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.

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I don't know if anybody had more fun during the pandemic than Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody. The married actors started doing videos at the urging of their son and became social media stars just by being hilariously themselves.

BILL KURTIS: Peter began by asking Mandy, after four decades of performing, what role is he most recognized for?

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MANDY PATINKIN: I would say the most common - aren't you that guy from "The Princess Bride" is probably the thing that happens the most.

Predictions

May 29, 2021

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Now, panel, what will be the next big, exciting reunion? Jessi Klein.

JESSI KLEIN: I think there will be a reunion of the Trump White House just for the people who had COVID, which means everyone from the Trump White House will be there.

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May 29, 2021

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

Limericks

May 29, 2021

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Limericks

May 22, 2021

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Predictions

May 22, 2021

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Now, panel, when we finally identify the UFOs, what will they be? Tom Bodett.

TOM BODETT: God with a laser pointer messing with us.

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SAGAL: Maeve Higgins.

MAEVE HIGGINS: They're skateboards full of glowing plankton.

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SAGAL: And Negin Farsad.

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May 22, 2021

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

BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Maeve has 2.

Predictions

May 15, 2021

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Now, panel, what will the cicadas see when they wake up 17 years from now? Hari Kondabolu.

HARI KONDABOLU: The president of the United States is now Florida Man.

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JOBRANI: Karen Chee.

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May 15, 2021

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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

May 15, 2021

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Predictions

May 8, 2021

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Now, panel, what will be the next innovation in fine dining? Alonzo Bodden.

ALONZO BODDEN: I think they're going to get crazy and actually have live people in a restaurant with no partitions between them.

LUKE BURBANK: Whoa.

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May 8, 2021

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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

May 8, 2021

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Predictions

May 1, 2021

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Now, panel, what will the CDC advise us to do next? Helen Hong.

HELEN HONG: Call your mother. Oh, wait. Never mind. That's just my mother pretending to be Dr. Fauci again.

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SAGAL: Adam Felber.

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May 1, 2021

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

Limericks

May 1, 2021

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Predictions

Apr 24, 2021

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Now, panel, what will be the next big mistake in professional sports? Adam Burke.

ADAM BURKE: Two words - concrete basketball.

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SAGAL: Negin Farsad.

NEGIN FARSAD: A new mashup called table tennis MMA.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 24, 2021

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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, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Apr 24, 2021

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Apr 17, 2021

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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

Apr 17, 2021

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Predictions

Apr 17, 2021

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Now, panel, what will be the next shocking revelation from reality TV? Brian Babylon.

BRIAN BABYLON: Next season's "My 400-lb Life" will be about 800 supermodels that live in an apartment in New York City.

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SAGAL: Faith Salie.

Predictions

Apr 10, 2021

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Now, panel, what will be the next boycott? Maeve Higgins.

MAEVE HIGGINS: Oh, women named Georgia because it turns out they're all witches.

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SAGAL: Who knew? Joel Kim Booster.

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Apr 10, 2021

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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, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Apr 10, 2021

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Finally, here's comic and actor Chelsea Peretti, who joined us by Zoom just last November. I asked her about her origins as a superhero.

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SAGAL: Was there a moment - for example, I know Alonzo was - when he was working as an airplane mechanic, he was, like, making his colleagues laugh. And he decided, maybe I should go try it for a living. Was there a moment when you decided that you were going to be a comic?

Limericks

Apr 3, 2021

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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, a man who just realized beach season is almost here and is now furiously jogging in place as I speak, Peter Sagal.

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Here's something else that exploded over social media - the career of comedian Ali Wong. It was a Netflix stand-up special that everybody was talking about that made her a star almost overnight, as she told us when she joined us in December of 2019.

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ALI WONG: Oh, yeah. I mean, it's a true story that when I warmed up for my special in my hometown, San Francisco, I did four shows at this comedy club that was a 400-seater. And I couldn't sell it out. So they had to put my tickets up on Groupon.

Predictions

Mar 27, 2021

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Now, panel, how are they finally going to free that boat from the Suez Canal? Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: It's simple. Just add cold water - shrinkage.

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SAGAL: Alonzo Bodden.

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Mar 27, 2021

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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, can you give us the scores?

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