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!
9:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Bedtime For Cameron. (3) Bluff The Listener — Our panelists tell three stories about new ways to improve our bodies.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: A Candidate Bankrolled By Eyeball Massagers, The Garden State Cleans Up.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: The New Ishtar, Spongy No More and A Quick and Painful Way to Get a Free Meal.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: Barack Gump, Romney's Toy Chest and Gritty Teen Blockbusters.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Prediction

Our panelists predict: After Mitt Romney's campaign caused in spike in Etch A Sketch sales, what will be the next resurgent toy?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: Southern Swing, I Quit and A Final Edition.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A Hairy Situation, Come Fly With My Kids and A Bird In Need Of A Birdbath.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: A Two-Ply Problem. (3) Bluff The Listener — Our panelists tell us three stories of St. Patrick's Day traditions being used for good, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: A Little Chin Music, Eau de Pontiff and Putting Six Elbows On The Bar.

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