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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!
7:19 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 8:49 am

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Now panel, what will be the first Heinz-Kraft? Moshe Kasher.

MOSHE KASHER: Well, the company is now so German that the new Kraft single is an unmarried German man in fetish gear covered in cheese slices and slathered in tomato ketchup.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

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7:19 am
Sat March 28, 2015

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

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7:19 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Limericks

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7:17 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 9:52 am

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Now panel, what will be the next problem solved by a corporation? Gabe Liedman.

GABE LIEDMAN: Speedo for global warming. In this new world, you've just got to cover up your stuff that will ruin the couch.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

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7:17 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 9:52 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

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7:17 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 9:52 am

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7:28 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 8:53 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, who will be the Senate's new pen pal? Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: Dear ISIS, do you like me? Yes or no? Circle one.

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

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7:28 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:28 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 8:53 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:09 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Prediction

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, who will John Boehner invite to Congress next? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: After Bibi Netanyahu, it's B.B. Neuwirth, whose rendition of "All That Jazz" also brings Nancy Pelosi to tears.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor.

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8:09 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time to move 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 now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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8:09 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Limericks

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9:55 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Prediction

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Now panel, what is next for rats now that their name has been cleared when it comes to plague? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: They're going to band together and form a class-action lawsuit against all the unions for defamation for making them come off as scabs.

(LAUGHTER)

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9:55 am
Sat February 28, 2015

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

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9:55 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Limericks

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7:59 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Not My Job: 'Elementary, My Dear (Dale) Watson'

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Then in November, we went down to Austin, Texas, and when you're in Austin, you talk to musicians. And if you want to talk to musicians, you talk to Dale Watson. But whatever you do, don't call him the king of country music.

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7:58 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Not My Job: Actor Daniel Radcliffe Gets Quizzed On Chia Pets

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 7:59 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Speaking of Hogwarts, we hosted its most famous graduate last November.

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: To maintain some privacy, Harry pretends to be an actor, Daniel Radcliff. We began by asking him about his image.

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7:58 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Not My Job: Travel Guru Rick Steves Gets Quizzed On Steve Ricks

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 7:59 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 is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

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7:06 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 9:01 am

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Now panel, what will be the next home appliance doing something it should not be doing? P.J. O'Rourke.

O'ROURKE: "50 Shades Of Grey" paraphernalia with GPS chips.

(LAUGHTER)

O'ROURKE: Who's using the handcuffs and where?

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

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7:06 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 9:01 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 is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:06 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat February 14, 2015 9:01 am

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9:38 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Prediction

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Now panel, what will be the next old-timey antique to come roaring back? Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: Another old-timey disease-infested thing making a comeback will be Paris Hilton.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Reza Aslan.

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9:38 am
Sat February 7, 2015

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?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
9:38 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Limericks

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9:25 am
Sat February 7, 2015

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9:25 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Not My Job: Fashion Guru Simon Doonan Gets Quizzed On Microsoft Windows

Originally published on Sat February 7, 2015 9:38 am

Unlike a lot of people, Simon Doonan does windows. He first rose to fame designing the famous display windows at the Barneys clothing boutique in New York, and has gone on to be their Creative Ambassador at large. He's written many books about his life in fashion — including his latest, The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences ... and hysteria.

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8:00 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 9:33 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will be the big surprise out of the Super Bowl? Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: In his post-game interview, Marshawn Lynch will not be able to shut up about meeting Katy Perry.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Amy Dickinson.

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8:00 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 9:33 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now it's time to move 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 now worth two points. Bill, can you give me the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:00 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Limericks

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 9:33 am

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9:08 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Prediction

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 9:26 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists how the New England Patriots will cheat to win the Super Bowl. Now panel, how will the Patriots cheat their way to victory in the Super Bowl? PJ O'Rourke.

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