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!
1:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 9:13 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us most weeks back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets and more information go to wbez.org, or you can find a link at our website: waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news.

Alonzo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hates going from an air conditioned building to a hot and sticky car. So, to get his official SUV cooled down faster the mayor equipped the SUV with what?

ALONZO BODDEN: A remote starter?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: The role John Kerry was born to play.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell three stories about new ways to fake greatness.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: That Doesn't Even Look Like Me, $%#@&*! and A Date With Expiration.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Prediction

With speculation rampant, our panelists predict who Mitt Romney will choose as his running mate.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Dream Act Lite, Ode on a Grecian Bailout and Cracks in the Surface

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: High Dining, A Bad Reputation and Not The Best Medicine.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 8:54 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what animal has a secret life? Mr. Roy Blount, Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR.: Monkeys. They are appalled by their portrayal in the popular culture, because they have no sense of humor. They also think that when you bang two little cymbals together it sounds really pretty.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Those blind and naked mole rats aren't actually naked. These shy, nocturnal creatures are really wearing teeny tiny spandex body suits.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 8:54 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)

SAGAL: Thank you all so much. Thank you so much. I'm just as excited as you are. We have a great show for you today. We've got the great novelist John Irving coming on to play our game later.

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