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!
8:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 9:36 am

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: A Gold Medal in Olympic Spoilers; An Awkward Moment in Poland; and The Spammer in Chief.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 9:36 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: First up: We're going to need a slower boat.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 9:36 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. We're playing this week with Charlie Pierce, Adam Felber and Paula Pell. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you so much. Right now, it's time - thank you - 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.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 9:56 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will Mitt Romney bring back from his trip abroad? Simon Amstell?

SIMON AMSTELL: Where's he going?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Pippa Middleton's bottom.

SAGAL: What will she do without it? And Mo Rocca?

MO ROCCA: Luxemburg for Mrs. Romney to put in the backyard under a gazebo.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

CARL KASELL: And, if Romney brings back any of those things, panel, we'll ask you about it on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 9:56 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. We're playing this week with Mo Rocca, Kyrie O'Connor, and Simon Amstell. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 9:56 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 would like to play any of our games 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, that's 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 show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta this September.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 9:56 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning 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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Kyrie O'Connor has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Simon Amstell and Mo Rocca are tied for second. They both have two points.

MO ROCCA: My god.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 9:56 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)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 9:56 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. And this September 20th, we will be at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. For tickets and more information, go to wbez.org and you can find a link at our website which is, as always, waitwait.npr.org.

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Simon, good news for travelers, thanks to a ruling last week, you are now free to do what when you're passing through airport security?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 9:56 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. We're playing his week with Simon Amstell, Kyrie O'Connor, and Mo Rocca. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Right now, it is 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.

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