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!
11:43 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

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. Very excited to be here, especially because of our guest today, Ms. Martha Stewart is going to be here.

(APPLAUSE)

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

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 1-888-924-8924. Or, you can click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming shows in Milwaukee next week, or in Los Angeles, "the Milwaukee of the West," on December 6th.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:36 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 9:31 am

More questions for the panel: The check is in the apocalypse, Fact checking with Cokie.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:36 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 9:31 am

Carl Kasell reads three quotes from the week's news: Sandy Visits Times Square; Yes, Virginia, The Election Is Almost Over; Mickey Strikes Back!

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:36 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 9:31 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: First up: The Politics of Dating.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:36 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 9:31 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.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:24 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Opening Panel Round

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DREW CAREY, HOST:

And we want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks at Chase Bank Auditorium here in Chicago. For tickets and more information, go to wbez.org, and you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Brian?

BRIAN BABYLON: Yeah.

CAREY: Hey, the "Bucket List" isn't just the title of a movie Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson made to get more money for prostitutes.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:24 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Panel Round Two

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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 Tom Bodett, Kyrie O'Connor, and Brian Babylon. And, here again is your host, filling in for Peter Sagal, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Drew Carey.

DREW CAREY, HOST:

Thanks, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

CAREY: Thanks, Carl. Once again, I'm sorry I'm not Peter.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:24 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Limericks

Transcript

DREW CAREY, 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.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming show in Milwaukee November 15th. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

MARK TRENTESEAUX: Hello. My name is Mark Trenteseaux.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:24 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Who's Carl (Dressing Up As) This Time?

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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, and here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, filling in for Peter Sagal, Drew Carey.

(APPLAUSE)

DREW CAREY, HOST:

Carl. Thanks everybody. Thank you. Thanks everybody and thanks for wearing your nametags.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:07 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 9:24 am

Our panelists will predict who will be the next superhero to make a major life change.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:07 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 9:24 am

Our panelists tell us three stories of newfangled punishments, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:07 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 9:24 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:04 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Just a Pretty Face, Like 'N Sync But Tinier, Flatscreen Flatline.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:04 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: First up: A Yankee tries to get to first base.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:04 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl Kasell reads three quotes from the week's news: Barack Strikes Back; Dopestrong; The Fall Guy.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:04 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Aging Gracefully, What Will the Dog Eat Now, Smellular Phones, and Turn It Down.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:05 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Plays Not My Job

Sesame Street's Elmo and master puppeteer Kevin Clash play our game called "Shut up! Shut up! I'm Going to Cut Your Mike!" Three stories about Bill O'Reilly taken from an article in GQ.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:42 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Actor Tom Hanks Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 9:05 am

Oscar-winning actor and star of The Da Vinci Code, Tom Hanks, plays our game called "You're the meanest, cruelest, nastiest drunkest lout in Hollywood." Three questions about some of Hollywood's biggest louts.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:42 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Singer Linda Rondstat Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 9:05 am

Music legend Linda Ronstadt plays a game called "They said we were mad at the academy! Mad I tell you!" Three questions about strange, but real, patents in recent years.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:42 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Actress Carrie Fisher Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 9:05 am

Actress and novelist Carrie Fisher plays our game called, "Okay, it's complicated and expensive and it never worked, but at least this Star Wars doesn't have Ewoks." Three questions for the Star Wars actress about Ronald Reagan's Star Wars missile defense program.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:42 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 9:53 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 his week with Amy Dickinson, Maz Jobrani, and Paula Poundstone. 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 so much. It's time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play any of our games on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:42 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 9:53 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:42 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 9:53 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: LOL Parentz.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:07 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Prediction

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PETER GROSZ, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the big surprise in next week's debate? Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Ron Paul comes out onstage and somebody has to tell him, "Dr. Paul, it's over."

(LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: Come to find out that Obama has had a fake spray tan the whole time.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

GROSZ: And Adam Felber?

ADAM FELBER: In a bizarre consecutive technical foul-up, President Obama's teleprompter will malfunction and so will Mitt Romney.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:24 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat September 29, 2012 9:07 am

Transcript

PETER GROSZ, HOST:

All right now, we are 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 is worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Kyrie O'Connor and Adam Felber both have two points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:24 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat September 29, 2012 9:07 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 Kyrie O'Connor, Adam Felber and Brian Babylon. And, here again is your host, filling in for Peter Sagal, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Grosz.

PETER GROSZ, HOST:

Thank you, Carl Kasell.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:24 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat September 29, 2012 9:07 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, Brian Babylon and Kyrie O'Connor. And here again is your host, filling in for Peter Sagal, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Grosz.

PETER GROSZ, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:49 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Not So Killer, a Veggie Tall Tale, and Mickey Mouse Clubbin'.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:22 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 9:49 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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