Show Details: 2014

2014-01-04

Best Of NPR DB ID: 832
Scorekeeper
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite comedian Not My Job guests

2014-01-11

NPR DB ID: 833
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about terrible presentation tactics, Not My Job about the best media errors of 2013, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: how will the mayor of Fort Lee, NJ get revenge on Gov. Chris Christie.
Notes

Mary Maitlin cursed and was bleeped when she tried to skirt from saying her nickname for George W. Bush, yet Peter said that it was included in her book.

Possibly due to editing of the show, there were only six dings to Adam Felber's seven correct answers. Carl Kasell noted the correct amount for points.

2014-01-18

NPR DB ID: 834
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Luke Burbank
Correct: Luke Burbank
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about scenarios where someone yelled "I want (Paul) Krugman!", Not My Job about leaders from science fiction, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will A-Rod do now that he isn't playing baseball?
Notes

When Peter started to ask Amy a question for the second panelist round, Amy responded begrudgingly with "Ugh... what?".

2014-01-25

NPR DB ID: 835
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Jessi Klein
Correct: Jessi Klein
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about freshman year discoveries, Not My Job about hedges and topiary, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the biggest surprise in President Obama's "State of the Union" speech?
Notes

The edited version of the show only had 7 of 8 questions for Hannibal Buress, with five being answered correctly. Carl stated that Hannibal answered 6 correctly, meaning that the question cut was answered correctly or there was a mis-count. If Hannibal had answered only 5 questions correct, he would have had a total of 11 points.

When Peter asked Carl how many questions Jessi had to answer to win, Carl stated that she would need "4 to tie, 5 to win outright". That would only be true if Brian Babylon was in the lead with 12 points against Hannibal's 11 points, not 13 as Carl tallied. There would be no way for Jessi to tie with Hannibal due to Jessi starting the round with an even number of points while Hannibal started and ended with an odd number.

In the end, it didn't matter for Jessi had more than enough correct answers to surpass either Hannibal or Brian. But, it does affect placement for Hannibal and Brian as their placement would actually get swapped.

2014-02-01

NPR DB ID: 836
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Faith Salie
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a brother of a world leader trying to make his way in the world, Not My Job about Barney the Dinosaur, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the highlight of the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony?
Notes

The last time Mo Rocca was on the show (2013-11-16), Carl Kasell incorrectly counted and stated Roy Blount, Jr.'s score and give Roy the win, even though Mo Rocca actually had won. There was no mention about it on this show, though Mo Rocca did win and scores were counted properly.

2014-02-08

NPR DB ID: 837
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Tom Bodett
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone other than Facebook celebrating a 10th anniversary, Not My Job about K-Pop, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what we will be wasting our times on 10 years from now?
Notes

During the discussion about the conditions that journalists saw in Sochi prior to the opening ceremony at the Sochi Olympics and comparing them in the US, Tom started to describe Motel 6 without using their name; Tom Bodett is famous for being Motel 6's spokesperson.

Right after Peter explained the premise of the Bluff the Listener round to the listener, the listener asked if Roxanne was on the panel. When it was confirmed, the listener stated that he didn't have to go through the "charade" and picked Roxanne. This is in reference the number of times where Roxanne's bluff is chosen due to the believability of her stories, even if those stories are not correct ones. Peter Guralnick made a reference to this right before his first Not My Job question.

Peter Sagal accidentally said Ginger Roberts instead of Ginger Rogers. Both Peters had fun with this throughout the third Not My Job question.

2014-02-15

NPR DB ID: 838
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Kyrie O'Connor
Correct: Kyrie O'Connor
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about the dangers of fish, Not My Job about non-Olympic winter sports, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: since Bob Costas has pinkeye, what will take out Matt Lauer?
Notes

Another instance in which Maz Jobrani used an accent in which both Peter and Maz noted that it could lead to more letters coming in from angry listeners.

2014-02-22

NPR DB ID: 839
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Alonzo Bodden
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an amazing discovery in the art world, Not My Job about warnings, Secrets of the Amazon.com, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: how will organizers spice things up at the next Olympic games?

2014-03-01

Best Of Repeat: 2012-09-01 NPR DB ID: 840
Scorekeeper
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite Wait Wait moments, including questions about IKEA and when science fiction meets science non-fiction

2014-03-08

NPR DB ID: 841
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a Jeopardy! champion starting a new career, Not My Job about questionable police tactics, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what words will appear on the newly revamped SATs?
Notes

While the panelists were discussing the recent changes to the SAT exam, Faith Salie decided to use some elaborate words that one might find the SAT exams, stating that everyone uses such words.

