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Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program. Each week 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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Predictions

Jul 13, 2019

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Now, panel, who will get the next ticker-tape parade?

Jordan Carlos.

JORDAN CARLOS: Well, that'll be the women's team again when they win the men's World Cup.

(CHEERING)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 13, 2019

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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 he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Panel Questions:

Jul 13, 2019

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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 Jordan Carlos, Roxanne Roberts and Paula Poundstone. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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One thing you might know about those of us who work in the satirical industrial complex is that we all hang out together all the time. And we only do it in the most fancy places, like Carnegie Hall.

Panel Questions

Jul 6, 2019

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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 at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

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Earlier this year, we went to San Antonio, Texas, where we were lucky to interview one of the greatest TV anchormen ever - well, one of the other greatest TV anchormen ever.

BILL KURTIS: My old friend Dan Rather joined us on stage, and Peter began in the appropriate way - comparing him to me.

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SAGAL: You started - and it turns out that many reporters, I know including Bill, started this way. You were a local guy. You - at one - you were doing minor league baseball games at one point.

Predictions

Jun 29, 2019

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Now, panel, who saw the competition this week and decided - what the heck - they should run for president? Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: The only candidate that can reach that elusive youth vote - two Olsen twins on each other's shoulders in a trench coat.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 29, 2019

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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 he or she can. Each correct answer is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jun 29, 2019

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Predictions

Jun 22, 2019

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Now, panel, what will be the big surprise at the Democratic debate? Peter Grosz.

PETER GROSZ: Everything will be going along very swimmingly until the moderator will be interrupted about an hour and a half in by Peter Sagal's phone telling him it's time to end the debate.

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 22, 2019

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

Limericks

Jun 22, 2019

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Predictions

Jun 15, 2019

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Now, panel, what will they discover is hidden beneath the surface of the moon? Helen Hong.

HELEN HONG: Thirty-two more Democrats running for president.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Jordan Carlos.

JORDAN CARLOS: A global reset button.

(LAUGHTER)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 15, 2019

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

Limericks

Jun 15, 2019

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Predictions

Jun 8, 2019

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Now, panel, what file will the FBI reveal next? Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: They will reveal that Osama bin Laden is still alive and working at a coffee shop in Brooklyn making Osama bin lattes.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Aida Rodriguez.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 8, 2019

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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 he or she can - each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the score?

Limericks

Jun 8, 2019

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Finally, a woman who emerged from the national stage in 2018 and her run for governor of Georgia. Some people say that Stacey Abrams is a superhero, but it turns out she's just another nerd like us.

BILL KURTIS: We asked her about her first big national gig back in January.

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SAGAL: I really want to find out about the process of giving the State of the Union response. But first of all, you must know that that is a cursed job, right?

STACEY ABRAMS: Yes.

SAGAL: Right. So...

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 at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: So this week, we're talking about superheroes. And of all the TV shows about superheroes, the first and greatest was "The West Wing." I mean, real people do not talk and act like that, right?

(LAUGHTER)

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Aidy Bryant was a comedian and improviser here in Chicago. Then she went out to New York City, auditioned for "Saturday Night Live," instantly became a star in that show, and then she went on to be the lead in a new Hulu series, "Shrill."

BILL KURTIS: We experienced her supernatural charm when she joined us on the stage in March of this year, and Peter asked her when she knew she had powers.

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Predictions

May 25, 2019

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Now, panel, what will be the next cartoon to make the news? Tom Papa.

TOM PAPA: #MeToo shows up at "Toy Story." No one will work with a character named Woody.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 25, 2019

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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 he or she can. Each correct answer is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

May 25, 2019

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Predictions

May 18, 2019

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Now, panel, what will be HBO's next big hit show we'll all get obsessed with? Roy Blount Jr.

ROY BLOUNT JR: Another hard-hitting, short-titled, city-specific series from David Simon. It's called Slosh, set in Miami in the near future when the water is up to everyone's knees.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 18, 2019

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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 he or she can. The correct answer is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the score?

Limericks

May 18, 2019

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Limericks

May 11, 2019

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Predictions

May 11, 2019

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Now, panel, what will be the next unexpected thing to show up on "Game Of Thrones" before it's all over? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: More black people.

(LAUGHTER)

BABYLON: From somewhere. I don't know.

SAGAL: They just pop up, man. Where'd they come from?

BABYLON: Yeah.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

May 11, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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?

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