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 lightening 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.

Who's Bill This Time

May 19, 2018

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. Got an infection? Try some penibillin (ph).

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: Bill Kurtis. And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Cyndi Lauper was one of the icons of the 1980s with hits such as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time" and "True Colors." She has won Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards.

We've invited Lauper to play a game called "I'm the King of the World!" Change two letters of the title of her musical, Kinky Boots, and you end up with "sinky boats." We'll ask her three questions about the Titanic.

Click the audio link above to see how Lauper does.

Prediction

May 19, 2018

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Now, panel, what will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's favorite wedding present be? - Tara Clancy.

TARA CLANCY: It's going to be a commemorative bucket from KFC...

(LAUGHTER)

CLANCY: ...Because that's a real thing. The KFC in Windsor is giving out commemorative buckets.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 19, 2018

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Now, it's time to move on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

May 19, 2018

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Panel Questions

May 19, 2018

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Right now, panel, some more questions for you from the week's news. Tom, it's always exciting when a new emoji comes out. Sadly, this one we're very excited about is only available in Iran. It doesn't communicate laughing or crying or shrugging. It communicates what sentiment? Iran is a clue.

Bluff The Listener

May 19, 2018

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We're playing this week with Tara Clancy, Tom Bodett and Roxanne Roberts. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago - Peter Sagal.

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Panel Questions

May 19, 2018

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Before we go on, I just want to say, this is the first time in I don't know how long we got through the whole opening segment without mentioning our president. Doesn't it feel good?

TOM BODETT: Yes.

SAGAL: You feel good about that?

BODETT: Yeah. Great.

Prediction

May 12, 2018

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Now, panel, what will be the next slogan to come out of the White House? Helen Hong.

HELEN HONG: Believe me. He who smelt it dealt it.

(LAUGHTER)

HONG: Believe me.

SAGAL: Believe me.

HONG: Believe me...

SAGAL: Janelle James.

JANELLE JAMES: Hope change.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 12, 2018

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It's time for our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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