During the first panelist round, Peter was about to give Faith a hint and he said "here's your excuse" instead of "here's your hint". Hilarity ensued.

When Peter was reading the first Not My Job question, he said "In 2011, an undercover sting, ha, run by...". The "ha" was in reference to The Police's front man Sting. After answering the last Not My Job question, Steward sung a dramatic tune as Peter was about to say that the answer was correct. While Peter rejected Steward's answer and started to explain the correct answer, Steward sung a "fail" tune in response.

Not too much laughter (or groaning) happened when Peter Sagal used "rhymean" as the Listener Limerick Challenge pun prior to the second panelist round. Peter then stated, "that one was good".

2014-03-15

NPR DB ID: 842
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Charlie Pierce
Correct: Charlie Pierce
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about alternate uses of cats, Not My Job about Paul McCartney's other band, Wings, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: how will the World Wide Web celebrate its 25th birthday?
Notes

Paula Poundstone hit her stride when it came to the topic of cats, which started during the first panelist round and continued on to the Bluff the Listener round about alternate uses of cats.

2014-03-22

NPR DB ID: 843
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone standing up for what is right, Not My Job about cruise ships, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next great discovery in our universe?
Notes

During the second panelist round, there was a clarification on hips vs booty thanks to Brian Babylon. Also during the same round, Amy gave a hint to Brian's question that ended up being the correct answer. Amy refused to take the point and wanted to give it to Brian; so, Peter conferred with Carl and Carl gave the point to Brian.

For the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment, Brian Babylon had received 8 bell dings for all eight questions answered. The transcript on NPR's site missed the ding for the "China" answer, even though it was correct and Brian did get a ding for his answer of "dancers". The overall standings did not change as Amy wouldn't have answered enough questions correctly to beat or tie Brian.

2014-03-29

NPR DB ID: 844
Host
Guest: Mike Pesca
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new tourist destination, Not My Job about Ron Perlman, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what group will Russia join, now that they are no longer in the G8?
Notes

Roy Blount Jr. sung a little ditty during the Who's Carl This Time? round on the topic of contraceptives that featured "rubber cement".

2014-04-05

NPR DB ID: 845
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Roxanne Roberts
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a date that goes horribly wrong, Not My Job about the House of David baseball team, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next major product to be recalled?
Notes

Paula and P.J. had a lively discussion about the study of birds getting "divorced" during the first panelist round. The Bluff the Listener contestant seemed to have had some kind of dating experience that influenced her choice of Roxanne's bluff.

Another instance in which all three panelists answered six questions correctly.

2014-04-12

NPR DB ID: 846
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Luke Burbank
Correct: Luke Burbank
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new low-tech job, Not My Job about Mickey Rooney, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will we do now that we can't go on the Internet?
Notes

The audience's tradition of chanting "Luuuuuuke" continues in force today and was also done by Peter, the panel and the audience when Luke Burbank spectacularly won the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round.

The thick Chicago accent that Carl used in the first Limerick flummoxed the listener contestant, who is a court reporter and transcribes what is said in court. He quietly repeated the last words of each line in the second limerick, to which Peter and the panel picked up. He also had a wee bit of a hard time trying to come up with the correct rhyme for the last limerick.

Someone peeped in while Peter was doing the intro for the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round. Amy tried to get Peter and Carl accept "monkey" as a correct answer, but it wasn't the first answer she provided, which was "tiger", and the correct answer was "chimpanzee". A chimpanzee is an ape and not a monkey, which Peter said that listeners would write in if the two were mixed up.

"Get these mother-farting cows off... this mother-farted (sic) plane!". Enough said.

2014-04-19

Best Of NPR DB ID: 847
Scorekeeper
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! with a look back at recent favorite guests and moments. Includes a Bluff the Listener segment about a new way to turn away unwanted advances and studies that get Paula up in arms

2014-04-26

NPR DB ID: 848
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new secret recording, Not My Job about Morris Dancing, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what vice will be next to be modernized?
Notes

In the edited version of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, they only included two of the three correct answers that Carl said Brian Babylon had.

2014-05-03

NPR DB ID: 849
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new Dr. Seuss story in the news, Not My Job about Zumba music, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be George Clooney and Amul Alamuddin's first fight?
Notes

Another instance in which all three panelists started the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round with a three way tie. The last time that occurred was back in 2013-08-03 where all three panelists also started the round with three points each.

