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!
2:21 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:18 am

Our panelists predict will be done with the new island off Pakistan.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:21 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:18 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:21 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:18 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Swiffer for men; magic bus; you call your mom with that phone?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:19 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 7:36 am

Our panelists predict what Google will do once they conquer death.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:19 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 9:57 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:19 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 7:36 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Falconer of the Bride, Sippy Flask and The Man With Six Pack Abs.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 9:32 am

Now that he's done his New York Times op-ed, our panelists predict what Vladimir Putin will write a column about next.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 9:32 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning 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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL ANNOUNCER: Mo Rocca and Faith Salie are tied for first. Each has three points. P.J. O'Rourke has two.

SAGAL: OK. P.J., you are pulling up the rear, so you're going to go first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 9:32 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Chicken Latte, Bieber Barbasol, Blabbermouth.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:50 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Prediction

Our panelists predict what swimmer Diana Nyad will cough up after all that time in the water.

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