Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Saturday 11 AM
  • Hosted by 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.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 28, 2016
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Limericks

May 28, 2016
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Prediction

May 21, 2016
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 21, 2016
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Limericks

May 21, 2016
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Prediction

May 14, 2016
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 14, 2016
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Limericks

May 14, 2016
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Rachel Bloom is the star, writer and co-creator of The CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The singer-songwriter first got famous with her hilarious musical numbers on YouTube, before she was given the chance to create her own TV show that let her play a lunatic stalker character loosely based on herself. She's already won a Golden Globe for that role in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Since she's the expert on crazy ex-girlfriends we've decided to ask her three questions about some well-known crazy ex-boyfriends in a game called "No! Really! This time I'll change!"

Prediction

May 7, 2016
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 7, 2016
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Limericks

Apr 30, 2016
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Panel Round Two

Apr 30, 2016
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Prediction

Apr 30, 2016
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Bluff The Listener

Apr 23, 2016
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Prediction

Apr 16, 2016
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 16, 2016
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Limericks

Apr 16, 2016
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Prediction

Apr 9, 2016
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Lightning Fill-In-The-Blank

Apr 9, 2016
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Limericks

Apr 9, 2016
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Prediction

Apr 2, 2016
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 2, 2016
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Limericks

Apr 2, 2016
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Prediction

Mar 26, 2016
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Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel - now that he has watched baseball in Cuba and danced the tango in Argentina, where will Obama go next? Roy Blount, Jr.

ROY BLOUNT JR.: He is going to fly in Air Force One over an outdoor Trump rally.

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 26, 2016
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Transcript

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 is now worth 2 points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Mar 26, 2016
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Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Prediction

Mar 19, 2016
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Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, how will Merrick Garland convince the Senate to confirm him? Peter Grosz.

PETER GROSZ: He'll take a page from his namesake Judy Garland and try to help Republicans get a brain, a heart and some encourage.

(LAUGHTER)

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