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!
6:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Limericks

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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 you can click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, and our show next week in Atlanta at the Fox Theater. Hi, you're on "WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!"

RYAN RAMIREZ: Hey, this is Ryan from Seabrook, Texas.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Panel Round Two

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

All right, panel, some more questions for you from the week's news. Charlie, detergent companies are now selling their product in pods, little balls of soap you throw into the washer rather than measuring it out. Well, Senator Chuck Schumer is warning that they pose a danger to the nation. How?

CHARLIE PIERCE: They're pollutants.

SAGAL: No.

PIERCE: They make people lazy.

SAGAL: No.

PIERCE: Because his mother used to scrub the clothes on a rock by the river.

(LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 6:16 am

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody that they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets and more information, you can go to wbez.org, or you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 6:16 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 Bill Kurtis, in for Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with P. J. O'Rourke, Charlie Pierce and Roxanne Roberts. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Headlines

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 6:16 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 Bill Kurtis, filling in for Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Roxanne Roberts, P. J. O'Rourke and Charlie Pierce. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 6:16 am

Transcript

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?

BILL KURTIS: Roxanne has four. Charlie has three. P. J. has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 6:16 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what's the next YouTube video to cause a riot? Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: During a campaign rally, Chris Christie will bear hug Paul Ryan, cracking him into a hundred little tax breaks.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: P. J. O'Rourke?

P. J. O'ROURKE: The sequel to "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," it's Mitt Romney: Zombie.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Charlie Pierce?

CHARLIE PIERCE: Catholics protest as Clint Eastwood reenacts the Council of Trent with an entire dining room set.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:16 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Who's Bill This Time?

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 6:16 am

Transcript

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 in for Carl Kasell.

(LAUGHTER)

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

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Panel Round Two

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

Transcript

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, filling in for Carl Kasell.

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: We're playing this week with Jessi Klein, Tom Bodett, and Paula Poundstone. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Limericks

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 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 here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and our upcoming show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia on September 20th. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!

KATHLEEN PENDLETON: Hi.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Prediction

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

Our panelists predict what this election's October Surprise will be.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Who's Bill This Time?

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

Bill Kurtis, filling in for Carl, reads three quotes from the week's news: Unconventional, Bubba Returns, and What's Eating You.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Obamabrau.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
6:39 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Bluff The Listener

Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 8:24 am

Transcript

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, filling in for Carl Kasell.

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: We're playing this week with Paula Poundstone, Tom Bodett, and Jessi Klein. And, here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill Kurtis.

(APPLAUSE)

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

Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton Plays Not My Job

Richard Drew AP

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

Jim Bouton is a former All-Star pitcher for the New York Yankees. His classic baseball memoir Ball Four, which was first published in 1970, came out as an e-book in April.

Bouton famously wrote about shenanigans in baseball, which have arguably gotten worse since then. But compared to other sports around the world, baseball players are hardly immoral at all. We're going to ask him three questions about people who really know how to cheat.

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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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