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!
1:53 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Panel Round Two

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 Paula Poundstone, Brian Babylon and Jessi Klein. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: In just a minute, Carl is chosen to be Mitt Rhyme-Ney's running mate.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:53 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Limericks

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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 at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:53 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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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. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Paula Poundstone has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Jessi Klein has three. Brian Babylon has two points.

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

Who's Carl This Time?

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

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: A Chilly Reception, Tour de Courtroom, and An Amicable Split.

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

Opening Panel Round

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

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium. 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.

Roxanne, the U.S. Olympic uniforms were unveiled this week. Ralph Lauren designed them. They're supposed to represent the best of American values. But some are upset with these outfits. Why?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Because they were made in China.

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

Bluff The Listener

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

Our panelists tell us three stories of a celebrity workplace hazard, only one of which is true.

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.

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