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, now that the boys from the cave are safe, what will be the next feel good story in the news. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=628960679' />
  • 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=628960519' />
  • Limericks
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks ...Thin Winter Months, Fido, Forgive!, An Ugly Is Forever</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=628960442' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>New Game: Meet our NATO Allies!, Shopper Joes </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=628960384' />
  • Bluff The Listener
    <p>Our panelists read three stories about someone getting busted for a surprising reason, only one of which is true.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=628960340' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p> Spee-D'oh! </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=628960084' />
  • Who's Bill This Time?
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news ....Thai-umphant Return!, Ich bin ein Ballooner, Trump's Hot Seat. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=628959499' />
  • Not My Job: We Quiz The IMF's Christine Lagarde On NYC's Fiorello La Guardia
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/07/12/gettyimages-135289998_wide-c4469cadd4eeb17ccf39b6e27dd2d0af63997567.jpg?s=600' alt='Christine Lagarde arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 8, 2011.'/><p>We ask the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund three questions about the former New York City mayor.</p><p>(Image credit: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=628513392' />
  • Not My Job: Garth Brooks Gets Quizzed On Other Garths
    <p>There are a lot of other Garths out there, so we quizzed the country superstar on three other notable Garths. <em>Originally broadcast Nov. 19, 2016.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=626608535' />
  • Not My Job: Singer Trisha Yearwood Gets Quizzed On Unhappy Couples
    <p>Yearwood had a hit song called "How Do I Live Without You," so we invited her to play game called "How Do I Live With You?"<em> Originally broadcast on Feb. 27, 2016.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=626608519' />