2014-05-10

NPR DB ID: 850
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new effort to relieve stress gone terribly wrong, Not My Job about bratwurst, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next anti-aging fad?
Notes

This is Carl Kasell's last Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! show taped live at Chase Auditorium in Chicago, IL.

While Tom Bodett was reading this Bluff the Listener story, he slipped and said "killin' spree" instead of "Killenburg". When Tom could not come up with an answer for two Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions, he defaulted with an answer involving a hamster eating a tiny pizza.

2014-05-17

NPR DB ID: 851
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Carl This Time?, Special Message for Carl Kasell from Stephen Colbert, Bluff the Listener about a politician trying to avoid a scandal with a pre-emptive statement, Special Message for Carl Kasell from Tom Hanks, Not My Job about King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Special Message for Carl Kasell from Katie Couric, Listener Limerick Challenge, Special Message for Carl Kasell from President Barack Obama
Notes

This is Carl Kasell's last Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! show before retiring and becoming Wait Wait's Scorekeeper Emeritus.

I was able to attend the live taping at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC.

During the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, Mo Rocca had only answered five questions correctly but Carl Kasell stated that Mo Rocca had answered six correct. Paula Poundstone answered seven questions correctly and Carl also stated that Paula had only answered six. The correct scores and ranking for the panelists should be: Paula Poundstone in 1st with 18 points, Roxanne Roberts in 2nd with 14 points and Mo Rocca in 3rd with 13 points.

2014-05-24

NPR DB ID: 852
Scorekeeper
Legendary Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Kyrie O'Connor
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a Friends star making a major comeback, Not My Job about cardiac surgery, Secrets of the Amazon.com, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next organization to loosen its standards?
Notes

Starting with this week's show, Bill Kurtis is the new official judge and scorekeeper for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

The questions from the "Secrets of the Amazon.com" segment were originally asked at the previous week's Wait Wait to Mo, Paula and Roxanne. That segment was cut from the airing of the show due to time constraints. The writers re-used the question for this week's show.

2014-05-31

NPR DB ID: 853
Scorekeeper
Legendary Anchorman
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about cats in the news, Not My Job about parenting advice from the past, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will break up Kim Kardashian and Kanye West?
Notes

Peter and panel had a bit of fun with Bill Kurtis's impressions of Barack Obama and John Kerry sounding almost the same. Rosie Perez's accent was the source of some fun when she said "Starbucks Coffee". The "sexagintuple" Starbucks coffee drink had 60 shots of espresso, not 30 as mentioned by Peter.

The listener contestant for Bluff the Listener is a "father" of cats, which was quite apropos for the topic of the bluffs.

2014-06-07

NPR DB ID: 854
Scorekeeper
Beloved Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone stopping at nothing to win, Not My Job about fashion ideas that are beyond help, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: new system for identifying hurricanes.

2014-06-14

NPR DB ID: 855
Scorekeeper
Cuddly Fun Anchorman
Panelists
Bluff
Correct: Ophira Eisenberg
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about people making a mess of true love, Not My Job about writer's block, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the next person to huge book nobody wants to read?

2014-06-21

NPR DB ID: 856
Scorekeeper
Inscrutable Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Kyrie O'Connor
Correct: P.J. O'Rourke
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about how the word "Yo" made the news, Not My Job about the number 8, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: if the Washington DC football team gets a new name, what will be their new name?

2014-06-28

NPR DB ID: 857
Scorekeeper
Voluptuous Anchorman
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Luke Burbank
Correct: Luke Burbank
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about what happens when a fairly tale comes to life, Not My Job about Captain Scarlet, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next way players will gain an advantage at the World Cup?

2014-07-05

Best Of NPR DB ID: 858
Scorekeeper
Surprisingly Telegenic Anchorman
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! reviewing some favorite segments and Not My Job guests; including: Carl sound effects, Peter's pun-tastic Listener Limerick Challenge round promos, Guess The Newsmaker and a Bluff the Listener about heroes standing up for what they believe in.
Notes

The Not My Job segment with Terry Crews and the Bluff the Listener round came from the 2014-03-22 show.

2014-07-12

NPR DB ID: 859
Scorekeeper
Awe-Inspiring Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Brian Babylon
Correct: Brian Babylon
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about promotions gone wrong, Not My Job about the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Races, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: which public figure will be next to be embarrassed by their private writings?

