Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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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

Sep 14, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, we're going to ask you, what will be on the next special edition of Monopoly? What will it be about? Adam Felber.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 14, 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 is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Sep 14, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Predictions

Sep 7, 2019

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TOM PAPA, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next altered image in the news? Bim Adewunmi.

BIM ADEWUNMI: The houses of Parliament drawn to show more support for Boris Johnson.

(LAUGHTER)

PAPA: Amy Dickinson.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 7, 2019

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TOM PAPA, 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 she can. Each correct answer is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Sep 7, 2019

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TOM PAPA, HOST:

Predictions

Aug 31, 2019

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PETER GROSZ: Now, panel, what will be the next mystery that we finally learn the answer to? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: Twenty-six years after Meatloaf released "I'd Do Anything For Love, But I Won't Do That," we finally learn that what he won't do is vote for Marianne Williamson.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 31, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We have reached 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?

Limericks

Aug 31, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

If there was ever an audience to whom I didn't need to explain what "Doctor Who" is, I am looking at it.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Now, one of the actors who played Doctor Who is Matt Smith, who also plays the young Prince Philip on the hit TV show "The Crown."

BILL KURTIS: Peter began our interview earlier this year by asking him which show had the most obsessive fans.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NPR BROADCAST)

MATT SMITH: There's only one winner...

SAGAL: Yeah.

SMITH: ..."Doctor Who..."

SAGAL: Yeah.

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