Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Saturday 1:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Peter Sagal

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. Callers, panelists, and guests compete by answering questions about the week's events, identifying impersonations, filling in the blanks at lightning speed, sniffing out fake news items, and deciphering limericks. 

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Predictions

Sep 22, 2018

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Now, panel, who will be the next video game character to make the headlines? Adam Burke.

ADAM BURKE: It will be when Namco reveals that Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are the same person, and they were just way ahead of this whole gender fluidity thing.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 22, 2018

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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 is worth two points.

Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Sep 22, 2018

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Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

MATT ROMOSER: Hi, this is Matt from Springfield, Mass.

SAGAL: Oh, what do you do there in Springfield?

ROMOSER: I am a professor of industrial engineering at Western New England University.

Predictions

Sep 15, 2018

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Now, panel, who will be the next person to be brought low by food? Negin Farsad.

NEGIN FARSAD: Now that we know that Elon Musk smokes pot, he's going to have epic munchies, which are going to force him to engineer the largest multifunction Cheeto that will also orbit the Earth as he snacks on it.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 15, 2018

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Now, onto to the 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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Sep 15, 2018

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Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

EMILIESA HORWITZ: Hi. This is Emiliesa. I'm calling from Vashon Island, Wash.

SAGAL: Hey, Vashon Island - I know that. That's sort of across Puget Sound from Seattle, right?

HORWITZ: Yeah, between Seattle and Tacoma.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 8, 2018

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Now, it's 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. Bill, can you give us the score?

Predictions

Sep 8, 2018

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Now, panel, what will be the next anonymous op-ed that we will wake up to see in The New York Times? Maeve Higgins.

MAEVE HIGGINS: We should all be vegan. I know that because I'm three bees and a lamb.

(LAUGHTER)

HIGGINS: But, you see, you don't know which three bees and which lamb.

Limericks

Sep 8, 2018

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Predictions

Sep 1, 2018

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Now, panel, what's the next thing that the scientists will tell us is terrible for us? Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: They'll find that an unhealthy amount of anxiety, fear and depression are directly caused by reading scientific studies.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 1, 2018

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Now onto our final game - it's 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. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks:

Sep 1, 2018

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Bluff The Listener

Aug 25, 2018

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This is our all-animal edition of WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

BILL KURTIS: Translated into cat, that would be (imitating cat meowing).

(LAUGHTER)

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When we talk about animals in this show, we have to talk about the greatest veterinarian ever who appeared on our show in August of 2007.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 18, 2018

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Let's end this show with a chat with one of the most beloved people in America, a weatherman who never actually was trained in the weather. It's Al Roker.

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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 Bill Kurtis. And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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Limericks

Aug 11, 2018

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Predictions

Aug 11, 2018

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Now, panel, what will be the next new branch of the Armed Forces? Bobcat Goldthwait.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Oh, it's the department of mermaids.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Makes perfect sense. Amy Dickinson.

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