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!
3:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 10:07 am

Transcript

BILL KURTIS: Now, panel, where will horses turn up next? Alonzo Bodden?

ALONZO BODDEN: We're going to be shocked when we see horses running the Indy 500 to save on fuel.

(LAUGHTER)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Jessi Klein?

JESSI KLEIN: I think we will see a horse on the roof of Mitt Romney's car.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: An oldie but a goodie.

KLEIN: So stupid. It's so old.

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca?

MO ROCCA: Well, I'd like to see horses show up in shampoo commercials.

(LAUGHTER)

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3:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 10:07 am

Transcript

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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: Mo and Alonzo each have three and Jessi has two.

SAGAL: Well, Jessi, you are in third place. That means that you go first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Please fill in the blank.

JESSI KLEIN: Okay.

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3:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 10:07 am

Transcript

BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz . I'm Bill Kurtis filling in for Carl Kasell. We're playing his week with Mo Rocca, Klein, and Alonzo Bodden. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

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2:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Novelist John Irving Plays Not My Job

Cesar Rangel AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 9:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on June 14, 2012.

John Irving is the author of The World According To Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Cider House Rules and many other works of fiction. His latest novel is called In One Person.

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2:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Dax Shepard And Kristen Bell Play Not My Job

Chris Pizzello AP

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 9:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on Aug. 2, 2012.

Real-life Hollywood couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are a.) famous b.) adorable c.) funny d.) the stars of Hit and Run, a new movie they made together, and e.) amazingly, all of the above.

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2:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Bonnie Raitt Plays Not My Job

Marina Chavez

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 9:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on Sept. 6, 2012.

Back in the early 1970s, a young woman at Radcliffe College faced a choice: Stay in school and get her degree, or drop out and become a legendary blues singer and guitarist. It's pretty clear Bonnie Raitt made the right choice.

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7:30 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 8:35 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 Luke Burbank, Brian Babylon and Roxanne Roberts. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: 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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7:30 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 8:35 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will replace wrestling in the Olympics? Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Cage fights between drugged roosters and nervous fish called Cock-a-doodle Don't.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: A new aquatic event called Competitive Cruise Ship Towing.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Luke Burbank?

LUKE BURBANK: Drug Free Cycling, which in all honestly is going to mean sometimes walking the bikes up the hills.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

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7:30 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 8:35 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: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Brian Babylon and Roxanne Roberts both have three points. Luke Burbank has two.

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7:29 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 8:49 am

Our panelists tell us three stories of someone getting in the mood for love, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:29 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 8:49 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 Paula Poundstone, Tom Bodett and Kyrie O'Connor. And here again is your host, at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Texas, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you everybody. In just a minute, in our listener limerick challenge, Carl plays tribute to his favorite Dallas Cowboy, quarterback Tony Rhyme-o.

(LAUGHTER)

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7:29 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 8:49 am

After the corpse of Richard III turned up in under a parking lot, our panelists predict where the next historical figure will be found.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:10 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 8:53 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Time to roll on to 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 they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Charlie Pierce has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Faith Salie has three. Brian Babylon has two.

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4:10 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 8:53 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 Charlie Pierce, Brian Babylon and Faith Salie. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you so much.

(APPLAUSE)

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4:10 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 8:53 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Illinois. For tickets and more information, go to wbez.org.

You can find a link at our website, that's waitwait.npr.org. There you can also find out about our big simulcast cinema event on May 2nd, WAIT WAIT live in a theater new you. Spoiler alert: we're even more attractive than you imagined. Am I right?

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Take their word for it.

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8:15 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 9:01 am

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

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you so much, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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8:15 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 9:01 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.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Oh, thanks everybody. Thank you. Much appreciated. We do have a great show for you today. Tech guru Guy Kawasaki will be joining us later to play Not my Job.

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8:15 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 9:01 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Tech Soup, A Fresh Look at London, and i-Rangatans.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:19 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Prediction

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next big confession in the news? Peter Grosz?

PETER GROSZ: Oprah will admit that 15 years ago she and Lance Armstrong conspired for him to engage in doping, deny it for years, win seven Tours de France, get publicly humiliated, seek redemption on her show and save her lame spin-off network from total irrelevancy.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: What a scandal. Roxanne Roberts?

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4:44 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:19 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. Or you can click the contact us link on our website wait.wait.npr.org.

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4:44 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:19 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, Peter Grosz and Roxanne Roberts. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: In just a minute, Carl finally admits that his girlfriend Rhymee-ah Limerickua was in fact a hoax.

(LAUGHTER)

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4:43 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:19 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.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you everybody. Thank you so much. We have a great show for you today. Later on, we've got Melinda Gates joining us, talking about...

(APPLAUSE)

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1:18 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 9:09 am

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Loose Change, What's Hot Right Now, and A Popularity Contest.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:18 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 9:09 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:18 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 9:09 am

More questions for the panel: Outsourcing Updates, and Bureaucrats Gas On.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:23 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

When In Doubt, Add Butter

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 9:29 am

Celebrity chef Paula Deen plays a quiz about tofu.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:23 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Feeding The President

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 9:29 am

White House Chef Sam Kass joins us to play a quiz about things that are bad for you.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:23 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Eat This

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 9:29 am

Classic questions for our panel about food and drink.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:43 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 9:08 am

Our panelists answer questions about politics throughout history: The Number One Rule of Legislating.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:43 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Tippecanoe And Carl, Too

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 9:08 am

Carl reads political slogans, our panelists identify which ones are real and which ones we just made up.

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