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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!
7:52 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Clippy And Paula

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 9:03 am

Transcript

CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. And here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl, thank you everybody. Thank you so much. Listen, for many years now this show has completely been ignoring our listeners' tastes, preferences and good judgment, and frankly it's worked out pretty well.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 12:14 pm

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CARL KASELL: Now panel, what is the next thing that will turn up to be worthless? Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: I don't personally believe it but the wishes you make before you blow out the candles on your birthday cake.

(LAUGHTER)

BODETT: It turns out totally worthless.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

I can vouch for that. Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: You know how our parents always warned us that Santa only brings presents to nice girls?

SAGAL: Yes.

ROBERTS: Just not true.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Roy Blount, Jr.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 12:14 pm

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 9:27 am

Our panelists predict what'll be the big baby name in 2014.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 9:27 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 9:27 am

Dog Park, Brief Distraction, Hail Me Anytime.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:39 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Limericks

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Why Your Uncle Is A Boar, We Wish You A Terry Christmas, The Science of Hook-Ups.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:39 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Prediction

Our panelists predict, now that Amazon is going to use them, what other companies will start using drones.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:39 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:44 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

More Favorite Things

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 4:50 am

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. And here's your host, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thanks, Carl. Peter Sagal here in the studio this week engaging in nostalgia. Don't laugh. You'll be old too someday. We've been asking our panelists what they're most thankful for. Amy Dickinson's answer wasn't surprising at all. Well, not if you've ever seen her on a dance floor.

AMY DICKINSON: Well, I'll always be most grateful for twerking of course.

SAGAL: Well, who isn't?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:44 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Our Favorite Things, Continued

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 4:50 am

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here's your host, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thanks, Carl. Now we have given everybody else the week off, and we've taken over the show entirely, which is interesting because we actually don't know how to work this equipment. For example, if I push this...

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:44 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Our Favorite Things

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 4:50 am

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here's your host, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thanks Carl. Peter Sagal here in the studio this week. All of our panelists and staff are just lying around fast asleep in a tryptophan-induced haze, and frankly they look too adorable to wake up. So instead of doing a new show for you this week, we're going to present to you what here at WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! are most thankful for.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 9:54 am

Our panelists predict what the surprise hit game will be now that the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are out.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 9:54 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:18 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 9:54 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: From Coffee Beans to Lima Beans, Fang by Elizabeth Arden, and You Know What They Say About the Size of a Man's Nose.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:50 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:03 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 8:50 am

Our panelists predict what will be the first thing delivered by the Post Office on Sunday.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:03 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 8:50 am

Carl reads three news-related limericks: A Thanksgivukkah Crisis; Hair-raising Havarti; Beware Mr. Compact Class.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:03 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 8:50 am

More questions for the panel: Xbox X-rays; A Cruller Fate; Professor Pampers; The Language of Huh.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 8:38 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will Toronto Mayor Rob Ford do next? P.J. O'Rourke.

P.J. O'ROURKE: Peter, he will run for higher office.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Well suited he will be. Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: He's going to become an actor and he's going to star in "Drunken Stupor, the (unintelligible) Story."

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Bobcat Goldthwait.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Host a, like, Funniest Home Videos kind of show with crack-smoking mayors, like Marion Barry and himself.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 8:38 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 is worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Bobcat Goldthwait and Kyrie O'Connor both have three points. P.J. O'Rourke has two.

SAGAL: OK.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Could we just stop now?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Just let it be.

GOLDTHWAIT: This is my personal best.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
3:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 8:38 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 our upcoming show in Memphis Tennessee on December 19th! Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Limericks

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Prediction

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:13 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, who is the NSA not bothering to spy on? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: No need to monitor something that's always visible, so they NSA won't be spying on Mylie Cyrus's tongue.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 9:13 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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Faith Salie has the lead, Peter. She has four points. Tom Bodett and Paula Poundstone are tied for second. They both have two points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will TV pitchman Barack Obama be selling next? Mo Rocca.

MO ROCCA: In his post presidency Obama will be pitching Obamacare.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Obama's Geek Squad. Motto: We scratch the itch of your computer's glitch.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Peter Grosz.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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. Carl, what are the scores?

CARL KASELL: Mo Rocca has the lead. He has four points. Peter Grosz and Roxanne Roberts are tied. Both have two points.

SAGAL: All right. We have flipped a coin and Roxanne has elected to go first. Here is your first question. On Monday, Chris Christie withdrew his challenge as blank became legal in New Jersey.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Limericks

Transcript

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, 9-2-4, 8-9-2-4. Or you can click the contact us link on our website which is 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 in Elkhart Indiana on November 21st. Tickets are still available! Hi, you're on WAIT, WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:45 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Melinda Gates

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 10:03 am

The philanthropist and better half to Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, takes a quiz about gifts given to Queen Elizabeth II. (This segment originally aired on April 20, 2013.)

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