Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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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!
1:36 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Astrophysicist Adam Riess Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 10:41 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Winning a Nobel Prize, that's not cool. You know what's cool? Winning a MacArthur Grant and then winning a Nobel Prize.

CARL KASELL: Astrophysicist Adam Reiss did just that, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011. And he joined us that very week, along with P.J. O'Rourke, Paula Poundstone and Luke Burbank.

SAGAL: I started by asking him if he could explain what his award was for.

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9:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will President Obama do to make people care about climate change? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: He's going to offer big tax credits on people who buy the foot-powered Fred Flintstone car.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Yabadabadoo. Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: He's going to fry an egg on Mitch McConnell's head.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca.

MO ROCCA: Every American will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in August. Attendance is mandatory.

(LAUGHTER)

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9:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time for 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 now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: Brian as one, Kyrie has two, Mo has five.

MO ROCCA: Oh, my gosh, how did this happen?

BRIAN BABYLON: What?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: What?

(APPLAUSE)

BABYLON: What?

O'CONNOR: What?

ROCCA: Oh, my gosh. I want to thank my manager.

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9:11 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Limericks

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4:59 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 10:08 am

Our panelists describe new techniques for women to avoid unwanted attention.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:34 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

And now the game where we ask someone who's done a lot of great things to do one very silly thing, that is play Not My Job.

Do you love music, I mean great American music by Otis Redding or Ray Charles or Willie Nelson or Bob Dylan or even the band Rancid? Well, if you do, you love Booker T. Jones. He played with all those musicians, as well as his own classic soul band, Booker T and the MGs. Fifty years after his first hit record, he's still playing. We're delighted to have him with us. Booker, welcome to WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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10:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:34 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 here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our show this August 29th at Tanglewood in the Music Shed in Massachusetts. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

ANDREW GRUBB: Hi, Andrew calling from Oakville.

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10:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:34 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, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: Paula and Alonzo have two, that's a tie. Jessi has three.

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10:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:34 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will Mahmoud Ahmadinejad do next with his time? Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: Well, after a failed attempt to be cast in "Hangover 4"...

(LAUGHTER)

BODDEN: ...he's going on a world basketball and dictator tour with Dennis Rodman.

SAGAL: There you go.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN: I think we have a new spokesman for Men's Wearhouse.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Paula Poundstone.

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10:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Who's Bill This Time

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 10:08 am

Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: Cold War 2, The City That Never Sleeps or Throws Things Away, A Cereal Liar.

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2:51 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Who's Bill This Time

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 10:14 am

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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.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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2:51 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 10:14 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in beautiful downtown Chicago, Illinois. For tickets and more information, go to wbez.org. 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.

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2:51 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 10:14 am

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis, filling in for Carl Kasell. We're playing his week with Bobcat Goldthwait, Faith Salie, and Luke Burbank.

(APPLAUSE)

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

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill. 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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2:51 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Panel round two

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 10:14 am

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BILL KURTIS ANNOUNCER: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis filling in for Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Bobcat Goldthwait, Faith Salie, and Luke Burbank. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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2:51 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 10:14 am

Bill reads three news-related limericks: Affluent Effluent, Blockhead, Division of Labor.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:51 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 10:14 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:51 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 10:14 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who will flee the country next? Bobcat Goldthwait.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Oh, I didn't - I wanted - I thought it was who I wanted to leave.

SAGAL: All right. Well...

(LAUGHTER)

GOLDTHWAIT: I'd hate to make it personal again, but every time my ego (unintelligible) after I do this show, there's this one person that's really mad that I'm on the show that I always find commenting. And all I can say to this guy is like, hey way to be all inclusive. Can't a guy from "Police Academy" be on WAIT WAIT?

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11:06 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 11:58 am

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz . I'm Bill Kurtis, filling in for Carl Kasell. We're playing his week with Roxanne Roberts, Tom Bodett, and P.J. O'Rourke. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

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5:48 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 11:58 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it is time to go on to our final game of course. It is 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 they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: We go into the big games, Rox and Tom have three each. They are in the lead. P.J. has two.

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5:48 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 11:58 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what surprise picture will the government find? P.J. O'Rourke.

P.J. O'ROURKE: Oh, they're not going to find anything as a matter of fact because the system was going great. They're getting just all sorts of terrific horrible images from all of the stuff that we've done. And they're going down through all of us by alphabetical order and they got to Anthony Wiener and it crashed.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

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5:48 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Who's Bill This Time

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 11:58 am

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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, filling in for Carl Kasell.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

KURTIS: And here's your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

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5:48 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 11:58 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 here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming shows this August in Asheville, North Carolina and Tanglewood in Western Massachusetts. And please - oh yeah, whoo.

(LAUGHTER)

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5:48 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 11:58 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Tom, "Man of Steel" is the new Superman movie coming out soon. It hasn't been released. Fans are already up in arms. They claim that the director of the movie, Zack Snyder, has left out something essential, what?

TOM BODETT: The last Superman movie there was a complaint about his costume.

SAGAL: This is also a complaint about his costume.

BODETT: Costume. Well, it's not the - I saw the trailer, so it's not the S.

SAGAL: It's not the S.

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5:48 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 11:58 am

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis, filling in for Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Tom Bodett, P.J. O'Rourke, and Roxanne Roberts. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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4:59 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Extra Extra!

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 9:52 am

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis filling in for Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Roy Blount, Jr., Amy Dickinson and Ken Jennings. And here again is your host ,at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill, so much. In just a minute, Bill's meditation mantra is rhyyyyyyyyyme in our Listener Limerick Challenge.

(LAUGHTER)

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