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!
5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 11:00 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players has 60 seconds to answer as many questions as they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Charlie Pierce and Faith Salie have a tie for the lead, Peter. Each of them has three points, and Mo Rocca has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 11:00 am

Carl Kasell reads three quotes from the weeks news: The Spy Who Loved His Biographer; Climbing Mt. Fiscal; Stockpiling Twinkies

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 11:00 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: First up: Gasoline with a hint of cherry and an insouciant finish.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 11:00 am

Our panelists tell three outlandish stories about supply and demand.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:43 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell us three stories of green living gone wrong, only one of which is true.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:43 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:43 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Prediction

Now that President Obama doesn't have to worry about being reelected, our panelists predict what he'll do in his second term.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:43 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

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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.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you everybody. Very excited to be here, especially because of our guest today, Ms. Martha Stewart is going to be here.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:43 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Opening Panel Round

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium and at our upcoming show in Los Angeles on December 6th at the Nokia Theater. It'll be like the Emmys without all the attractive people. For tickets and more information go to wbez.org, or you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org.

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Roxanne, after multiple complaints from customers, a coffee shop in the U.K. is finally making a change. What are they doing?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:43 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Panel Round Two

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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. We're playing this week with Roxanne Roberts, P. J. O'Rourke, and Alonzo Bodden. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: In just a minute, Carl moves a ton of limerick nearly 500 miles on one gallon of rhymes in our listener limerick challenge. If you'd like to play, give us a call at 1-888-Wait-Wait. That's 1-888-924-8924.

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