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!
4:25 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 2:22 pm

Our panelists tell us three stories of government probes, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:25 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 2:22 pm

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

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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4:25 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 2:22 pm

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A Thousand Words, iJowls, and a Reptilian Diet.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 10:25 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, Amy Dickinson and Mo Rocca. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 10:25 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 at 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 Cleveland, Ohio and Portland, Maine. Tickets for those shows go on sale this week. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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4:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 10:25 am

Transcript

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

CARL KASELL: Tom Bodett has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Amy Dickinson has three. Mo Rocca has two.

SAGAL: Mo, you're in third place. You're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank.

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4:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 10:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what surprise will Biden blow next? Tom Bodett?

TOM BODETT: He gets out over his skis on this Mother's Day thing and tells Michelle she's just going to love the necklace Barack and the girls got her for Sunday.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Next week at the John Edwards trial, Joe Biden will reveal that he is really the father of Rielle Hunter's child.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca?

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4:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 10:25 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, and here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 10:25 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. For tickets and more information go to wbez.org, or you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news, of course.

Mo, interesting study this week about climate change. Some scientists are suggesting that 150 million years ago, what contributed to global warming?

MO ROCCA: Sort of gassy dinosaurs.

SAGAL: Yes, that's exactly right.

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4:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 10:25 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 his week with Mo Rocca, Tom Bodett and Amy Dickinson. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you everybody.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: It is, of course, time again 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 10:48 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have sixty 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, Peter. Roy Blount, Jr., has three points, Charlie Pierce has three points, Kyrie O'Connor has two.

SAGAL: Kyrie, you're in third place; you're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question.

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12:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 10:48 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 Leed Center for the Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, everybody. It is great to be here in Lincoln, out here on the Nebraska plains. It happens to be tornado season here.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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12:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 10:48 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Kyrie, in an effort to curb teenage pregnancy, this week the State of Tennessee passed a law banning what among teens?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Oh, it's like any kind of public display of affection, like hugging and...

SAGAL: Holding hands, for example.

O'CONNOR: ...holding hands, yes.

SAGAL: Yes, hugging, holding hands.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 10:48 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 Roy Blount Jr., Kyrie O'Connor and Charlie Pierce. And, here again is your host, at the Leed Center in Lincoln Nebraska, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody. Thank you so much. 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 10:48 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next big overpriced sale? Roy Blount Jr?

ROY BLOUNT JR: The phone number of that guy who shelled out $120 million for "The Scream."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Because of problems in the Euro zone, Mario and Luigi will sell their iconic plumbing company and every billionaire under 40 will bid on it.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Charlie Pierce?

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12:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 10:48 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 Roy Blount Jr., Kyrie O'Connor, and Charlie Pierce. And, here again is your host, at the Leed Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. In just a minute, Carl debates the virtues of a unirhymeral legislature...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: ...in our Listener Limerick Challenge.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 10:48 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, click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 11:36 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. Thank you so much.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 11:36 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, as traditional, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Tom, this week a cow escaped a Colorado farm and fled right to where?

TOM BODETT: This wasn't the mad cow.

SAGAL: No.

BODETT: OK.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: It was annoyed.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: I would say it became a horrified cow.

BODETT: Oh, to the slaughterhouse.

SAGAL: No.

BODETT: Oh. Worse?

SAGAL: Further down the chain.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 11:36 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!
2:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 11:36 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 Amy Dickinson, Tom Bodett 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.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you, Carl. In just a minute, Carl selects Nantucket in the first round of the National Limerick League Draft.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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2:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 11:36 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have sixty 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: Tom Bodett has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Amy Dickinson and Paula Poundstone are tied for second. They both have two points each.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 11:36 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 Amy Dickinson, Paula Poundstone and Tom Bodett. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thanks everybody. 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 11:36 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what is next for Newt Gingrich? Paula Poundstone?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Newt Gingrich will, in fact, colonize the moon, from where he will teach a remarkable online bluster course.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Oh, he's going to power down Callista, pack her in Styrofoam peanuts and take her back home to Georgia.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: And Tom Bodett?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:02 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Science Writer Mary Roach Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 11:03 am

The science writer known for tackling death in her book Still, sex in her book Bonk and space travel in her latest book, Packing For Mars, takes a quiz in honor of the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Brothers. (Rebroadcast from Sept. 18, 2010)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:02 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Novelist Carl Hiaasen Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 11:03 am

The Florida novelist tells us what he finds so weird and inspiring about South Florida and answers three questions about extreme cold-weather activities. (Rebroadcast from Feb. 5, 2011)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:45 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Newbery Medal Winner Jack Gantos Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 11:03 am

Award-winning children's book author and recent recipient of the Newbery Honor joins us to talk about his other distinction: his arrest on drug smuggling charges. Then he takes a quiz on Harlequin romance novels. (Rebroadcast from Jan. 28, 2012)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:45 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Novelist Tom Robbins Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 11:03 am

Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Skinny Legs and All, and most recently B is for Beer, joins us to talk about Seattle, taking LSD and answer questions about the other Mr. T. Robbins. (Rebroadcast from June 5, 2010)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:45 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Writer Susan Orlean Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 11:03 am

New Yorker staff writer and author of the Orchid Thief and the recent biography of movie canine Rin Tin Tin takes a quiz on other things that sound like "Rin Tin Tin": Tintin, Tauntaun and TomTom. (Rebroadcast from Dec. 3, 2011)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat April 14, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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