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!
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

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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!
6:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 11:32 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 Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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

Opening Panel Round

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

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody that they can join us most weeks back 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, of course it is time for you to answer some questions about the week's news.

Roxanne, to allay concerns from an increasingly nervous public, the Centers for Disease Control issued a statement saying that there is, in fact, no real danger of what?

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

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 11:32 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, P.J. O'Rourke and Roxanne Roberts. And, here again is your host, at The Music Center at Strathmore, in North Bethesda, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Right now, it is 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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6:12 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 11:32 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 Roxanne Roberts, P.J. O'Rourke and Mo Rocca. And, here again is your host, at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody.

(APPLAUSE)

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

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 11:32 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 at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming show in Cleveland on June 28th.

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

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time to move on to our final, 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 they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Roxanne Roberts has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Mo Rocca and P.J. O'Rourke are tied for second; they both have two.

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

Prediction

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

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what problem will Disney solve next? Mr. P.J. O'Rourke?

P.J. O'ROURKE: Peace, love and understanding, which is why they're getting rid of Donald Duck.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: It will save the Miss Universe pageant by allowing women, women who used to be men, fairy princesses and transgendered mice with big ears.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:00 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Another Classic Bluff The Listener

Our panelists tell stories of parents going the extra mile to toughen up their kids, only one of which is true.

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