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: 'Coco' Director Lee Unkrich Gets Quizzed About Taco Bell
    <p>Three questions about a not-so-authentic Mexican eatery. <em>Originally broadcast Nov. 11, 2017.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588429871' />
  • Not My Job: 'Simpsons' Artist Liz Climo Gets Quizzed On Jessica Simpson
    <p>Three questions for the cartoonist and illustrator about the pop star. <em>Originally broadcast Nov. 18, 2017.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588429499' />
  • Not My Job: 'Empire' Creator Lee Daniels Gets Quizzed On Cookies
    <p>Three questions about sweet treats for the man who created the character Cookie Lyon. <em>Originally broadcast Sept. 23, 2017.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588428824' />
  • Not My Job: 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig Gets Quizzed On Female Birds
    <p>Three questions about actual lady birds. <em>Originally broadcast Dec. 2, 2017.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588428269' />
  • Not My Job: Jordan Peele Gets Quizzed On The Teletubbies
    <p>Three questions about the children's TV show, which marked its 20th anniversary in 2017. <em>Originally broadcast March 4, 2017. </em> </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588427984' />
  • Prediction
    <p>Our panelists predict what will be the next big sport at the Winter Olympics.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=586722757' />
  • 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=586722690' />
  • Limericks
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks: <em>Not-Tonight accino, Wedding Baggage</em> and <em>Camp Youlostthatlovinfeelin.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=586722663' />
  • Panelist Questions
    <p>Ship Happens, Best Actor In A Short Short, I Was A Teenage Governor.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=586722611' />
  • Bluff The Listener
    <p>Our panelists read three stories about something Disney doesn't really want us to know about, only one of which is true.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=586722502' />

 

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