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!
5:42 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Singer Linda Rondstat Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 11:05 am

Music legend Linda Ronstadt plays a game called "They said we were mad at the academy! Mad I tell you!" Three questions about strange, but real, patents in recent years.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:42 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Actress Carrie Fisher Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat October 13, 2012 11:05 am

Actress and novelist Carrie Fisher plays our game called, "Okay, it's complicated and expensive and it never worked, but at least this Star Wars doesn't have Ewoks." Three questions for the Star Wars actress about Ronald Reagan's Star Wars missile defense program.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:42 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 11:53 am

Transcript

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 his week with Amy Dickinson, Maz Jobrani, and Paula Poundstone. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you so much. It's time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play any of our games on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

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12:42 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 11:53 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:42 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 11:53 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: LOL Parentz.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:07 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Prediction

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PETER GROSZ, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the big surprise in next week's debate? Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Ron Paul comes out onstage and somebody has to tell him, "Dr. Paul, it's over."

(LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: Come to find out that Obama has had a fake spray tan the whole time.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

GROSZ: And Adam Felber?

ADAM FELBER: In a bizarre consecutive technical foul-up, President Obama's teleprompter will malfunction and so will Mitt Romney.

(LAUGHTER)

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10:24 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat September 29, 2012 11:07 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. We're playing this week with Kyrie O'Connor, Adam Felber and Brian Babylon. And, here again is your host, filling in for Peter Sagal, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Grosz.

PETER GROSZ, HOST:

Thank you, Carl Kasell.

(APPLAUSE)

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10:24 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat September 29, 2012 11:07 am

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PETER GROSZ, HOST:

All right now, we are 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: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Kyrie O'Connor and Adam Felber both have two points.

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10:24 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat September 29, 2012 11:07 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. We're playing this week with Adam Felber, Brian Babylon and Kyrie O'Connor. And here again is your host, filling in for Peter Sagal, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Grosz.

PETER GROSZ, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:49 am
Sat September 22, 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 Mo Rocca, Faith Salie and Roy Blount, Jr. And here again is your host, at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. In just a minute, Carl says, "frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a rhyme," 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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