Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:19 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 9:36 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Falconer of the Bride, Sippy Flask and The Man With Six Pack Abs.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 11:32 am

Now that he's done his New York Times op-ed, our panelists predict what Vladimir Putin will write a column about next.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 11:32 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players now has 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 ANNOUNCER: Mo Rocca and Faith Salie are tied for first. Each has three points. P.J. O'Rourke has two.

SAGAL: OK. P.J., you are pulling up the rear, so you're going to go first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank.

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7:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 11:32 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Chicken Latte, Bieber Barbasol, Blabbermouth.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:50 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Prediction

Our panelists predict what swimmer Diana Nyad will cough up after all that time in the water.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:50 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:50 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: The Angry Skyscraper, A Grocery Cart Filled With Self-Loathing and Beyoncephobia.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:08 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 10:56 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 they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Tom Bodett and Charlie Pierce are tied for first, Peter, with three points each. Amy Dickinson has two.

SAGAL: All right. So Amy...

AMY DICKINSON: Yes.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:08 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 10:56 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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8:08 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 10:56 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next new word we learn? Charlie Pierce.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Hackstacking, the process of booking the Sunday News Panel Shows.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: Twerkmenistan, the country assigned to receive Miley Cyrus after her 15 minutes of fame has passed.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: My pain has a name and it is spasgasm, the debilitating back cramp middle-aged people experience after twerking.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:24 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 9:51 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players now has 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: Adam Felber has the lead, Peter. He has four points, Kyrie O'Connor has three; Paula Poundstone, two.

SAGAL: All right. Well, Paula, you are sadly in third place so you will start.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Boy, we haven't heard those words ever before.

(LAUGHTER)

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10:24 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 9:51 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:24 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 9:51 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. We're playing this week with Kyrie O'Connor, Paula Poundstone and Adam Felber. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Capers And Control

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 10:27 am

Running Afowl of the Law, Multiplication Problem, Coming in Second.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Bob Freer Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 10:27 am

Animal expert Bob Freer answers three questions about Liberace.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:21 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kevin Fitzgerald Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 10:27 am

Veterinarian and former bouncer for the Rolling Stones Kevin Fitzgerald answers questions about the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), which provided steroids and growth hormones to athletes.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:07 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Abby Wambach

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 11:03 am

The soccer star proves she has her head in the game.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:07 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Nic Wallenda

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 11:03 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 once again here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks so much.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: There are a lot of different kinds of pastimes and games, so there's some debate over what actually is a sport and what isn't. Here's my definition. A sport is anything I am scared to attempt.

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2:07 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Jon Miller

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 11:03 am

The voice of the San Francisco Giants tries to win our game.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:24 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 11:37 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. We're playing this week with Bobcat Goldthwait, Roxanne Roberts, and Brian Babylon. And here again is your host, at U.S. Cellular Center Asheville in North Carolina, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you all. Right now, it's time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the Listeners game. 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!
6:54 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 11:37 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will A-Rod do next? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: A-Rod will have a new reality show about his new chain of gyms called Aroids, where the gym equipment makes you feel younger than you really are.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: In an effort to raise the moral bar of the campaign, A-Rod will announce he's running for mayor of New York.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Bobcat Goldthwait.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Surprising, he's going to be the new judge on "American Idol."

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6:54 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 11:37 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 three-way tie, Peter. Brian, Roxanne and Bobcat all have three points each.

(APPLAUSE)

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6:54 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 11:37 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. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

JEN FRITZ: Hi, this is Jen Fritz from Oak Park, Illinois.

SAGAL: Hey, Oak Park is a lovely place, or so I've heard. And what do you do there?

FRITZ: I work as a family medicine physician assistant and also a new mom.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:01 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 9:41 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:01 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 9:41 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:01 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 9:41 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be George Alexander Louis' first words? Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: Why is great grandmother always wearing yellow suits? Is she a pimp?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: I didn't say I wanted to be a prince. I said I wanted to be Prince.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: From this day forth, I should like to be referred to as the infant formally known as Prince.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:40 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 11:29 am

Now that following the Pope's tweets gets you a fast track through Purgatory, our panelists predict the next way someone will entice us to follow them on Twitter.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:40 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 11:29 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it is time to move on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which they can 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: Alonzo Bodden has the lead, Peter. He has four points, Faith Salie has two, Charlie Pierce has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:40 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 11:29 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Sluggish Complexion, Vanilla Beaujolais Zero, Carrot Weight.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:08 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Prediction

Now that we're no longer the fattest country in the world, our panelists predict what the U.S. will do to regain our No. 1 status.

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