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!
5:43 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 9:56 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Faith, according to a shocking new study, there's something just as bad for you as smoking cigarettes. What?

FAITH SALIE: Egg yolks, Peter.

SAGAL: Indeed, Faith, eggs, egg yolks.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 9:56 am

Our panelists tell three stories about struggling businesses improving customer service.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 9:56 am

Legendary anchorman Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks: SCANDAL Equals 10 Points; Fabio--Come on Down! Leer-end Collisions.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 9:56 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 9:56 am

Our panelists predict: If Barack Obama decided to drop Joe Biden, who he would he pick to replace him?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat August 11, 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 Roy Blount Jr., Amy Dickinson, and Tom Bodett. And, here again is your host, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 11:07 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 translates to 1-888-924-8924.

You can always click the contact us link on our website wait wait.npr.org. You can find out there about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. We'd love to see you. Or come visit us in Atlanta, George, when we do our show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on September 20th.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 11:07 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 in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Amy Dickinson has the lead, Peter, she has three points. Roy Blount, Jr., has two. Tom Bodett, one.

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7:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 11:07 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will the Rover discover on Mars? Roy Blount Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR: Well it's kind of sad. We discover that Curiosity landed on the only cat on Mars.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Well, I've been looking for my car keys for a long time, so I'm hoping.

SAGAL: And Tom Bodett?

TOM BODETT: It'll find Waldo, the Beef, Carmen, San Diego and Obama's birth certificate.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

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