Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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For a wacky and whip-smart approach to the week’s news and newsmakers, listen no further than Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, the oddly informative news quiz from NPR. During each fast-paced, irreverent show, host Peter Sagal leads what might be characterized as the news Olympics. Callers, panelists, and guests compete by answering questions about the week's events, identifying impersonations, filling in the blanks at lightening speed, sniffing out fake news items, and deciphering limericks. Listeners vie for a chance to win the most coveted prize in radio: having official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell record the outgoing message on their home answering machine.

Predictions

Aug 11, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next new branch of the Armed Forces? Bobcat Goldthwait.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Oh, it's the department of mermaids.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Makes perfect sense. Amy Dickinson.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 11, 2018

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

Limericks

Aug 11, 2018

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Panel Questions

Aug 11, 2018

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Bluff The Listener

Aug 11, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, it's time for the WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to play our game on the air.

Hi, you are on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

JOHN DALEY: Hi. This is John Daley from Hopkinton, Mass.

SAGAL: Did you say you live in Hopkinton?

Panel Questions

Aug 11, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Amy, a new service in Japan allows you to rent a what for as little as $9 an hour?

AMY DICKINSON: Oh. Does it - is it a sex robot?

SAGAL: It is not a sex robot.

(LAUGHTER)

Who's Bill This Time?

Aug 11, 2018

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. All right, everybody, you're in Billennium (ph) Park now.

(CHEERING)

KURTIS: I agree. I'm Bill Kurtis. And here's your host at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

This week we recorded our show in Chicago's Millennium Park, and invited Illinois native Jeff Tweedy to play our quiz. As a kid Tweedy lied about knowing how to play the guitar, but he must have figured it out eventually because he went on to form the bands Uncle Tupelo and Wilco.

Tweedy will play a game called "A Yankee, a hotel, and a foxtrot" — three questions about the namesakes of one of Wilco's most beloved albums.

Click the audio link above to see how he does.

Panel Questions

Aug 4, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

And now, panelists, it is time for the game we like to call...

BILL KURTIS: The Trump Dump.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: As you all know...

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: ...Some weeks, the news comes so fast you wish you could just stick a cork in the Trump hole.

(LAUGHTER)

Who's Bill This Time

Aug 4, 2018

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. Climb up on me and work up a sweat. I'll be your tread-Bill (ph)...

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: ...Bill Kurtis.

(CHEERING)

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