Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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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.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:18 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Wait Wait Goes To IKEA

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 8:50 am

Some of our favorite trips to the land of Lingonberries and Fjornholm shelves.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:18 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Director Barry Sonnenfeld Plays Not My Job

Alexandre Meneghini AP

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 8:50 am

Barry Sonnenfeld either directed or shot some of the best movies of the '80s and '90s. He was the cinematographer on the Coen Brother's first movies and directed the Men in Black movies and Get Shorty, among other works of dark genius. His movie Men in Black III came out in May.

He plays a game called "Men in White," where he will answer three questions about people who play cricket.

Originally broadcast April 28, 2012.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:18 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Gass And Black Of Tenacious D Play Not My Job

Kyle Gass (left) and Jack Black of Tenacious D.
Paul McConnell Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 8:50 am

There are good bands, there are great bands, and then there is the most amazingly great band ever in the history of bands: Tenacious D, also known as Kyle Gass and Jack Black. They released a new album called Rize of the Fenix in May.

We've invited Gass and Black to play a game called "Tenacious D, Meet Tenacious P." We tried to think of the singer who was the diametrical opposite of Tenacious D, and who better than Pat Boone? We'll ask three questions about the cleanest cut guy who ever cut a record.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 8:39 am

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 1-888-924-8924.

Or you can click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago where you can pick up some Wait, Wait tchochkes. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!"

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4:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 8:39 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

CARL KASELL: Charlie Pierce has the lead, Peter, he has four points. Jessi Klein and Tom Bodett are tied for second, they both have three points.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 8:39 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what'll make Democrats and Republicans finally get along? Jessi Klein?

JESSI KLEIN: I think if a race of aliens ever comes to earth with the sole intention of taking away all of our teleprompters, Congress will work together to destroy them.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Tom Bodett?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Tippecanoe And Carl Too

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 8:39 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. We're playing this week with Tom Bodett, Jessi Klein, and Charlie Pierce. And, here again is your host, at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Magna Carl-A

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 8:39 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, coming to you from the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 8:39 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us most weeks back home at the Chase Bank Auditorium. For tickets and more information go to wbez.org, or you can find a link at our website, wait wait.npr.org. Right now, panel, your turn. All your questions, of course, as they will be this show, are about politics.

Tom, back in 1999, during a tense debate, the Lieutenant Governor of Alabama was forced to do what on the state house floor?

TOM BODETT: In a tense debate.

SAGAL: Yes, it was very tense, a lot at stake.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 8:39 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. We're playing his week with Jessi Klein, Tom Bodett, and Charlie Pierce. And, here again is your host, at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you, guys. 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're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 6:56 am

Our panelists predict: If Barack Obama decided to drop Joe Biden, who he would he pick to replace him?

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Who's Bill This Time?

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 6:56 am

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm legendary anchorman Bill Kurtis...

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: Filling in for Carl Kasell, and here's your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 6:56 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Faith, according to a shocking new study, there's something just as bad for you as smoking cigarettes. What?

FAITH SALIE: Egg yolks, Peter.

SAGAL: Indeed, Faith, eggs, egg yolks.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 6:56 am

Our panelists tell three stories about struggling businesses improving customer service.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 6:56 am

More questions for the panel: The Two Week Fatathalon; A Mothra Sighting; The Dictionary Drops a Bomb.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 6:56 am

Legendary anchorman Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks: SCANDAL Equals 10 Points; Fabio--Come on Down! Leer-end Collisions.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
2:43 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 6:56 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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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 Kurtis, could you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 8:07 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, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Peter Sagal.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you. So much for the reserved New Englander thing. It's great to be here in Portland, which is the hipster capital of Maine.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: It's terrible now. The grizzled old lobstermen have to wear t-shirts saying, "My beard is not ironic."

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 8:07 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Amy, scientists have discovered that just like Americans in the 50s, dinosaurs once experienced what?

AMY DICKINSON: Oh wow. Just like Americans in the 50s, dinosaurs once experienced. Making out in the rec room? No.

(LAUGHTER)

DICKINSON: That's not it.

SAGAL: What are you guys doing down there? Hunting for prey, mom. Nothing.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Actually, technically, for Americans it started right after World War II.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 8:07 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. We're playing his week with Roy Blount Jr., Amy Dickinson, and Tom Bodett. And, here again is your host, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you everybody. 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're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!.

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