Show Details: 2018

2018-01-06

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1041
Scorekeeper
I'm the man with an aim that can be used for any number of comic puns. I'm adapta-Bill
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! with a look back at some favorite Not My Job interviews and previously un-aired material from the past year, part two
Notes

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! taped two shows while in Seattle, Washington on November 30th and December 1st. The Bluff the Listener, Not My Job and App Store Game segments included on this Best Of show comes from the show that taped on December 1st.

Normally, the chosen bluff and the correct bluff from Bluff the Listener segments re-aired on Best Of shows do not get noted in the Stats Page database. In this case, the Bluff the Listener segment was not aired as part of a regular Wait Wait show, I have noted the chosen and correct bluff information for this show.

Due to technical difficulties with the phone system at the start of the December 1st taping, audience members were selected as the listener contestants for the Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener and Listener Limerick Challenge segments.

2018-01-13

NPR DB ID: 1042
Scorekeeper
I'm not a stable genius. I'm a genius that's sta-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Helen Hong
Correct: Helen Hong
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a retailer offering a surprising promotion to potential customers, Not My Job about "Storage Wars", Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the must-have gadget at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show?
Notes

The show had a recording of Robert Siegel, who recently retired from "All Things Considered", saying President Trump's "shithole" quote.

The second option for all three of the "life hack" panel questions were all written for laughs, leaving the first option being the correct one. Peter Sagal goofed by saying "black women's maternity pants" instead of "women's black maternity pants".

Bill Kurtis stated that it was the first time in three years that all three panelists were tied at the start of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round; but, didn't state how many points they started with. The last time all three panelists were tied going into Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank was on the show that aired on 2016-06-11 in which Bill also didn't state how many points all three panelists had (which was also 3).

2018-01-20

NPR DB ID: 1043
Scorekeeper
Hey, Ebbing, Missouri, you don't need three billboards. You just need one Bill Kurtis
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone elsewhere in the world having a unique immigration problem, Not My Job about Coldplay, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big false alarm to freak everyone out?
Notes

Paula Poundstone used the surname "Swamu" in her Bluff the Listener story again.

All three of the options for the third Not My Job question were actually correct.

2018-01-27

NPR DB ID: 1044
Scorekeeper
Hey, that guacamole is not ready yet. You need some Bill-antro
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Peter Grosz
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a former kids TV star doing something new, Not My Job about other people named Jones, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what souvenir will President Trump bring back from Davos?

2018-02-03

NPR DB ID: 1045
Scorekeeper
Hey man, relax! Take a chill-Bill
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Helen Hong
Correct: Helen Hong
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a unique used furniture shop find, Not My Job about barflies, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big surprise from this year's Super Bowl half-time show?
Notes

Another instance in which the correct answers for all three Not My Job questions were "B"

2018-02-10

NPR DB ID: 1046
Scorekeeper
Hello Nancy Pelosi, if you need a break, let me Bill-ibuster
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Hari Kondabolu
Correct: Hari Kondabolu
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about something positive coming from McDonald's, Not My Job about North Bend, Washington, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next thing that will be blasted into space?
Notes

Another instance in which all three panelists starting the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round in a three-way tie

2018-02-17

NPR DB ID: 1047
Scorekeeper
Say, 'Ahhh'. You're about to get a tonsil-Bill-ectomy
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about something Disney does not want anyone to know about, Not My Job about tumultuous breakups and divorces, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big sport at the Winter Olympics?
Notes

David Duchovny was bleeped when responding to Peter Sagal explaining the correct answer to the first Not My Job question. Peter mispronounced Janeane Garofalo's first name and was corrected by David and Mo Rocca. Janeane was the Not My Job guest on the 2006-07-15 show

2018-02-24

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1048
Scorekeeper
I'm the man whose inner life will always be hidden, no matter how sincere I am. I'm inscruti-Bill
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring several favorite Not My Job interviews with movie makers and a children's book author
Notes

During the intro, Bill Kurtis will almost always state the location of that week's show taping, including when they are taping the intro and inter-segment portions of the Best Of shows. For this show, Bill didn't state the location where they recorded the introduction.

2018-03-03

NPR DB ID: 1049
Scorekeeper
Hey Anthony Kiedes, put a sock on this! I'm a Red Hot Billy Pepper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a film currently in production that could win next year's Academy Award for Best Picture, Not My Job about Skee-Ball, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big news to come out of the Oscars?
Notes

The show started with Peter mentioning and playing a segment in which Paula Poundstone made a snarky comment about cross-country skiing. This week's Not My Job guest is Jessie Diggins, who won the first Olympic cross-country skiing gold medal for the United States in 2018 at Pyeongchang.

During the introduction of the Not My Job segment, Peter Sagal said "Pyongyang" instead of "Pyeongchang". All three of the choices for the third Not My Job question were correct.

