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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.

Who's Bill This Time

Feb 8, 2020

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. Hey, Iowa - I'm the only candidate that's via-Bill (ph).

(APPLAUSE)

KURTIS: I'm Bill Kurtis.

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

We've invited actor and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts to play a game called "Tracy Letts ... Tracy let's not." Three questions about warnings — including some odd travel guidance, a weird weather heads up, and an unexpected language advisory.

Click the audio link above to find out how he does.

Who's Bill This Time?

Feb 1, 2020

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. Billie Eilish may have five Grammys, but Billy Kurtis is your only grampy.

(APPLAUSE)

KURTIS: I am Bill Kurtis, and here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

Normally we might invite a famous actor onto our show to answer far-out questions about animal behavior or something ... but the problem is, Isabella Rossellini knows all that stuff.

Predictions

Feb 1, 2020

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Now, panel, what will be the next big tell-all? Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: Mary Louise Kelly will write a book about her encounter with Mike Pompeo when he cussed her out. The book will be called "Mike Pompei-Whoa, Whoa, Whoa..."

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Feb 1, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Hey, now it's 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 they can. Each correct answer is now worth 2 points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Feb 1, 2020

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Panel Questions

Feb 1, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, some more questions for you from the week's news. Josh, the online magazine Romper undertook a deep investigation this week into why men take so long to do what?

JOSH GONDELMAN: Oh, define their relationship?

(LAUGHTER)

GONDELMAN: Can I have a hint?

Bluff The Listener

Feb 1, 2020

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Hi. You are on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

SCOTT KEELEY: Hi. This is Scott Keeley from Charlestown, R.I.

SAGAL: Well, how are things in Charlestown? You didn't say Charleston. You said Charlestown.

KEELEY: Charlestown.

SAGAL: What do you do there?

Panel Questions

Feb 1, 2020

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