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!
3:11 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat July 14, 2012 9:10 am

More questions for the panel: We All Scream, Buzzkill and Something's Fishy.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:11 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat July 14, 2012 9:10 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Making A Splash, Apocalypse Realty and Putting the "Big" in Big Toe.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:11 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat July 14, 2012 9:10 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:11 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 14, 2012 9:10 am

Our panelists predict what will be the big surprise at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in a couple weeks.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

He Cannot Lie

Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 10:11 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: Being NPR, we often turn to experts for their opinion and their analysis.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

And you wanted to hear again from someone we brought onto the show in April of 2010, when we needed a particular perspective on an important story. Joining us as well were panelists Roxanne Roberts, Mo Rocca and Charlie Pierce.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Actor Tony Shalhoub Takes A Quiz About Nuns

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 1:38 pm

Tony Shalhoub is a normal guy who's become famous playing eccentric people. He was the obsessed Italian chef in Big Night, the alien pawnshop owner in the Men in Black movies, and, of course, the obsessive compulsive detective on the TV series Monk. Now, Tony has gone back to Broadway in Lend Me a Tenor.

In true "Not My Job" fashion: because Tony has played a Monk, we're going to ask him three questions about nuns.

Originally broadcast March 6, 2010

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Mo Moments

Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 10:11 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 again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Listen, this week we are doing just what we are told. It's a listener request edition of WAIT WAIT. And one thing many of you asked for was an all Mo show.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Bill Clinton Takes A Quiz About My Little Ponies

Clinton Global Initiative

Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 10:11 am

In 2005, President Clinton founded the Clinton Global Initiative to address "the world's most pressing challenges." In 2011 in Chicago, Clinton hosted the CGI America meeting, with a focus on job creation and economic growth in the U.S.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

What's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 10:11 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.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody. We have got a special show for you all today. It's our second ever Listener Request show, in which we asked via Twitter and our blog, to tell us what you're favorite WAIT WAIT moments were from the last year or so.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Rapper Ice-T Takes A Quiz On Pantyhose

Andrew H. Walker Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 10:11 am

Ice-T has made a name for himself in rap, metal, breakdance movies, video games, and, most recently, on Law and Order: SVU. We're hoping to pitch him on our new idea for a TV show: Law and Order: NPR, in which we solve crimes and then encourage the still traumatized but grateful victims to pledge at any level.

Ice-T appeared in the documentary Pimps Up, Ho's Down, so we've invited him to play a game called "Pimps Up, Pantyhose Down." Three questions about a different kind of hos(e.)

Originally broadcast on May 15, 2010

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