Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

For a wacky and whip-smart approach to the week's 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 lightning 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.


Saturday 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on WUSF 89.7

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Peter Sagal

Prior to becoming host of Wait Wait in 1998, Peter had a varied career including stints as a playwright, screenwriter, stage director, actor, extra in a Michael Jackson video, travel writer, essayist, ghostwriter and staff writer for a motorcycle magazine. In October 2007, Harper Collins published Peter's first book, The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How to Do Them, a series of essays about bad behavior, which was released in paperback in 2008. He lives in the Chicago area with his family. Since he now has his own Web site, he is finally a real boy.

From Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!

  • Predictions
    <p> Our panelists predict who will end up hosting the Oscars. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676993177' />
  • Limericks
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks: <em>Mezzzzages</em>, <em>Pig Out</em> and <em>Bug Buffet.</em> </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676992624' />
  • Lightning Fill In The Blank
    <p>All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676992621' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>English to English translation game; This year's must have loudest toy.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676992201' />
  • Bluff The Listener
    <p>Our panelists read three stories about an injury that happened in a surprising way, only one of which is true. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676992178' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>Le Cordon Beto.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676991968' />
  • Who's Bill This Time
    <p>"Chuck and Nancy and Donald," "Congress Revs the Search Engine" and "And the Host Position Goes To?"</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676991898' />
  • Not My Job: William Shatner Gets Quizzed On Cannes
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/12/14/ap_18126480792349_wide-424ccfccc3c722a78975d6229fc70b1dcd75f2c2.jpg?s=600' alt='William Shatner poses for a portrait in Los Angeles.'/><p>Sure, Shatner knows plenty about "the wrath of Khan" ... but what does he know about the Cannes Film Festival? We'll find out.</p><p>(Image credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676990730' />
  • Predictions
    <p>Our panelists predict what song will replace "Baby, It's Cold Outside."</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=674810035' />
  • Lightning Fill In The Blank
    <p>All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=674809588' />