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!
5:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 8:32 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the new name for the Washington Redskins? P.J. O'Rourke.

O'ROURKE: Well, they had a 3-13 season last year so - you know, until I considered this question, I never realized just how many words can't be said on radio.

(LAUGHTER)

O'ROURKE: But given the 3-13 season and rebuilding year coming up, I'm saying the Eric Cantors.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor.

O'CONNOR: Oh, given who all works in D.C., I say the Washington Red Faces.

SAGAL: And Maz Jobrani.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 8:32 am

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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 please give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: P.J. has one, Maz three, Kyrie four.

SAGAL: Oh, my goodness.

MAZ JOBRANI: Wow.

O'ROURKE: OK.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 8:32 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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-WAIT-WAIT. That's 1-888-924-8924. Or click the contact us link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Illinois. And our upcoming show is at Red Rocks in Colorado on July 10 and at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on August 28. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 8:42 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who will be the next person to write a giant book no one wants to read? Ophira Eisenberg.

OPHIRA EISENBERG, BYLINE: Monica Lewinsky, and her book is also called Hard Choices.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: It's going to be Chelsea Clinton with her new mommy book How To Raise A Kid When You Grew Up Broke After You Left The White House.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: Cliven Bundy's groundbreaking treaties Everything I Know About The Negro.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 8:42 am

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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: Tom and Brian each have two. Ophira has four.

SAGAL: Whoa.

(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, BYLINE: Whoa.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 8:42 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:38 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 9:39 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lighting 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?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Peter and Mo each have three. Jessi has two going into this.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:37 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 9:39 am

Our panelists predict the new system for identifying hurricanes.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:37 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 9:39 am

Bill reads three news-related limericks: Manmary Glands, Larger Loafers, Bargain Hunting vs. Bed Hopping.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:18 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 8:15 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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