2014-07-19

NPR DB ID: 860
Scorekeeper
Tender Loving Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Roxanne Roberts
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about somebody with a terrible reputation finding redemption in an unlikely way, Not My Job about actual laundry, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what place will scientists discover the next giant hole?
Notes

This and the following two Wait Wait shows were taped at the Nourse Theatre in San Francisco, CA while Chase Auditorium gets some work done.

2014-07-26

NPR DB ID: 861
Scorekeeper
Carnivorous Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Description
Good News, Bluff the Listener about a particularly enthusiastic bargain hunter, Not My Job about Queens, N.Y., Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next shocking piece of good news to get through the week?

2014-08-02

NPR DB ID: 862
Scorekeeper
Totally Huggable Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a major innovation in baseball, Not My Job about tanning and the tanning industry, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next common behavior to be declared unhealthy?

2014-08-09

2014-08-16

Best Of NPR DB ID: 864
Scorekeeper
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring some additional favorite Not My Job segments

2014-08-23

Best Of NPR DB ID: 865
Scorekeeper
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite segments about the animal kingdom

2014-08-30

NPR DB ID: 866
Scorekeeper
Entrancing Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about newspapers trying brand new innovations, Not My Job about Burning Man, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big viral fundraiser after the Ice Bucket Challenge?
Notes

During the Listener Limerick Challenge round, Bill Kurtis noted that he wanted to learn more about doing the Limericks from the master. With that, Carl Kasell came on on-stage to do the Limericks for Bill Kurtis.

2014-09-06

NPR DB ID: 867
Scorekeeper
Smoking Hot
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a particularly weird drug reaction, Not My Job about other notable thirds, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big leak?
Notes

Both Loudon Wainwright III and his son, Rufus Wainwright (who was the Not My Job guest for the 2009-11-14 show), answered two Not My Job questions correctly.

In the edited version of the show, Mike Birbiglia's Lightning Fill in the Black round only included six questions, with four answered correctly. During Adam Felber's round, he coasted after answering four questions correctly, leading to a three-way tie.

2014-09-13

NPR DB ID: 868
Scorekeeper
Well-Behaved Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Moshe Kasher
Correct: Moshe Kasher
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new parenting technique, Not My Job about how to be a badass, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will Great Britain do to make Scotland stay?
Notes

Richard Lewis interrupted Peter Sagal several times when Peter was trying to read his introduction, which lead to hilarity. Also, while Richard Lewis was on the phone, his breathing into the phone was quite noticeable and that lead to a bit of laughing and a good amount of bantering.

Bill Kurtis accepted Brian Babylon's answer of "atmosphere" for a Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question which had the appropriate answer of "ozone layer". The edited version of the show only included six Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions for Brian, in which he answered two correctly. The third answer would have been for one of the two questions that got edited out.

2014-09-20

NPR DB ID: 869
Scorekeeper
Fragrant Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a fanny pack making the news, Not My Job about guys named Steve Ricks, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will make a move for independence next?
Notes

I got a chance to go to the show in Seattle. I participated in the audience's chanting of "Luuuuuuke" when Luke Burbank was introduced or mentioned.

Due to the pending results of the Scottish independence vote as of taping, they recorded two versions of the first Who's Bill This Time? question, one version for each potential outcome in case the vote when the other direction.

There was a lot of jokes and references made during the taping surrounding the understanding of what makes up the United Kingdom, which was started by Paula's mention of not understanding what the United Kingdom is. Some of those jokes and references were cut out in the edited version of the show.

Edited out of the show was a joke that Paula Poundstone made about naming a front-facing fanny pack a "dicky pack".

2014-09-27

NPR DB ID: 870
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new and possibly unwanted delivery service, Not My Job about dieting, blasphemy and hate, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: how will people get into the White House?

2014-10-04

NPR DB ID: 871
Scorekeeper
Legendary Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new modern convenience, Not My Job about Bert from Sesame Street, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will California ban next?
Notes

Both former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who was the Not My Job guest on the 2010-02-06 show, and current Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz each only answered one Not My Job question correctly.

2014-10-11

Best Of NPR DB ID: 872
Scorekeeper
Vertebrate Anchorman
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite guest segments from the past year

2014-10-18

NPR DB ID: 873
Scorekeeper
Simply Gorgeous Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone going after what they deserve, Not My Job about zippers, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big controversy at a political debate?
Notes

During the second panelist round and after discussing a bit about Larry, Peter called Faith, "Larry," by accident. In the same round, Peter also integrated the Pimsleur Language Learning System name, who is commonly an NPR sponsor, into the explanation of a panelist question.

