Wait Wait... Don't Tell me

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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 lightning 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.

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is co-produced by NPR and WBEZ, Chicago.

Prediction

Dec 3, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. PETER SAGAL, HOST: In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists - now that Fidel Castro is finally gone, who will next become America's mortal enemy? But first, let me tell you all that support for NPR comes from NPR stations and EBSCO, committed to an open library services environment. EBSCO Discovery Service integrates with any library's chosen integrated library system. Learn more at ebsco.com. The Sy Syms Foundation - since...

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 3, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. PETER SAGAL, HOST: Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players has 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? BILL KURTIS: I sure can, and it's quite a spread. Helen has two, Luke has three and Adam has four. SAGAL: Oh, my gosh. Well then, we know who's going first, and that would be Helen...

Limericks

Dec 3, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. 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 would like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-WAITWAIT - that's 1-888-924-8924 - or click the Contact Us link on our website, waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and next week's show in Cleveland,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. PETER SAGAL, HOST: Lastly, in the spring, we headed up the highway to Milwaukee, Wis. And we decided to talk about something that all public radio listeners are obsessed with - NASCAR. (LAUGHTER) BILL KURTIS: Matt Kenseth is a NASCAR champion and a Wisconsin native, which was a bit surprising to Peter, who thought Wisconsin just produced beer and cheese. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST) MATT KENSETH: Yeah, there's actually a lot of...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. 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. PETER SAGAL, HOST: Thank you, Bill. (APPLAUSE) SAGAL: This week, we're giving you things to talk about with your family over the holiday other than politics, like, say, our amusing interviews with notable people. Two more and you'll be able to head...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. BILL KURTIS: Katie Couric might be the most famous journalist in the world. She made the "Today" show into a powerhouse and asked the most famous question ever asked to a vice presidential candidate - so what newspapers do you read? PETER SAGAL, HOST: But when we interviewed Katie Couric in August, we found out who was the first to recognize her talent at her very first job in broadcasting. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST) KATIE...

Prediction

Nov 19, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. PETER SAGAL, HOST: In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict who'll be the big surprise appointment to Donald Trump's cabinet. But first, let me tell you that support for NPR comes from NPR stations and LifeLock, reminding consumers that identity thieves can pretend to pose as other people, taking over bank accounts, filing fake tax returns or doing other criminal acts, more at lifelock.com; Whole Foods Markets,...

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 19, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. 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 now worth 2 points. Bill, can you give us the scores? BILL KURTIS: Well, Adam has 2. Roxanne has 3, and Paula has 4 in the lead. SAGAL: Oh, my gosh. Well, that means we know the order. Adam, you're in third place, so you will go...

Limericks

Nov 19, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. PETER SAGAL, HOST: Coming up, it's Lightning Fill In The Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for that 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. That's 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 upcoming show in...

Limericks

Nov 12, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. 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 at our website, waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming show in Cleveland, Ohio,...

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