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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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Podcasts

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00pm
    Charlie Pride, country music sing/musician, joins us along with panelists Roxanne Roberts, Paula Poundstone, and Peter Grosz.
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:00pm
    The multi-talented Paul Shaffer joins us along with panelists Tom Bodett, Negin Farsad, and Adam Burke.
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 2:00pm
    Neal Brennan, comedian, joins guest host Jessi Klein and panelists Adam Felber, Helen Hong, and Alonzo Bodden.
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 2:00pm
    Jordan Peele, comedian and film maker, joins us along with panelists Roxanne Roberts, Mo Rocca, and Faith Salie.
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 2:00pm
    We revisit interviews from the past few years with Chance the Rapper, Jacques Pepin, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Prediction

Jun 7, 2014

Our panelists predict the new system for identifying hurricanes.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 7, 2014

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

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lighting 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 now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jun 7, 2014

Bill reads three news-related limericks: Manmary Glands, Larger Loafers, Bargain Hunting vs. Bed Hopping.

Prediction

May 30, 2014

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the end of Kim and Kanye? Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: The only thing that could break up this couple is poor ratings.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: I don't know, but Kanye is going to detail it in his hit Platinum Digger.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Ms. Rosie Perez.

ROSIE PEREZ: The potential record sales from a divorce album. It's going to be good.

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 30, 2014

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, 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 they can - each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Well, Rosie has two, Adam has three, Amy has four with the lead.

AMY DICKINSON: What? What?

Limericks

May 30, 2014

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Limericks

May 23, 2014

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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 click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org. There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago and check out the latest "How to Do Everything" podcast. This week, Ian and Mike tell you what to do with that enormous whale on your beach.

(LAUGHTER)

Prediction

May 23, 2014

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will be the next organization to loosen their tie a little? Charlie Pierce.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Uh, CIA, Peter. Unfortunately, analysts at the headquarters in Langley will be baffled when a crucial conversation between al-Qaida operatives on a secret wiretap is drowned out by the drum solo from "In A Gadda Da Vida."

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

O'CONNOR: Republicans in Congress. And if they want to learn how to smoke weed, Rand Paul is giving seminars.

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 23, 2014

Transcript

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

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Charlie and Kyrie each have three, but Roy is in the lead with four.

Special Message 4

May 16, 2014

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

I noticed another call came in to our answering machine here. This one, I can't help but notice, has a Washington, D.C., area code.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Hi, everybody. This is Barack from Washington, D.C.

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 16, 2014

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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. Carl Kasell, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: Paula Poundstone has the lead with four points. Mo Rocco has three. Roxanne Roberts has two.

(APPLAUSE)

Limericks

May 16, 2014

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 and leave a message at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That's 1-888-924-8924, or 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, Ill., and our upcoming show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, July 10th. Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME!

Prediction

May 10, 2014

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 10, 2014

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, onto our final game Lightening 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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

May 10, 2014

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Prediction

May 2, 2014

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will George Clooney and his new wife fight about first? Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: It'll be over the fact that as a good night ritual, both of them say the same thing.

SAGAL: What?

FELBER: I love you George.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: She through out his perfectly good underwear.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: Matt Damon in the guest room.

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 2, 2014

Transcript

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. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Three-way tie, Peter.

SAGAL: Oh, my goodness.

KASELL: Alonzo Bodden, Paula Poundstone, Adam Felber. Each has three points.

Limericks

May 2, 2014

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 click the Contact Us link at our website, waitwait.NPR.org.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows, back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Illinois or our upcoming show in Madison, Wisconsin June 19. Hi. You're on WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME.

Prediction

Apr 25, 2014

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

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next vice to modernize? Brian Babylon?

BRIAN BABYLON: Cocaine will be rebranded Adderall Extreme.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kyrie O'Connor?

O'CONNOR: Oh, this is actually a good thing - robot cockfighting.

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 25, 2014

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which they can answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Brian Babylon has the lead, Peter. Has three points. Kyrie O'Connor and Roy Blount Jr. are tied for second. Each has two.

Limericks

Apr 25, 2014

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

A New Study Says ...

Apr 19, 2014

We listen back to a round of questions for our panel, in which Paula took certain issue with the scientific method.

Bluff The Listener

Apr 19, 2014

Our panelists each tell us about a new way to turn away unwanted advances, only one of which is real.

We've asked Flake to play a game called "Dude, that skijoring was sick!" Three questions about non-Olympic winter sports. Originally broadcast Feb. 15, 2014.

Prediction

Apr 11, 2014

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, what will we all do now that we can't go on the internet safely? Luke Burbank?

LUKE BURBANK: Resort to the unthinkable. Feeling our feelings for the briefest of moments.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: I refuse. Amy Dickinson?

AMY DICKINSON: Instead of posting on Facebook, maybe we'll put our face in a book?

(APPLAUSE)

DICKINSON: It could happen.

SAGAL: And Charlie Pierce?

CHARLIE PIERCE: Go out in the backyard and make real birds really angry.

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 11, 2014

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank.

CHARLIE PIERCE: Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: 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 now worth two points. Carl, please can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Luke Burbank has the lead, he has four points. Amy Dickinson and Charlie Pierce are tied for second, each has two.

Limericks

Apr 11, 2014

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 4, 2014

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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. Carl can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Roxanne Roberts has the lead, Peter, she has four points. Paula Poundstone has three, P.J. O'Rourke has two.

Limericks

Apr 4, 2014

Transcript

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, its 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 one 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That is 1-888-924-8924 or click the Contact Us link on our website, WaitWait.NPR.org. You can find out there about attending our weekly live shows right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago.

Prediction

Apr 4, 2014

Our panelists predict what will be the next major product recall.

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