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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5:07 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Astrophysicist Adam Riess Plays Not My Job

Courtesy of Adam Riess

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 11:37 am

This segment was originally broadcast on Oct. 8, 2011.

Before he won the Nobel Prize in Physics, Adam Riess had already won a MacArthur "genius" grant, and just about every prize there is to win in his field. So there's really only one place left for him to be victorious: the Not My Job game.

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5:07 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Economist Paul Krugman Plays Not My Job

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Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 11:37 am

This segment was originally broadcast on July 28, 2012.

Paul Krugman — a professor at Princeton, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and author of many books — has been called "the Mick Jagger of political/economic punditry."

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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!
5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Prediction

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

Our panelists predict, now that the FBI is looking through everyone's email, what will be the next scandal they uncover?

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5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Milwaukee's Randy Sprecher Plays Not My Job

Courtesy Randy Sprecher

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 12:03 pm

Randy Sprecher came to Milwaukee years ago to make beer for one of the big breweries. But he didn't like the beer he was making so he founded his own brewery ... and now, his friends keep showing up at his door all the time with lame excuses.

We've invited Sprecher to answer three questions about Carrie Nation, the famously violent prohibitionist.

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5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Panel Round Two

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

More questions for the panel: A Victory for Tacky Souvenirs; The Gettysburg Break-Up; Devolution of the Species.

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

Limericks

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

Carl reads three news-related limericks: France's Choco-Tax; Speedstick Never Tasted So Good; How To Work In Your PJs.

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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