Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Saturdays 10-11 a.m., rebroadcast Sundays 2-3 p.m.
Carl Kassel
Peter Sagal

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program. Each week on the radio you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up. On the Web, you can play along too.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:09 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL HOST: 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. She correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: Bobcat has one, Kyrie, two, Tom is in the lead with three.

HOST: Bobcat, you are in third place, so you got first.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Yeah, I'm the dark horse.

(LAUGHTER)

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11:09 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Panel Round One

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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, and 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. Bobcat, the U.N. is trying to figure out the problem of feeding an exploding global population. But they have come up with a solution, they say people should eat what?

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Children.

(LAUGHTER)

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11:09 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Bluff The Listener

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis filling in for Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Bobcat Goldthwait, Kyrie O'Connor, and Tom Bodett. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:35 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 18, 2013 11:09 am

Our panelists predict what failed-spy Ryan Fogle will do next.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:35 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Who's Bill This Time

Originally published on Sat May 18, 2013 11:09 am

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm legendary anchorman Bill Kurtis, filling in for Carl Kasell.

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: And here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you everybody. Thank you, guys. Thank you so much. We've got a great show for you today. We've got Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper. He'll be playing our game later.

(APPLAUSE)

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11:35 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat May 18, 2013 11:09 am

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR news quiz. I'm legendary anchorman Bill Kurtis, filling in for Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Tom Bodett, Kyrie O'Connor and Bobcat Goldthwait. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL HOST: Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:27 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 10:12 am

More questions for the panel: Wishful Shrinking, Jog D.M.C, That New Car B.O.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:27 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 10:12 am

Our panelists predict what the cicadas will be surprised to see after 17 years.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:27 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 10:12 am

Our panelists tell three stories based on a photo of Tom Selleck.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:53 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Music Interlude

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 10:56 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 Mo Rocca, Tom Bodett, and Paula Poundstone. And here again is your host, at the New York University Skirball Center, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:53 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 10:56 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto 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 now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Mo Rocca has the lead, Peter. He has four points. Paula Poundstone has three, Tom Bodett has one.

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2:53 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Who's Carl This Time

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 10:56 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 New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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11:22 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

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CARL KASSELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kassell. And here's your host, from the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody. Thank you. We have got a really fun show for you today. We have actor and one-time Obama adminstration member, now game show host Kal Penn will be joining us later. I'll ask him how it feels to finally hit the big time.

(LAUGHTER)

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11:22 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Limericks

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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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:52 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 11:22 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. And for tickets and more information for Thursday's Cinecast event in a movie theater near you, go to waitwaittickets.org.

Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Maz, three men have been deported from Saudi Arabia for the offense of being what?

MAZ JOBRANI: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. I heard about this. They were too good looking.

SAGAL: That's exactly right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

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5:26 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 11:22 am

More questions for the panel: Bumbling Bumbershoot, Sweater Sweetie, The Drone You're Looking For.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:26 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 11:22 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what exhibit is going to make headlines at the Obama Presidential Library some day? Mr. Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: Well, obviously, a copy of his Kenyan birth certificate...

(LAUGHTER)

JOBRANI: ...with the caption, ha-ha.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: Well, you know how President Obama is probably our most buff president? Now we're going to know how he got that way. It's the Presidential Abdominator.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Roy Blount, Jr.

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5:26 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 11:22 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time to move 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 now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Maz Jobrani and Amy Dickinson have three points each.

AMY DICKINSON: Really?

KASELL: Roy Blount, Jr. has two.

ROY BLOUNT JR.: Wow.

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5:26 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 11:22 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. 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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10:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Melinda Gates Plays Not My Job

Courtesy Melinda Gates

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:56 pm

Back in the early 1990s, Melinda French was a rising star at a software company when the boss asked her out on a date. This was complicated because he was her boss, and frankly, he was kind of a nerd. But they fell in love and got married, and decided to raise a family, retire from the business, and in their spare time give away more money to charity than anyone else in the history of the world.

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10:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Singer Erykah Badu Plays Not My Job

Karl Walter Getty Images

This segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 08, 2013.

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10:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Al Gore Plays Not My Job: Extended Cut

Axel Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

A shorter version of this segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 14, 2013.

Since Al Gore's term as the 45th vice president of the United States ended in 2001, he has starred in an Oscar-winning documentary, won a Grammy Award and received the Nobel Peace Prize. But obviously he won't be satisfied until he wins the NPR news quiz, so we've invited him to play a game called "Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this."

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9:03 am
Sat April 13, 2013

Panel Round One

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 10:25 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium. And I want to tell you about the WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! movie event on May 2nd. We will be beaming our show live into movie theaters across the country. For tickets and more information, go to waitwaittickets.org.

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7:51 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 10:25 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 this week with Alonzo Bodden, Luke Burbank, and Faith Salie. And here, again, is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. 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!

SUSAN EISEMAN LEVITIN: Hi, Peter.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:51 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 10:25 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it is time for 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 now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Alonzo Bodden and Faith Salie both have three points. Luke Burbank has two.

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7:51 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 10:25 am

Transcript

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. You can click the Contact Us link on our website, waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, and our show later this summer on August 29th at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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4:36 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 9:39 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who is the next revered figure to take a blow to his or her reputation? Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: All right, Abe Lincoln owned slaves, a lot of them.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Well that would be bad. That would be bad. Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: None of her lovers would tell her but Catherine the Great wasn't.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Peter Grosz?

PETER GROSZ: We will discover that NPR personality Robert Siegel has in actuality only been considering some things.

(LAUGHTER)

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4:36 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 9:39 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 Brian Babylon, Roxanne Roberts and Peter Grosz. And here again is your host, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, Illinois, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl. 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!
4:36 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 9:39 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

I can't believe it but it is time for our final game Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players now has 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: We have a two-way tie for first place, Peter. Roxanne Roberts and Peter Grosz, they both have three points, and Brian Babylon has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:15 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Who's Carl This Time?

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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, filling in for Drew Carey filling in for Peter Sagal, Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT, HOST:

Thank you Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

BODETT: Wow. Those are some big - and numerous - shoes to fill. And by the end of the show those shoes will be fuller than a preacher's pockets at a Sunday picnic. And by that I mean what, Carl?

KASELL: No clue, Tom.

(LAUGHTER)

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