During the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment, Paula Poundstone couldn't think of the name Spotify, but got help from the audience. Roxanne Roberts couldn't completely remember Martin Shkreli's last name but got enough of it correct that Peter accepted it. When Roxanne didn't answer enough questions to win the game, making Luke Burbank the winner, the audience started chanting "Luuuuuuke" with the help of Bill Kurtis.

2018-03-10

NPR DB ID: 1050
Scorekeeper
Wakanda forever! I'm Bill-monger
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an interesting Scotland Yard investigation, Not My Job about home economics, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next reality show scandal?
Notes

Peter Sagal kept saying "Alexa" several more times after stating that people get mad at Peter for triggering their Amazon Echo devices by saying "Alexa". Peter then used the name "Echo" instead of "Alexa".

Bill Kurtis accept Tara Clancy's overly specific answer of "running out of Gorgonzola" regarding a question about the Big Cheese Festival running out of cheese.

2018-03-17

NPR DB ID: 1051
Scorekeeper
During Lent, take a bite out of me. I'll be your Bill-et-O-Fish
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a blockbuster movie causing a problem that goes beyond just being terrible, Not My Job about The Brady Bunch, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next embarrassing way a White House staffer find out that they are fired?
Notes

Until recently, Tom Brady had never eaten a strawberry and Peter Sagal asked Tom how his first strawberry tasted. Tom Brady's answer was bleeped. After Peter had called scoring a goal in football practice, Tom Brady clarified that it's a touchdown in football and a goal in soccer. For the first Not My Job question, Tom Brady initially chose "C" but was urged to change his answer because "C" was a chimpanzee. He changed his answer to "B", which was also not correct. After Peter gave all three choices for the second Not My Job question, the audience started yelling "B", which Tom Brady chose. For the third Not My Job question, Tom Brady asked Mo Rocca for help and Mo's answer was correct.

2018-03-24

NPR DB ID: 1052
Scorekeeper
I don't care about your fancy arts and culture, I'm a Bill-istine
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone paying the price for being ahead of their time, Not My Job about Geordie Shore, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the next HBO star to run for office?
Notes

During the Who's Bill This Time? segment, the topic of the feud between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall was brought up in which Peter Sagal and Amy Dickinson incorrectly pronounced "Cattrall". Rashawn Scott jumped in and corrected them.

After LeVar Burton gave his first response to the second Not My Job question, Peter nudged LeVar to change his answer; in which, he switched it to "C" and was correct.

After Rashawn named the incorrect planet during the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment, Peter said that she only had a 1 in 9 chance of getting it right. Adam Burke later corrected Peter by saying that it would be a 1 in 8 chance, since Pluto is no longer considered a planet.

2018-03-31

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1053
Scorekeeper
I'm legendary anchorman
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite recent Not My Job interviews and panel segments
Notes

The Bluff the Listener segment from this Best Of show originally aired on the 2017-01-28 show

2018-04-07

NPR DB ID: 1054
Scorekeeper
March Madness is over and the winner is Bill-anova
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about youthful indiscretions, Not My Job about K-Tel, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big celebrity mystery?
Notes

John Kasich had help from the audience for the second and third Not My Job questions.

During the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank, Roxanne Roberts almost said "President Voldemort" when trying to say "President Vladimir Putin". Roy Blount, Jr. answered a question about the falling Chinese Space Station with "satellite" and Peter Sagal accepted the answer.

2018-04-14

NPR DB ID: 1055
Scorekeeper
I don't dance now, I make money moves. I'm Cardi-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone getting revenge in an surprising manner, Not My Job about three short men, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: What will retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan do after he leaves Congress?

2018-04-21

NPR DB ID: 1056
Scorekeeper
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone getting a break in an unusual way, Not My Job about tenors, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big food?
Notes

With Carl Kasell passing away this week, Peter Sagal remembered Carl Kasell with a dedicated segment after the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment and included a clip of Carl introducing the show from 2010 at the beginning of the show.

Maz Jobrani flexed his Italian accent in telling his Bluff the Listener story.

When Bill Kurtis was asked how Edie Falco did on the Not My Job segment, Bill said that Edie got two correct and then said "It looks like three to me" as Edie's character in The Sopranos would have said it.

Another instance of all three panelists answering six Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correct.

2018-04-28

NPR DB ID: 1057
Scorekeeper
I'm 99.9% effective. I'm the birth-control Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Negin Farsad
Correct: Negin Farsad
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new frontier in home security, Not My Job about archery, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the royal baby's first words?
Notes

Another instance in which all three of the correct Not My Job answers were "B"

2018-05-05

NPR DB ID: 1058
Scorekeeper
I've got thick skin. I'm an arma-Bill-o
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a Broadway show tune that made it in the news, Not My Job about soups, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be President Trump's 4000th lie?
Notes

Listeners of Luke Burbank's podcast, "Too Beautiful to Live," should recognize one of the names Luke used in his Bluff the Listener story.

Maz Jobrani answered six Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correctly, but was only given credit for five. After Maz answered the sixth question correct, there was no ding of the bell. The two points that Maz wasn't credited for would have put him in 2nd place with 15 points and Faith Salie in third with 13 points.

