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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 2:12pm
    If you like listening to Paula Poundstone rant about the scientific studies on Wait Wait, check out this episode of her new podcast, "Live From the Poundstone Institute." Each week Paula goes toe to toe with the scientists behind these studies and subjects celebrity guests to her own psychological research.
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 9:00am
    Musician Joshua Homme joins us along with panelists Paula Poundstone, Amy Dickinson, and Hari Kondabolu.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 9:00am
    Win Butler from Arcade Fire joins us along with panelists P.J. O'Rourke, Helen Hong, and Tom Bodett.
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 11:14am
    In this bonus podcast we take a look at Jennifer's....fan art? See it (and try it) for yourself at npr.org/activitybook
  • Saturday, September 2, 2017 9:00am
    Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creator of the show BoJack Horseman, joins us along with panelists Adam Felber, Roxanne Roberts, and Mo Rocca.

Limericks

May 16, 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 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

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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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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

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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

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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 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/.

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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

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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 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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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

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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

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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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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

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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.

Prediction

Mar 29, 2014

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MIKE PESCA, HOST:

Now, panel, no more G-8. What will Russia join, Roy Blount, Jr.?

ROY BLOUNT JR.: This is going to take a little sort of change of pace and join the fashion firm (Unintelligible).

(LAUGHTER)

PESCA: Kyrie O'Connor.

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Oh, Russia will join the cast of the Real Housewives of the Former USSR.

(LAUGHTER)

PESCA: Tom Bodett.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 29, 2014

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MIKE PESCA, 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 worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL: We have a tie for first place. Roy Blount, Jr. and Tom Bodett each has three points. Kyrie O'Connor has two.

PESCA: Kyrie, so you're in third place. You're going to go first. The clock will start when I begin your question. Are you ready?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: I am ready.

Limericks

Mar 29, 2014

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Prediction

Mar 21, 2014

Our panelists predict what will be the next great discovery in our universe.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 21, 2014

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

Limericks

Mar 21, 2014

Carl reads three news-related limericks: Mr. Right (Foot), The Canine King's Speech, McNuggetsaurus.

Prediction

Mar 15, 2014

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now panel, how will the web celebrate its 25th birthday? Charlie Pierce.

CHARLIE PIERCE: It will reveal that all those Nigerian bankers were actually telling the truth. Suckers.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Cindy Shupack.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 15, 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: We have a tie for first place, Peter. Cindy Shupack and Charlie Pierce each has three points. Paula Poundstone has two.

Limericks

Mar 15, 2014

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