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!
7:49 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Limericks

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it is time to move on to our final game, lighting 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 now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Three-way tie, Peter.

SAGAL: Oh, my goodness.

KASELL: Alonzo Bodden, Paula Poundstone, Adam Felber. Each has three points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

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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 click the Contact Us link at our website, waitwait.NPR.org.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows, back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Illinois or our upcoming show in Madison, Wisconsin June 19. Hi. You're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will George Clooney and his new wife fight about first? Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: It'll be over the fact that as a good night ritual, both of them say the same thing.

SAGAL: What?

FELBER: I love you George.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: She through out his perfectly good underwear.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: Matt Damon in the guest room.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next vice to modernize? Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: Cocaine will be rebranded Adderall Extreme.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

O'CONNOR: Oh, this is actually a good thing - robot cockfighting.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roy Blount Jr.?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which they can 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, BYLINE: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. Has three points. Kyrie O'Connor and Roy Blount Jr. are tied for second. Each has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:27 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Not My Job: Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake Gets Quizzed On Winter Sports

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:29 am

We've asked Flake to play a game called "Dude, that skijoring was sick!" Three questions about non-Olympic winter sports. Originally broadcast Feb. 15, 2014.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:27 am
Sat April 19, 2014

A New Study Says ...

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:29 am

We listen back to a round of questions for our panel, in which Paula took certain issue with the scientific method.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:27 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 10:29 am

Our panelists each tell us about a new way to turn away unwanted advances, only one of which is real.

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