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.
Schedule:

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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Host:
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!

  • Prediction
    <p>Our panelists predict what's next for the #MPRRaccoon. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620619219' />
  • 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=620619162' />
  • Limericks
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks: <em>Will Work For Food, Fire Away </em>and <em>Royal Spotters, </em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620619091' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>R2-Squeeze2, Gilded Oldies, The Pooperintendent Strikes Back. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620618732' />
  • Bluff The Listener
    <p>Our panelists read three stories about someone's miserly ways paying off 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=620618651' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>White House tapes.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620618614' />
  • Who's Bill This Time
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: "The Summit of Two Equals," " Kick Ball Tourney, Guardian Of the St. Paul Galaxy" and "Social Media Climber."</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620617198' />
  • Not My Job: We Quiz Comedian Louie Anderson On The Song 'Louie Louie'
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/06/15/gettyimages-607629934_wide-7e7c7b454e41687a78fd100758e78301bb88a308.jpg?s=600' alt='Louie Anderson poses in the press room during the 68th Emmy Awards on Sept. 18, 2016 in Los Angeles.'/><p>Comedian and actor Louie Anderson won an Emmy for his performance on the FX show <em>Baskets. </em>His new book is titled <em>Hey Mom: Stories for My Mother, But You Can Read Them Too.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620204850' />
  • 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=618410789' />
  • Limericks
    <p><em>Socks On Pop, Broccochino</em> and <em>Cover Your Head.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=618410697' />

 

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