Peter Sagal http://wwno.org en 'Wait Wait' Celebrates Carl Kasell, Our Official Judge and Scorekeeper http://wwno.org/post/wait-wait-celebrates-carl-kasell-our-official-judge-and-scorekeeper <em>For 30 years, Carl anchored the newscast for </em>Morning Edition,<em> and in 1998 he became </em>Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me<em>'s official scorekeeper. His last show will air on May 17. Following that, Carl will become Scorekeeper Emeritus and will continue to record voice mail greetings for our winners. In honor of Carl's last show, Peter Sagal reflects on their years working together.</em><p>Presumably, the day I was born was the most important day of my life, but I don't remember that. Fri, 09 May 2014 23:01:15 +0000 Peter Sagal 60489 at http://wwno.org Sandwich Monday: The Passover Sandwich http://wwno.org/post/sandwich-monday-passover-sandwich Why is this Sandwich Monday different from all other Sandwich Mondays? In honor of Passover, I introduced my non-Jewish colleagues to the wonders of the Passover lunch.<p>It's not the Seder meal, but what I might have brought to school for lunch back in the 1970s, when the affluent Jews of suburban New Jersey ate tasteless food to remind themselves that thousands of years ago, they didn't have nice professional jobs like being a lawyer, or maybe a CPA. That's a steady living. I know David Birnbaum does nicely as an accountant; maybe you could look into that?<p>So what's the sandwich? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Peter Sagal 58477 at http://wwno.org Sandwich Monday: Snail Sausage Sandwich http://wwno.org/post/sandwich-monday-snail-sausage-sandwich At <a href="http://publicanqualitymeats.com">Publican Quality Meats</a> of Chicago, chefs make their famous snail sausage by leaving a hot dog bun out in the garden near the lettuces, waiting a bit, then snapping the bun shut.<p>Snails aren't good at fast getaways. Actually, Publican takes its pork sausage recipe and adds snail meat and lots of butter. We had ours with spicy hot mustard.<p><strong>Peter:</strong> The trip to my mouth was the fastest those snails have ever moved.<p><strong>Miles:</strong> Less escargot, more escarget-in-my-mouth.<p><strong>Ian:</strong> Snail is so fancy! Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Peter Sagal 57959 at http://wwno.org Not My Job: Consultant James Carville Gets Quizzed On Couples http://wwno.org/post/not-my-job-consultant-james-carville-gets-quizzed-couples James Carville is a Democratic political consultant, a TV pundit, and one half of the most famous mixed marriage in the country — his wife is Republican consultant Mary Matalin.<p>We've invited him to play a game called "You're like two peas in a pod!" Three questions about freakishly similar couples. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:53:40 +0000 Peter Sagal 45231 at http://wwno.org Sandwich Monday: PB&J Fries http://wwno.org/post/sandwich-monday-pbj-fries Canadians have given us so much, from the BlackBerry, a kind of phone your parents' older friends used to use, to Leslie Hope, the lady who played Kiefer Sutherland's wife in Season 1 of <em>24</em>. But perhaps towering above all is poutine, which translated from the Quebecois is "stuff poured onto french fries." Usually it's some variation of cheese, meat and gravy, but I was told that in Portland, Ore. (naturally), at a food truck (naturally), you can get peanut butter and jelly on fries. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:53:00 +0000 Peter Sagal 42066 at http://wwno.org Sandwich Monday: Fried Peanut Butter And Banana http://wwno.org/post/sandwich-monday-fried-peanut-butter-and-banana It's strange to find a Fried Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich, famous as Elvis Presley's favorite, on a restaurant menu, given its effect on Elvis. It's like finding a store selling an Isadora Duncan commemorative scarf.<p>Nonetheless, freelance radio producer Melissa LaCasse and I decided to try the one offered by <a href="http://thebreslin.com/">The Breslin</a> in New York, listed as "fried peanut butter & banana sandwich with bourbon & vanilla."<p><strong> Melissa:</strong> How many of these do you sell? Mon, 06 May 2013 19:42:48 +0000 Peter Sagal 34790 at http://wwno.org Singer Huey Lewis Plays Not My Job http://wwno.org/post/singer-huey-lewis-plays-not-my-job In honor of their 30th anniversary, the 1980s band Huey Lewis and the News is re-releasing their iconic album, <em>Sports.</em><p><em></em>We've invited Lewis to play a game called "You call yourself a <em>newsman</em>?" Three questions about interesting journalistic mistakes. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Sun, 17 Mar 2013 23:52:25 +0000 Peter Sagal 31421 at http://wwno.org Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan Plays Not My Job http://wwno.org/post/secretary-education-arne-duncan-plays-not-my-job Arne Duncan is President Obama's secretary of education, and if, while he's on this show, a disaster befalls the president, the vice president, the speaker of the House and every other member of the Cabinet except Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, he would be president.<p>We've invited Duncan to play a game called "Now, don't be fresh ... I just take dictation!" Three questions for the secretary of education about the education of secretaries. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:04:37 +0000 Peter Sagal 30975 at http://wwno.org Al Gore Plays Not My Job http://wwno.org/post/al-gore-plays-not-my-job Since Al Gore's term as the 45th vice president of the United States ended in 2001, he has starred in an Oscar-winning documentary, won a Grammy Award and received the Nobel Peace Prize. But obviously he won't be satisfied until he wins the NPR news quiz, so we've invited him to play a game called "Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this."<p>Back in 2011, Clinton <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/06/25/137386121/bill-clinton-plays-not-my-job">appeared on Wait Wait</a> and correctly answered three questions about the <em>My Little Pony</em> children's TV show. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 02:20:02 +0000 Peter Sagal 29448 at http://wwno.org Actor Jeff Bridges Plays Not My Job http://wwno.org/post/actor-jeff-bridges-plays-not-my-job Jeff Bridges made his film debut when he was 4 months old and has been acting ever since — he has appeared in dozens of films and won an Oscar along the way, yet will always be known for his defining performance as The Dude in 1998's <em>The Big Lebowski.</em> He has now co-written a book drawing life lessons from the character called <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/169137479/the-dude-and-the-zen-master">The Dude and the Zen Master.</a><p>Because Bridges is one of the Bridges of Hollywood, we've invited him to play a quiz about <em>The Bridges of Madison County.</em> He'll answer thre Mon, 14 Jan 2013 01:39:57 +0000 Peter Sagal 26905 at http://wwno.org