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!
2:07 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.

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

Astrophysicist Adam Riess Plays Not My Job

Courtesy of Adam Riess

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

This segment was originally broadcast on Oct. 8, 2011.

Before he won the Nobel Prize in Physics, Adam Riess had already won a MacArthur "genius" grant, and just about every prize there is to win in his field. So there's really only one place left for him to be victorious: the Not My Job game.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 8:00 am

More questions for the panel: A Victory for Tacky Souvenirs; The Gettysburg Break-Up; Devolution of the Species.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 8:00 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: France's Choco-Tax; Speedstick Never Tasted So Good; How To Work In Your PJs.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 8:00 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players has 60 seconds to answer as many questions as they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Charlie Pierce and Faith Salie have a tie for the lead, Peter. Each of them has three points, and Mo Rocca has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Milwaukee's Randy Sprecher Plays Not My Job

Courtesy Randy Sprecher

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 9:03 am

Randy Sprecher came to Milwaukee years ago to make beer for one of the big breweries. But he didn't like the beer he was making so he founded his own brewery ... and now, his friends keep showing up at his door all the time with lame excuses.

We've invited Sprecher to answer three questions about Carrie Nation, the famously violent prohibitionist.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 8:00 am

Our panelists predict, now that the FBI is looking through everyone's email, what will be the next scandal they uncover?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 8:00 am

Carl Kasell reads three quotes from the weeks news: The Spy Who Loved His Biographer; Climbing Mt. Fiscal; Stockpiling Twinkies

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 8:00 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: First up: Gasoline with a hint of cherry and an insouciant finish.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 8:00 am

Our panelists tell three outlandish stories about supply and demand.

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