Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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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. With host Peter Sagal and Scorekeeper Bill Kurtis. 

Limericks

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Predictions

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Predictions

Sep 19, 2020

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Now, panel, what will be the next thing we find in outer space? P.J. O'Rourke.

PJ O'ROURKE: I don't know, Peter. But if it's over 60 years old, AARP will find it.

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: My black-and-red short sock.

SAGAL: (Laughter) And Hari Kondabolu.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 19, 2020

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Now onto 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 they can - each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Sep 19, 2020

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Predictions

Sep 12, 2020

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Now, panel, what will be the next big reality show? Adam Burke.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 12, 2020

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Now onto 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 they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Sep 12, 2020

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Predictions

Sep 5, 2020

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Now, panel, what will be the next big sting? Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: Campbell's soup will be caught fulfilling a sting operations order for six cases of weapons-grade cream of mushroom.

SAGAL: Helen Hong.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 5, 2020

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Now onto 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 they can, each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Sep 5, 2020

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Predictions

Aug 29, 2020

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Now, panel, what will Jerry Falwell Jr. do next? Maeve Higgins.

MAEVE HIGGINS: All we know is there'll be a second coming.

SAGAL: Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: He'll be the new director of morality at Pornhub.

SAGAL: And Mo Rocca.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 29, 2020

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Now onto 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 they can. Each correct answer's now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Aug 29, 2020

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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. And here is your host, whose cabin fever is getting so bad the cabin might catch on fire, Peter Sagal.

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Thank you, Bill. Nostalgia is usually fun. And these days, it's a survival technique, so we're looking back at some good times from the recent past.

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Our little show is but a minor player in a vast industry, the satirical industrial complex. And one of the titans in the business is Samantha Bee, former "Daily Show" star and now the host of her own show, "Full Frontal."

BILL KURTIS: Like us, Sam's been doing her show from her home, so it was easy to find her there in May. I mean, how was she going to hide from us?

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Finally, back in February, we invited back one of our favorite guests, the movie director Barry Sonnenfeld, to tell us about his recently published memoir.

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BARRY SONNENFELD: Oh, hi, Peter.

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SAGAL: Your book is amazing. It turns out that you have lived a somewhat unusual life for a big-time movie director. Usually, we think of movie directors as being, like, real alpha people. They're powerful.

SONNENFELD: Yeah.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 15, 2020

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Finally, when we're sitting back reliving good times, one of the best times we constantly go back to was our 20th anniversary show.

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We're doing a lot of cooking at home these days, learning interesting and exotic techniques for opening cans of Beefaroni.

BILL KURTIS: I like to do it the way mom used to do it - with a machete and a wild look in her eye.

SAGAL: To up our game a bit, we checked in with Samin Nosrat, the chef and cookbook author famous for "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat."

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SAMIN NOSRAT: Thank you for having me. I'm so excited.

Unnecessary PSAs

Aug 15, 2020

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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. And here is your host, who pretends to travel the world by looking at old National Geographics really, really close up, Peter Sagal.

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Predictions

Aug 8, 2020

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Now, panel, now that jeans are out, what will we get rid of next?

Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: Nose hair trimmers. Big Nose and Ear Hair is finished because we just don't care anymore.

SAGAL: Tracy Clayton.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 8, 2020

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Now onto 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 they can. Each correct answer is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Aug 8, 2020

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Predictions

Aug 1, 2020

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Now, panel, who will Joe Biden pick as his VP next week? Negin Farsad.

NEGIN FARSAD: Baby Yoda. And America will be adorabled all the way to the polls.

SAGAL: Helen Hong.

HELEN HONG: Whoever wins the latest round of eeny, meeny, miny, mo.

SAGAL: And Josh Gondelman.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Aug 1, 2020

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Now it is 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 they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Aug 1, 2020

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Predictions

Jul 25, 2020

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Now, panel, what will be the five words on the test you take to prove that you are not suffering from dementia? Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN: Xanax, Zoloft, tequila. Vote November 3.

SAGAL: Peter Grosz.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 25, 2020

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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 they can - each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jul 25, 2020

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