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!

  • Not My Job: Gov. John Kasich Get Quizzed On K-Tel
    <p>K-Tel, the company which invented the infomercial, and also was known for '70s music compilation albums such as 25 Polka Greats. <em>Originally broadcast April 7, 2018.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=656992136' />
  • Not My Job: We Ask 'Sopranos' Star Edie Falco 3 Questions About Tenors
    <p>Since Falco starred in The Sopranos, we've invited her to play a game called "Woke up this morning and got myself an aria" — three questions about tenors. <em>Originally broadcast April 21, 2018.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=656992127' />
  • Not My Job: We Quiz Economist Austan Goolsbee On Home Economics
    <p>Goolsbee served on the Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama administration, eventually becoming its chairperson. <em>Originally broadcast March 10, 2018.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=656992124' />
  • Bluff the Listener
    <p>Our panelists read three stories about someone going on a trip and leaving something surprising behind, only one of which is true.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=656992121' />
  • Panel Question
    <p>The High Seas</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=656992109' />
  • Not My Job: We Quiz ISS Astronaut Scott Kelly About IHOP
    <p>Kelly spent nearly one continuous year in orbit on the International Space Station. How much does he know about pancakes? <em>Originally broadcast Nov. 4, 2017.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=656992106' />
  • Predictions
    <p>Our panelists predict what will be the next text message sent to everyone in the United States.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=655136642' />
  • 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=655136591' />
  • Limericks
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks: "Uber EMS," "Rocky Roadkill" and "Acne IQ." </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=655136294' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>Take Two Nukes and Call Me in the Morning; The Friends Finale.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=655136261' />