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 November 5, 2011

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat November 5, 2011 9:47 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 Paula Poundstone, Peter Grosz and Kyrie O'Connor. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL: Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you so much. 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: iPadasaurus, What Studies Show About Studies, and A Channel You Won't Watch.

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

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: What Men Want, Cafe con Carne, and the Moon in Moonlight Sonata.

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

Prediction

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

After Kim Kardashian grossed $18 million for her wedding, our panelists predict the next celebrity money-making scheme.

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

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: Cain Acts Presidential, Drachma Drama, and 'Till A Few Weeks Later Do They Part.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 29, 2011

Who's Carl This Time?

Carl reads three quotes from the week's news: annoying Little Drummer Boys, the Cain mutiny; and the Earth reaches capacity.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 29, 2011

Panel Round Two

More questions for the panel: the economic force of the undead!

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 29, 2011

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: The Tooth Fairy auctions her Beatles souvenirs; a healthy way to eat gold and the perils of youth marbling.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 29, 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 October 29, 2011

Prediction

Our panelists predict what will become of the 7 billionth human.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 29, 2011

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Must-see Chinese TV.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 29, 2011

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell three stories about people solving problems by giving up.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 29, 2011

Wait Wait Fashion Week

Our panelists test their knowledge of cutting-edge couture.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 22, 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 the 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 KASSELL, host: Paula Poundstone has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Mo Rocca has three. Roy Blount, Jr., has one.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 22, 2011

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, host: Now panel, what will be the next new way we consume media? Paula Poundstone?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: There'll just be a metal chip in your head and you don't even turn it on. It just keeps going.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Mo Rocca?

MO ROCCA: Teletubby-like devices in our stomachs. And with expanding waistlines, we'll all have giant flat screens pretty soon.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Roy Blount, Jr.?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 22, 2011

Who's Carl This Time?

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CARL KASSELL, 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 Carnegie Hall in New York City, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, host: Thank you, Carl. Thank you everybody. Thank you all so much. We've got a great show for you this week. Writer/director Nora Ephron will be joining us later to play Not My Job. That's really exciting.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 22, 2011

Panel Round Two

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CARL KASSELL, 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 Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone and Roy Blount, Jr. And here again is your host, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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11:00 am
Sat October 22, 2011

Limericls

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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. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

FRANK ELLIOTT: Hi, I'm Frank Elliott(ph) from Richland, Washington.

SAGAL: Now where's Richland?

ELLIOTT: It's sort of southeastern Washington. The part of the state that's not green at all.

SAGAL: Not green. What color is it?

ELLIOTT: Sort of tan.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 22, 2011

Opening Panel Round

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PETER SAGAL, host: We want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, back home. For tickets and more information, go to chicagopublicradio.org or you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Right now, Panel, time for you to answer some questions. Of course, the questions are all about this week's theme: the media. Paula, a hit reality game show in Turkey gives contestants points for getting somebody to do what?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: For getting people to - oh gee, I don't know. Can you give me a hint?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat October 22, 2011

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat October 22, 2011 10:35 am

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CARL KASSELL, 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., Paula Poundstone and Mo Rocca. And here again is your host, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, host: Thank you everybody. Thank you so much. 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 air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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