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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5:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 11:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what surprise will Biden blow next? Tom Bodett?

TOM BODETT: He gets out over his skis on this Mother's Day thing and tells Michelle she's just going to love the necklace Barack and the girls got her for Sunday.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Next week at the John Edwards trial, Joe Biden will reveal that he is really the father of Rielle Hunter's child.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca?

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5:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 11:25 am

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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. Each correct answer is worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Tom Bodett has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Amy Dickinson has three. Mo Rocca has two.

SAGAL: Mo, you're in third place. You're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank.

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5:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 11:25 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, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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5:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 11:25 am

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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 downtown Chicago. For tickets and more information go to wbez.org, or you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news, of course.

Mo, interesting study this week about climate change. Some scientists are suggesting that 150 million years ago, what contributed to global warming?

MO ROCCA: Sort of gassy dinosaurs.

SAGAL: Yes, that's exactly right.

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5:46 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 11:25 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 Mo Rocca, Tom Bodett and Amy Dickinson. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you everybody.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: It is, of course, time again 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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1:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 11:48 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next big overpriced sale? Roy Blount Jr?

ROY BLOUNT JR: The phone number of that guy who shelled out $120 million for "The Scream."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Because of problems in the Euro zone, Mario and Luigi will sell their iconic plumbing company and every billionaire under 40 will bid on it.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Charlie Pierce?

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1:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 11:48 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, at the Leed Center for the Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, everybody. It is great to be here in Lincoln, out here on the Nebraska plains. It happens to be tornado season here.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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1:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 11:48 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Kyrie, in an effort to curb teenage pregnancy, this week the State of Tennessee passed a law banning what among teens?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Oh, it's like any kind of public display of affection, like hugging and...

SAGAL: Holding hands, for example.

O'CONNOR: ...holding hands, yes.

SAGAL: Yes, hugging, holding hands.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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1:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 11:48 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., Kyrie O'Connor, and Charlie Pierce. And, here again is your host, at the Leed Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. In just a minute, Carl debates the virtues of a unirhymeral legislature...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: ...in our Listener Limerick Challenge.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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1:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 11:48 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, click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org.

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