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

Jul 11, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will be the new name of that Washington football team? Maeve Higgins.

MAEVE HIGGINS: The Winning Team (ph) so even when they lose, they're still the winning team.

SAGAL: Hey, that's a good idea.

HIGGINS: Yeah.

SAGAL: Maz Jobrani.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 11, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto 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 they can. Each correct answer is now worth two points.

Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jul 11, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

BILL KURTIS: This is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. And here is your host, who has perfected his quarantine recipe, SpaghettiOs with a Goldfish Cracker garnish, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill. So we're reviewing what it has been like to do our show with no audience but each other, our bored pets and the collection of creepy dolls on the shelf.

KURTIS: They stare and stare and never sleep.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Finally, the pandemic caught some people in places they didn't expect to be. This spring, Oscar-winning actress Allison Janney was supposed to be walking the red carpet at the premiere of her hew film, "Bad Education." Instead, she ended up having to talk to us from a spare bedroom in her parents' house in Dayton, Ohio.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NPR BROADCAST)

ALLISON JANNEY: (Evil laughter).

(LAUGHTER)

LUKE BURBANK: I suspected that.

SAGAL: She's lovely. I actually...

MO ROCCA: "Svengoolie" (ph).

(LAUGHTER)

BILL KURTIS: For our first completely at-home edition of WAIT WAIT, we invited back an old friend, movie star and occasional WAIT WAIT guest host Tom Hanks.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

By the way, Tom asked if he could join us via Zoom for the whole show, not just his segment. And let me tell you something. It is pretty hard to concentrate on your job when Tom Hanks, two Oscars and a dirty volleyball are all staring back at you the whole time.

KURTIS: Here's an extended version of our virtual visit with Tom Hanks.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NPR BROADCAST)

Predictions

Jun 27, 2020

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Now, panel, what will be the new statue that everyone will approve of? Hari Kondabolu.

HARI KONDABOLU: Betty White because she's a national icon and still a white.

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 27, 2020

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

Limericks

Jun 27, 2020

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Predictions

Jun 20, 2020

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Now, panel, what will be the next big ruling from SCOTUS? Joel Kim Booster.

JOEL KIM BOOSTER: It is now illegal to leave your read receipts on and not respond to me. I know you're not busy.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: (Laughter).

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 20, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's 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 they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jun 20, 2020

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 13, 2020

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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 they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, please, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jun 13, 2020

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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. Click the Contact Us link on our website - waitwait.npr.og.

Predictions

Jun 13, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what is the solution to the mystery of the pizza? Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN: Oh, I think we're going to learn that every time a pizza was delivered, it was actually his dream, and all of his dreams are his waking life.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Whoa. Negin Farsad.

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