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!
9:22 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 11:49 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 Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:22 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 11:49 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Not So Killer, a Veggie Tall Tale, and Mickey Mouse Clubbin'.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:22 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 11:49 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Holy Matrimony.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:22 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 11:49 am

Our panelists tell us three stories of things we thought were true, that just aren't true, but only one of their stories is true. Got it?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:22 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 11:49 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:22 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 11:49 am

Our panelists predict what the next hidden video surprise will be.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Limericks

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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. Or 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 show next week in Atlanta at the Fox Theater. Hi, you're on "WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!"

RYAN RAMIREZ: Hey, this is Ryan from Seabrook, Texas.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: Roxanne has four. Charlie has three. P. J. has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what's the next YouTube video to cause a riot? Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: During a campaign rally, Chris Christie will bear hug Paul Ryan, cracking him into a hundred little tax breaks.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: P. J. O'Rourke?

P. J. O'ROURKE: The sequel to "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," it's Mitt Romney: Zombie.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Charlie Pierce?

CHARLIE PIERCE: Catholics protest as Clint Eastwood reenacts the Council of Trent with an entire dining room set.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Opening Panel Round

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody that they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets and more information, you can go to wbez.org, or you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org.

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