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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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Limericks

Aug 29, 2020

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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.

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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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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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Predictions

Jul 18, 2020

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Now, panel, what will scammers force someone to tweet? Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: I, Ivanka Trump, have never consumed a can of beans in my life.

SAGAL: Demi Adejuyigbe.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 18, 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

Jul 18, 2020

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Predictions

Jul 11, 2020

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Now panel, what will be the new name of that Washington football team? Maeve Higgins.

MAEVE HIGGINS: The Winning Team (ph) so even when they lose, they're still the winning team.

SAGAL: Hey, that's a good idea.

HIGGINS: Yeah.

SAGAL: Maz Jobrani.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jul 11, 2020

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Now onto the 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?

Limericks

Jul 11, 2020

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BILL KURTIS: This is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. And here is your host, who has perfected his quarantine recipe, SpaghettiOs with a Goldfish Cracker garnish, Peter Sagal.

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Thank you, Bill. So we're reviewing what it has been like to do our show with no audience but each other, our bored pets and the collection of creepy dolls on the shelf.

KURTIS: They stare and stare and never sleep.

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Finally, the pandemic caught some people in places they didn't expect to be. This spring, Oscar-winning actress Allison Janney was supposed to be walking the red carpet at the premiere of her hew film, "Bad Education." Instead, she ended up having to talk to us from a spare bedroom in her parents' house in Dayton, Ohio.

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ALLISON JANNEY: (Evil laughter).

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LUKE BURBANK: I suspected that.

SAGAL: She's lovely. I actually...

MO ROCCA: "Svengoolie" (ph).

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BILL KURTIS: For our first completely at-home edition of WAIT WAIT, we invited back an old friend, movie star and occasional WAIT WAIT guest host Tom Hanks.

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By the way, Tom asked if he could join us via Zoom for the whole show, not just his segment. And let me tell you something. It is pretty hard to concentrate on your job when Tom Hanks, two Oscars and a dirty volleyball are all staring back at you the whole time.

KURTIS: Here's an extended version of our virtual visit with Tom Hanks.

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Limericks

Jun 27, 2020

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Predictions

Jun 27, 2020

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Now, panel, what will be the new statue that everyone will approve of? Hari Kondabolu.

HARI KONDABOLU: Betty White because she's a national icon and still a white.

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 27, 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?

Predictions

Jun 20, 2020

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Now, panel, what will be the next big ruling from SCOTUS? Joel Kim Booster.

JOEL KIM BOOSTER: It is now illegal to leave your read receipts on and not respond to me. I know you're not busy.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: (Laughter).

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 20, 2020

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

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