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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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Limericks

Dec 1, 2018

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Senior White House adviser Josh Lyman was the most intelligent and effective political operative ever. Sadly, he's fictional. That being the case, we had to settle for talking with the actor who played him, Bradley Whitford.

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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 so much, Bill.

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Actor Mayim Bialik took the traditional path to stardom. She first hit it big as Blossom, and then she got an advanced degree in neuroscience. Then she hit it big again in "The Big Bang Theory."

Predictions

Nov 17, 2018

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Now, panel, what will be the next thing cities compete over? Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: They will compete to take in all the refugees from Brexit, providing work for thousands of bartenders, dentists, and chefs who can provide food without gluten or flavor.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 17, 2018

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Now 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

Nov 17, 2018

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

SARAH DIAMOND PATTERSON: My name's Sarah Diamond Patterson. I'm calling from Knoxville, Tenn.

Predictions

Nov 10, 2018

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Now, panel, after the alien visit, what'll be the next big scientific discovery? Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Cheese bacteria also enjoy audio books.

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SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 10, 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 2 points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Nov 10, 2018

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Predictions

Nov 3, 2018

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Now, panel, what write-in candidate will surprise everybody next week in the midterms? Adam Burke.

ADAM BURKE: That little 6-year-old kid who had a Halloween costume where it looked like she was holding her own head.

SAGAL: Yes.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 3, 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 is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Nov 3, 2018

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Bluff The Listener

Oct 27, 2018

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Right now, it's time for our Bluff the Listener game. And we'll be playing with our next panel. It is Amy Dickinson, Faith Salie, and Mo Rocca.

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SAGAL: Call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to play our game in the air. Hi, you are on WAIT WAIT DON'T TELL ME.

Predictions

Oct 27, 2018

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All right, Bill Kurtis. Tell us - what will be the top story on the 40th anniversary edition of WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Oct 27, 2018

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Now onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. For this special 20th anniversary edition, we have all of our panelists here on stage together, combining all their weaknesses into three powerful teams.

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Limericks

Oct 27, 2018

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Coming up, it's Lightning Fill In The Blank, with a special all-star edition. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. And we'll be playing right now with Tara Clancy, Luke Burbank and Brian Babylon.

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Predictions

Oct 20, 2018

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Now, panel, who will be the next person to take a DNA test, and what will they find? Hari Kondabolu.

HARI KONDABOLU: West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin will find out he's two-thirds chicken, which explains his vote in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Oct 20, 2018

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

Limericks

Oct 20, 2018

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Hi. You are on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

STEPHANIE: Hello.

SAGAL: Hi. Who's this?

STEPHANIE: This is Stephanie (ph) from Denver, Colo.

SAGAL: Hey. How are things in Denver?

STEPHANIE: They're good. They're pretty warm this week.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich distinguished himself in the 2016 Republican primary debates with his candor, his fearlessness and for being located so far to the side of the stage you could barely see him on TV.

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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.

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There's been a lot of talk about trade wars this year. Like the rest of you, whenever we hear the word tariff, we just smile politely and secretly swallow the cyanide pill hidden under our false tooth.

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Predictions

Oct 6, 2018

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Now, panel, who will be the next person to send a text to everyone in America? And what will it say? Peter Grosz.

PETER GROSZ: It will be from Paula Poundstone. And it will say, help me. I've been taken hostage by my cats.

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SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Oct 6, 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 is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Oct 6, 2018

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Predictions

Sep 29, 2018

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Now, panel, what will be the next company to change their name and why? Maz Jobrani.

MAZ JOBRANI: Honda will make self-driving cars that require its drivers to have zero IQ and change their name from Honda to just Duh.

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SAGAL: Jessi Klein.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Sep 29, 2018

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

Limericks

Sep 29, 2018

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Predictions

Sep 22, 2018

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Now, panel, who will be the next video game character to make the headlines? Adam Burke.

ADAM BURKE: It will be when Namco reveals that Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are the same person, and they were just way ahead of this whole gender fluidity thing.

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SAGAL: Faith Salie.

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