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Saturdays, 11:00 AM - Noon
Peter Segal and Carl Kasell

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.

It takes more than a couple brain cells to make this show what it is... so let's give credit where credit's due.

Peter Sagal — Host

Prior to becoming host of Wait Wait in 1998, Peter had a varied career including stints as a playwright, screenwriter, stage director, actor, extra in a Michael Jackson video, travel writer, essayist, ghostwriter and staff writer for a motorcycle magazine. In October 2007, Harper Collins published Peter's first book, The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How to Do Them, a series of essays about bad behavior, which was released in paperback in 2008. He lives in the Chicago area with his family. Since he now has his own Web site, he is finally a real boy.

Carl Kasell — Official Judge and Scorekeeper

Carl Kasell is the official judge and scorekeeper for Wait Wait and is an all-around genius and great guy. A veteran broadcaster, Carl launched his radio career more than 50 years ago. He was a newscaster for NPR's daily newsmagazine Morning Edition from the show’s beginning in 1979 until December 2009. Carl now enjoys sleeping past 1:05 am, and he sometimes moonlights as a magician.

Doug Berman — Executive Producer

Doug Berman is the Peabody Award-winning producer of NPR's Car Talkand Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! For the last 15 years, he's been on a one-man crusade to get NPR to lighten up. He was a news director at NPR member stations WFCR in Amherst, Mass., and WBUR in Boston before giving up his legitimate career for this stuff.

Mike Danforth — Senior Producer

Mike Danforth joined Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! in November of 2000, after a distinguished tenure at Prairie Home Companion in his home state of Minnesota. His first week was spent weeding through numerous hanging chad jokes to find the best ones. He also tutors the staff in Foley-like vocal sound effects. And does not look like Andy Dick. At all.

Emily Ecton — Associate Producer

We can only assume, when Emily was standing on the White House lawn, dressed in a 6-foot high Arthur (the PBS Aardvark) costume helping Lynne Cheney preside over the Easter Egg roll, she must have said to herself — "Life can get no better than this." But she was wrong! Soon after, she left the exciting world of PBS Media Relations and moved herself, her strangely squished-looking car, and her dog, Binky, out to Chicago to join Wait Wait, where she serves as the Official Reality Television Expert. She is also the author of three books for kids, the most recent of which is Night of the Living Lawn Ornaments.

Ian Chillag — Producer

Ian comes to Wait, Wait from the Internet, where he was the voice of a tiny blue cartoon news anchor. Before that, he worked on NPR's Fresh Air andThe Bryant Park Project. His reporting has been heard on Marketplace, Studio 360 and other public radio programs. He plans to eat his weight in bratwurst his first year in Chicago.

Eva Wolchover — Editorial Assistant

After putting in more than a year as Car Talk's official call screener, Eva still doesn't know a dipstick from a fuel gauge, so she recently left Boston for the "fair city" of Chicago. When not at Car Talk, Eva was a writer for the Boston Herald. Her background in the seedy tabloid trenches prepared her well for the bizarre, the eccentric and the unabashedly off-color ... a path that led her directly to Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

Lorna White — Technical Director

Lorna White began working at NPR in 1984. She engineered most of the NPR network programs, including All Things Considered, Performance Today and Morning Edition, where she became the first technical director to yell at Rod Abid. Being hopelessly Midwestern, she moved from Washington to NPR's bureau in Chicago in 1996. A year later, a guy named David Greene knocked on the door and in a matter of weeks, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! was on the air. Two years later, David left to work on a public radio show about cars. Thankfully, Rod was willing to work with her, and she hasn't yelled at him since. When not working on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, Lorna's day job includes managing audio production at the NPR bureau.

Robert Neuhaus — Technical Director

After many years spent as an award-winning theatrical sound designer and audio theater producer, Robert Neuhaus went in search of even larger egos than the theater can contain and found them at Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Robert has served as a recording engineer based in NPR's Chicago Bureau since 1988, but he still moonlights from time to time creating storms and battles for Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:10 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, where will the next giant hole show up? Bobcat Goldthwaite?

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: I'm going to talk about the elephant in the room here.

(LAUGHTER)

GOLDTHWAIT: There's a lot of sexual tension between Roxanne and myself.

(LAUGHTER)

GOLDTHWAIT: And it's the hole in my heart - this woman's going to be.

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Arizona, where the locals affectionately call it the border tots daycare center.

(LAUGHTER).

SAGAL: And Roy Blount Jr?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:10 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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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 he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Bobcat has one, Roxanne and Roy are tied with three.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: So it's Bobcat.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Are you sure? I don't even remember getting one.

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10:10 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Limericks

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

'Cause how often does that happen? Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME.

CARLA: Hi.

SAGAL: Hi, who's this?

CARLA: My name is Carla.

SAGAL: Hey, Carla. Where are you calling from?

CARLA: I'm in Charlotte, North Carolina.

SAGAL: Oh, that's awesome. Charlotte is a great place.

CARLA: Woo, I just heard somebody yell.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: In your house? Get out.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 10:23 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, whose private letters will embarrass them next? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: All right, they're going to find Harry Potter's private diary where he admits he wanted to be down with Slytherin the whole time.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Woah. Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: The von Trapp family will suffer the shame of this release; dear Captain von Trapp, I would like a raise. The kids keep singing. It's really bothering me.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Mr. Tom Bodett.

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4:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 10:23 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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 scores?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Well, Paula has four. Brian and Tom have two.

SAGAL: Oh, my goodness, Paula.

(APPLAUSE)

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Woah.

