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

Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
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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1:26 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

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

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7:59 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! — March 12, 2015 At The Saenger Theatre

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Make your year-end tax-deductible donation to WWNO by Dec. 31 and be entered into a drawing for tickets and post-show reception to Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!

Tickets will go on sale to current members on January 8. All current members will receive a code to use when purchasing tickets during this pre-sale time.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on January 15.

Ticket pricing will be announced soon!

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Members Make It Possible
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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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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  • Saturday, December 13, 2014 1:03pm

    Actor Patrick Stewart joins us along with panelists Charlie Pierce, Shelby Fero, and Tom Bodett.

  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 1:03pm

    Max Weinberg, drummer with the E Street Band, joins us along with panelists Adam Felber, Faith Salie, and Mo Rocca.

  • Saturday, November 29, 2014 1:03pm

    A compliation of our favorite bits from recent shows, including violinist Itzhak Perlman, comedian Amy Schumer, as well as highlights from panelists Paula Poundstone and Maz Jobrani.

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:04pm

    Andy Cohen joins us along with panelists Paula Poundstone, Amy Dickinson, and P.J. O'Rourke.

  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 1:04pm

    Actor Ron Perlman joins us along with panelists Maz Jobrani, Roxanne Roberts, and Alonzo Bodden.