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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11:03 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Baseball's 'Iron Man' Cal Ripken Plays Not My Job

Cal Ripken Jr., pictured above in 1997, spent his entire career playing for the Baltimore Orioles. He retired in 2001.
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Cal Ripken Jr. knows streaks. The Baseball Hall of Famer played 21 years with the Baltimore Orioles and holds the record for most consecutive games played.

We've invited Ripken to play a game called "You want to see a real streak? Here, hold my pants." Ripken is known for playing 2,632 consecutive games, but we don't think it counts as a streak because he was wearing clothes. We'll ask him three questions about sports' real streakers.

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9:38 am
Sat June 2, 2012

A Classic Summer Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 10:00 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 again is your host, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you everybody.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Today is our Summer Solstice Celebration. We'll be dancing naked at midnight, enacting ancient fertility rites and sacrificing goats to ensure a fruitful growing season.

(LAUGHTER)

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9:38 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Simon Pegg Plays Not My Job

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Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 10:00 am

Simon Pegg is living every nerd's dream: He grew up watching Star Wars, Star Trek and horror movies, then started making movies of his own. He played Scotty in the new version of Star Trek and is starring in Steven Spielberg's latest, Paul.

We've invited Pegg to play a game called: "And he makes a poke check while head-deking in the crease!" Three questions about an obscure little game called "ice hockey."

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9:38 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Another Classic Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 10:00 am

Our panelists tell stories of parents going the extra mile to toughen up their kids, only one of which is true.

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9:38 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Gary Oldman Plays Not My Job

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Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 11:03 am

It was a huge surprise in Hollywood last week when actor Gary Oldman got an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy — people weren't surprised that he was nominated, but they were shocked that this was the first time.

We've invited Oldman to answer three questions about Up With People — a horde of wholesome, smiley young people who performed four Super Bowl halftime shows back in the day.

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4:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: A Healthy Reason to Eat Junk Food; Sinking the USS Chivalry; Science Solves a Condiment Conundrum.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A Beef-tacular Discovery; Sorry, Ladies ... You Can't Handle These Chips; The Queen's Walker.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: The 2012 Ad Wars Get an Early Start; Space Taxi!; and An Idle Idol Finale.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: The Greatest Duh-liberative Body in the World.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell three stories about improving customer service.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:51 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Prediction

In a recent speech, Mitt Romney announced there was a list of words he wasn't allowed to say. Our panelists predict what those words are.

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4:25 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Opening Panel Round

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

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: A Giant Pain.

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.

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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!
4:25 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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4:25 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

The Wait Wait Upfronts

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

Carl reads descriptions of three new TV shows based on the week's news, and a caller has to guess what they're about: Bye-Bye Billions, Hello Billions, and Virtue and Vice.

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4:25 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Prediction

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

Our panelists predict where we'll find that $3 billion lost by JP Morgan Chase.

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4:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 10:25 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 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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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

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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 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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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

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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 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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12:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 10:48 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 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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12:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Prediction

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

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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

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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 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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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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