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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, who is the NSA not bothering to spy on? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: No need to monitor something that's always visible, so they NSA won't be spying on Mylie Cyrus's tongue.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

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5:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Faith Salie has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Tom Bodett and Paula Poundstone are tied for second. They both have two points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will TV pitchman Barack Obama be selling next? Mo Rocca.

MO ROCCA: In his post presidency Obama will be pitching Obamacare.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Obama's Geek Squad. Motto: We scratch the itch of your computer's glitch.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Peter Grosz.

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4:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Time for 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. Carl, what are the scores?

CARL KASELL: Mo Rocca has the lead. He has four points. Peter Grosz and Roxanne Roberts are tied. Both have two points.

SAGAL: All right. We have flipped a coin and Roxanne has elected to go first. Here is your first question. On Monday, Chris Christie withdrew his challenge as blank became legal in New Jersey.

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4:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Limericks

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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, 9-2-4, 8-9-2-4. Or you can click the contact us link on our website which is waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago Illinois and our upcoming show in Elkhart Indiana on November 21st. Tickets are still available! Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Melinda Gates

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 10:03 am

The philanthropist and better half to Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, takes a quiz about gifts given to Queen Elizabeth II. (This segment originally aired on April 20, 2013.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Erykah Badu

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 10:03 am

Soul singer Erykah Badu tells us about public nudity and her many names, and she plays a game about online dating. (This segment originally aired on Feb. 9, 2013.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Not Danza's Job

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 10:03 am

Actor Tony Danza answers three questions about company bosses. (This segment originally aired on Aug. 24, 2013.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 9:42 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the new Nobel Prize awarded for? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: It's going to be a super duper peace prize given to each American for putting up with Congress' crap.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN, COMEDIAN: There will be a Nobel Prize for twerking.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: The Nobel Prize for open letter to Miley Cyrus.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 9:42 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 9:42 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks...Not Feline Fine, Pawn Police, Treble Trickery.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 9:04 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 9:04 am

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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 1-88-924-8924. Or click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org. You can find out there about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our first ever show in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 24th and in Elkhart, Indiana on November 21. Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 10:57 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the silver lining of the government shutdown? Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Tea Party conservatives, using their spare time, will pick up that nice autobiography of Shirley Jones and will be so shocked they will be unable to speak for a week.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Could happen. Charlie Pierce.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Next on C-SPAN, Booktalk with Brian Lamm and Honey Boo Boo.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Maz Jobrani.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:18 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Prediction

Our panelists predict will be done with the new island off Pakistan.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:18 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:18 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Swiffer for men; magic bus; you call your mom with that phone?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:19 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 8:36 am

Our panelists predict what Google will do once they conquer death.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:19 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 10:57 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:19 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 8:36 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Falconer of the Bride, Sippy Flask and The Man With Six Pack Abs.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 10:32 am

Now that he's done his New York Times op-ed, our panelists predict what Vladimir Putin will write a column about next.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 10:32 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, 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 he or she can, each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL ANNOUNCER: Mo Rocca and Faith Salie are tied for first. Each has three points. P.J. O'Rourke has two.

SAGAL: OK. P.J., you are pulling up the rear, so you're going to go 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!
6:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 10:32 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Chicken Latte, Bieber Barbasol, Blabbermouth.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:50 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Prediction

Our panelists predict what swimmer Diana Nyad will cough up after all that time in the water.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:50 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:50 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: The Angry Skyscraper, A Grocery Cart Filled With Self-Loathing and Beyoncephobia.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:08 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 9:56 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next new word we learn? Charlie Pierce.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Hackstacking, the process of booking the Sunday News Panel Shows.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: Twerkmenistan, the country assigned to receive Miley Cyrus after her 15 minutes of fame has passed.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: My pain has a name and it is spasgasm, the debilitating back cramp middle-aged people experience after twerking.

(LAUGHTER)

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7:08 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 9:56 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Tom Bodett and Charlie Pierce are tied for first, Peter, with three points each. Amy Dickinson has two.

SAGAL: All right. So Amy...

AMY DICKINSON: Yes.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:08 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 9:56 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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