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The Oddly Informative News Quiz from NPR

The Peabody Award-winning show, Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!, uses current stories (from the global to the ridiculous) for questions and comedy. Host Peter Sagal, along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news. Contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by Kasell for their voicemail.

Each week, Sagal quizzes the panelists and listeners to determine just how closely they paid attention to the week's news. He serves up questions in all forms: lightning rounds, tape from NPR news shows, multiple choice, identify the “fake” stories, and fill-in-the-blank limericks. Listeners call 888-WAIT-WAIT for a chance to win the show’s coveted prize: a custom-recorded greeting by Carl Kasell for their home answering machine or voicemail.

One of the most popular segments is “Who's Carl This Time?,” in which Kasell recites quotes from the week’s newsmakers as contestants guess who he is impersonating. The show’s “Not My Job” segment, when famous people are quizzed on subjects about which they know absolutely nothing, has attracted such names as President Barack Obama (okay, he was Senator Obama at the time…), Tom Hanks, Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod and comedian Stephen Colbert.

A rotating trio of witty panelists completes the Wait Wait team. They include author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr., advice columnist Amy Dickinson, Washington Post columnist Roxanne Roberts, writer and performer Adam Felber, author P.J. O’Rourke, comedian Paula Poundstone and humorist Mo Rocca.

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is a co-production of NPR and Chicago Public Radio. The program debuted nationally in 1998 and quickly established itself as a weekend favorite.

Visit the show’s Web site at waitwait.npr.org to take the weekly news quiz, download the weekly podcast, find out what newsmaker personality you most resemble, or find a local station and broadcast time.

Predictions

Jul 20, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next big app everybody goes nuts for? Maeve Higgins.

MAEVE HIGGINS: Oh, it's called FaceOff (ph), and it makes you look like Nicholas Cage.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Alonzo Bodden.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 20, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

Limericks

Jul 20, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

But, first, is the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-WAITWAIT - that's 1-888-924-8924.

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

JAMIE RIGULA: Hi, this Jamie Rigula (ph), and I'm from Salem, Ohio.

SAGAL: Salem, Ohio.

Predictions

Jul 13, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who will get the next ticker-tape parade?

Jordan Carlos.

JORDAN CARLOS: Well, that'll be the women's team again when they win the men's World Cup.

(CHEERING)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 13, 2019

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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?

Panel Questions:

Jul 13, 2019

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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. We're playing this week with Jordan Carlos, Roxanne Roberts and Paula Poundstone. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

One thing you might know about those of us who work in the satirical industrial complex is that we all hang out together all the time. And we only do it in the most fancy places, like Carnegie Hall.

Panel Questions

Jul 6, 2019

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

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Earlier this year, we went to San Antonio, Texas, where we were lucky to interview one of the greatest TV anchormen ever - well, one of the other greatest TV anchormen ever.

BILL KURTIS: My old friend Dan Rather joined us on stage, and Peter began in the appropriate way - comparing him to me.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NPR BROADCAST)

SAGAL: You started - and it turns out that many reporters, I know including Bill, started this way. You were a local guy. You - at one - you were doing minor league baseball games at one point.

Predictions

Jun 29, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who saw the competition this week and decided - what the heck - they should run for president? Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: The only candidate that can reach that elusive youth vote - two Olsen twins on each other's shoulders in a trench coat.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

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