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!

  • Predictions
    <p>Our panelists predict what will be the big surprise at the Democratic debate next week.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735006810' />
  • 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=735006802' />
  • Limericks
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks: <em>Canine Charm, The Glazed Age</em> and<em> Parenting Is Hard</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735006782' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>A "squirrelly" news story.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735006612' />
  • Bluff The Listener
    <p>Our panelists read three stories about someone having an unlikely excuse for losing $22,000 this week, only one of which is true. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735006543' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p> Snore-mageddon. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735006186' />
  • Who's Bill This Time
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: "Operation Nothing To See Here," "Democratic Process" and "Phone Bone."</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735006166' />
  • Not My Job: We Quiz Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett On MTV VJs
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/06/20/gettyimages-955098028_wide-05a99b3661b7caf3b4c4016cdc9ed573ed1226f3.jpg?s=600' alt='Valerie Jarrett attends the United State of Women Summit on May 5, 2018, in Los Angeles.'/><p>Jarrett is the longest serving senior adviser to a president in U.S. history. Her book is called <em>Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=734627029' />
  • Predictions
    <p>Our panelists predict, now that scientists have discovered a mysterious thing hidden in the moon, what it will turn out to be.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=733018968' />
  • 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=733018953' />