Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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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!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

Transcript

BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm legendary anchorman Bill Kurtis, filling in for Carl Kasell.

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: We're playing this week with Jessi Klein, Tom Bodett, and Paula Poundstone. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 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'd like to play 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 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, Georgia on September 20th. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

KATHLEEN PENDLETON: Hi.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Obamabrau.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

Transcript

BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm legendary anchorman Bill Kurtis, filling in for Carl Kasell.

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: We're playing this week with Paula Poundstone, Tom Bodett, and Jessi Klein. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill Kurtis.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

Our panelists predict what this election's October Surprise will be.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Who's Bill This Time?

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

Bill Kurtis, filling in for Carl, reads three quotes from the week's news: Unconventional, Bubba Returns, and What's Eating You.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:18 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton Plays Not My Job

Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 8:50 am

Jim Bouton is a former All-Star pitcher for the New York Yankees. His classic baseball memoir Ball Four, which was first published in 1970, came out as an e-book in April.

Bouton famously wrote about shenanigans in baseball, which have arguably gotten worse since then. But compared to other sports around the world, baseball players are hardly immoral at all. We're going to ask him three questions about people who really know how to cheat.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:18 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Wait Wait Goes To IKEA

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 8:50 am

Some of our favorite trips to the land of Lingonberries and Fjornholm shelves.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:18 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Director Barry Sonnenfeld Plays Not My Job

Alexandre Meneghini AP

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 8:50 am

Barry Sonnenfeld either directed or shot some of the best movies of the '80s and '90s. He was the cinematographer on the Coen Brother's first movies and directed the Men in Black movies and Get Shorty, among other works of dark genius. His movie Men in Black III came out in May.

He plays a game called "Men in White," where he will answer three questions about people who play cricket.

Originally broadcast April 28, 2012.

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