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 3, 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 3, 2012

Predictions

Now that Fox is developing a sitcom that takes place at an NPR station, our panelists predict what the pilot episode will be about.

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.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:39 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Actor John Leguizamo Plays Not My Job

Stephen Lovekin Getty Images for Twentieth Century Fox

To start off spring training, we've invited actor John Leguizamo to play a game called "This Game Comes With a Shard of Brittle Gum." Three questions about baseball cards — invented in their modern form 60 years ago by Topps.

This segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 19, 2011.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:37 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Actress Lucy Lawless Plays Not My Job

Lucy Lawless is kind of like King Midas, but for nerds: pretty much every sci-fi or fantasy thing she touches turns to gold. Xena: Warrior Princess and Battlestar Galactica are true classics — the kinds of programs nerds will tell their children about ... if they ever manage to reproduce.

Lawless is starring in the new Starz program Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which guarantees that pasty people will be dressing up as its characters at conventions for decades to come.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:35 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Actress Lisa Kudrow Plays Not My Job

Carlo Allegri Getty Images

Kudrow is best known for her role as Phoebe on Friends — the show that inspired thousands to move to New York City, where enormous apartments are ubiquitous! And cheap!

We've invited Kudrow to play a game called "I so won't be there for you!" Three questions about enemies.

This segment was originally broadcast on March 5, 2011.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:35 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Pee-wee Herman Plays Not My Job

Herman World

Thirty years ago, an actor in Los Angeles was doing sketch comedy and came up with a bizarre character sporting a tight gray suit, a little red tie and slicked back hair ... and America met Pee-wee Herman. Reubens recently brought the character from his Saturday morning TV show to Broadway in The Pee-wee Herman Show.

Ruebens may be the most famous Pee-wee, but he isn't the only one. We've invited him to answer three questions about the other peewees of the world.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell three stories about new ways to make your wedding unforgettable.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 10:41 pm

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 Mo Rocca, Peter Grosz and Kyrie O'Connor. And here again is your host, at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you so much. In just a minute, Carl honors the success of Jeremy Lin, with a special listener Linrick challenge.

MO ROCCA: Oh, Linrick. Linrick, right?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A breath of fresh caffeine; a school kids can't wait to attend; and bedtime stories to avoid.

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