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!
10:43 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell us three stories of green living gone wrong, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:43 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:43 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Prediction

Now that President Obama doesn't have to worry about being reelected, our panelists predict what he'll do in his second term.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:43 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Panel Round Two

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 Roxanne Roberts, P. J. O'Rourke, and Alonzo Bodden. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: In just a minute, Carl moves a ton of limerick nearly 500 miles on one gallon of rhymes in our listener limerick challenge. If you'd like to play, give us a call at 1-888-Wait-Wait. That's 1-888-924-8924.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:43 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Limericks

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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, you can click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming shows in Milwaukee next week, or in Los Angeles, "the Milwaukee of the West," on December 6th.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:43 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Opening Panel Round

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium and at our upcoming show in Los Angeles on December 6th at the Nokia Theater. It'll be like the Emmys without all the attractive people. For tickets and more information go to wbez.org, or you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org.

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Roxanne, after multiple complaints from customers, a coffee shop in the U.K. is finally making a change. What are they doing?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:43 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you everybody. Very excited to be here, especially because of our guest today, Ms. Martha Stewart is going to be here.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:36 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 8:31 am

More questions for the panel: The check is in the apocalypse, Fact checking with Cokie.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:36 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 8:31 am

Carl Kasell reads three quotes from the week's news: Sandy Visits Times Square; Yes, Virginia, The Election Is Almost Over; Mickey Strikes Back!

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:36 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 8:31 am

Transcript

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.

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