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!
1:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 11:48 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 sixty 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: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Roy Blount, Jr., has three points, Charlie Pierce has three points, Kyrie O'Connor has two.

SAGAL: Kyrie, you're in third place; you're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question.

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1:46 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Bluff The Listener

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 his 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. Thanks everybody. Thank you so much. 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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3:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:36 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 Amy Dickinson, Tom Bodett and Paula Poundstone. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you, Carl. In just a minute, Carl selects Nantucket in the first round of the National Limerick League Draft.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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3:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:36 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'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888--Wait-Wait, that's 1-888-924-8924.

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3:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:36 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have sixty seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Tom Bodett has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Amy Dickinson and Paula Poundstone are tied for second. They both have two points each.

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3:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Who's Carl This Time

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:36 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, and here's your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thank you so much.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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3:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:36 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, as traditional, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Tom, this week a cow escaped a Colorado farm and fled right to where?

TOM BODETT: This wasn't the mad cow.

SAGAL: No.

BODETT: OK.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: It was annoyed.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: I would say it became a horrified cow.

BODETT: Oh, to the slaughterhouse.

SAGAL: No.

BODETT: Oh. Worse?

SAGAL: Further down the chain.

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3:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:36 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 Amy Dickinson, Paula Poundstone and Tom Bodett. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thanks everybody. 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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3:55 am
Sat April 28, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 12:36 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what is next for Newt Gingrich? Paula Poundstone?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Newt Gingrich will, in fact, colonize the moon, from where he will teach a remarkable online bluster course.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Oh, he's going to power down Callista, pack her in Styrofoam peanuts and take her back home to Georgia.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: And Tom Bodett?

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4:02 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Newbery Medal Winner Jack Gantos Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 12:03 pm

Award-winning children's book author and recent recipient of the Newbery Honor joins us to talk about his other distinction: his arrest on drug smuggling charges. Then he takes a quiz on Harlequin romance novels. (Rebroadcast from Jan. 28, 2012)

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