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!
3:23 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.

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

Bluff The Listener

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

Our panelists tell us three stories of political adversaries coming together, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:37 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Panel Round Two

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 Bobcat Goldthwait, Roxanne Roberts and Brian Babylon. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thanks everybody. In just a minute, Carl gets into costume to play one of the three Rhymesmen in this year's Limerick Pageant. Sometimes I don't know what I'm saying.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:14 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat December 22, 2012 9:37 am

Our panelists tell three stories about people trying to ruin Christmas.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:14 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 22, 2012 9:37 am

Our panelists predict, what will America look like after we go off the Fiscal Cliff?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:14 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat December 22, 2012 9:37 am

Carl Kasell reads three quotes from the week's news: Cliffmas is Coming; Baking for Boys; The Official Wait Wait Couple of the Year.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:42 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 9:25 am

Our panelists predict what big newsmakers will be getting for Christmas this year.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:42 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 9:25 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets and more information, you can go to wbez.org, and you can find a link at our website, which is waitwait.npr.org.

There you can also find out about the upcoming WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! live cinema event May 2nd of next year: you'll finally get your chance to judge our appearance live on the silver screen along with the rest of the country.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:42 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 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 Tom Bodett, Jessi Klein, and Luke Burbank. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you everybody. In just a minute, Carl insists on re-watching his favorite movie Hot Tub Rhyme Machine.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:31 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell.

(APPLAUSE)

KASELL: We're playing his week with Adam Felber, Paula Poundstone and Maz Jobrani. And here again is your host, at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:31 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

It is time to go 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: Maz Jobrani has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Paula Poundstone and Adam Felber are tied for second, each has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:31 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news, of course. Maz, hold onto your hat, a shocking scientific discovery from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. According to psychology researchers, humans like what?

MAZ JOBRANI: Humans like what?

SAGAL: Yes. They discovered this scientifically.

JOBRANI: Scientifically, humans like food.

SAGAL: Even more than food.

JOBRANI: Air.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:52 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 9:31 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium, or in just a few days, this Thursday, at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. For tickets and more information go to our website waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:52 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 9:31 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 Adam Felber, Amy Dickinson, and Brian Babylon. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you so much.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you, Carl. In just a minute, Carl finally beats his favorite Nintendo 64 game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Rhyme.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:52 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 1, 2012 9:31 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney do on their next big date? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: One word: Yahtzee.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: They'll go for a drive, only things will go terribly wrong when Mitt Romney tries to strap the president to the roof of the car.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Adam Felber.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:07 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Economist Paul Krugman Plays Not My Job

Phil Walter Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 9:37 am

This segment was originally broadcast on July 28, 2012.

Paul Krugman — a professor at Princeton, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and author of many books — has been called "the Mick Jagger of political/economic punditry."

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:07 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Is Our Panelists Learning?

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 9:37 am

After hearing from all these geniuses, our panelists show they know a thing or two about science as well.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:07 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Astrophysicist Adam Riess Plays Not My Job

Courtesy of Adam Riess

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 9:37 am

This segment was originally broadcast on Oct. 8, 2011.

Before he won the Nobel Prize in Physics, Adam Riess had already won a MacArthur "genius" grant, and just about every prize there is to win in his field. So there's really only one place left for him to be victorious: the Not My Job game.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 9:00 am

Carl Kasell reads three quotes from the weeks news: The Spy Who Loved His Biographer; Climbing Mt. Fiscal; Stockpiling Twinkies

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 9:00 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: First up: Gasoline with a hint of cherry and an insouciant finish.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 9:00 am

Our panelists tell three outlandish stories about supply and demand.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 9:00 am

More questions for the panel: A Victory for Tacky Souvenirs; The Gettysburg Break-Up; Devolution of the Species.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 9:00 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: France's Choco-Tax; Speedstick Never Tasted So Good; How To Work In Your PJs.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 9:00 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players has 60 seconds to answer as many questions as they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Charlie Pierce and Faith Salie have a tie for the lead, Peter. Each of them has three points, and Mo Rocca has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 9:00 am

Our panelists predict, now that the FBI is looking through everyone's email, what will be the next scandal they uncover?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Milwaukee's Randy Sprecher Plays Not My Job

Courtesy Randy Sprecher

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 10:03 am

Randy Sprecher came to Milwaukee years ago to make beer for one of the big breweries. But he didn't like the beer he was making so he founded his own brewery ... and now, his friends keep showing up at his door all the time with lame excuses.

We've invited Sprecher to answer three questions about Carrie Nation, the famously violent prohibitionist.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:43 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell us three stories of green living gone wrong, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:43 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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