Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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For a wacky and whip-smart approach to the weeks 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.

Carl's Holiday Letters

Dec 24, 2011

Carl reads three holiday letters from this year's newsmakers, including a family with a son on Wall Street; a man who can't stop bragging, and an annoyed media baron.

Opening Panel Round

Dec 24, 2011

Our panelists answer questions about some of the biggest stories in 2011 ... Social Media claims another victim.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 24, 2011

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Bluff The Listener

Dec 24, 2011

Our panelists tell three stories about health care in the UK.

Panel Round Two

Dec 24, 2011

Transcript

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 Nick Hancock, Alonzo Bodden and Paula Poundstone. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Limericks

Dec 24, 2011

Carl reads three limericks about the big stories from the UK this year: An Abduction, A Tasteless Story, and The Best Excuse Ever.

Panel Round Two

Dec 17, 2011

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Transcript

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 Jessi Klein, Paula Poundstone and Maz Jobrani. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Limericks

Dec 17, 2011

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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 waitwait.npr.org, there you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 17, 2011

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to 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:

Maz Jobrani has the lead, Peter. He has three points. Paula Poundstone and Jessi Klein are tied for second. They both have two points.

SAGAL: Okay. Well, we have flipped a coin to break the tie. Paula has elected to go second. Jessi, you're up first.

Prediction

Dec 17, 2011

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, Panel, who will be Time's Person of the Year in 2012? Paula Poundstone?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: I think it's going to be Pat from Sheboygan because if all goes right, she's going to give us health and wealth.

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SAGAL: Jessi Klein?

Who's Carl This Time?

Dec 17, 2011

Transcript

CARL KASELL, HOST:

From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

Opening Panel Round

Dec 17, 2011

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Hey, we want to remind everybody to check out the first ever WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! TV special airing Friday night, December 23rd at 8:00/7:00 Central on BBC America. We have invited some special guests across the pond and help us review our favorite stories of 2011.

Watch the show Friday night on BBC America, then tune into the radio show on Saturday and Sunday to hear us play all the bits too racy for cable. That's BBC America's WAIT WAIT TV special next Friday, December 23rd, 8:00 Eastern/7:00 Central.

Bluff The Listener

Dec 17, 2011

Transcript

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 Paula Poundstone, Maz Jobrani, and Jessi Klein. 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 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.

Bluff The Listener

Dec 10, 2011

Transcript

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 Charlie Pierce, Kyrie O'Connor and Peter Grosz. And here again is your host, at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond, Kentucky, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

Panel Round Two

Dec 10, 2011

Transcript

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 Kyrie O'Connor, Peter Grosz and Charlie Pierce. And here again is your host, at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond, Kentucky, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

Limericks

Dec 10, 2011

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 waitwait.npr.org.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Illinois, and you can check out our podcast, "how to do everything." This week: how not to get a lunch date with Matt Damon.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 10, 2011

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players now has sixty seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, HOST:

We have a tie for first place, Peter. Kyrie O'Connor and Charlie Pierce both have three points. Peter Grosz has two.

Prediction

Dec 10, 2011

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will Iran do with that drone? Peter Grosz?

PETER GROSZ: Well, they claim they're going to try to make it run again, but it's just going to end up sitting on blocks in their driveway.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: You know how it goes. Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Well, no, no, no, they're going to install it in front of Isfahan VFW.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Charlie Pierce?

Who's Carl This Time?

Dec 10, 2011

Transcript

CARL KASELL, HOST:

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 Eastern Kentucky Center for the Arts in Richmond, Kentucky, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

Opening Panel Round

Dec 10, 2011

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Hey, if you've ever wondered what we look like, now is your chance to either be pleasantly surprised or horrified. We're doing our first ever TV special in a few weeks. It's WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!'s year in review for 2011.

It's an hour long television special on BBC America, on Friday, December 23rd, and it will also be heard on your favorite public radio station that weekend. I know it will be a tough choice between Carl and Frost the Snowman, but Carl does not need no magic hat to talk.

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Limericks

Dec 3, 2011

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Painting Over Global Warming, The Joy of Libertarian Cooking, and Parents Go Back to Square One.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 3, 2011

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Prediction

Dec 3, 2011

Our panelists predict what the new rover will find on Mars.

Bluff The Listener

Dec 3, 2011

Our panelists tell three stories about odd classes offered at Ivy League schools.

Panel Round Two

Dec 3, 2011

Transcript

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 Luke Burbank, Roxanne Roberts 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)

SAGAL: Thank you. In just a minute, Carl announces amazing deals on limericks. It's Black Rhyme Day.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

Who's Carl This Time?

Dec 3, 2011

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: Herman's Her-mistresses; I Love The '70s: Iran; and Onward to Mars!

Opening Panel Round

Dec 3, 2011

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, it's time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Luke, remember Rick Perry? He is still running for president.

LUKE BURBANK: That name sounds really familiar.

SAGAL: Yeah, I know.

MO ROCCA TELEVISION PERSONALITY: He was on "General Hospital," right?

BURBANK: Oh yeah.

SAGAL: I think so, yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BURBANK: Yes.

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