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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.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 8:56 am

More questions for the panel: The Two Week Fatathalon; A Mothra Sighting; The Dictionary Drops a Bomb.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 8:56 am

Legendary anchorman Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks: SCANDAL Equals 10 Points; Fabio--Come on Down! Leer-end Collisions.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 8:56 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 he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Bill Kurtis, could you give us the scores?

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4:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 8:56 am

Our panelists predict: If Barack Obama decided to drop Joe Biden, who he would he pick to replace him?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Who's Bill This Time?

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 8:56 am

Transcript

BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm legendary anchorman Bill Kurtis...

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: Filling in for Carl Kasell, and here's 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!
6:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:07 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Amy, scientists have discovered that just like Americans in the 50s, dinosaurs once experienced what?

AMY DICKINSON: Oh wow. Just like Americans in the 50s, dinosaurs once experienced. Making out in the rec room? No.

(LAUGHTER)

DICKINSON: That's not it.

SAGAL: What are you guys doing down there? Hunting for prey, mom. Nothing.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Actually, technically, for Americans it started right after World War II.

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6:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:07 am

Transcript

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 Roy Blount Jr., Amy Dickinson, and Tom Bodett. And, here again is your host, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 11, 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 translates to 1-888-924-8924.

You can always click the contact us link on our website wait wait.npr.org. You can find out there about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. We'd love to see you. Or come visit us in Atlanta, George, when we do our show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on September 20th.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:07 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players has 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: Amy Dickinson has the lead, Peter, she has three points. Roy Blount, Jr., has two. Tom Bodett, one.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:07 am

Transcript

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 his week with Roy Blount Jr., Amy Dickinson, and Tom Bodett. And, here again is your host, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you everybody. 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. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!.

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6:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:07 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will the Rover discover on Mars? Roy Blount Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR: Well it's kind of sad. We discover that Curiosity landed on the only cat on Mars.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Well, I've been looking for my car keys for a long time, so I'm hoping.

SAGAL: And Tom Bodett?

TOM BODETT: It'll find Waldo, the Beef, Carmen, San Diego and Obama's birth certificate.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

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6:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:07 am

Transcript

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 Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you. So much for the reserved New Englander thing. It's great to be here in Portland, which is the hipster capital of Maine.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: It's terrible now. The grizzled old lobstermen have to wear t-shirts saying, "My beard is not ironic."

(LAUGHTER)

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10:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 11:36 am

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: A Gold Medal in Olympic Spoilers; An Awkward Moment in Poland; and The Spammer in Chief.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 11:36 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: First up: We're going to need a slower boat.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 11:36 am

Transcript

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 Charlie Pierce, Adam Felber and Paula Pell. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you so much. Right now, it's time - thank you - 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.

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10:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 11:36 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, how will NBC win back viewers? Adam Felber?

ADAM FELBER: They'll go all in and start offering nightly news classic wherein Brian Williams delivers stories about events that happened some time in the past, starting Monday with Japan attacks.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Charlie Pierce?

CHARLIE PIERCE: Having learned its lessons from its Olympic coverage, the network is planning to launch a new morning wakeup news show "Yesterday."

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Paula Pell?

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10:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 11:36 am

More questions for the panel: Lethal Vice President? Coming to America with High Expectations; Texting Hazards; and Diagnosis Tweet.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 11:36 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 waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 11:36 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 11:56 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 would like to play any of our games 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, that's waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta this September.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 11:56 am

Transcript

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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Kyrie O'Connor has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Simon Amstell and Mo Rocca are tied for second. They both have two points.

MO ROCCA: My god.

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4:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 11:56 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will Mitt Romney bring back from his trip abroad? Simon Amstell?

SIMON AMSTELL: Where's he going?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Pippa Middleton's bottom.

SAGAL: What will she do without it? And Mo Rocca?

MO ROCCA: Luxemburg for Mrs. Romney to put in the backyard under a gazebo.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

CARL KASELL: And, if Romney brings back any of those things, panel, we'll ask you about it on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 11:56 am

Transcript

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 Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 11:56 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. And this September 20th, we will be at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. For tickets and more information, go to wbez.org and you can find a link at our website which is, as always, waitwait.npr.org.

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Simon, good news for travelers, thanks to a ruling last week, you are now free to do what when you're passing through airport security?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 11:56 am

Transcript

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 his week with Simon Amstell, Kyrie O'Connor, 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.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Right now, it is 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.

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