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

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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!
5:41 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 10:29 am

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Aww. Thanks, Carl. Thanks everybody. We got a great show for you today. We got Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis and the News. He'll be joining us later to play our game. But first, before we get started, Carl, let me say it is great to have you back.

KASELL: Thank you, Peter, good to be back.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:41 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 10:29 am

More questions for the panel: Speaking In Tongues, The Curse of Lipitor's Tomb, and Broad Appeal.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:41 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 10:29 am

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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 1-888-924-8924. You can always click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:05 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 10:50 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody about the upcoming WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! cinema event, happening on May 2nd. You could witness the magic of WAIT WAIT live in a movie theater near you. Finally, an opportunity to enjoy this same radio show among a crowd of strangers, while paying $8 for a box of Milk Duds.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Paula, in some alarming news, al Qaeda is now drawing inspiration for their attacks from what?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:05 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 10:50 am

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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 1-888-924-8924. You can click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our shows in Rockford, Illinois at the beautiful Coronado Theater there on April 4th. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:05 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 10:50 am

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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, filling in for Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Paula Poundstone, Roy Blount Jr., and Firoozeh Dumas. And here again is the host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 12:07 pm

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BILL KURTIS: Now, panel, where will horses turn up next? Alonzo Bodden?

ALONZO BODDEN: We're going to be shocked when we see horses running the Indy 500 to save on fuel.

(LAUGHTER)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Jessi Klein?

JESSI KLEIN: I think we will see a horse on the roof of Mitt Romney's car.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: An oldie but a goodie.

KLEIN: So stupid. It's so old.

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca?

MO ROCCA: Well, I'd like to see horses show up in shampoo commercials.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 12:07 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to 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 he or she can; each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: Mo and Alonzo each have three and Jessi has two.

SAGAL: Well, Jessi, you are in third place. That means that you go first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Please fill in the blank.

JESSI KLEIN: Okay.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 12:07 pm

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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 filling in for Carl Kasell. We're playing his week with Mo Rocca, Klein, and Alonzo Bodden. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Novelist John Irving Plays Not My Job

Cesar Rangel AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 11:28 am

This segment was originally broadcast on June 14, 2012.

John Irving is the author of The World According To Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Cider House Rules and many other works of fiction. His latest novel is called In One Person.

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