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!
1:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: The role John Kerry was born to play.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
1:56 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell three stories about new ways to fake greatness.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 11:54 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 11:54 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what animal has a secret life? Mr. Roy Blount, Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR.: Monkeys. They are appalled by their portrayal in the popular culture, because they have no sense of humor. They also think that when you bang two little cymbals together it sounds really pretty.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Those blind and naked mole rats aren't actually naked. These shy, nocturnal creatures are really wearing teeny tiny spandex body suits.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 11:54 am

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)

SAGAL: Thank you all so much. Thank you so much. I'm just as excited as you are. We have a great show for you today. We've got the great novelist John Irving coming on to play our game later.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 11:54 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium. For tickets and more information about upcoming shows in Chicago and our show in Cleveland June 28th, you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news.

Maz, some good news. This week Congress asked the TSA to stop pat-downs and other invasive procedures with a particularly vulnerable segment of citizens. Who?

MAZ JOBRANI: The elderly.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 11:54 am

Transcript

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 Maz Jobrani, Amy Dickinson, and Roy Blount, Jr. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you so much.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: 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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 11:54 am

More questions for the panel: Leave No Child Blue, An Aviation Innovation, and They Do More Than Waddle.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:21 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 11:54 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Models Need A Change, Skinnysaurus, and A Shelled Split.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 11:32 am

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 Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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