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!
3:43 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 9:19 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, 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. Thank you so much. We have a great show for you today. Later on, we've got Melinda Gates joining us, talking about...

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:18 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 8:09 am

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Loose Change, What's Hot Right Now, and A Popularity Contest.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:18 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 8:09 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:18 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 8:09 am

More questions for the panel: Outsourcing Updates, and Bureaucrats Gas On.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:23 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

When In Doubt, Add Butter

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 8:29 am

Celebrity chef Paula Deen plays a quiz about tofu.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:23 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Feeding The President

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 8:29 am

White House Chef Sam Kass joins us to play a quiz about things that are bad for you.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:23 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Eat This

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 8:29 am

Classic questions for our panel about food and drink.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:43 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 8:08 am

Our panelists answer questions about politics throughout history: The Number One Rule of Legislating.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:43 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Tippecanoe And Carl, Too

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 8:08 am

Carl reads political slogans, our panelists identify which ones are real and which ones we just made up.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:43 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 8:08 am

Our panelists tell us three stories of political adversaries coming together, only one of which is true.

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