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 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

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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

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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

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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.

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

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players has sixty seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, please give us the scores.

CARL KASELL, HOST:

Tom Bodett has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Faith Salie and Mo Rocca, they're tied or second. They both have two points.

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

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will the cruise captain do next? Mo Rocca?

MO ROCCA: He'll find comfort and luxury in an open marriage with Silvio Berlusconi.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith Salie?

FAITH SALIE: With his perma-tan and Italian roots, he'll join another sinking ship, the cast of the "Jersey Shore."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SALIE: They already have "The Situation," and now they'll have "The Disembarkation."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Tom Bodett?

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

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: An unlikely Hip Hop battle.

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

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell us three secrets of the Clinton White House, only one of which is true.

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

Headline Game

Carl reads recent headlines to our panelists, they have to pick which ones are real.

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

Prediction

Our panelists predict how Hostess will try and save the company.

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

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: New Hampshire News, A Sweet Goes Sour, and A New Baby State of Mind.

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

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Nothing Compares to Newt.

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

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Coming Out of Their Shells, Blame It on Fido, and A Fridge with Personality.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 7, 2012

Prediction

Our panelists predict what Rupert Murdoch will accidentally reveal now that he's on Twitter.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 7, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: A Romney Landslide; Rupert's Tweets; Obama's Secret.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 7, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Pepsi unleashes the Deadly Mountain Dew Defense.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 7, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell three stories about the rise of the nerds.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 7, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Bachmann's Waterloo; and a car seat that knows your cheeks.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 7, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A Macho Crustacean; Geezer Suits; Good Things Come to Sassy Kids

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat January 7, 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 December 31, 2011

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, or you can click the contact us link on our website, which is waitwait.npr.org; there you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

ASHLEY BRAVO: Hi, my name is Ashley Bravo.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it is time for 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, HOST:

We have a tie for first place, Peter. Tom Bodett and Peter Grosz each has three points and Kyrie O'Connor has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what disorder will we discover next? Mr. Tom Bodett?

TOM BODETT: In a not altogether terrible development, we will see the onset of affable bowel syndrome.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Twitter compulsive disorder, the need to obsessively count the number of characters in everything you say and stop when you get to...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: And Peter Grosz?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Bluff The Listener

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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, Peter Grosz and Kyrie O'Connor. And here again if your host, at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

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