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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 12:36 pm

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, how will NBC win back viewers? Adam Felber?

ADAM FELBER: They'll go all in and start offering nightly news classic wherein Brian Williams delivers stories about events that happened some time in the past, starting Monday with Japan attacks.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Charlie Pierce?

CHARLIE PIERCE: Having learned its lessons from its Olympic coverage, the network is planning to launch a new morning wakeup news show "Yesterday."

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Paula Pell?

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11:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 12:36 pm

Carl reads three quotes from the weeks news: A Gold Medal in Olympic Spoilers; An Awkward Moment in Poland; and The Spammer in Chief.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:23 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 12:36 pm

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: First up: We're going to need a slower boat.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 12:56 pm

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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, Kyrie O'Connor, and Simon Amstell. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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5:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 12:56 pm

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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 would like to play any of our games 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, that's waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta this September.

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5:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 12:56 pm

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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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Kyrie O'Connor has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Simon Amstell and Mo Rocca are tied for second. They both have two points.

MO ROCCA: My god.

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5:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 12:56 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. And this September 20th, we will be at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. For tickets and more information, go to wbez.org and you can find a link at our website which is, as always, waitwait.npr.org.

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Simon, good news for travelers, thanks to a ruling last week, you are now free to do what when you're passing through airport security?

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5:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 12:56 pm

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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 Simon Amstell, Kyrie O'Connor, and Mo Rocca. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Right now, it is 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 12:56 pm

Transcript

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 Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:42 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 12:56 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will Mitt Romney bring back from his trip abroad? Simon Amstell?

SIMON AMSTELL: Where's he going?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Pippa Middleton's bottom.

SAGAL: What will she do without it? And Mo Rocca?

MO ROCCA: Luxemburg for Mrs. Romney to put in the backyard under a gazebo.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

CARL KASELL: And, if Romney brings back any of those things, panel, we'll ask you about it on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

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