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, after MySpace, what will be the next social media scandal. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706044333' />
  • Lightning Fill In The Blanks
    <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=706044161' />
  • Limericks
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks ... Grossfully Clean, Space Bug, Lopsided Levis. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706043793' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>Premature aging, zygote-splaining, the circumspect candidate. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706043416' />
  • Bluff The Listener
    <p>Our panelists read three stories about a competition other than March Madness captivating us this month, only one of which is true.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706042840' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>Twitter Beef. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706042431' />
  • Who's Bill This Time?
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news ... Three's a Crowd, NonSpace, Novelistas. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706041794' />
  • Not My Job: We Quiz Comedian Aidy Bryant On '80s Brians
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/03/22/ap_17203803458795_wide-df8f94595741e2706a45f2f14b2796f4c8782569.jpg?s=600' alt='Aidy Bryant poses for a portrait at Comic-Con International on July 22, 2017, in San Diego.'/><p>Back in the 1980s, there were a <em>lot </em>of Brians, so we'll ask the <em>SNL</em> star three questions — about musician Brian Eno, director Brian De Palma, and Brian Johnson of AC/DC — and see how she does.</p><p>(Image credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=705820193' />
  • Predictions
    <p>Our panelists predict, now that they won't be able to bribe anybody anymore, how will Hollywood celebrities get their kids into college.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=704082974' />
  • 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=704081786' />