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 the Russian winter athletes will do now that they are not going to the Olympics.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569518132' />
  • 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=569517720' />
  • Limericks
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks: <em>Mary Jane Christmas, American Horror Toy Story, </em>and <em>Family Resting Place.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569517345' />
  • Panelist Questions
    <p>"Avocado Attraction," "Not Cool Replacement," and "Arousing Scent."</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569517022' />
  • Bluff The Listener
    <p>Our panelists read three stories about a new reason to go see the musical <em>Cats</em>, only one of which is true.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569516860' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>Dashboard Deal.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569516460' />
  • Who's Bill This Time
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: "The Moore the Scarier," "Make American Pay Again," and "Olympic Flameout."</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569515644' />
  • Not My Job: Method Man Gets Quizzed On Method Acting
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/12/08/methodman_wide-b0930059c9c202187a4e209b4b6a054b65216738.jpg?s=600' alt='Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan performs at the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.'/><p>The TV host and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan answers questions about the dramatic technique of becoming the character one plays.</p><p>(Image credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569505170' />
  • Prediction
    <p>Our panelists predict what will be Prince Harry and Megan Markle's favorite wedding present.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=567914608' />
  • 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=567914404' />

 

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