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, now that Marie Kondo has convinced us to throw out our stuff, what will be next self-help trend. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686779128' />
  • 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=686778700' />
  • Limericks
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three news-related limericks:<em> Let's Netflix and Crunch, Horn-y Pits</em> and <em>Whole Grain Alcohol. </em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686772054' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p>Set Down The Tweezers, SwampMingle.com. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686771739' />
  • Bluff The Listener
    <p>Our panelists read three stories about a surprising effort to clean the planet, only one of which is true.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686771470' />
  • Panel Questions
    <p> A Bucket-full of Happiness. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686771295' />
  • Who's Bill This Time
    <p>Bill Kurtis reads three quotes from the week's news: "A Constitutional Kerfuffle," "Breh-roh" and "Sparking Joy."</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686771010' />
  • Not My Job: Conan O'Brien Gets Quizzed On Hot Cocoa
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/01/18/gettyimages-532009640_wide-80550b5923e8cb945f91b4a40cb42569023a8b22.jpg?s=600' alt='Comedian Conan O'Brien speaks at The New Museum on May 17, 2016 in New York City.'/><p>We've invited the longtime, late night talk show host to play a game called "Team Coco, meet hot cocoa!" O'Brien is now host of <em>Conan </em>on TBS, and has a new podcast called <em>Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for TBS)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686518924' />
  • Predictions
    <p>Our panelists predict, now that we know far too much about Harry Potter, what will be the next revelation from the world of literature. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=684774731' />
  • 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=684774710' />