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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!
9:48 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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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?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:48 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Limericks

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:10 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Prediction

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So panel, what is the next big viral fundraiser? Roy Blount Jr.

ROY BLOUNT JR.: The wedgie challenge, which draws attention to prostate problems.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:10 am
Sat August 30, 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 is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:10 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Limericks

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:15 am
Sat August 23, 2014

'ZooKeeper Rick' Plays Not My Job

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:15 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Bluff the Listener

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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 Nourse Theatre in San Francisco, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:15 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald Plays Not My Job

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When we talk about animals on the show, we have to talk about the greatest veterinarian ever who appeared on our show in August 2007.

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: You interview Doctor Doolittle?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:53 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Plays Not My Job

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:53 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Not My Job: Mavis Staples Gets Quizzed On Office Supples

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:47 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Not My Job: Project Runway's Tim Gunn Gets Quizzed On Terrible Fashion

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 9:04 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:47 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Not My Job: Three Headless Chicken Questions For Alice Cooper

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 9:03 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:47 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Professional Pickpocket Apollo Robbins Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 10:48 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:05 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Roseanne Cash Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 9:23 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

So on our Summer Pleasures show we've done baseball, beer, thrillers and movies. Bill, what's missing?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Our clothes. All we're missing is our clothes.

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7:05 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

John Waters Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 9:23 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, guys. So this, as we’ve been saying, is our summer pleasure show. And we’ve done the classics. We’ve done baseball, beer, books – what’s left?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Steve Inskeep playing nude shuffleboard.

SAGAL: No.

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7:04 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Gillian Flynn Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 9:22 am

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Peter, there’s nothing like a summer read, especially when you’re at a nude beach and a tiny paper is the only thing you have to cover up your bathing tackle.

(LAUGHTER)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

I need a big dictionary myself.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:12 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:53 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what is the next thing scientists will say is bad for us? Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Choral music.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: Watching too much Kardashians can lead to talking like this and like this and like this.

(LAUGHTER)

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9:12 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:53 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lightening 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 now worth two points. Bill Kurtis, can you give us the scores, please?

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9:12 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:53 am

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5:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:06 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 give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Limericks

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:06 am

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5:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Prediction

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:06 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will be that next bit of welcome good news? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: The Gap's going to announce they're going to release a pair of cheap pants for people who are half-ass.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: That would be good news. I would like that. Amy Dickinson.

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10:10 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Prediction

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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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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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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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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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