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.

Remembering Carl Kasell

Apr 21, 2018

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So this is how WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME began - the very first moments of our very first episode, January 1998.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

CARL KASELL: From outside the newsroom - from way outside the newsroom, it's WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

Prediction

Apr 16, 2018

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Bluff The Listener

Apr 14, 2018

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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 Tom Bodett, Adam Burke and Faith Salie. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Segal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 14, 2018

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Now it's time for 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 worth two points. Bill, can you give us the score?

Limericks

Apr 14, 2018

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Prediction

Apr 7, 2018

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Now, panel, what will be the next big celebrity scandal? - Roy Blount Jr.

ROY BLOUNT JR.: Why is it not news when I bite Beyonce?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 7, 2018

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It is time for 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

Apr 7, 2018

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Bluff The Listener

Mar 31, 2018

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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)

Panel Questions

Mar 31, 2018

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Unlike Lemony Snicket, we don't have any orphans to torment. But we do have our panelists. Here's a question from a recent show.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

SAGAL: Alonzo, a new study shows that while communicating, what little addition can save a relationship?

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Lastly, when we here in Chicago want to think of something that's happier than, well, anything else, we go back to the fall of 2016 when the Cubs won the World Series.

(CHEERING)

SAGAL: Yay.

Prediction

Mar 24, 2018

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In a minute, we're going to ask our panelists now that Cynthia Nixon has thrown her hat into the New York governor's race, who will be the next big HBO star to run for higher office?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 24, 2018

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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 he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the score?

Limericks

Mar 24, 2018

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Prediction

Mar 17, 2018

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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict what will be the next embarrassing way a White House staffer finds out they're fired...

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: ...Once Trump gets tired of doing it via Twitter.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 17, 2018

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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 he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Mar 17, 2018

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 10, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time for 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 worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Mar 10, 2018

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Prediction

Mar 10, 2018

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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict - after the debacle on "The Bachelor," what will be the next big reality show scandal?

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Finally today, yet one more Oscar nominee. It's Lee Unkrich of Pixar.

BILL KURTIS: He joined us last fall to talk about his latest movie, "Coco."

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BILL KURTIS: Support for NPR comes from this station, and from TIAA, for investing, advice, banking and retirement. Working to help customers achieve financial well-being so they can give back to the world. TIAA calls this the new success story, tiaa.org.

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BILL KURTIS: Earlier in the year, we spoke to another Oscar nominee, Lee Daniels, who made the movie "Precious" but since then had gotten into TV with his shows "Empire" and "Star." But his entertainment career, as it turns out, goes way back.

Prediction

Feb 17, 2018

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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists what will be the new sport unveiled at the next Winter Olympics.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Feb 17, 2018

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Now it's time for 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 score?

Limericks

Feb 17, 2018

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Prediction

Feb 3, 2018

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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists, what will be the big surprise out of this year's Super Bowl halftime show?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Feb 3, 2018

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It's now on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players has 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth 2 points.

Bill, can you give us the score?

Limericks

Feb 3, 2018

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Prediction

Jan 27, 2018

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In just a minute, we're asking our panelists to predict what souvenir President Donald Trump will bring back from Davos.

(LAUGHTER)

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