Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.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.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 10, 2012 11:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto 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: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Tom Bodett had three. Amy Dickinson, two.

SAGAL: All right, Amy, you're in third place. You're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Prediction

Our panelists predict where we will next see an NFL-style bounty system.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Predictions

Now that Fox is developing a sitcom that takes place at an NPR station, our panelists predict what the pilot episode will be about.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Rich Man, Gaffe Man; The Next Big War; and Muggles Rejoice.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 11:45 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody that they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets to our shows and more information, you can go to wbez.org and you can also find a link at our website, which is waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell us three stories of innovations in beauty, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 11:45 pm

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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 Luke Burbank, Roxanne Roberts and Alonzo Bodden. 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)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Shhhh!, Like Amazon For the Heartbroken, oPads.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Actor John Leguizamo Plays Not My Job

Stephen Lovekin Getty Images for Twentieth Century Fox

To start off spring training, we've invited actor John Leguizamo to play a game called "This Game Comes With a Shard of Brittle Gum." Three questions about baseball cards — invented in their modern form 60 years ago by Topps.

This segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 19, 2011.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:37 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Actress Lucy Lawless Plays Not My Job

Lucy Lawless is kind of like King Midas, but for nerds: pretty much every sci-fi or fantasy thing she touches turns to gold. Xena: Warrior Princess and Battlestar Galactica are true classics — the kinds of programs nerds will tell their children about ... if they ever manage to reproduce.

Lawless is starring in the new Starz program Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which guarantees that pasty people will be dressing up as its characters at conventions for decades to come.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:35 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Actress Lisa Kudrow Plays Not My Job

Carlo Allegri Getty Images

Kudrow is best known for her role as Phoebe on Friends — the show that inspired thousands to move to New York City, where enormous apartments are ubiquitous! And cheap!

We've invited Kudrow to play a game called "I so won't be there for you!" Three questions about enemies.

This segment was originally broadcast on March 5, 2011.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:35 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Pee-wee Herman Plays Not My Job

Herman World

Thirty years ago, an actor in Los Angeles was doing sketch comedy and came up with a bizarre character sporting a tight gray suit, a little red tie and slicked back hair ... and America met Pee-wee Herman. Reubens recently brought the character from his Saturday morning TV show to Broadway in The Pee-wee Herman Show.

Ruebens may be the most famous Pee-wee, but he isn't the only one. We've invited him to answer three questions about the other peewees of the world.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Opening Pane Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Downton Blabby.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell three stories about new ways to make your wedding unforgettable.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Prediction

Our panelists predict who will be the next headline-friendly sports star?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat February 18, 2012 12:41 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 Mo Rocca, Peter Grosz and Kyrie O'Connor. And here again is your host, at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you so much. In just a minute, Carl honors the success of Jeremy Lin, with a special listener Linrick challenge.

MO ROCCA: Oh, Linrick. Linrick, right?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A breath of fresh caffeine; a school kids can't wait to attend; and bedtime stories to avoid.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: A Visit from the New Boss; This week's GOP favorite; and Lin-diculous Headlines

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:35 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Speedskater Nick Pearson Plays Not My Job

Matthew Stockman Getty Images

It's been 10 years since Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics, and the city remains a mecca for winter sports, especially for speedskating. Two-time Olympian speedskater Nick Pearson came to Salt Lake to train and compete in the 2002 Olympics and never left.

We've invited Nick to play a game called "Whoaaa ... slow down there, friend." Three questions about things that go very, very slowly for a person who likes to go dangerously fast.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 11, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 11, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat February 11, 2012 10:35 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who will finally swoop in and save the GOP? Paula Poundstone?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Giselle Bundchen, who will say to the Republicans, "my husband can't throw the ball and win the election at the same time."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Tom Bodett?

TOM BODETT: We're going to need one part Newt Gingrich, one part Rudy Giuliani, one part Arnold Schwarzenegger - we're talking Vladmir Putin.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Roxanne Roberts?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 11, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: The Never-ending Story, Presidential Promises, and Protecting the Passer.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat February 11, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Does This Collar Make Me Look Fat?

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