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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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:27 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Not My Job: Trombone Shorty Gets Quizzed On Obscure Musical Instruments

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Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 7:54 am

This week, we've brought the show to New Orleans, where Troy Andrews — better known as Trombone Shorty — began playing music at age 4. He was touring with his brother's band by age 6, and went to the same performing arts academy as Harry Connick Jr., Terence Blanchard and the Marsalis brothers. Now, just shy of 30, he's doing his part to spread New Orleans music around the world.

We've invited him to answer three questions about obscure musical instruments.

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WWDTM
6:19 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Peter Sagal Says New Orleans Is The Best — And He'll Show Us A Great Time Thursday Night

Peter Sagal.
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Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! will be returning to New Orleans for a show at the Saenger Theatre on March 12.

WWNO General Manager Paul Maassen spoke with WWDTM host Peter Sagal on the history of the show, and why producers just do what they think is funny.

This Thursday’s live show at the Saenger is sold out… but you’ll be able to listen on the air this Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m., repeating Sunday at 3 p.m.

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WWNO
3:22 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Tickets Almost Sold Out For Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! — March 12, 2015 At The Saenger Theatre

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

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...and the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation.

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

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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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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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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

Courtesy of Aaron Neville

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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Podcasts

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:24pm
    In this week's bonus Podcast, Peter and Miles explain Wait Wait's 'Breakfast Rule', and then show you a perfect example of our panelists not just breaking it, but setting it on fire and dancing on the ashes.
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015 4:00pm
    Author Richard Price joins us along with panelists Faith Salie, Mo Rocca, and Gabe Liedman.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:41pm
    In this week's bonus clip, Paula Poundstone comes up with the perfect slogan for Florida Governor Rick Scott's reelection campaign.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 4:00pm
    New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty joins us along with panelists Paula Poundstone, Amy Dickinson, and Roy Blount, Jr.
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015 4:00pm
    Singer-song writer Robert Earl Keen joins us along with panelists Kyrie O'Conner, Charlie Pierce, and Faith Salie.