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 February 18, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A breath of fresh caffeine; a school kids can't wait to attend; and bedtime stories to avoid.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:35 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Speedskater Nick Pearson Plays Not My Job

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It's been 10 years since Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics, and the city remains a mecca for winter sports, especially for speedskating. Two-time Olympian speedskater Nick Pearson came to Salt Lake to train and compete in the 2002 Olympics and never left.

We've invited Nick to play a game called "Whoaaa ... slow down there, friend." Three questions about things that go very, very slowly for a person who likes to go dangerously fast.

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

Prediction

Originally published on Sat February 11, 2012 10:35 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who will finally swoop in and save the GOP? Paula Poundstone?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Giselle Bundchen, who will say to the Republicans, "my husband can't throw the ball and win the election at the same time."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Tom Bodett?

TOM BODETT: We're going to need one part Newt Gingrich, one part Rudy Giuliani, one part Arnold Schwarzenegger - we're talking Vladmir Putin.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Roxanne Roberts?

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

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: The Never-ending Story, Presidential Promises, and Protecting the Passer.

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

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Does This Collar Make Me Look Fat?

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

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell us three stories of dumb cops, only one of which is true.

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

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Sweet and Really Low, Lean On Me, and Where to Have the Best of Times.

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

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: An Excuse Not to Buy Flowers, Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together, and An Icelandic Problem.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 4, 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 February 4, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 10:05 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what is everybody going to be talking about after the Super Bowl? Mr. PJ O'Rourke?

PJ O'ROURKE: Well, Indiana's passed the right to work act and the unions are angry, and I think they've got an idea for a pretty attention getting protests. A bunch of burly AFL-CIO guys, this is not a wardrobe malfunction you're going to want to look at.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Charlie Pierce?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: Poor Mitt; Half-time with Madonna; and Snakes on an Everglade.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Love and Roaches; AyePhones; Aloof Aliens.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Oops! I Did It Again

Carl reads some recent newspaper corrections.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Newt Reaches out to Florida Voters; Raiders of the Lost Yo Momma Joke.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Doodie Calls!

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell three stories about rosy economic indicators.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat January 28, 2012 10:07 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will that bad presidential joke be? Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: Next year, the bad joke will actually come from John Boehner when he gooses Obama.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: The president will show up wearing this t-shirt: I spent 100 million dollars to get elected and all I got is this stupid Congress.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: And Peter Grosz?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Mr. or Mrs. Meat, A Cereal Killer, Brides-to-be ... to-be, and Lord Grantham is Not Amused.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 28, 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 January 28, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: The State of the Comedy Is Weak, A Positive Spin, and Privacy Invaded.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news... Getting To The Point.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell us three stories of an innovation in laziness, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat January 28, 2012 10:07 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 on our website, that's waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 21, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

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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 Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, all. Thank you so much. It is so great to be here in Detroit, at the fantastic Fox Theater. We have got for you, today; we have got Duke Fakir, one of the original Four Tops. He's going to come by and talk Motown.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 21, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Faith, you can update your Facebook at your computer, in the bathroom, even while driving through a school zone. Well, a new app just out will allow you to post a status update even when you are what?

FAITH SALIE: Gosh, what's worse than doing it while you're going to the bathroom? Giving birth.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

MO ROCCA: No, I bet I know what it is.

SAGAL: Status: aahhh.

SALIE: Dying.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 21, 2012

Bluff The Listener

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(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE, CHEERS)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you so much, everybody. 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.

ANDY FORAN: Hello, this is Andy Foran. I grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, but I'm now living in Fairbanks, Alaska.

SAGAL: Wow.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: You moved to Fairbanks. You couldn't stand the weather here in Michigan; you moved to Fairbanks.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 21, 2012

Panel Round Two

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CARL KASELL, HOST:

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, Faith Salie and Mo Rocca. And here again is your host, at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thanks everybody. In just a minute, Carl performs his Motown classic, "I heard it through the GrapeRhyme," in our Listener Limerick Challenge.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 21, 2012

Limericks

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 on our website at waitwait.npr.org, and there you can find out about attending our weekly live shows at the Chase Bank Auditorium. You can also download the latest "How to do everything" podcast. This week: Mike and Ian tell you how to look like Crispin Glover.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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