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!
3:42 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 8:25 am

Our panelists predict what big newsmakers will be getting for Christmas this year.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:42 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 8:25 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets and more information, you can go to wbez.org, and you can find a link at our website, which is waitwait.npr.org.

There you can also find out about the upcoming WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! live cinema event May 2nd of next year: you'll finally get your chance to judge our appearance live on the silver screen along with the rest of the country.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:42 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 8:25 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Tom Bodett, Jessi Klein, and Luke Burbank. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you everybody. In just a minute, Carl insists on re-watching his favorite movie Hot Tub Rhyme Machine.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:19 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 9:31 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell.

(APPLAUSE)

KASELL: We're playing his week with Adam Felber, Paula Poundstone and Maz Jobrani. And here again is your host, at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:19 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 9:31 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

It is time to go 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 they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Maz Jobrani has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Paula Poundstone and Adam Felber are tied for second, each has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:19 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 9:31 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news, of course. Maz, hold onto your hat, a shocking scientific discovery from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. According to psychology researchers, humans like what?

MAZ JOBRANI: Humans like what?

SAGAL: Yes. They discovered this scientifically.

JOBRANI: Scientifically, humans like food.

SAGAL: Even more than food.

JOBRANI: Air.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:52 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 8:31 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium, or in just a few days, this Thursday, at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. For tickets and more information go to our website waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:52 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 8:31 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Adam Felber, Amy Dickinson, and Brian Babylon. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you so much.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you, Carl. In just a minute, Carl finally beats his favorite Nintendo 64 game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Rhyme.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:52 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 8:31 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney do on their next big date? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: One word: Yahtzee.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: They'll go for a drive, only things will go terribly wrong when Mitt Romney tries to strap the president to the roof of the car.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Adam Felber.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:07 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Is Our Panelists Learning?

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 8:37 am

After hearing from all these geniuses, our panelists show they know a thing or two about science as well.

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