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 February 4, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 8:05 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what is everybody going to be talking about after the Super Bowl? Mr. PJ O'Rourke?

PJ O'ROURKE: Well, Indiana's passed the right to work act and the unions are angry, and I think they've got an idea for a pretty attention getting protests. A bunch of burly AFL-CIO guys, this is not a wardrobe malfunction you're going to want to look at.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Charlie Pierce?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: Poor Mitt; Half-time with Madonna; and Snakes on an Everglade.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Oops! I Did It Again

Carl reads some recent newspaper corrections.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell us three stories of an innovation in laziness, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Mr. or Mrs. Meat, A Cereal Killer, Brides-to-be ... to-be, and Lord Grantham is Not Amused.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat January 28, 2012 8:07 am

Transcript

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. You can click the contact us link on our website, that's waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: The State of the Comedy Is Weak, A Positive Spin, and Privacy Invaded.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news... Getting To The Point.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:00 am
Sat January 28, 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 January 28, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat January 28, 2012 8:07 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will that bad presidential joke be? Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: Next year, the bad joke will actually come from John Boehner when he gooses Obama.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: The president will show up wearing this t-shirt: I spent 100 million dollars to get elected and all I got is this stupid Congress.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: And Peter Grosz?

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