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!
11:00 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Good News For the Jolly Green Giant, What's In An Unappetizing Name and Somebody Needs A Drink.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Prediction

Our panelists will predict what James Cameron found at the bottom of the ocean.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 12:52 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.

You can click the contact us link at our website waitwait.npr.org. You can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, and check out our "how to do everything" podcast. This week: how to fix that iPhone you just dropped in the toilet. You know who you are.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: The New Ishtar, Spongy No More and A Quick and Painful Way to Get a Free Meal.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Prediction

Our panelists predict: After Mitt Romney's campaign caused in spike in Etch A Sketch sales, what will be the next resurgent toy?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: Barack Gump, Romney's Toy Chest and Gritty Teen Blockbusters.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Bedtime For Cameron. (3) Bluff The Listener — Our panelists tell three stories about new ways to improve our bodies.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: A Candidate Bankrolled By Eyeball Massagers, The Garden State Cleans Up.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: Southern Swing, I Quit and A Final Edition.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: A Two-Ply Problem. (3) Bluff The Listener — Our panelists tell us three stories of St. Patrick's Day traditions being used for good, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: A Little Chin Music, Eau de Pontiff and Putting Six Elbows On The Bar.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Prediction

After the Goldman Sachs employee quit in an op-ed in The New York Times, our panelists predict the next public resignation.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A Hairy Situation, Come Fly With My Kids and A Bird In Need Of A Birdbath.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Baby Poop Suits; Fattening ATMS and Fido Lipo.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Super-lame Tuesday; Vlad is Back and When the Saints Go Bounty Hunting

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Forest Facials.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 10, 2012 11:25 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: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Tom Bodett had three. Amy Dickinson, two.

SAGAL: All right, Amy, 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Prediction

Our panelists predict where we will next see an NFL-style bounty system.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat March 10, 2012 11:25 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 Brian Babylon. 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. Thank you all so much. Right now, it is time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the Listener. 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!
11:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Colorado's Hickenbloopers; Women and Men Part MCMLXII ; Santorum's Past Presidents Purity Pledge.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Predictions

Now that Fox is developing a sitcom that takes place at an NPR station, our panelists predict what the pilot episode will be about.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Rich Man, Gaffe Man; The Next Big War; and Muggles Rejoice.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 11:45 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody that they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets to our shows and more information, you can go to wbez.org and you can also find a link at our website, which is waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell us three stories of innovations in beauty, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 11:45 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 Luke Burbank, Roxanne Roberts and Alonzo Bodden. 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!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Shhhh!, Like Amazon For the Heartbroken, oPads.

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