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 17, 2012

Prediction

After the Goldman Sachs employee quit in an op-ed in The New York Times, our panelists predict the next public resignation.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:22 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Musician Joey Burns Plays Not My Job

Sandro Compardo AP

Guitarist-vocalist Joey Burns and his band, Calexico, are known for mixing genres. Some people call Calexico an Americana band, some call them Tex-Mex — some just settle on calling them awesome.

Since Burns lives in Tucson, the southern desert, we've invited him to answer three questions about music from places where it's really, really cold.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Forest Facials.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat March 10, 2012 9:25 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. We're playing this week with Tom Bodett, Amy Dickinson and Brian Babylon. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you. Thank you all so much. Right now, it is time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the Listener. 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Colorado's Hickenbloopers; Women and Men Part MCMLXII ; Santorum's Past Presidents Purity Pledge.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Baby Poop Suits; Fattening ATMS and Fido Lipo.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 10, 2012 9:25 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have sixty 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: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Tom Bodett had three. Amy Dickinson, two.

SAGAL: All right, Amy, you're in third place. You're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Prediction

Our panelists predict where we will next see an NFL-style bounty system.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Super-lame Tuesday; Vlad is Back and When the Saints Go Bounty Hunting

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Rich Man, Gaffe Man; The Next Big War; and Muggles Rejoice.

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