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!
4:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Rhyme Tyme

Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 12:11 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, and here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you everybody, you're so great. So this week, we're turning the producer's chair over to you, as we broadcast the segments and moments from the show that you told us you most wanted to hear again.

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4:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

He Cannot Lie

Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 12:11 pm

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CARL KASELL: Being NPR, we often turn to experts for their opinion and their analysis.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

And you wanted to hear again from someone we brought onto the show in April of 2010, when we needed a particular perspective on an important story. Joining us as well were panelists Roxanne Roberts, Mo Rocca and Charlie Pierce.

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us most weeks back 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 this week's news.

Alonzo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hates going from an air conditioned building to a hot and sticky car. So, to get his official SUV cooled down faster the mayor equipped the SUV with what?

ALONZO BODDEN: A remote starter?

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 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, Kyrie O'Connor, and Alonzo Bodden. And, here again is your host, at Playhouse Square in Cleveland Ohio, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody. Now, it's time to play the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the listener game. To play our games call 1-888-Wait-Wait. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!.

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 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 Mo Rocca, Kyrie O'Connor, and Alonzo Bodden. And, here again is your host, at Playhouse Square in Cleveland Ohio, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 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.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. You can also check out our How to do Everything podcast. This week, Mike and Ian explain how to be a Wimbledon ball boy even if you are no longer a boy.

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, it's time for our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players has 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Mo Rocca has the lead, Peter. He has three points.

MO ROCCA: My gosh.

SAGAL: Alonzo Bodden and Kyrie O'Connor are tied for second. They both have two points.

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what CNN headline should we be skeptical about when we see it? Alonzo Bodden?

ALONZO BODDEN: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run the New York Marathon.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Brussel sprouts, the new aphrodisiac.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca?

MO ROCCA: Breaking news.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

CARL KASELL: Well, if we see any of those headlines, panel, we'll ask you about it on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!.

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 am

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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 State Theater at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you so much, Carl. Thanks, everybody. We are proud to announce, after a lot of thought and prayer, we have decided to take our talents to Cleveland.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: To help us understand the wisdom of our choice, Cleveland's own Drew Carey will be joining us here later on.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: That Doesn't Even Look Like Me, $%#@&*! and A Date With Expiration.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: High Dining, A Bad Reputation and Not The Best Medicine.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Dream Act Lite, Ode on a Grecian Bailout and Cracks in the Surface

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: The role John Kerry was born to play.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell three stories about new ways to fake greatness.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Prediction

With speculation rampant, our panelists predict who Mitt Romney will choose as his running mate.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 am

More questions for the panel: Leave No Child Blue, An Aviation Innovation, and They Do More Than Waddle.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Models Need A Change, Skinnysaurus, and A Shelled Split.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 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.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you all so much. Thank you so much. I'm just as excited as you are. We have a great show for you today. We've got the great novelist John Irving coming on to play our game later.

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7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium. For tickets and more information about upcoming shows in Chicago and our show in Cleveland June 28th, 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.

Maz, some good news. This week Congress asked the TSA to stop pat-downs and other invasive procedures with a particularly vulnerable segment of citizens. Who?

MAZ JOBRANI: The elderly.

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7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 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 Maz Jobrani, Amy Dickinson, and Roy Blount, Jr. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you so much.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: 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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7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what animal has a secret life? Mr. Roy Blount, Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR.: Monkeys. They are appalled by their portrayal in the popular culture, because they have no sense of humor. They also think that when you bang two little cymbals together it sounds really pretty.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Those blind and naked mole rats aren't actually naked. These shy, nocturnal creatures are really wearing teeny tiny spandex body suits.

(LAUGHTER)

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5:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 10:32 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time to move on to our final, 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: Roxanne Roberts has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Mo Rocca and P.J. O'Rourke are tied for second; they both have two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 10:32 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, P.J. O'Rourke and Roxanne Roberts. And, here again is your host, at The Music Center at Strathmore, in North Bethesda, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Right now, it is 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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5:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 10:32 am

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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 Roxanne Roberts, P.J. O'Rourke and Mo Rocca. And, here again is your host, at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 10:32 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 on our website waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming show in Cleveland on June 28th.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 10:32 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what problem will Disney solve next? Mr. P.J. O'Rourke?

P.J. O'ROURKE: Peace, love and understanding, which is why they're getting rid of Donald Duck.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: It will save the Miss Universe pageant by allowing women, women who used to be men, fairy princesses and transgendered mice with big ears.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca?

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5:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 10:32 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 Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 10:32 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody that they can join us most weeks back 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, of course it is time for you to answer some questions about the week's news.

Roxanne, to allay concerns from an increasingly nervous public, the Centers for Disease Control issued a statement saying that there is, in fact, no real danger of what?

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