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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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Limericks

Feb 6, 2016
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Prediction

Feb 6, 2016
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Now panel, what will be the big surprise at the big game? Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: The shocking thing - just like the Oscars, there'll be no black winners.

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SAGAL: Helen Hong.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Feb 6, 2016
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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 now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Prediction

Jan 30, 2016
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Now, panel, what will be the next antiquated idea to come back in style? Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: By the end of the 2016 election cycle, Americans will once again believe that anyone - and we mean anyone - can grow up to be president.

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PESCA: Shelby Fero.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 30, 2016
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Now 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 he or she can - each correct answer worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jan 30, 2016
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Prediction

Jan 23, 2016
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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict what we will find once we get to the new Planet Nine in outer space.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 23, 2016
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It is now time to play 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?

Limericks

Jan 23, 2016
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Prediction

Jan 16, 2016
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 16, 2016
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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 is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the score?

Limericks

Jan 16, 2016
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Prediction

Jan 9, 2016
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 9, 2016
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It is now time to play 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?

Limericks

Jan 9, 2016
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Panel Round Three

Jan 2, 2016
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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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Thank you, Bill.

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BILL KURTIS: Actress and comedian Jenny Slate was one of our favorite guests in 2015. And by replaying that interview now, she will immediately become on of your favorite guests of 2016.

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JENNY SLATE: Hello.

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Every week we get to ask great people questions and occasionally they answer them. Maybe our favorite interview of the year, though, took place right at the beginning in January when we talked to funk legend George Clinton.

Panel Round Three

Dec 26, 2015
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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT… DON'T TELL ME from NPR, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. And here's your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill. Thank you.

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Panel Round Two

Dec 26, 2015
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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.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

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Prediction

Dec 19, 2015
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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 19, 2015
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Limericks

Dec 19, 2015
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Prediction

Dec 12, 2015
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Now panel, what will be the big surprise in the new "Star Wars" movie? Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: Moviegoers will meet the new face of evil, Darth Vader's second cousin, Don Vader, whose helmet is made of a weird comb-over and who keeps talking about deporting all the wookies.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 12, 2015
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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?

Limericks

Dec 12, 2015
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Prediction

Dec 5, 2015
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Now panel, where might that Mark Zuckerman money be going? Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: He will fund a new social media site where people recognize each other from the backside called, Butt Facebook.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 5, 2015
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Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players...

PAULA POUNDSTONE: It's my favorite part.

Limericks

Dec 5, 2015
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