Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! (Rebroadcast)

Thursdays, 9pm - 10pm
  • Hosted by Peter Sagal

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. Listeners vie for a chance to win the most coveted prize in radio: having official judge and scorekeeper Bill Kurtis record the outgoing message on their home answering machine.

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Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is co-produced by NPR and Chicago Public Radio.

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: And here's an interview, which gave me a flashback to my days in the New York punk scene when I was known as Kill Burtis.

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: One of the most memorable interviews we’ve had in a long time was with George Clinton – the founder of Parliament-Funkadelic, who came to Earth from beyond in the mothership.

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Prediction

May 23, 2015
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Now, panel, what will be the solution to the California drought? Adam Felber?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 23, 2015
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Now time for our final game, Lighting 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

May 23, 2015
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Prediction

May 16, 2015
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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who will win the last season of "American Idol"? Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: Tony Robins singing a duet with his close friend Bill Clinton covering "Who's That Girl?"

SAGAL: Gabe Liedman.

GABE LIEDMAN: I say give it to Paula Abdul. It'll be like that movie "Rudy."

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 16, 2015
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Now, it's time to move 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 now two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

May 16, 2015
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Prediction

May 9, 2015
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Now, panel, who's going to announce they're running for president and shock us all? Mike Birbiglia.

MIKE BIRBIGLIA: Obama will run again proving that all email forwards from my dad are true.

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SAGAL: Jessi Klein.

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