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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

Jan 11, 2020

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the hot item at the next CES in 2021? - Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: Rumble, a dating app for your Roomba that locates other single vacuums in the area.

(LAUGHTER)

BURBANK: Looking for fun? - Rumble, the dating app that admits it sucks.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: The new Duchess of Sussex robot - this life-like Meghan always smiles, never complains about her in-laws and has no middle fingers.

(LAUGHTER)

BURBANK: And Adam Burke.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 11, 2020

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the hot item at the next CES in 2021? - Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: Rumble, a dating app for your Roomba that locates other single vacuums in the area.

(LAUGHTER)

BURBANK: Looking for fun? - Rumble, the dating app that admits it sucks.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: The new Duchess of Sussex robot - this life-like Meghan always smiles, never complains about her in-laws and has no middle fingers.

(LAUGHTER)

BURBANK: And Adam Burke.

Limericks

Jan 11, 2020

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what will be the hot item at the next CES in 2021? - Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: Rumble, a dating app for your Roomba that locates other single vacuums in the area.

(LAUGHTER)

BURBANK: Looking for fun? - Rumble, the dating app that admits it sucks.

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: The new Duchess of Sussex robot - this life-like Meghan always smiles, never complains about her in-laws and has no middle fingers.

(LAUGHTER)

BURBANK: And Adam Burke.

'Wait Wait' Best Of The Decade

Jan 4, 2020

At the outset of 2020, we look back on some of our favorite moments from the last 10 years. You'll hear:

Panelist Faith Salie ruins the first Not My Job questions for cookbook author Mark Bittman.

The singer Jewel reveals a secret benefactor.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

You've seen Anthony Anderson on TV and in movies. He hosts the new version of "To Tell The Truth," and he's the father on ABC's award-winning comedy "Black-ish."

BILL KURTIS: Anthony joined us in August, and Peter asked him about joining the long list of beloved TV dads.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NPR BROADCAST)

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So if you face classical music and turn 180 degrees, you'll be looking at Steve Earle, a country music singer-songwriter who doesn't really fit the Nashville stereotype.

BILL KURTIS: Steve came to Chicago last spring, and Peter asked him if he considers himself a country musician.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NPR BROADCAST)

STEVE EARLE: I've been called country singer, country rock singer and folk singer in The New York Times crossword puzzle. So I think I qualify...

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Oh, really?

PETER GROSZ: Wow.

BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. Here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill.

(CHEERING)

SAGAL: In just a few days, 2019 will be a distant memory. And we'll look back and laugh at all the money we spent of things like oat milk and CBD underpants.

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: In 2020, I'm looking forward to oat milk underpants.

(LAUGHTER)

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Dec 21, 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 they can. Each correct answer is worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Dec 21, 2019

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Predictions

Dec 21, 2019

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Now, panel, what will be the best gift at Congress's Christmas party?

Adam Burke.

ADAM BURKE: The Donald J. Trump combination high-flow toilet and dishwasher.

(LAUGHTER)

Predictions

Dec 14, 2019

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Now, panel, how will Santa embrace new technology? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: He is going to replace elves with TaskRabbit and unpaid college interns.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Peter Grosz.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 14, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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?

Limericks

Dec 14, 2019

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Predictions

Dec 7, 2019

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Now, panel, what will the Peleton guy get his wife next year? - Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: He'll re-gift the Peloton he gave to the wife who will dump him this year.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Aida Rodriguez.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 7, 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 is now worth two points.

Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Dec 7, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Many people love the Netflix TV show "Orange Is The New Black." But they may not know it's based on the experience of a real person, Piper Kerman, who really did serve a year in a women's prison.

BILL KURTIS: We interviewed Ms. Kerman near Cleveland, where she had been working teaching writing in Ohio prisons. Peter asked her if the authorities knew her whereabouts.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NPR BROADCAST)

PIPER KERMAN: I am not on the lam. And yeah, I've been living here in Ohio for almost five years. It's been fantastic.

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 we have been avoiding our families and helping you avoid yours by distracting everyone with great segments from our recent past.

KURTIS: We did consider having everybody in America just swap families...

(LAUGHTER)

KURTIS: But there were logistical challenges.

In October, we went to Salt Lake City to record our 1,000th show and invited Alex Boyé, a former Mormon Tabernacle Choir member and YouTube star, to play our quiz.

Click the audio link above to find out how he does.

Predictions

Nov 23, 2019

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Now, panel, what will be the next overheard phone call in the news? Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: In an effort to rehabilitate his image, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be overheard begging for a spot on next season's "Dancing With The Stars."

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 23, 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 is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Nov 23, 2019

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Predictions

Nov 16, 2019

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Now, panel, what will be Disney's next big move? Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: Disney Minus, a separate channel streaming 24 hours a day just listing the Disney characters we now deem problematic.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Tom Bodett.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 16, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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 2 points.

Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Nov 16, 2019

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Predictions

Nov 9, 2019

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Now, panel, what will be the next TV blockbuster? Jordan Carlos.

JORDAN CARLOS: Well, Republicans might not unmask the whistleblower. But they will at least prevail in unmasking the masked singer. It's Coolio. It was always Coolio, guys.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Faith Salie.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 9, 2019

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

Nov 9, 2019

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Predictions

Nov 2, 2019

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Now, panel, how will Washington, D.C., celebrate the World Series? P.J. O'Rourke.

PJ O'ROURKE: Well, Congressional representative Rashida Tlaib from Detroit will introduce a fairness and equity legislation requiring next year's World Series to be between the Detroit Tigers and the Miami Marlins.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 2, 2019

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

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