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Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

NPR's weekly news quiz. Have a laugh and test your knowledge with today's funniest comedians. And if you can't get enough, try our new mid-week show, Everyone & Their Mom. Each Wednesday, host Emma Choi takes the story everyone's talking about and uses it as an excuse to hang out with culture makers, Wait Wait panelists, and hilarious new comedians.Hate free content? Try a subscription to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!+. Your subscription supports public radio and unlocks fun bonus episodes along with sponsor-free listening. Learn more at


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Dana Carvey

This week on "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me," we are back with a brand new show from the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago featuring panelists Josh Gondelman, Skyler Higley, and Paula Poundstone. Plus, we quiz comedy legend Dana Carvey on a subject he knows nothing about in our "Not My Job" game.

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WWDTM Best of NMJ Thanksgiving

Nathan Lane, Puja Patel, Darryl "Cornbread" McCray, and Jeremy O. Harris are featured in this Thanksgiving edition.

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Everyone & Giant Puzzles

Comedian Maeve Higgins and Emma build the world's largest puzzle.
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Freddie Johnson

This week we come to you from the Palace Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky with panelists Paula Poundstone, Adam Burke, and Alzo Slade. Our guest is Freddie Johnson of Buffalo Trace Distillery.

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Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson, star of the Office and host of Peacock's Harlem Globetrotters: Play It Forward, plays our game about Craigslist. Joining him are panelists Tom Papa; Negin Farsad and Brian Babylon.
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Behind the scenes with Peter and Lillian

Peter asks Producer and Editor Lillian King why some questions don't make the show. PLUS: Lillian plays those questions!
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Amber Ruffin

Amber Ruffin, host of The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock and the purple M&M, plays our game called "Roughin' It" Three questions about camping. Joining in are panelists Karen Chee, Hari Kondabolu and Maz Jobrani.
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Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj, comedian with the new Netflix special "The King's Jester" and former host of Patriot Act, plays our game about former Patriot Rob Gronkowski. Joining him are panelists Helen Hong, Mo Rocca, and Shane O'Neill.
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Everyone & The Supernatural

Comedian Mo Rocca considers buying a lighthouse and Emma goes ghost hunting.
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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, a real genius

Dr Ibram X Kendi, author and MacArthur Genius, plays our game about the Genius Bar at Apple Stores. Joining him are panelists Alonzo Bodden, Josh Gondelman and Amy Dickinson.
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Vivek Murthy

Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States, answers three questions about the mysterious and often huge fish, the sturgeon. Also featured are interviews with Jeremy Allen White and Mandy Moore.
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Behind the scenes with Peter Sagal and Emma Choi

Peter and Emma sit down with Executive Producer Mike Danforth to answer some questions that you have about the making of Wait Wait.
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Ralph Macchio

Ralph Macchio, star of Netflix's "Cobra Kai" plays our game called "Wax On, Wax Off, Yeowww!" Three questions about hair removal. He is joined by panelists Emmy Blotnick, Alzo Slade and Adam Felber.
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Julio Torres

Julio Torres, creator and star of HBO's Los Espookys, plays our game about The Addams Family called, "Los Ookys." Joining him are panelists Tom Papa, Dulcé Sloan, and Hari Kondabolu.
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Everyone & Spoons

Comedian Hoja Lopez and Emma get salty with the latest spoon technology and test out new talents nobody asked for.
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Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan, NFL legend and Good Morning America host, Michael plays our game called "Strahan? Meet Stray Hams" Three questions about wild hogs. He is joined by panelists Karen Chee, Negin Farsad, and Shane O'Neill.
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Everyone & A Giant Worm

Comedian Karen Chee and Emma meet a giant worm and learn how to write a spooky children's book.
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Mo Amer

Groundbreaking Palestinian-American comedian Mo Amer, star of the Netflix series Mo, joins us at the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago along with panelists Roy Blount, Jr., Helen Hong and Adam Burke to play a game about things called Les.
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Everyone & Time Capsules

Emma talks to comedian Hari Kondabolu about time capsules: lost, found, and in the case of Andy Warhol, unintentional.
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Abbi Jacobson

Abbi Jacobson, star and producer of the new series "A League of Their Own" joins us along with panelists Paula Poundstone, Faith Salie and Luke Burbank play a game about a different league, The XFL.

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Everyone & Ostrich Escape

Comedian Josh Gondelman joins Emma to outsmart a runaway Ostrich and learn how to prepare for the role of a lifetime.
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Chris Estrada

Chris Estrada, comedian and creator of Hulu's This Fool, plays our game called, "This Fool, Meet April Fools!" He is joined by panelists Skyler Higley, Maeve Higgins and Mo Rocca.
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Everyone & Names

Comedian Peter Grosz joins Emma to spell check your kid's name and shop for the perfect tattoo.
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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington DC's long-serving Congresswoman, plays our game about DC Comics. She is joined by panelists Roxanne Roberts, Tom Bodett and Alzo Slade.
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Everyone & School

Emma gets ready for a new school year by revisiting lessons from Everyone & Their Mom! We learn how rats help each other, how dolphins say hi to their friends, and what to do if you see someone you know but aren't sure if you should say hi.
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Best of Not My Job

Wait Wait prepares for a return to full time live performances by reliving some of our favorite guests who joined us in front of live audiences.
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It's an 'Everyone & Their Mom' family reunion!

