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!
3:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 8:32 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody that they can 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, of course it is time for you to answer some questions about the week's news.

Roxanne, to allay concerns from an increasingly nervous public, the Centers for Disease Control issued a statement saying that there is, in fact, no real danger of what?

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3:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 8:32 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, P.J. O'Rourke and Roxanne Roberts. And, here again is your host, at The Music Center at Strathmore, in North Bethesda, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Right now, it is for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play our game on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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3:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 8:32 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 Roxanne Roberts, P.J. O'Rourke and Mo Rocca. And, here again is your host, at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 8:32 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 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 and our upcoming show in Cleveland on June 28th.

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3:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 8:32 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time to move on to our final, 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 they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Roxanne Roberts has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Mo Rocca and P.J. O'Rourke are tied for second; they both have two.

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9:03 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Baseball's 'Iron Man' Cal Ripken Plays Not My Job

Cal Ripken Jr., pictured above in 1997, spent his entire career playing for the Baltimore Orioles. He retired in 2001.
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Cal Ripken Jr. knows streaks. The Baseball Hall of Famer played 21 years with the Baltimore Orioles and holds the record for most consecutive games played.

We've invited Ripken to play a game called "You want to see a real streak? Here, hold my pants." Ripken is known for playing 2,632 consecutive games, but we don't think it counts as a streak because he was wearing clothes. We'll ask him three questions about sports' real streakers.

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7:38 am
Sat June 2, 2012

A Classic Summer Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 8:00 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, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you everybody.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Today is our Summer Solstice Celebration. We'll be dancing naked at midnight, enacting ancient fertility rites and sacrificing goats to ensure a fruitful growing season.

(LAUGHTER)

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7:38 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Simon Pegg Plays Not My Job

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Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 8:00 am

Simon Pegg is living every nerd's dream: He grew up watching Star Wars, Star Trek and horror movies, then started making movies of his own. He played Scotty in the new version of Star Trek and is starring in Steven Spielberg's latest, Paul.

We've invited Pegg to play a game called: "And he makes a poke check while head-deking in the crease!" Three questions about an obscure little game called "ice hockey."

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7:38 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Another Classic Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 8:00 am

Our panelists tell stories of parents going the extra mile to toughen up their kids, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:38 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Gary Oldman Plays Not My Job

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Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 9:03 am

It was a huge surprise in Hollywood last week when actor Gary Oldman got an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy — people weren't surprised that he was nominated, but they were shocked that this was the first time.

We've invited Oldman to answer three questions about Up With People — a horde of wholesome, smiley young people who performed four Super Bowl halftime shows back in the day.

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