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For a wacky and whip-smart approach to the weeks 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.

You can find out more about the program on their website.

Predictions

Jan 12, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the next big revelation from the world of literature? Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: Holden Caulfield's father secretly funneled millions of untaxed dollars to him over the years.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 12, 2019

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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 he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Chioke, can you give us the scores?

Bluff The Listener

Jan 12, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

JEAN WINTHER: Yes, I am.

SAGAL: You...

(LAUGHTER)

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Panel Questions

Jan 5, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

So we are trying to change your opinion of 2018 before the cement sets. It wasn't all bad. We had some pretty good times around here.

BILL KURTIS: Here are some of our favorite questions we put to our panel over the years. We'll start with one asked by guest host Helen Hong.

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We've been doing this show for a long time, and we've talked to a lot of celebrities. And we've gotten a little jaded.

BILL KURTIS: Oh, look. It's Jon Hamm.

(LAUGHTER)

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

In June, we talked to an old friend, Louie Anderson. Now, these days, Louie is an award-winning actor playing the mother on the show "Baskets." But we started by asking him about growing up in Minnesota.

Not My Job: We Quiz Glenn Close On Rabbits

Dec 29, 2018

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(APPLAUSE)

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Before we close the door on 2018, we're bringing you some of our favorite moments from recent shows.

BILL KURTIS: Like the time we visited Milwaukee and talked to actor Glenn Close. Peter asked her about growing up in Africa.

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"Late Night" host Seth Meyers got his start doing improv in Chicago. So when he joined us recently on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City, it was like a reunion with someone we've never met in a place we don't usually go.

Predictions

Dec 22, 2018

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Now, panel, what will Mark Zuckerberg get for Christmas? Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: Just a fan letter from Santa, saying, dude, I thought I was invasive.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 22, 2018

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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 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

Dec 22, 2018

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Predictions

Dec 16, 2018

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Now, panel, who will end up hosting the Oscars? Roy Blount Jr.

ROY BLOUNT JR: There was a new Muppet announced this week. I thought it might come up on the show, but it didn't. But, anyway, it's the homeless Muppet.

SAGAL: Yeah.

Limericks

Dec 15, 2018

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 15, 2018

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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 to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Panel Questions

Dec 15, 2018

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We're playing this week with Helen Hong, Roy Blunt Jr. and Luke Burbank. And here, again, is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

Predictions

Dec 8, 2018

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Now, panel, what song will replace "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for our modern sensibilities? Peter Grosz.

PETER GROSZ: Based off of "Little Drummer Boy," we're going to get Little Dummy Boy about how much Paula loves Charlie McCarthy.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 8, 2018

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Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which they answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: Faith and Paula each have two. Peter has three.

Limericks

Dec 8, 2018

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Hi, you are on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

SEAN: Hi, this is Sean, calling from Atlanta, Ga.

SAGAL: And what do you do there?

SEAN: I'm a clinical tech, so I run the tests that physicians will order to diagnose your weird illness.

Predictions

Dec 1, 2018

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Now, panel, what will the InSight probe find when it digs into Mars? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: It's going to find a new beach for Teletubbies.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Bim Adewunmi.

BIM ADEWUNMI: Another giant cow, like the one in Australia.

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 1, 2018

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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, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: Bim has four.

Limericks

Dec 1, 2018

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Senior White House adviser Josh Lyman was the most intelligent and effective political operative ever. Sadly, he's fictional. That being the case, we had to settle for talking with the actor who played him, Bradley Whitford.

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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, and here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you so much, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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Actor Mayim Bialik took the traditional path to stardom. She first hit it big as Blossom, and then she got an advanced degree in neuroscience. Then she hit it big again in "The Big Bang Theory."

Predictions

Nov 17, 2018

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Now, panel, what will be the next thing cities compete over? Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: They will compete to take in all the refugees from Brexit, providing work for thousands of bartenders, dentists, and chefs who can provide food without gluten or flavor.

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 17, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now 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, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Nov 17, 2018

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Hi, you're on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

SARAH DIAMOND PATTERSON: My name's Sarah Diamond Patterson. I'm calling from Knoxville, Tenn.

Predictions

Nov 10, 2018

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, after the alien visit, what'll be the next big scientific discovery? Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Cheese bacteria also enjoy audio books.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 10, 2018

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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 to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer - now worth 2 points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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