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

May 23, 2020

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Now, panel, what's next for young high school graduate Harry Azcrac? Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: Only one destiny for this child. Harry Azcrac - plumbing and heating.

SAGAL: Alison Leiby.

ALISON LEIBY: Opening the world's first socially distanced waxing salon.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 23, 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, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

May 23, 2020

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Predictions

May 16, 2020

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Now, panel, what will be the hot show on TV this fall? Negin Farsad.

NEGIN FARSAD: "American Horror Story," but it's just CCTV footage of Times Square.

TOM PAPA: (Laughter).

SAGAL: Tom Papa.

PAPA: The Food Network is rolling out a new show, "Diners, Drive-Ins And Hives."

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 16, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players now has 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as they can. Each correct answer's worth two points.

Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

May 16, 2020

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Predictions

May 9, 2020

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Now, panel, what will be the next scourge to come after us once we're done with the murder hornet? Adam Burke.

ADAM BURKE: We'll be invaded by the Elon Muskrat (ph), an eccentric rodent who tanks your company's value by tweeting that the stock price is too high.

SAGAL: Helen Hong.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 9, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's 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, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

May 9, 2020

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Predictions

May 2, 2020

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Now panel, what message were the aliens bringing us? Joel Kim Booster.

JOEL KIM BOOSTER: You can drink a little bit of bleach as a treat.

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: Earth, I don't think so. Hard pass.

ALONZO BODDEN: (Laughter).

SAGAL: And Alonzo Bodden.

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