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Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR's weekly hour-long 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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BILL KURTIS: From the most popular soprano to one of the most beloved authors. John Grisham joined us last year to talk about his latest novel, "The Reckoning."

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I asked him about his first novel, "A Time To Kill," which did not, in fact, set the world on fire.

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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. Thanks so much, everybody.

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SAGAL: We're taking the week off from the news. You know, we're just putting our feet up and rocking back-and-forth, saying, it's not happening, it's not happening, it's not happening.

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Last year, we at WAIT WAIT celebrated the fact that we have been on the air for 20 years. And NPR celebrated the fact that even after all that time, we haven't completely destroyed their reputation.

BILL KURTIS: The two sides of NPR - dignified and us...

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KURTIS: ...Came together when Robert Siegel and Nina Totenberg joined us onstage at the Chicago Theater to celebrate our anniversary and to apologize to them for ruining the 9:47****

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Limericks

Feb 16, 2019

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Predictions

Feb 16, 2019

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Now, panel, how will Amazon get back at New York for rejecting them? Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: If anyone from New York tries to order something via Amazon, it'll just be like, new phone. Who this?

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SAGAL: Maeve Higgins.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Feb 16, 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?

Predictions

Feb 9, 2019

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Now, panel, what will be next year's exciting, thrilling Super Bowl halftime show? Mo Rocca.

MO ROCCA: Broadway's Patti Lupone because she's great. And I'd love to hear her yell at 80,000 drunken football fans to put away their cellphones.

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SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Feb 9, 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

Feb 9, 2019

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Predictions

Feb 2, 2019

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OK, panel, the Earth is now frozen solid. What will we find when it all melts? Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: If my 20-some years in Alaska taught me nothing else, it taught me this. It's dog poop, lots...

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BODETT: ...And lots of dog poop.

SAGAL: Maeve Higgins.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Feb 2, 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 now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

BILL KURTIS: Maeve has three.

Limericks

Feb 2, 2019

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Predictions

Jan 26, 2019

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Now, panel, what is Rudolph Giuliani doing next? Bim Adewunmi.

BIM ADEWUNMI: He's going to be the groin crusher general of New York.

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SAGAL: Amy Dickinson.

AMY DICKINSON: He's going to embark on his fourth, fifth and sixth marriages all at once.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 26, 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's worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Panel Questions

Jan 26, 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 Bim Adewunmi, Adam Burke and Amy Dickinson. And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago...

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KURTIS: ...Peter Sagal.

Predictions

Jan 19, 2019

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Now, panel, what will be the next trend in self-improvement? Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: People stop listening to Marie Kondo and keep their stuff.

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SAGAL: Helen Hong.

HELEN HONG: We'll break into other people's homes and throw out their stuff...

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 19, 2019

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Now it's time 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?

Limericks

Jan 19, 2019

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jan 12, 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 he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Chioke, can you give us the scores?

Bluff The Listener

Jan 12, 2019

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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.

Hi, you are on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

JEAN WINTHER: Yes, I am.

SAGAL: You...

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Predictions

Jan 12, 2019

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Now, panel, what will be the next big revelation from the world of literature? Luke Burbank.

LUKE BURBANK: Holden Caulfield's father secretly funneled millions of untaxed dollars to him over the years.

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SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

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Panel Questions

Jan 5, 2019

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So we are trying to change your opinion of 2018 before the cement sets. It wasn't all bad. We had some pretty good times around here.

BILL KURTIS: Here are some of our favorite questions we put to our panel over the years. We'll start with one asked by guest host Helen Hong.

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We've been doing this show for a long time, and we've talked to a lot of celebrities. And we've gotten a little jaded.

BILL KURTIS: Oh, look. It's Jon Hamm.

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In June, we talked to an old friend, Louie Anderson. Now, these days, Louie is an award-winning actor playing the mother on the show "Baskets." But we started by asking him about growing up in Minnesota.

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LOUIE ANDERSON: Yeah, one - I'm tenth of 11 children.

SAGAL: Oh, my gosh.

ANDERSON: Isn't that - I just slid out.

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ANDERSON: My mom would hate that joke. I'm sorry, Mom.

SAGAL: It's all right.

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SAGAL: And...

Not My Job: We Quiz Glenn Close On Rabbits

Dec 29, 2018

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Before we close the door on 2018, we're bringing you some of our favorite moments from recent shows.

BILL KURTIS: Like the time we visited Milwaukee and talked to actor Glenn Close. Peter asked her about growing up in Africa.

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"Late Night" host Seth Meyers got his start doing improv in Chicago. So when he joined us recently on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City, it was like a reunion with someone we've never met in a place we don't usually go.

Predictions

Dec 22, 2018

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Now, panel, what will Mark Zuckerberg get for Christmas? Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: Just a fan letter from Santa, saying, dude, I thought I was invasive.

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SAGAL: And Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Dec 22, 2018

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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

Dec 22, 2018

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