL: Oh, that's awesome. Charlotte is a great place.

CARLA: Woo, I just heard somebody yell.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: In your house? Get out.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 9:23 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, whose private letters will embarrass them next? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: All right, they're going to find Harry Potter's private diary where he admits he wanted to be down with Slytherin the whole time.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Woah. Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: The von Trapp family will suffer the shame of this release; dear Captain von Trapp, I would like a raise. The kids keep singing. It's really bothering me.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Mr. Tom Bodett.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 9:23 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Well, Paula has four. Brian and Tom have two.

SAGAL: Oh, my goodness, Paula.

(APPLAUSE)

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Woah.

BRIAN BABYLON: Man.

POUNDSTONE: It's the altitude.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 9:23 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:08 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Guess The Newsmaker

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Last year with Paula Poundstone, Maz Jobrani and Faith Salie, we decided to bring back an old game.

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Was it rounders, marbles, kick the can, conkers, memblety peg, huckle buckle beanstalk?

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: No, actually, Bill. Although they all sounds like great fun. Let's let Carl explain.

KURTIS: Guess the News Maker.

SAGAL: So it's time to welcome to our show one Ricardo Baca. Ricardo, welcome to WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME.

RICARDO BACA: Hey, thanks a lot.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:42 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Not My Job: Poet Billy Collins Takes A Quiz About Phil Collins

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 9:08 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now I end every show by saying this is NPR. And every now and then, we are required by contract to act like we really are NPR.

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: So in 2013, we invited a very classy guest to talk with Peter, Paula, Faith and Tom.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:42 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 9:08 am

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

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you. This week - thank you. You guys. This week, we're lost in nostalgia as we just sit and relive our own achievements. For example, some of our more interesting games and interviews.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:42 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Actor Tony Shalhoub Takes A Quiz About Nuns

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 9:08 am

Because Shalhoub has played a Monk, (the obsessive compulsive detective on the TV series Monk), we're going to ask him three questions about nuns. Originally broadcast March 6, 2010.

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