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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.

Limericks

Jun 20, 2020

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Predictions

Jun 13, 2020

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Now, panel, what is the solution to the mystery of the pizza? Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN: Oh, I think we're going to learn that every time a pizza was delivered, it was actually his dream, and all of his dreams are his waking life.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Whoa. Negin Farsad.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 13, 2020

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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 they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, please, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jun 13, 2020

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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. Click the Contact Us link on our website - waitwait.npr.og.

Predictions

Jun 6, 2020

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Now, panel, what new secret feature will be revealed on the SpaceX rocket? Helen Hong.

HELEN HONG: A freezer full of Ben and Jerry's. We want justice and Cherry Garcia.

SAGAL: Peter Grosz.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 6, 2020

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Now it's time to move 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 they can. Each correct answer's now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jun 6, 2020

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Not My Job: Jeff Tweedy

May 30, 2020

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The best part of every long trip is coming home - at least, I think so. It's been a while. I actually can't remember the last time I wanted to be inside this house.

Limericks

May 30, 2020

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In April of last year, WAIT WAIT made its debut in San Antonio, Texas, with panelists Negin Farsad, Alonzo Bodden and Maeve Higgins.

BILL KURTIS: Remember the Alamo? Not after that night of hard partying. Here's our limerick game from that show.

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Panel Questions

May 30, 2020

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