BRIAN BABYLON: Man.

POUNDSTONE: It's the altitude.

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4:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 10:23 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:08 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Guess The Newsmaker

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Last year with Paula Poundstone, Maz Jobrani and Faith Salie, we decided to bring back an old game.

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Was it rounders, marbles, kick the can, conkers, memblety peg, huckle buckle beanstalk?

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: No, actually, Bill. Although they all sounds like great fun. Let's let Carl explain.

KURTIS: Guess the News Maker.

SAGAL: So it's time to welcome to our show one Ricardo Baca. Ricardo, welcome to WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME.

RICARDO BACA: Hey, thanks a lot.

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9:23 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Not My Job: Poet Billy Collins Takes A Quiz About Phil Collins

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 10:08 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now I end every show by saying this is NPR. And every now and then, we are required by contract to act like we really are NPR.

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: So in 2013, we invited a very classy guest to talk with Peter, Paula, Faith and Tom.

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9:23 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 10:08 am

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELLME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill 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. This week - thank you. You guys. This week, we're lost in nostalgia as we just sit and relive our own achievements. For example, some of our more interesting games and interviews.

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9:23 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Actor Tony Shalhoub Takes A Quiz About Nuns

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 10:08 am

Because Shalhoub has played a Monk, (the obsessive compulsive detective on the TV series Monk), we're going to ask him three questions about nuns. Originally broadcast March 6, 2010.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 9:59 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will replace biting in the World Cup? Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: They'll rip off their shirts and try to out peck each other.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Shelby Fero?

SHELBY FERO: Just good old-fashioned gummin', man. Pull out those teeth and just go to town.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: (Making chewing sounds). And Luke Burbank?

LUKE BURBANK: I don't know. But please, can it involve Scarlett Johansson's voice?

(LAUGHTER)

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4:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 9:59 am

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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 he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: Roxanne and Shelby are tied with two. Luke has four.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 9:59 am

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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 and 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. There, you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. And our first-ever show in the wilds of Red Rocks outside Denver, Colorado on July 10.

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

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6:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:32 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the new name for the Washington Redskins? P.J. O'Rourke.

O'ROURKE: Well, they had a 3-13 season last year so - you know, until I considered this question, I never realized just how many words can't be said on radio.

(LAUGHTER)

O'ROURKE: But given the 3-13 season and rebuilding year coming up, I'm saying the Eric Cantors.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor.

O'CONNOR: Oh, given who all works in D.C., I say the Washington Red Faces.

SAGAL: And Maz Jobrani.

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6:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:32 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. Bill, can you please give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: P.J. has one, Maz three, Kyrie four.

SAGAL: Oh, my goodness.

MAZ JOBRANI: Wow.

O'ROURKE: OK.

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6:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 9:32 am

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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 at our website, waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Illinois. And our upcoming show is at Red Rocks in Colorado on July 10 and at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on August 28. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME.

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3:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 9:42 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, who will be the next person to write a giant book no one wants to read? Ophira Eisenberg.

OPHIRA EISENBERG, BYLINE: Monica Lewinsky, and her book is also called Hard Choices.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: It's going to be Chelsea Clinton with her new mommy book How To Raise A Kid When You Grew Up Broke After You Left The White House.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: Cliven Bundy's groundbreaking treaties Everything I Know About The Negro.

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3:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 9:42 am

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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 he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Tom and Brian each have two. Ophira has four.

SAGAL: Whoa.

(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, BYLINE: Whoa.

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3:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 9:42 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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9:38 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 10:39 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lighting 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, BYLINE: Peter and Mo each have three. Jessi has two going into this.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:37 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 10:39 am

Bill reads three news-related limericks: Manmary Glands, Larger Loafers, Bargain Hunting vs. Bed Hopping.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:37 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 10:39 am

Our panelists predict the new system for identifying hurricanes.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:18 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 9:15 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the end of Kim and Kanye? Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: The only thing that could break up this couple is poor ratings.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: I don't know, but Kanye is going to detail it in his hit Platinum Digger.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Ms. Rosie Perez.

ROSIE PEREZ: The potential record sales from a divorce album. It's going to be good.

(LAUGHTER)

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3:18 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 9:15 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, on to our final game, Lighting 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?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Well, Rosie has two, Adam has three, Amy has four with the lead.

AMY DICKINSON: What? What?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:18 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 9:15 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:46 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 9:13 am

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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. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and check out the latest "How to Do Everything" podcast. This week, Ian and Mike tell you what to do with that enormous whale on your beach.

(LAUGHTER)

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4:46 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 9:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will be the next organization to loosen their tie a little? Charlie Pierce.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Uh, CIA, Peter. Unfortunately, analysts at the headquarters in Langley will be baffled when a crucial conversation between al-Qaida operatives on a secret wiretap is drowned out by the drum solo from "In A Gadda Da Vida."

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

O'CONNOR: Republicans in Congress. And if they want to learn how to smoke weed, Rand Paul is giving seminars.

(LAUGHTER)

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4:46 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 9:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time to move on to 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 Kurtis, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Charlie and Kyrie each have three, but Roy is in the lead with four.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Special Message 4

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 7:37 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

I noticed another call came in to our answering machine here. This one, I can't help but notice, has a Washington, D.C., area code.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Hi, everybody. This is Barack from Washington, D.C.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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5:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 7:37 am

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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 he or she can. Carl Kasell, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Paula Poundstone has the lead with four points. Mo Rocco has three. Roxanne Roberts has two.

(APPLAUSE)

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