Right after the listener, who lives in Pittsburgh where the show was being taped, playing the Listener Limerick Challenge was introduced read a limerick that she had written.

When Peter was providing the correct answer and story behind Faith's last question in the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, Peter made a comment about people smelling like old motels, he said, "no offense, Tom." That is in reference to Tom Bodett being the spokesperson for Motel 6.

In the edited version of the show, the gong sound started while Peter was asking Tom the next to the last question, versus the last question, but continued to fade out while asking the last question.

2014-10-25

NPR DB ID: 874
Scorekeeper
Heaven-Sent Anchorman
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Brian Babylon
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a workplace making things worse for its employees, Not My Job about recipients of the Ig Nobel Awards, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the next czar?

2014-11-01

NPR DB ID: 875
Scorekeeper
Strange, Enticing, Wierd and Normal Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Kyrie O'Connor
Correct: Kyrie O'Connor
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an opportunity to receive recognition for something anyone might be able to do, Not My Job about Chia Pets, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big Halloween costume next year?

2014-11-08

NPR DB ID: 876
Scorekeeper
Legendary Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about sports fans taking their love of the game too far, Not My Job about Sherlock Holmes, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the first thing that President Obama and the GOP-lead Congress agree on?

2014-11-15

NPR DB ID: 877
Scorekeeper
Aerialist and Contortionist Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about the music business and the bad shape it's in, Not My Job about beauty, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will the European space probe find on the comet?
Notes

The listener contestant for the Who's Bill This Time? round didn't know about the photo of Kim Kardasdian's naked butt, which was enough for Bill to give her all three points for the round on principle.

During the Not My Job segment, Ron Perlman had to step away for a moment after there was a bit of dog barking in the background. Ron asked upon Alonzo's thoughts for the second question, both were correct.

2014-11-22

NPR DB ID: 878
Scorekeeper
Angelic Anchorman
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a crazy way to get kids to eat their vegetables, Nob My Job about house flies, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next cause to get a fundraising song?
Notes

During Paula's Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, she had a bit of help from P.J. on answering one of the questions. In response, Paula said that she cheated after Peter and Bill took her correct answer. After her round ended, she asked if she could have that applied to P.J. and deducted from her score (in which Paula would have 12 points, not 10 as she mentioned).

2014-11-29

Best Of NPR DB ID: 879
Scorekeeper
Filled with Cranberry Sauce
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite segments, including lessons on geography and Maz Jobrani's various accents

2014-12-06

NPR DB ID: 880
Scorekeeper
Earth's last living centaur
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a chance to win a really unusual prize, Not My Job about wonderful and interesting things about New Jersey, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: after switching to selling cookies online, what will the Girl Scouts do next?
Notes

Mo Rocca returns back to Wait Wait in only the way that Mo can: with his numerous wild and meandering guess during the second panel round. It got to the point where, I think, Adam yelled "Bill take away a point!" when Mo made a "hail Mary" of a guess.

During Mo's Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, while Mo was trying to figure out the answer to the last question, Faith Salie said, "this is where the lightning round becomes an electrical storm". Adam Felber said it was more like a Van de Graaff generator.

2014-12-13

NPR DB ID: 881
Scorekeeper
Half-anchor, half-man
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Charlie Pierce
Correct: Shelby Fero
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a surprising new way to meet someone face-to-face, Not My Job about G.I. Joe, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will Prince William and Kate bring back as a souvenir to the Queen of England?
Notes

At the beginning of the Bluff the Listener round, Bill Kurtis stated the name of the game, "Come here often, Ellie?", Ellie (the listener contestant) responded with "I'm sorry?".

During the Not My Job interview, Sir Patrick Stewart said "Space, the final frontier" in a French accent.

There was no gong sound before, during or after Charlie Pierce's last Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question denoting it was the last question.

2014-12-20

NPR DB ID: 882
Scorekeeper
All about that bass, about that bass...
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Roxanne Roberts
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone ignoring all the warning signs while reaching for the stars, Not My Job about Jennifer Lopez, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be appointed as Ambassador to Cuba?
Notes

Two of Paula Poundstone's Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round questions dealt with shoplifting and the answer of "Shop with a Cop". Paula didn't answer the first one correctly, but correctly answered the second one. The edited version of the show only had Paula answering five questions correctly versus six according to Bill Kurtis. The sixth one was probably edited it out for time.

2014-12-27

Best Of NPR DB ID: 883
Scorekeeper
Height-weight proportionate
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite stories and moments from 2014, part one