Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Saturday, 12 p.m.

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 lightening 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.

You can find out more about the program on their website.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:46 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 10:13 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 1-888-924-8924. Or click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and check out the latest "How to Do Everything" podcast. This week, Ian and Mike tell you what to do with that enormous whale on your beach.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Special Message 4

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:37 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

I noticed another call came in to our answering machine here. This one, I can't help but notice, has a Washington, D.C., area code.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Hi, everybody. This is Barack from Washington, D.C.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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6:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:37 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. Carl Kasell, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Paula Poundstone has the lead with four points. Mo Rocco has three. Roxanne Roberts has two.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:37 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 and 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 back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Ill., and our upcoming show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, July 10th. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:49 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:49 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, onto our final game Lightening 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, BYLINE: Tom Bodett has the lead. He has four points. We have a tie between Jessi and Brian.

SAGAL: OK.

KASELL: Each has two points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:49 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Limericks

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 11:33 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it is time to move on to our final game, lighting 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, BYLINE: Three-way tie, Peter.

SAGAL: Oh, my goodness.

KASELL: Alonzo Bodden, Paula Poundstone, Adam Felber. Each has three points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 11:33 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 1-888- 924- 8924 or click the Contact Us link at our website, waitwait.NPR.org.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows, back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Illinois or our upcoming show in Madison, Wisconsin June 19. Hi. You're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 11:33 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will George Clooney and his new wife fight about first? Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: It'll be over the fact that as a good night ritual, both of them say the same thing.

SAGAL: What?

FELBER: I love you George.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: She through out his perfectly good underwear.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: Matt Damon in the guest room.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 9:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next vice to modernize? Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: Cocaine will be rebranded Adderall Extreme.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

O'CONNOR: Oh, this is actually a good thing - robot cockfighting.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roy Blount Jr.?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 9:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which they can 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, BYLINE: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. Has three points. Kyrie O'Connor and Roy Blount Jr. are tied for second. Each has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:34 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 9:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:27 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Not My Job: Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake Gets Quizzed On Winter Sports

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 12:29 pm

We've asked Flake to play a game called "Dude, that skijoring was sick!" Three questions about non-Olympic winter sports. Originally broadcast Feb. 15, 2014.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:27 am
Sat April 19, 2014

A New Study Says ...

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 12:29 pm

We listen back to a round of questions for our panel, in which Paula took certain issue with the scientific method.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:27 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 12:29 pm

Our panelists each tell us about a new way to turn away unwanted advances, only one of which is real.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:44 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will we all do now that we can't go on the internet safely? Luke Burbank?

LUKE BURBANK: Resort to the unthinkable. Feeling our feelings for the briefest of moments.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: I refuse. Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Instead of posting on Facebook, maybe we'll put our face in a book?

(APPLAUSE)

DICKINSON: It could happen.

SAGAL: And Charlie Pierce?

CHARLIE PIERCE: Go out in the backyard and make real birds really angry.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:44 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: 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, please can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Luke Burbank has the lead, he has four points. Amy Dickinson and Charlie Pierce are tied for second, each has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:44 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 12:02 pm

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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, BYLINE: Roxanne Roberts has the lead, Peter, she has four points. Paula Poundstone has three, P.J. O'Rourke has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 12:02 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, its 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 one 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That is 1-888-924-8924 or click the Contact Us link on our website, WaitWait.NPR.org. You can find out there about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Prediction

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

Now, panel, no more G-8. What will Russia join, Roy Blount, Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR.: This is going to take a little sort of change of pace and join the fashion firm (Unintelligible).

(LAUGHTER)

PESCA: Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Oh, Russia will join the cast of the Real Housewives of the Former USSR.

(LAUGHTER)

PESCA: Tom Bodett.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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MIKE PESCA, 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 is worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place. Roy Blount, Jr. and Tom Bodett each has three points. Kyrie O'Connor has two.

PESCA: Kyrie, so you're in third place. You're going to go first. The clock will start when I begin your question. Are you ready?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: I am ready.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Limericks

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:49 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 11:03 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Mr. Right (Foot), The Canine King's Speech, McNuggetsaurus.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:49 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 11:03 am

Our panelists predict what will be the next great discovery in our universe.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:49 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 11:03 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:51 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 11:55 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, how will the web celebrate its 25th birthday? Charlie Pierce.

CHARLIE PIERCE: It will reveal that all those Nigerian bankers were actually telling the truth. Suckers.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Cindy Shupack.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:51 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 11:55 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: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Cindy Shupack and Charlie Pierce each has three points. Paula Poundstone has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:51 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 11:55 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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