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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5:18 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton Plays Not My Job

Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 11:50 am

Jim Bouton is a former All-Star pitcher for the New York Yankees. His classic baseball memoir Ball Four, which was first published in 1970, came out as an e-book in April.

Bouton famously wrote about shenanigans in baseball, which have arguably gotten worse since then. But compared to other sports around the world, baseball players are hardly immoral at all. We're going to ask him three questions about people who really know how to cheat.

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5:18 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Wait Wait Goes To IKEA

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 11:50 am

Some of our favorite trips to the land of Lingonberries and Fjornholm shelves.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 11:39 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, it is time to move 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 worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Charlie Pierce has the lead, Peter, he has four points. Jessi Klein and Tom Bodett are tied for second, they both have three points.

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7:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 11:39 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what'll make Democrats and Republicans finally get along? Jessi Klein?

JESSI KLEIN: I think if a race of aliens ever comes to earth with the sole intention of taking away all of our teleprompters, Congress will work together to destroy them.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Tom Bodett?

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7:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Magna Carl-A

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 11:39 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, coming to you from the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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7:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 11:39 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 his week with Jessi Klein, Tom Bodett, and Charlie Pierce. And, here again is your host, at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you, guys. Right now, it's time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play our game on the air. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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7:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Tippecanoe And Carl Too

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 11:39 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 Tom Bodett, Jessi Klein, and Charlie Pierce. And, here again is your host, at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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7:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 11:39 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.

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 back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago where you can pick up some Wait, Wait tchochkes. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!"

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7:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 11:39 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us most weeks back home at the Chase Bank Auditorium. For tickets and more information go to wbez.org, or you can find a link at our website, wait wait.npr.org. Right now, panel, your turn. All your questions, of course, as they will be this show, are about politics.

Tom, back in 1999, during a tense debate, the Lieutenant Governor of Alabama was forced to do what on the state house floor?

TOM BODETT: In a tense debate.

SAGAL: Yes, it was very tense, a lot at stake.

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5:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Who's Bill This Time?

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 9:56 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 legendary anchorman Bill Kurtis...

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: Filling in for Carl Kasell, and here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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