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For a wacky and whip-smart approach to the week's news and newsmakers, listen no further than Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, the oddly informative news quiz from NPR. During each fast-paced, irreverent show, host Peter Sagal leads what might be characterized as the news Olympics. Callers, panelists, and guests compete by answering questions about the week's events, identifying impersonations, filling in the blanks at lightning speed, sniffing out fake news items, and deciphering limericks.

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.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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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Panel Questions

Jul 4, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

If you think you've had a rough quarantine, our panelists had to answer questions without audiences cheering them on. Here's how they did.

Helen, British wildlife experts are reporting on one positive outcome of the lockdown. Without humans around, hedgehogs are doing what again?

Wash Your Hands With Bill

Jul 4, 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's your host, wondering why his victory garden Cheerios plants aren't coming in, Peter Sagal.

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In March of this year, we all went to Atlanta to do our show in front of 5,000 people at the beautiful Fox Theatre, but it became clear quite quickly that it was the wrong time for togetherness. So instead, we did our show in front of 5,000 empty seats.

BILL KURTIS: At least we had an excuse when no one laughed at our jokes. But we also missed hanging out with hip-hop superstar Big Boi and had to settle for talking to him on the phone.

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Bill Montage

Jul 4, 2020

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON, BYLINE: The following program was taped before an audience of no one.

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Cheadle plays stockbroker Maurice Monroe in Black Monday, the Showtime series that takes viewers back to the international market crash in 1987. We've invited him to answer three questions about Black Friday instead.

Click the audio link to find out how he does.

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?

Limericks

Jun 27, 2020

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Panel Round 2

Jun 27, 2020

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And now, panel, some more questions for you from this week's news. Faith, last Saturday night, the president had a campaign rally in Tulsa...

FAITH SALIE: Oh, yeah.

Unnecessary PSAs With Bill Kurtis

Jun 27, 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. We're playing this week with Faith Salie, Mo Rocca and Hari Kondabolu. And here again is your host, a man who won't cut his fingernails until there's a vaccine...

Bluff The Listener

Jun 27, 2020

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Panel Questions

Jun 27, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Mo, Hollywood is finally allowing filming to resume this week, but there are new rules. Among them, actors are being instructed to do what as little as possible while filming?

Who's Bill This Time?

Jun 27, 2020

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. Forget about Chuck E. Cheese. Put your quarters in me and play Skee-Bill (ph).

Predictions

Jun 20, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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

Limericks

Jun 20, 2020

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Panel Questions

Jun 20, 2020

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Bluff The Listener

Jun 20, 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. We are playing this week with Joel Kim Booster, Tom Papa and Roxanne Roberts. And here again is your host, a man who makes his mask wear a mask to be extra-safe, Peter Sagal.

Panel Questions

Jun 20, 2020

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Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Tom, the ocean is an amazing place filled with natural wonders. And thanks to a group of researchers, it might soon have what?

TOM PAPA: It might soon have coral again.

Who's Bill This Time?

Jun 20, 2020

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With bats in the news these days (getting blamed for COVID-19, not to mention vampires) we've invited evolutionary biologist Dan Riskin to answer three questions about Tab diet cola — (that's bat backwards). Our game is called "All the flavor of guano with none of the calories."

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

Predictions

Jun 13, 2020

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Now, panel, what is the solution to the mystery of the pizza? Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN: Oh, I think we're going to learn that every time a pizza was delivered, it was actually his dream, and all of his dreams are his waking life.

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SAGAL: Whoa. Negin Farsad.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 13, 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, please, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jun 13, 2020

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Coming up, it's Lightning Fill In The Blank. But first, it's the game where you have to listen for the rhyme. If you'd like to play on air, call or leave a message at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. That's 1-888-924-8924. Click the Contact Us link on our website - waitwait.npr.og.

Panel Questions

Jun 13, 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. We are playing this week with Negin Farsad, Josh Gondelman and Jessi Klein. And here again is your host, a man who insists on staying 1.83 meters away, not 6 feet, Peter Sagal.

Bluff The Listener

Jun 13, 2020

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Panel Questions

Jun 13, 2020

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Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Negin, NPR this week broadcast a plea from the nation's literary agents. Please, people, stop sending them what?

NEGIN FARSAD: Oh, stories about the pandemic.

SAGAL: Yes. Stop sending them...

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