Wait Wait....Don't Tell Me!

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Carl Kasell
Peter Sagal

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.

Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is co-produced by NPR and Chicago Public Radio.

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WWNO
12:55 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Tickets Now On Sale For Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! — March 12, 2015 At The Saenger Theatre

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JOIN WWNO FOR WAIT, WAIT...DON’T TELL ME!

MARCH 12, 2015
THE SAENGER THEATRE — 7:30 p.m.

Presented by LookFar.

Tickets are now on sale for Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! at the Saenger Theatre, NPR's "oddly-informative" news quiz show.

Buy tickets here.

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WWNO
1:26 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Tickets Contest Rules

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7:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

VIDEO: Furry Is The Hand That Bribes

Brian Babylon , Adam Felber, a fuzzy friend, and Faith Salie congregate outside Bill Kurtis' dressing room, backstage at Chase Auditorium.
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What gives some Wait Wait panelists the advantage? It's all about the incentives.

Make a donation to WWNO today and get your advantage.

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WWNO
8:11 am
Mon March 10, 2014

After 5-Decade Career, NPR's Carl Kasell Will Retire

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Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 1:33 pm

After a five-decade career in broadcasting, Carl Kasell announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Carl will record his final broadcast for Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! this spring. He will, however, remain "scorekeeper emeritus" for the show. Before becoming the official scorekeeper for the NPR news quiz show in 1998, Carl anchored the newscast for Morning Edition.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:53 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Not My Job: Consultant James Carville Gets Quizzed On Couples

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 1:18 pm

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.

We've invited him to play a game called "You're like two peas in a pod!" Three questions about freakishly similar couples.

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Special Events
2:57 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Join Us This Evening For Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! — Live!

Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!Live is a national cinecast of the weekly radio show from NPR, featuring host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell. For this big screen adaptation of the popular radio news quiz, Sagal and Kasell will quiz Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:04 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Aaron Neville Plays Not My Job

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Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 10:15 am

There might be a prettier voice in the world than Aaron Neville's, but if there is, it belongs to a bird, and there's no way that bird looks as good in a leather jacket. Neville has sung duets with Aretha Franklin, has a bridge in India named after him, and has had his voice prescribed by British social workers to help people with depression. He has a new album called My True Story.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:04 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan Plays Not My Job

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Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 9:50 am

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.

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.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:20 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Al Gore Plays Not My Job

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Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 9:35 am

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."

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:39 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Actor Jeff Bridges Plays Not My Job

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Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 10:09 am

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 The Big Lebowski. He has now co-written a book drawing life lessons from the character called The Dude and the Zen Master.

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Podcasts

  • Friday, January 23, 2015 6:23pm

    Musician George Clinton joins us along with panelists Faith Salie, Alonzo Bodden, and P.J. O'Rourke.

  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015 1:23pm

    Every week, we bring you a mini-episode containing outtakes, unaired material, and other bits and pieces of our show that we find lying around. It's like a hot dog podcast, and it's our way of saying thanks for being so good to us.

     

    This week, we've got Dame Edna offering marriage advice and Bill Kurtis telling us that it's more than just love that makes a Subaru a Subaru.

  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 1:03pm

    Dame Edna Everedge, international superstar of stage and screen, joins us along with panelists Luke Burbank, Ophira Eisenberg, and Roxanne Roberts.

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:05pm

    In this special, never-before-heard bonus clip, Paula Poundstone discovers the magic of the selfie stick.

  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 1:03pm

    Robert Baer joins us along with Paula Poundstone, Amy Dickinson, and Brian Babylon.