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>Now that we know our microwaves are spying on us, our panelists predict what will be the next household item to betray us.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=520657946' />
  • 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=520657943' />
  • Limericks
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks...Smaldo, Black Forest Cake, All By My Selfie.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=520657940' />
  • Panel Round Two
    <p>More questions for the panel...Screen Addiction, Double Oh! Seven, The Insecurminator</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=520657937' />
  • Not My Job: Band Leader Paul Shaffer Gets Quizzed On Sidekicks
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/03/17/gettyimages-472259458_wide-7f3d262edc4b130a0b0173f2f109d78a8eee9d0e.jpg?s=600' alt='Musician Paul Shaffer on May 5, 2015 in New York City.'/><p>For more than 40 years, Paul Shaffer has been providing the soundtrack for late night TV. He was on the first generation of <em>Saturday Night Live </em>and appeared for 30 years with David Letterman.</p><p>(Image credit: Brian Ach/Getty Images for Ride of Fame)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=520525184' />
  • Bluff The Listener
    <p>Our panelists read three stories about a new international crime gang on the scene, only one of which is real.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=520657934' />
  • Panel Round One
    <p>Our panelists answer questions about the week's news...Knee Deep In Fashion.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=520657931' />
  • Who's Bill This Time
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news...Wealth Care, Spy-crowave, Tale As Old As Time</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=520657928' />
  • Prediction
    <p>Our panelists predict now that we have enhanced TSA pat downs, what will be the next change to make air travel even worse.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=519707326' />
  • 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=519707323' />

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