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

Thursdays, 9pm - 10pm

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 Carl Kasell 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

Now 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 is worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place. Roy Blount, Jr. and Tom Bodett each has three points. Kyrie O'Connor has two.

PESCA: Kyrie, so you're in third place. You're going to go first. The clock will start when I begin your question. Are you ready?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: I am ready.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Limericks

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:49 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 12:03 pm

Our panelists predict what will be the next great discovery in our universe.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:49 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 12:03 pm

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:49 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 12:03 pm

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Mr. Right (Foot), The Canine King's Speech, McNuggetsaurus.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:51 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 12:55 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, how will the web celebrate its 25th birthday? Charlie Pierce.

CHARLIE PIERCE: It will reveal that all those Nigerian bankers were actually telling the truth. Suckers.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Cindy Shupack.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:51 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 12:55 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, 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 worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Cindy Shupack and Charlie Pierce each has three points. Paula Poundstone has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:51 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 12:55 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 12:03 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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 1-88-924-8924. Or click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming shows in Kalamazoo on March 20th and San Diego, California on May 1st. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 12:03 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what new words will we see on the SAT? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: In an effort to preserve some old school SAT words but add some relevant pop culture, two new words are chiwetelejioforebearance and lupitanyongoprobrium.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Mike Birbiglia.

MIKE BIRBIGLIA: A future SAT word will be Facebook, example sentence, Remember Facebook?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Adam Felber.

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