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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.

Prediction

Jan 21, 2017

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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists, now that the Trump era has begun, what will be the biggest surprise out of President Trump's first week in office?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 21, 2017

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Now, it is time to move onto 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?

Limericks

Jan 21, 2017

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Prediction

Jan 14, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blanks

Jan 14, 2017

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Finally, it's Lightning Fill In The Blank, the most exciting three minutes in publicly funded audio entertainment.

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Limericks

Jan 14, 2017

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Craig Kief

When Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal goes on vacation, there's only one person who can replace him: Tom Hanks.

The two-time Oscar-winning actor will guest host an episode of the NPR news quiz, taped in front of a live (and, let's be frank, very lucky) audience in Chicago.

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BILL KURTIS: Now, it just so happens that Ms. Yearwood is married to a man with something of a musical career himself. Superstar Garth Brooks joined us in November. Peter asked Garth about his background.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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BILL KURTIS: 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 hose at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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Thank you, Bill. Thanks everybody. This week...

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Chicago, our home, has become a hot bed of TV productions. So much so you can go out, throw a rock, and hit a beloved actor. And stunning them that way makes it easier to drag them into our auditorium.

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BILL KURTIS: If we've failed to prove to you that 2016 wasn't so bad, if you're feeling a little blue, then all you need to do is listen to Esperanza Spalding.

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Reflections On 2016

Dec 31, 2016

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BILL KURTIS: 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.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you everybody. Thank you, Bill.

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BILL KURTIS: Many people got wonderful new homes in 2016. Well, they did if they were on the "Property Brothers," the hit home makeover show starring two identical twins from Canada. Jonathan and Drew Scott joined us in April.

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Prediction

Dec 24, 2016

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 24, 2016

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Now onto 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?

Limericks

Dec 24, 2016

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Prediction

Dec 17, 2016

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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists, now that he has insulted them, what will the CIA do to get back at Donald Trump?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 17, 2016

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It's time to move on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players now has 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 please give me the scores?

Limericks

Dec 17, 2016

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Prediction

Dec 10, 2016

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 10, 2016

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Now onto 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?

Limericks

Dec 10, 2016

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Limericks

Dec 3, 2016

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Prediction

Dec 3, 2016

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 3, 2016

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Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players has 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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Lastly, in the spring, we headed up the highway to Milwaukee, Wis. And we decided to talk about something that all public radio listeners are obsessed with - NASCAR.

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BILL KURTIS: 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.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

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BILL KURTIS: Katie Couric might be the most famous journalist in the world. She made the "Today" show into a powerhouse and asked the most famous question ever asked to a vice presidential candidate - so what newspapers do you read?

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Prediction

Nov 19, 2016

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 19, 2016

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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 2 points.

Bill, can you give us the scores?

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