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!
11:27 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 9:12 am

Our panelists tell three stories based on a photo of Tom Selleck.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:53 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Music Interlude

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 9:56 am

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, Tom Bodett, and Paula Poundstone. And here again is your host, at the New York University Skirball Center, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:53 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 9:56 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Mo Rocca has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Paula Poundstone has three, Tom Bodett has one.

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1:53 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Who's Carl This Time

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 9:56 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here's your host, at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:22 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

Transcript

CARL KASSELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kassell. And here's your host, from the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody. Thank you. We have got a really fun show for you today. We have actor and one-time Obama adminstration member, now game show host Kal Penn will be joining us later. I'll ask him how it feels to finally hit the big time.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:22 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Limericks

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. Or click the Contact Us link on our website, waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:26 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 10:22 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time to move 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: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Maz Jobrani and Amy Dickinson have three points each.

AMY DICKINSON: Really?

KASELL: Roy Blount, Jr. has two.

ROY BLOUNT JR.: Wow.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:26 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 10:22 am

More questions for the panel: Bumbling Bumbershoot, Sweater Sweetie, The Drone You're Looking For.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:26 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 10:22 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what exhibit is going to make headlines at the Obama Presidential Library some day? Mr. Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: Well, obviously, a copy of his Kenyan birth certificate...

(LAUGHTER)

JOBRANI: ...with the caption, ha-ha.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: Well, you know how President Obama is probably our most buff president? Now we're going to know how he got that way. It's the Presidential Abdominator.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Roy Blount, Jr.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:26 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 10:22 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. And for tickets and more information for Thursday's Cinecast event in a movie theater near you, go to waitwaittickets.org.

Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Maz, three men have been deported from Saudi Arabia for the offense of being what?

MAZ JOBRANI: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. I heard about this. They were too good looking.

SAGAL: That's exactly right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:26 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 10:22 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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 Roy Blount, Jr., Amy Dickinson, and Maz Jobrani. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Right now, it's time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play our game on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Melinda Gates Plays Not My Job

Courtesy Melinda Gates

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 10:56 pm

Back in the early 1990s, Melinda French was a rising star at a software company when the boss asked her out on a date. This was complicated because he was her boss, and frankly, he was kind of a nerd. But they fell in love and got married, and decided to raise a family, retire from the business, and in their spare time give away more money to charity than anyone else in the history of the world.

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9:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Singer Erykah Badu Plays Not My Job

Karl Walter Getty Images

This segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 08, 2013.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Al Gore Plays Not My Job: Extended Cut

Axel Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

A shorter version of this segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 14, 2013.

Since Al Gore's term as the 45th vice president of the United States ended in 2001, he has starred in an Oscar-winning documentary, won a Grammy Award and received the Nobel Peace Prize. But obviously he won't be satisfied until he wins the NPR news quiz, so we've invited him to play a game called "Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this."

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:03 am
Sat April 13, 2013

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 9:25 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium. And I want to tell you about the WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! movie event on May 2nd. We will be beaming our show live into movie theaters across the country. For tickets and more information, go to waitwaittickets.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:51 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 9:25 am

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 Alonzo Bodden, Luke Burbank, and Faith Salie. And here, again, is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Right now, it is time for the WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play our game on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

SUSAN EISEMAN LEVITIN: Hi, Peter.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:51 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 9:25 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it is 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. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Alonzo Bodden and Faith Salie both have three points. Luke Burbank has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:51 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 9:25 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, waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, and our show later this summer on August 29th at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:36 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 8:39 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who is the next revered figure to take a blow to his or her reputation? Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: All right, Abe Lincoln owned slaves, a lot of them.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Well that would be bad. That would be bad. Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: None of her lovers would tell her but Catherine the Great wasn't.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Peter Grosz?

PETER GROSZ: We will discover that NPR personality Robert Siegel has in actuality only been considering some things.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:36 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 8:39 am

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 Brian Babylon, Roxanne Roberts and Peter Grosz. And here again is your host, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, Illinois, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Right now, it is time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play our game on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:36 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 8:39 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

I can't believe it but it is time for 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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a two-way tie for first place, Peter. Roxanne Roberts and Peter Grosz, they both have three points, and Brian Babylon has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:18 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 9:15 am

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 P. J. O'Rourke, Kyrie O'Connor, and Adam Felber. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, and filling in for Peter Sagal, Tom Bodett.

(APPLAUSE)

TOM BODETT, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. In just a minute, Carl leaves the rhyme on for you at Motel Limericks in our listener limerick challenge. Let me do that again, I don't think you heard it.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:18 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 9:15 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, filling in for Drew Carey filling in for Peter Sagal, Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT, HOST:

Thank you Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

BODETT: Wow. Those are some big - and numerous - shoes to fill. And by the end of the show those shoes will be fuller than a preacher's pockets at a Sunday picnic. And by that I mean what, Carl?

KASELL: No clue, Tom.

(LAUGHTER)

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3:18 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 9:15 am

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TOM BODETT, HOST:

Now, panel, how will that teenager blow his 30 million? P. J. O'Rourke?

P. J. O'ROURKE: Well, 30 million is about what college education costs for a kid these days. So he's going to spend it to get a college education so he can get a good job.

BODETT: Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: He's going to blow it on cars he can't drive, women he can't date and liquor he can't drink.

BODETT: And Adam Felber?

ADAM FELBER: He's going to wait two years and then he's going to buy Yahoo.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:33 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Who's Bill This Time?

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 8:52 am

Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: Leave the gun, take the baklava; Extreme Makeover: GOP; Who's the Dodo now?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:33 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 8:52 am

More questions for the panel: Bazooka parenting, A Cure for Mornings

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:33 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 8:52 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium, and don't miss our May 2nd cinecast event, where you can see WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! live at your local movie theater. We've got Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca, Tom Bodett and America's sweetheart, Mr. Carl Kasell.

Tickets are going fast. For information, go to wbez.org, and you can find a link at our website waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you answer some questions about this week's news.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:41 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 8:29 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Aww. Thanks, Carl. Thanks everybody. We got a great show for you today. We got Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis and the News. He'll be joining us later to play our game. But first, before we get started, Carl, let me say it is great to have you back.

KASELL: Thank you, Peter, good to be back.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:41 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 8:29 am

More questions for the panel: Speaking In Tongues, The Curse of Lipitor's Tomb, and Broad Appeal.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:41 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 8:29 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 always click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org.

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