Emma throws a family reunion! Uncle Dennis sings Elvis, her mom shares all her tips for avoiding bad luck, and Emma embarrasses her dad and little brother. Grab a plate, it's a party!
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Best of Not My Job

Steve Buscemi, Lars Ulrich, Aidy Bryant, Alan Cummings, and Jeff Daniels play Not My Job.
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Everyone & Asparagus

Comedian Marie Faustin and Emma learn the future from a bunch of asparagus and meet a mystery person while Emma's mom stops by with a helpful tip.
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Robin Thede

Robin Thede, creator of A Black Lady Sketch Show, plays our game about Bob Ross, "A White Dude Painting Show," along with guest host Negin Farsad and panelists Adam Burke, Amy Dickinson and Hari Kondabolu.
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Everyone & Socks

Comedian Alzo Slade and Emma seek legal counsel from 'The People's Court' Judge Marilyn Milian and pass judgment on an unfair pair of socks and a bad bowl of grits.
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Jeremy Allen White

Jeremy Allen White, star of Hulu's The Bear plays our game called "Please Look After This Bear" three questions about Paddington Bear. He is joined by guest host Tom Papa and panelists Helen Hong, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Faith Salie.
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Everyone & Van Gogh

Comedian Vinny Thomas and Emma discover Van Gogh's ghost and get inspired by an artist with a selfie stick.
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Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane, star of stage and screen, plays our game about Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. He is joined by guest host Tom Papa and panelists Cristela Alonzo, Josh Gondelman and Matt Rogers.
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Everyone & Minions

Comedian Emmy Blotnick and Emma get overrun by Minions while Jenny Slate explains just what it takes to create an adorable little superstar.
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Puja Patel

Puja Patel, editor-in-chief of Pitchfork, plays our game about ceremonial first pitches in baseball games. Tom Papa guest hosts and is joined by panelists Adam Burke, Paula Poundstone and Emmy Blotnick.
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Everyone & Games

Emma discovers a room of lost games! This secret box of treasures teaches us how to lasso, manage conflict, and make friends forever.
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Del the Funky Homosapien

Del the Funky Homo Sapien, rapper and producer, answers three questions about mankind's ancient ancestors, neanderthals.
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Everyone & Cowboys

Comedian Josh Gondelman and Emma learn how to parallel park a horse and wrangle up a varmint with help from a rootin' tootin' roster of guests.
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Darryl "Cornbread" McCray

Darryl "Cornbread" McCray, called the creator of modern graffiti, plays a game about another kind of tagging. He is joined by panelists Alonzo Bodden, Faith Salie, and Josh Gondelman.
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Everyone & Lost and Found

Reporter Shane O'Neill and Emma learn at the Lost and Found not all is lost, then think deep thoughts with an old friend.
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Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda

Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, creators of the new comedy series about E-sports, Players, on Paramount+ play our game about a C-sport: croquet. Joining them are panelists Peter Grosz, Adam Burke and Helen Hong.
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Everyone & Elvis

Comedian Mic Nguyen and Emma search for someone to fill some very hard to fill shoes, and Mic gets lessons from the King.
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Sean Hayes

Actor and podcast host Sean Hayes plays our game called, "Sean Hayes, Meet Purple Haze" Three questions about odd strains of marijuana. He is joined by panelists Bobcat Goldthwait, Maeve Higgins, and Brian Babylon.
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Everyone & Dolphins

Comedian Maeve Higgins and Emma learn why you never want to be recognized by a dolphin and find out where the magic happens.
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Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured cast member of Saturday Night Live, plays our game about people who only lasted one day on the job. He is joined by panelists Luke Burbank, Negin Farsad and Hari Kondabolu. Please help us out by telling us what you like and how we could improve by completing a short anonymous survey at
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Everyone & Peter Sagal

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal pops by to share his favorites from the podcast so far. Turns out Peter loves Mountain Dew, Emma's Grandma's Kimchi, and unsolved ham mysteries.
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Best of NMJ June 2022

This week as we (hopefully) say goodbye to Zoom shows, we feature Kacey Musgraves, Brian Cox, Audra McDonald, and Woody Hoburg.
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Everyone & Graduation

Comedian Hari Kondabolu and Emma congratulate seniors and stress out over the cap and gown shortage. And Hari graduates with his degree in inspiration.
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Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor

Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor, hosts of Radiotopia's Ear Hustle podcast, play our game about the Steer Hustle, AKA, the rodeo. They are joined by panelists Maz Jobrani, Adam Burke and Paula Poundstone.
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