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Peter Sagal

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR's Peabody-award-winning weekly hour-long humorous quiz program. Each week on the radio you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:00 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Limericks

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 10:46 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill in the Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-Wait-Wait. That's 1-888-924-8924. You can click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org, there you can find out about attending our weekly live shows here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:00 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 10:46 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, Panel, who will be Time's Person of the Year in 2012? Paula Poundstone?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: I think it's going to be Pat from Sheboygan because if all goes right, she's going to give us health and wealth.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Jessi Klein?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:00 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Who's Carl This Time?

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 10:46 am

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CARL KASELL, HOST:

From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell, and here is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:00 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Opening Panel Round

Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 10:46 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Hey, we want to remind everybody to check out the first ever WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! TV special airing Friday night, December 23rd at 8:00/7:00 Central on BBC America. We have invited some special guests across the pond and help us review our favorite stories of 2011.

Watch the show Friday night on BBC America, then tune into the radio show on Saturday and Sunday to hear us play all the bits too racy for cable. That's BBC America's WAIT WAIT TV special next Friday, December 23rd, 8:00 Eastern/7:00 Central.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:00 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have sixty seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, HOST:

Maz Jobrani has the lead, Peter. He has three points. Paula Poundstone and Jessi Klein are tied for second. They both have two points.

SAGAL: Okay. Well, we have flipped a coin to break the tie. Paula has elected to go second. Jessi, you're up first.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:00 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Bluff The Listener

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CARL KASELL, HOST:

From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Paula Poundstone, Maz Jobrani, and Jessi Klein. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Carl.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you so much. Right now, it's time for the WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! Bluff the Listener game. Call 1-888-Wait-Wait to play our game on the air.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:00 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Panel Round Two

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CARL KASELL, HOST:

From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Jessi Klein, Paula Poundstone and Maz Jobrani. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you. Thank you so much.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: In just a minute, Carl's got rhyme-nuts roasting on an open fire in the Listener Limerick Challenge.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:00 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Limericks

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Coming up, it's Lightning Fill in the Blank, but first it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-Wait-Wait. That's 1-888-924-8924. You can click the contact us link on our website waitwait.npr.org.

There you can find out about attending our weekly live shows back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Illinois, and you can check out our podcast, "how to do everything." This week: how not to get a lunch date with Matt Damon.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:00 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players now has sixty seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, HOST:

We have a tie for first place, Peter. Kyrie O'Connor and Charlie Pierce both have three points. Peter Grosz has two.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:00 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Prediction

Originally published on Sat December 10, 2011 11:16 am

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will Iran do with that drone? Peter Grosz?

PETER GROSZ: Well, they claim they're going to try to make it run again, but it's just going to end up sitting on blocks in their driveway.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: You know how it goes. Kyrie O'Connor?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Well, no, no, no, they're going to install it in front of Isfahan VFW.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Charlie Pierce?

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