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!
2:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Mo Moments

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

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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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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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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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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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1:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

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

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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 State Theater at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you so much, Carl. Thanks, everybody. We are proud to announce, after a lot of thought and prayer, we have decided to take our talents to Cleveland.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: To help us understand the wisdom of our choice, Cleveland's own Drew Carey will be joining us here later on.

(APPLAUSE)

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1:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Opening Panel Round

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

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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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1:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Bluff The Listener

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

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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 Mo Rocca, Kyrie O'Connor, and Alonzo Bodden. And, here again is your host, at Playhouse Square in Cleveland Ohio, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody. Now, it's time to play the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the listener game. To play our games call 1-888-Wait-Wait. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!.

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1:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Panel Round Two

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

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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 Alonzo Bodden. And, here again is your host, at Playhouse Square in Cleveland Ohio, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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1:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Limericks

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

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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, click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. You can also check out our How to do Everything podcast. This week, Mike and Ian explain how to be a Wimbledon ball boy even if you are no longer a boy.

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1:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, it's time for our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players has 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Mo Rocca has the lead, Peter. He has three points.

MO ROCCA: My gosh.

SAGAL: Alonzo Bodden and Kyrie O'Connor are tied for second. They both have two points.

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