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 December 3, 2011

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat December 3, 2011

Prediction

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

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat December 3, 2011

Who's Carl This Time?

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

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat December 3, 2011

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat December 3, 2011 10:08 am

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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat December 3, 2011

Bluff The Listener

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

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat December 3, 2011

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat December 3, 2011 10:08 am

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)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:27 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Singer-Songwriter Rosanne Cash Plays Not My Job

It's tough to have a famous parent, really hard to go into the same business, and almost impossible to create a brilliant career in your own right ... but that's exactly what singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, has done.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:24 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

'Style Rookie' Tavi Gevinson Plays Not My Job

Courtesy Tavi Gevinson

Tavi Gevinson's fashion blog, The Style Rookie, is a must-see Web destination. She's been invited to runway shows all over the world and has written for and been profiled in magazines like The New Yorker and French Vogue. Oh, and by the way, she started blogging at age 11 ... which was four years ago. Gevinson has now launched a new Web magazine, RookieMag.com.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:21 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Actor Jason Bateman Plays Not My Job

Courtesy Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman is that rarest of creatures: a former child star who seems sane and successful. He starred in many '70s and '80s sitcoms, and of course, the classic Teen Wolf Too. He went on to play the nice-guy lead in Arrested Development, and also appeared in the movies Hancock, Juno, Horrible Bosses and The Change-Up.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Who's Carl This Time?

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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 Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat November 19, 2011 9:51 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Roy, after years of getting by on word of mouth, one big organization has decided it's finally time to try their first-ever marketing campaign to attract new customers. Who are we talking about?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Bluff The Listener

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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 Roy Blount, Jr., Faith Salie and Adam Felder. And here again is your host at the Straz Center in Tampa, Florida, 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 November 19, 2011

Panel Round Two

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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 Adam Felber, Faith Salie and Roy Blount, Jr. And here again is your host, at the Straz Center in Tampa, Florida, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you everybody. Thank you so much. In just a minute, Carl says brother can you spare a rhyme. It is our Listener Limerick Challenge.

ADAM FELBER: Have we never done that one?

SAGAL: We have.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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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, HOST:

Roy Blount, Jr. has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Faith Salie has three; Adam Felber, two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will the supercommittee come up with at the last minute? Roy Blount, Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT: It's going to hit them, duh, time travel.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BLOUNT: However, there's still a problem because the Democrats want to go back in time to - not very far, just to undo the Bush tax cuts. And the Republicans want to go back a little further, to undo the enlightenment.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Faith Salie?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 19, 2011

Limericks

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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. That's waitwait.npr.org. You can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, or you can check out the "How to do everything" podcast from the producers of WAIT WAIT. This week: how to learn to like hockey, if there's no NBA season.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell three stories, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 11:08 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, host: Now it's time to move 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: Charlie Pierce has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Tom Bodett and Amy Dickinson are tied for second. They both have three points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Prediction

Now that he's stepping down as Prime Minister of Italy, our panelists predict what Silvio Berlusconi will do next.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: Rick's Last Stand; To All the Girls I've Groped Before; and So Long, Silvio!

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Bunga Bunga Bunga or Nine Nine Nine

Silvio Berlusconi and Herman Cain have more in common than you'd think. Carl reads our panelists quotes from one of the leaders, and they have to guess who said it.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: Out of Patience, and Detroit Takes A Stand.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Something Spins Off Into The Sunset, Limited Mobility Is The New Black, and The Skinny On Why Your Partner Is Skinny.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 12, 2011

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: A Masterpuddle.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat November 5, 2011 9:47 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, host: Right now, panel, it's time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Kyrie, this week in Colorado, there's outrage after yet another performance enhancing drug scandal. The winner of what competition has tested positive for a banned substance?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: It'll be one of those cup stacking things or...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: No.

O'CONNOR: Not the thing where you pack the grocery bags.

SAGAL: No.

O'CONNOR: Can I have a hint?

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