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!
6:52 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 8:03 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: Sometimes fiction is stranger than truth. Now that seems to have happened with a game you wanted to hear again. It's from August of 2008 with panelists Roxanne Roberts, Charlie Pierce, Paula Poundstone and guest judge and scorekeeper Corey Flintoff.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

JIM STAUTS: Hey there, Peter.

SAGAL: Hey, who's this?

STAUTS: This is Jim Stauts from Conroe, Texas.

SAGAL: Conroe, Texas. Where the heck is that?

STAUTS: That is one county north of Houston.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:52 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 8:03 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. So to produce this week's show, we reached out to you on Twitter, on Facebook and on the street, which by the way we hereby promise never to do again, and we absolutely swear we didn't mean anything by it.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 11:14 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: Now panel, what is the next thing that will turn up to be worthless? Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: I don't personally believe it but the wishes you make before you blow out the candles on your birthday cake.

(LAUGHTER)

BODETT: It turns out totally worthless.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

I can vouch for that. Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: You know how our parents always warned us that Santa only brings presents to nice girls?

SAGAL: Yes.

ROBERTS: Just not true.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Roy Blount, Jr.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 11:14 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 8:27 am

Our panelists predict what'll be the big baby name in 2014.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 8:27 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 8:27 am

Dog Park, Brief Distraction, Hail Me Anytime.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:39 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Prediction

Our panelists predict, now that Amazon is going to use them, what other companies will start using drones.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:39 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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