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.


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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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, after Toad from Mario Kart, who will be the next video game character in the news. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650712602' />
  • 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=650712586' />
  • Limericks
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks: <em>Crustacean Inhalation; 8-Legged Smile </em>and<em> American Dressing.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650712573' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>Font of Knowledge, The Drab Four.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650712562' />
  • Bluff The Listener
    <p>Our panelists read three stories about a mystery that begins: "Each night, a woman in Ipswich heard the sound of the nursery rhyme 'It's Raining, It's Pouring ..." only one of which is true.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650712549' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>Fast Pass.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650712539' />
  • Who's Bill This Time
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: "Hurricane Don," "Courting Trouble" and "Puppet Love."</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650712529' />
  • Not My Job: Gymnast Aly Raisman Plays A Game Called 'Oy! A Vault!'
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/09/21/gettyimages-588554624_wide-60f21cc7b194a88865dc023b70ce5261d6d98cd7.jpg?s=600' alt='Aly Raisman competes on the balance beam during the Women's Individual All Around Final on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics.'/><p>Gymnasts are experts in one kind of vault ... but what about the kind you store your stuff in? Three questions for Olympian Aly Raisman, who has chronicled her career in the memoir <em>Fierce.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Elsa/Getty Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650448650' />
  • Predictions
    <p>Our panelists predict, after Cynthia Nixon's bagel order fiasco, who will be the next person scandalized by food.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=648094222' />
  • 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=648093364' />