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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Here's something else that exploded over social media - the career of comedian Ali Wong. It was a Netflix stand-up special that everybody was talking about that made her a star almost overnight, as she told us when she joined us in December of 2019.

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ALI WONG: Oh, yeah. I mean, it's a true story that when I warmed up for my special in my hometown, San Francisco, I did four shows at this comedy club that was a 400-seater. And I couldn't sell it out. So they had to put my tickets up on Groupon.

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Finally, here's comic and actor Chelsea Peretti, who joined us by Zoom just last November. I asked her about her origins as a superhero.

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SAGAL: Was there a moment - for example, I know Alonzo was - when he was working as an airplane mechanic, he was, like, making his colleagues laugh. And he decided, maybe I should go try it for a living. Was there a moment when you decided that you were going to be a comic?

Limericks

Apr 3, 2021

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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's your host, a man who just realized beach season is almost here and is now furiously jogging in place as I speak, Peter Sagal.

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Predictions

Mar 27, 2021

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Now, panel, how are they finally going to free that boat from the Suez Canal? Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: It's simple. Just add cold water - shrinkage.

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SAGAL: Alonzo Bodden.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 27, 2021

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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 they can. Each correct answer now worth two points.

Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Mar 27, 2021

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Predictions

Mar 20, 2021

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Now, panel, who will get a temporary tattoo, and what will it be? Negin Farsad.

NEGIN FARSAD: Anthony Fauci is going to get a tramp stamp of the COVID molecule.

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SAGAL: Amy Dickinson.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 20, 2021

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

Limericks

Mar 20, 2021

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Predictions

Mar 13, 2021

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Now, panel, what will be the next piece of life advice we get from the CDC? Josh Gondelman.

JOSH GONDELMAN: Even if you're eating an apple a day, you should probably still get that yearly physical.

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SAGAL: Karen Chee.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 13, 2021

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

Limericks

Mar 13, 2021

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Predictions

Mar 6, 2021

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 6, 2021

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Limericks

Mar 6, 2021

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