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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.

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.

Limericks

Jun 26, 2021

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Limericks

Jun 19, 2021

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Predictions

Jun 19, 2021

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Now, panel, who will be quitting their job next? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: Dr. Fauci needs a change of pace, so he's quitting to fulfill a lifelong dream of performing in a production of "Jersey Boys" on a cruise ship.

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SAGAL: Luke Burbank.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 19, 2021

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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?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 12, 2021

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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?

Predictions

Jun 12, 2021

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Now, panel, who will take that third seat on Jeff Bezos's rocket to space? Charla Lauriston.

CHARLA LAURISTON: I think his girlfriend is going to take it probably in exchange for not having to marry her.

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SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Limericks

Jun 12, 2021

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Bluff The Listener

Jun 12, 2021

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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. We're playing this week with Alonzo Bodden, Roxanne Roberts and Charla Lauriston. And here again is your host - at least we think it's him and not just a really good impersonator - Peter Sagal.

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One of the most important skills people have had to master this last year was having fun with their family. And after a year and a half of that, we never want to see any of those people again. But those skills might still come in handy.

BILL KURTIS: So as a model, here's Este and Alana Haim, who are not only sisters, but, with their third sister, Danielle, are the band Haim. Peter asked them about their first family band and their early gigs at a deli in Los Angeles.

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Panel Questions

Jun 5, 2021

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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's your host, who's searching Amazon to see how realistic those fake six-pack abs T-shirts have gotten. It's Peter Sagal.

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I don't know if anybody had more fun during the pandemic than Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody. The married actors started doing videos at the urging of their son and became social media stars just by being hilariously themselves.

BILL KURTIS: Peter began by asking Mandy, after four decades of performing, what role is he most recognized for?

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MANDY PATINKIN: I would say the most common - aren't you that guy from "The Princess Bride" is probably the thing that happens the most.

Predictions

May 29, 2021

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Now, panel, what will be the next big, exciting reunion? Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN: I think there will be a reunion of the Trump White House just for the people who had COVID, which means everyone from the Trump White House will be there.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 29, 2021

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Now 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

May 29, 2021

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Predictions

May 22, 2021

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Now, panel, when we finally identify the UFOs, what will they be? Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: God with a laser pointer messing with us.

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SAGAL: Maeve Higgins.

MAEVE HIGGINS: They're skateboards full of glowing plankton.

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SAGAL: And Negin Farsad.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 22, 2021

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Now 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?

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Maeve has 2.

Limericks

May 22, 2021

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Limericks

May 15, 2021

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Predictions

May 15, 2021

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Now, panel, what will the cicadas see when they wake up 17 years from now? Hari Kondabolu.

HARI KONDABOLU: The president of the United States is now Florida Man.

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JOBRANI: Karen Chee.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 15, 2021

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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?

Predictions

May 8, 2021

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Now, panel, what will be the next innovation in fine dining? Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: I think they're going to get crazy and actually have live people in a restaurant with no partitions between them.

LUKE BURBANK: Whoa.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 8, 2021

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Now it's time for 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

May 8, 2021

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Predictions

May 1, 2021

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Now, panel, what will the CDC advise us to do next? Helen Hong.

HELEN HONG: Call your mother. Oh, wait. Never mind. That's just my mother pretending to be Dr. Fauci again.

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SAGAL: Adam Felber.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 1, 2021

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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 now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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