Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Saturday 11 AM
  • Hosted by 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.

Who's Carl This Time?

Feb 4, 2012

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: Poor Mitt; Half-time with Madonna; and Snakes on an Everglade.

Bluff The Listener

Jan 28, 2012

Our panelists tell us three stories of an innovation in laziness, only one of which is true.

Panel Round Two

Jan 28, 2012

More questions for the panel: Mr. or Mrs. Meat, A Cereal Killer, Brides-to-be ... to-be, and Lord Grantham is Not Amused.

Limericks

Jan 28, 2012

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. You can click the contact us link on our website, that's waitwait.npr.org.

Who's Carl This Time?

Jan 28, 2012

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: The State of the Comedy Is Weak, A Positive Spin, and Privacy Invaded.

Opening Panel Round

Jan 28, 2012

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news... Getting To The Point.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 28, 2012

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Prediction

Jan 28, 2012

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will that bad presidential joke be? Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: Next year, the bad joke will actually come from John Boehner when he gooses Obama.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: The president will show up wearing this t-shirt: I spent 100 million dollars to get elected and all I got is this stupid Congress.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: And Peter Grosz?

Panel Round Two

Jan 21, 2012

Transcript

CARL KASELL, HOST:

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, Faith Salie and Mo Rocca. And here again is your host, at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thanks everybody. In just a minute, Carl performs his Motown classic, "I heard it through the GrapeRhyme," in our Listener Limerick Challenge.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

Limericks

Jan 21, 2012

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.

You can click the contact us link on our website at waitwait.npr.org, and there you can find out about attending our weekly live shows at the Chase Bank Auditorium. You can also download the latest "How to do everything" podcast. This week: Mike and Ian tell you how to look like Crispin Glover.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

Who's Carl This Time?

Jan 21, 2012

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 Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, all. Thank you so much. It is so great to be here in Detroit, at the fantastic Fox Theater. We have got for you, today; we have got Duke Fakir, one of the original Four Tops. He's going to come by and talk Motown.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

Opening Panel Round

Jan 21, 2012

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Faith, you can update your Facebook at your computer, in the bathroom, even while driving through a school zone. Well, a new app just out will allow you to post a status update even when you are what?

FAITH SALIE: Gosh, what's worse than doing it while you're going to the bathroom? Giving birth.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

MO ROCCA: No, I bet I know what it is.

SAGAL: Status: aahhh.

SALIE: Dying.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

Prediction

Jan 21, 2012

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will the cruise captain do next? Mo Rocca?

MO ROCCA: He'll find comfort and luxury in an open marriage with Silvio Berlusconi.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith Salie?

FAITH SALIE: With his perma-tan and Italian roots, he'll join another sinking ship, the cast of the "Jersey Shore."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SALIE: They already have "The Situation," and now they'll have "The Disembarkation."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Tom Bodett?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 21, 2012

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players has sixty seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, please give us the scores.

CARL KASELL, HOST:

Tom Bodett has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Faith Salie and Mo Rocca, they're tied or second. They both have two points.

Bluff The Listener

Jan 21, 2012

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE, CHEERS)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you so much, everybody. It's time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME Bluff The Listener game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play our game on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

ANDY FORAN: Hello, this is Andy Foran. I grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, but I'm now living in Fairbanks, Alaska.

SAGAL: Wow.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: You moved to Fairbanks. You couldn't stand the weather here in Michigan; you moved to Fairbanks.

Bluff The Listener

Jan 14, 2012

Our panelists tell us three secrets of the Clinton White House, only one of which is true.

Headline Game

Jan 14, 2012

Carl reads recent headlines to our panelists, they have to pick which ones are real.

Panel Round Two

Jan 14, 2012

More questions for the panel: Nothing Compares to Newt.

Limericks

Jan 14, 2012

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Coming Out of Their Shells, Blame It on Fido, and A Fridge with Personality.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 14, 2012

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Prediction

Jan 14, 2012

Our panelists predict how Hostess will try and save the company.

Who's Carl This Time?

Jan 14, 2012

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: New Hampshire News, A Sweet Goes Sour, and A New Baby State of Mind.

Opening Panel Round

Jan 14, 2012

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: An unlikely Hip Hop battle.

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