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For a wacky and whip-smart approach to the weeks 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.

Prediction

Sep 30, 2017

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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists, what will NBC do to fix Megyn Kelly's new show?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 30, 2017

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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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Sep 30, 2017

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Prediction

Sep 23, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 23, 2017

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It is now 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 is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the score?

Limericks

Sep 23, 2017

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Prediction

Sep 16, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 16, 2017

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Now it is 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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Sep 16, 2017

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Months after the world watched her endure a brutal humiliation, Hillary Clinton walks into her study. She sits down at her computer, sighs, pinches the bridge of her nose.

"OK, everyone. Shut the hell up and listen," she mutters.

And then she types feverishly for weeks — or however long it takes to pound out 469 pages.

The U.S. Supreme Court will temporarily allow the Trump administration to block many refugees from six mostly Muslim countries without direct familial ties in the United States from entering this country.

In a brief order issued Monday, Justice Anthony Kennedy delayed implementation of a ruling issued by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week that would have allowed entry to refugees with formal ties to resettlement agencies here.

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Overland Park writer Jen Mann was inspired to create her People I Want to Punch in the Throat blog by, well, all the people she wants to punch in the throat. Today, we speak with the New York Times best-selling author about the latest installment in her snarky series, and about the people she's worked with who almost — almost! — forced her to fisticuffs.

Prediction

Sep 9, 2017

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"Never forget" became a national rallying cry after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Yet America's schools — where collective memory is shaped — are now full of students who never knew because they weren't alive then. Many teachers now struggle with whether and how to teach the attacks and their aftermath.

According to one survey, only about 20 states include anything in depth about the events of that fateful day in their high school social studies curriculum.

And when they are taught, critics say, it's often through a narrow lens.

President Trump continues to learn things about his job and the rest of us continue to learn things about Donald Trump.

Last week, faced with one natural disaster festering in Texas and another impending in Florida, Trump used a storm relief bill to save Congress from a fiscal disaster of its own making.

Moreover, he did it by shunning his own party's leaders in the House and Senate and cutting a deal instead with the leaders of the opposition.

Limericks

Sep 9, 2017

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Prediction

Sep 2, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 2, 2017

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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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Sep 2, 2017

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Prediction

Aug 26, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blanks

Aug 26, 2017

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Limericks

Aug 26, 2017

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Panel Question

Aug 19, 2017

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis, and here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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Thank you, Bill.

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One of my favorite interviews of the past year was with Daniel Radcliffe, who starred as Harry Potter in every one of the eight films until he got too old, and the lightning scar got all wrinkly.

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Prediction

Aug 12, 2017

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Limericks

Aug 12, 2017

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 12, 2017

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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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Prediction

Aug 5, 2017

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In just a minute - since last week, we asked our panelists to predict how Scaramucci would get in trouble and get fired and he was fired, this week, we're going to ask our panelists to predict what will make Trump turn on his new chief of staff, John Kelly, and fire him.

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