Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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For a wacky and whip-smart approach to the week's news and newsmakers, listen no further than Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, the oddly informative news quiz from NPR.

During each fast-paced, irreverent show, host Peter Sagal leads what might be characterized as the news Olympics. Callers, panelists, and guests compete by answering questions about the week's events, identifying impersonations, filling in the blanks at lightning speed, sniffing out fake news items, and deciphering limericks. Listeners vie for a chance to win the most coveted prize in radio: having official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell record the outgoing message on their home answering machine.

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm American ninja warrior Bill Kurtis.

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KURTIS: And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peters Sagal.

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: In 2015, we went to Orlando, Fla., which of course is famous for one thing and one thing only – growing boy bands in tanks of nutrients.

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT …DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: It's only fitting that we end our show with the chief scientist of the United States, Dr. Ernest Moniz, the secretary of science things.

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Paula Vs. Science

Aug 22, 2015
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And of course, no show about science would be complete without our own Paula Poundstone’s continuing efforts to question the scientific method.

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Limericks

Aug 22, 2015
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Limericks

Aug 15, 2015
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Prediction

Aug 15, 2015
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 15, 2015
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Now onto our final game, Lightening Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Prediction

Aug 8, 2015
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 8, 2015
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Limericks

Aug 8, 2015
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Prediction

Aug 1, 2015
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 1, 2015
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Now it is time to go on to our final game, Lightening Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Aug 1, 2015
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Prediction

Jul 25, 2015
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 25, 2015
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Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Limericks

Jul 25, 2015
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Our next mother, Dame Edna Everage, is actually a mother, but the greater question is whether she actually exists.

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From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT DON’T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I’m Bill Kurtis, and here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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We started the show with Florence Henderson one of TV's great moms. Her rival for the crown of best fictional mom ever - Shirley Jones of the "Partridge Family" joined us in November of 2013.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 11, 2015
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Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jul 11, 2015
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Prediction

Jul 11, 2015
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Now, panel, when he takes office, what will President Donald Trump do first? Peter Grosz.

PETER GROSZ: President Trump will immediately convene his hand-picked cabinet of David Duke, Donald Sterling, Mel Gibson, Paula Deen and the ghost of Strom Thurman.

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Bluff The Listener

Jul 4, 2015
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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Ill., Peter Sagal.

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Thank you, Bill.

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When we talk about animals on this show, we have to talk about the greatest veterinarian ever who appeared on our show in August of 2007.

Prediction

Jun 27, 2015
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Now, panel, what will angry Antonin Scalia say next? Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: #whatever.

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SAGAL: Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: In his next angry dissent Justice Antonin Scalia will say oh, no you didn't.

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SAGAL: And Paula Poundstone.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 27, 2015
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Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jun 27, 2015
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