Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

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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. On the Web, you can play along too.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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."

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 23, 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 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.

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SAGAL: Tom Bodett.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 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 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.

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SAGAL: Faith Salie.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Nov 9, 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 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?

Limericks

Nov 2, 2019

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Limericks

Oct 26, 2019

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Predictions

Oct 26, 2019

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Now, panel, who will be revealed to have had a secret identity online? Roy Blount, Jr.

ROY BLOUNT JR: Mark Zuckerberg.

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BLOUNT JR: His secret identity is Mark Zuckerberg. He didn't think anybody would ever guess it.

SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Oct 26, 2019

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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?

Not My Job

Oct 19, 2019

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Finally, here's one of our favorite interviews from the past year. Tiera Fletcher went from Atlanta, Ga., to MIT to study rocket science. And at the age of 23, she was designing rockets for Boeing.

CHIOKE I'ANSON: When she came on WAIT WAIT in July, Peter asked her if she always loved science.

Panel Questions

Oct 19, 2019

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From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Chioke I'Anson. And here's your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Peter Sagal.

SAGAL: Thank you, Chioke.

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SAGAL: Thank you, everybody.

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