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!
6:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 1:14 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 10:27 am

Our panelists predict what'll be the big baby name in 2014.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 10:27 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 10:27 am

Dog Park, Brief Distraction, Hail Me Anytime.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:39 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Prediction

Our panelists predict, now that Amazon is going to use them, what other companies will start using drones.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:39 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:39 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Why Your Uncle Is A Boar, We Wish You A Terry Christmas, The Science of Hook-Ups.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:44 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

More Favorite Things

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 5:50 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, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thanks, Carl. Peter Sagal here in the studio this week engaging in nostalgia. Don't laugh. You'll be old too someday. We've been asking our panelists what they're most thankful for. Amy Dickinson's answer wasn't surprising at all. Well, not if you've ever seen her on a dance floor.

AMY DICKINSON: Well, I'll always be most grateful for twerking of course.

SAGAL: Well, who isn't?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:44 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Our Favorite Things, Continued

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 5:50 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, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thanks, Carl. Now we have given everybody else the week off, and we've taken over the show entirely, which is interesting because we actually don't know how to work this equipment. For example, if I push this...

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:44 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Our Favorite Things

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 5:50 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, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thanks Carl. Peter Sagal here in the studio this week. All of our panelists and staff are just lying around fast asleep in a tryptophan-induced haze, and frankly they look too adorable to wake up. So instead of doing a new show for you this week, we're going to present to you what here at WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! are most thankful for.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 10:54 am

Our panelists predict what the surprise hit game will be now that the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are out.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 10:54 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 10:54 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: From Coffee Beans to Lima Beans, Fang by Elizabeth Arden, and You Know What They Say About the Size of a Man's Nose.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:50 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:03 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 9:50 am

Our panelists predict what will be the first thing delivered by the Post Office on Sunday.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:03 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 9:50 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A Thanksgivukkah Crisis; Hair-raising Havarti; Beware Mr. Compact Class.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:03 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 9:50 am

More questions for the panel: Xbox X-rays; A Cruller Fate; Professor Pampers; The Language of Huh.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 9:38 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will Toronto Mayor Rob Ford do next? P.J. O'Rourke.

P.J. O'ROURKE: Peter, he will run for higher office.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Well suited he will be. Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: He's going to become an actor and he's going to star in "Drunken Stupor, the (unintelligible) Story."

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Bobcat Goldthwait.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Host a, like, Funniest Home Videos kind of show with crack-smoking mayors, like Marion Barry and himself.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 9:38 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: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Bobcat Goldthwait and Kyrie O'Connor both have three points. P.J. O'Rourke has two.

SAGAL: OK.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Could we just stop now?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Just let it be.

GOLDTHWAIT: This is my personal best.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 9:38 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. Or, click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming show in Memphis Tennessee on December 19th! Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 10:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, who is the NSA not bothering to spy on? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: No need to monitor something that's always visible, so they NSA won't be spying on Mylie Cyrus's tongue.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 10:13 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 now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Faith Salie has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Tom Bodett and Paula Poundstone are tied for second. They both have two points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 10:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will TV pitchman Barack Obama be selling next? Mo Rocca.

MO ROCCA: In his post presidency Obama will be pitching Obamacare.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Obama's Geek Squad. Motto: We scratch the itch of your computer's glitch.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Peter Grosz.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Time for 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. Carl, what are the scores?

CARL KASELL: Mo Rocca has the lead. He has four points. Peter Grosz and Roxanne Roberts are tied. Both have two points.

SAGAL: All right. We have flipped a coin and Roxanne has elected to go first. Here is your first question. On Monday, Chris Christie withdrew his challenge as blank became legal in New Jersey.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

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, 9-2-4, 8-9-2-4. 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 Illinois and our upcoming show in Elkhart Indiana on November 21st. Tickets are still available! Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Melinda Gates

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 11:03 am

The philanthropist and better half to Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, takes a quiz about gifts given to Queen Elizabeth II. (This segment originally aired on April 20, 2013.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Erykah Badu

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 11:03 am

Soul singer Erykah Badu tells us about public nudity and her many names, and she plays a game about online dating. (This segment originally aired on Feb. 9, 2013.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Not Danza's Job

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 11:03 am

Actor Tony Danza answers three questions about company bosses. (This segment originally aired on Aug. 24, 2013.)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 10:42 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the new Nobel Prize awarded for? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: It's going to be a super duper peace prize given to each American for putting up with Congress' crap.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN, COMEDIAN: There will be a Nobel Prize for twerking.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: The Nobel Prize for open letter to Miley Cyrus.

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