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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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:34 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Limericks

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8:34 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 9:59 am

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Now panel, what souvenir did the royal couple bring home? Charlie Pierce?

CHARLIE PIERCE: His and hers genuine Rolex watches that they found at a great price on a card table along Seventh Avenue.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Shelby Fero?

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8:34 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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Now it's time to move on to our final game, "Lightning Fill-In-The-Blank. Each of our players now has 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Bill, could you give us the scores.

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8:14 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 10:56 am

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Now panel, what is next for the Girl Scouts? Mr. Mo Rocca.

MO ROCCA: The Thin Mint will be renamed the Not Necessarily Thin Because Girl Scouts Don't Body Shame Mint.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith.

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8:14 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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

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8:14 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 10:56 am

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9:31 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Menage A Mouse

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 9:51 am

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: We'll finish our special Thanksgiving show with one more thing to be thankful for. You're not a laboratory mouse.

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Although, as we reported last summer, there are bright spots to a lab mouse's life.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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9:31 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Address Your Letters To Maz Jobrani

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 9:51 am

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No coverage of foreign affairs would be complete without checking in with our own international bureau, the man who can imitate any foreign accent in a way that perfectly inspires the rage of people who are actually from those places. That's Mr. Maz Jobrani.

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9:31 am
Sat November 29, 2014

World Leader Pretend

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 9:51 am

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: 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 at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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8:23 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Prediction

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 9:58 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:23 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 9:58 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:29 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:37 am

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8:29 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:39 am

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8:29 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:39 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:48 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

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9:48 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Limericks

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9:48 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Prediction

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Now panel, what will be the first thing that Obama and the new Republican Congress agree on? Bobcat Goldthwait.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Limits on mouse hunting permits for cats.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Somewhat random, but good. Faith Salie.

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9:55 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Prediction

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Now panel, what will be the big costume next year? Mr. Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: After his highly logical, science-based comments this week, it will be ex-Pope Francis.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Alonzo Bodden.

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9:55 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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Now it is time to go 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 two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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9:55 am
Sat November 1, 2014

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10:39 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:45 am

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Now panel, who will be the next czar at the White House? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: It's going to be Florence Henderson, and she will be the MILF czar.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: We will leave that undefined. Amy Dickinson.

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10:39 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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Now onto our final game, Lightning Filled 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?

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10:39 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:45 am

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10:42 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Prediction

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Now panel, what will be the next big debate controversy after the fan? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: The wind machines on Senator Cory Booker's backup dancers.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

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10:42 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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

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10:42 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Limericks

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7:59 am
Sat October 11, 2014

We Ask Australian Baz Luhrmann About Austria

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 8:12 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Back at the end of last year, we spoke to Baz Luhrmann, the Australian director of such over the top sagas as "Moulin Rouge" and the recent "The Great Gatsby" with Leonardo DiCaprio.

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7:59 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Gets Quizzed On Downhill Cheese Races

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 8:12 am

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: 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 at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

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7:59 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Brat Pack Member Rob Lowe Gets Quizzed On Bratwurst

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 8:12 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now we'll go right from somebody accomplished and interesting to a pure hunk of eye candy.

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Why thank you, Peter.

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