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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!
4:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Rapper Ice-T Takes A Quiz On Pantyhose

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Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 12:11 pm

Ice-T has made a name for himself in rap, metal, breakdance movies, video games, and, most recently, on Law and Order: SVU. We're hoping to pitch him on our new idea for a TV show: Law and Order: NPR, in which we solve crimes and then encourage the still traumatized but grateful victims to pledge at any level.

Ice-T appeared in the documentary Pimps Up, Ho's Down, so we've invited him to play a game called "Pimps Up, Pantyhose Down." Three questions about a different kind of hos(e.)

Originally broadcast on May 15, 2010

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4:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Actor Tony Shalhoub Takes A Quiz About Nuns

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 3:38 pm

Tony Shalhoub is a normal guy who's become famous playing eccentric people. He was the obsessed Italian chef in Big Night, the alien pawnshop owner in the Men in Black movies, and, of course, the obsessive compulsive detective on the TV series Monk. Now, Tony has gone back to Broadway in Lend Me a Tenor.

In true "Not My Job" fashion: because Tony has played a Monk, we're going to ask him three questions about nuns.

Originally broadcast March 6, 2010

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4:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Mo Moments

Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 12:11 pm

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 again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Listen, this week we are doing just what we are told. It's a listener request edition of WAIT WAIT. And one thing many of you asked for was an all Mo show.

(APPLAUSE)

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4:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Bill Clinton Takes A Quiz About My Little Ponies

Clinton Global Initiative

Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 12:11 pm

In 2005, President Clinton founded the Clinton Global Initiative to address "the world's most pressing challenges." In 2011 in Chicago, Clinton hosted the CGI America meeting, with a focus on job creation and economic growth in the U.S.

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 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 Mo Rocca, Kyrie O'Connor, and Alonzo Bodden. And, here again is your host, at Playhouse Square in Cleveland Ohio, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 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 back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. You can also check out our How to do Everything podcast. This week, Mike and Ian explain how to be a Wimbledon ball boy even if you are no longer a boy.

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, it's time for 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 he or she can. Each correct answer worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Mo Rocca has the lead, Peter. He has three points.

MO ROCCA: My gosh.

SAGAL: Alonzo Bodden and Kyrie O'Connor are tied for second. They both have two points.

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what CNN headline should we be skeptical about when we see it? Alonzo Bodden?

ALONZO BODDEN: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run the New York Marathon.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Brussel sprouts, the new aphrodisiac.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca?

MO ROCCA: Breaking news.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

CARL KASELL: Well, if we see any of those headlines, panel, we'll ask you about it on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!.

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 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, at the State Theater at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you so much, Carl. Thanks, everybody. We are proud to announce, after a lot of thought and prayer, we have decided to take our talents to Cleveland.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: To help us understand the wisdom of our choice, Cleveland's own Drew Carey will be joining us here later on.

(APPLAUSE)

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us most weeks back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets and more information go to wbez.org, or you can find a link at our website: waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news.

Alonzo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hates going from an air conditioned building to a hot and sticky car. So, to get his official SUV cooled down faster the mayor equipped the SUV with what?

ALONZO BODDEN: A remote starter?

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3:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 11:13 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 his week with Mo Rocca, Kyrie O'Connor, and Alonzo Bodden. And, here again is your host, at Playhouse Square in Cleveland Ohio, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody. Now, it's time to play the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the listener game. To play our games call 1-888-Wait-Wait. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!.

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12:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: That Doesn't Even Look Like Me, $%#@&*! and A Date With Expiration.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: High Dining, A Bad Reputation and Not The Best Medicine.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Prediction

With speculation rampant, our panelists predict who Mitt Romney will choose as his running mate.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:55 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 12:56 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: The role John Kerry was born to play.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:55 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 12:56 am

Our panelists tell three stories about new ways to fake greatness.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:55 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 12:56 am

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Dream Act Lite, Ode on a Grecian Bailout and Cracks in the Surface

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 am

More questions for the panel: Leave No Child Blue, An Aviation Innovation, and They Do More Than Waddle.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Models Need A Change, Skinnysaurus, and A Shelled Split.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 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)

SAGAL: Thank you all so much. Thank you so much. I'm just as excited as you are. We have a great show for you today. We've got the great novelist John Irving coming on to play our game later.

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7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium. For tickets and more information about upcoming shows in Chicago and our show in Cleveland June 28th, you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news.

Maz, some good news. This week Congress asked the TSA to stop pat-downs and other invasive procedures with a particularly vulnerable segment of citizens. Who?

MAZ JOBRANI: The elderly.

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7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 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 Maz Jobrani, Amy Dickinson, and Roy Blount, Jr. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you so much.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: 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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7:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 10:54 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what animal has a secret life? Mr. Roy Blount, Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR.: Monkeys. They are appalled by their portrayal in the popular culture, because they have no sense of humor. They also think that when you bang two little cymbals together it sounds really pretty.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Those blind and naked mole rats aren't actually naked. These shy, nocturnal creatures are really wearing teeny tiny spandex body suits.

(LAUGHTER)

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