The panelist scores and ranking noted reflect those of the ones announced by the official scorekeeper, Bill Kurtis.

2018-05-12

NPR DB ID: 1059
Scorekeeper
Poopity-scoop, scoopity-doop, I'm Bill-ity-boop
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Helen Hong
Correct: Helen Hong
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a wedding announcement that went viral, Not My Job about 1980s hair metal bands, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next slogan to come out of the White House?
Notes

While Mayim Bialik was answering the second Not My Job question, she said that she would choose "B again". In the edited version of the show, she had chosen "C" for the first question and "B" for the third question. Not sure if she had first chosen "B" for the first question but it was edited out, if the order of the questions were altered in the edited version, or it was something else.

2018-05-19

NPR DB ID: 1060
Scorekeeper
Got an infection? Try some Peni-Bill-in
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Tara Clancy
Correct: Tara Clancy
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, The Trump Dump, Bluff the Listener about someone getting their name in a unique way, Not My Job about the Titanic, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the royal couple's favorite wedding present?
Notes

The last question in the Trump Dump game played during the first panel round was fielded to Roxanne Roberts which she got it wrong. She got a ribbing from Peter Sagal because it was based on an article that she wrote for the Washington Post.

2018-05-26

NPR DB ID: 1061
Host
Guest: Helen Hong
Scorekeeper
I know you're tired LeBron. Pass the ball to me, I'm LeBill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone leaving on a trip and forgetting something, Not My Job about dog who have been on their best behavior, Listener Limerick Challenge
Notes

Hari Kondabolu's bluff story was based entirely on the plot of the first Home Alone movie. While Hari was reading his story, Paula Poundstone didn't think it was true and Adam Felber said that he had seen it somewhere before.

The show did not have a Panelist Prediction segment that would normally happen at the very end.

2018-06-02

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1062
Scorekeeper
I'm the guy who rebeled from the two party system and founded my own. I'm the Bill Moose
Bluff
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring several segments from the Wait Wait Junior special show that was recorded in Chicago and favorite Not My Job interviews
Notes

The location in which the Best Of show introduction and inter-segment bits were recorded was not mentioned at the beginning of the show.

For the Bluff the Listener segment, each panelist paired up with a Wait Wait Junior to write and present their bluff story. The bluff story that Mo Rocca worked with his Wait Wait Junior included a person named "Polly Poundsteen" in reference to Paula Poundstone. The two Wait Wait Juniors that paired up with Maz Jobrani were actually his own kids.

To determine who would get the point for the Bluff the Listener segment, the audience was polled to see which one they thought was the correct one by way of applause level.

2018-06-09

NPR DB ID: 1063
Scorekeeper
Come on in, the water's hot. I'm bub-Bill bath
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Bim Adewunmi
Correct: Peter Grosz
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone getting endorsed or sponsored for a surprising reason, Not My Job about Fifty Shades of Grey, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the winning talent that will win the next Miss America contest?
Notes

Keith Hernandez first chose "B" for the second Not My Job question and got ribbed for what that choice was (a kids cereal named "Domina-Trix") and was urged to change it. He changed his answer to "C", which was not correct either. All three choices for the third Not My Job question were actually real excerpts from "Fifty Shades Freed".

2018-06-16

NPR DB ID: 1064
Scorekeeper
Hey Pixar, put me in your next movie. I'm Incredi-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone's penny-pinching ways got them well rewarded, Not My Job about the song 'Louie, Louie', Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be next for the MPR raccoon?
Notes

Louie Anderson first chose "A" for the second Not My Job question and Peter Sagal nudged Louie to choose another answer while a few people in the audience booed Louie. Louie asked why he was being booed. Louie changed his answer to "B", which was correct.

Roy Blount, Jr. said that one day he will beat Roxanne Roberts on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Roy actually won over Roxanne on several occasions. The last four occasions were: 2007-02-17, 2007-03-03, 2011-03-05 and 2014-07-19.

2018-06-23

NPR DB ID: 1065
Scorekeeper
Getting rid of some old clothes? Take 'em to Good-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new way couples can keep things interesting, Not My Job about normcore, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the first thing the new Space Force does?
Notes

Mo Rocca finally figured out why a "half pipe" is called a "half pipe".

David Wise initially chose "B" for the second Not My Job questions and the audience disapproved of the choice and David was given a chance to change his answer to the audience's choice of "C". After all three options were given for the third Not My Job questions, both David and the audience seemed to agree that "A" would be the correct answer; but, both were shocked that "C" was actually the correct one.

Mo Rocca hilariously took a long time to answer the 8th Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question.

2018-06-30

NPR DB ID: 1066
Scorekeeper
I'm just a legendary anchorman looking for his anchor baby
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Negin Farsad
Correct: Negin Farsad
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a property listing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Not My Job about Phish, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the least popular question people ask Alexa?
Notes

After Fabien Cousteau chose "B" for the third Not My Job question, Peter Sagal and the audience nudged Fabien to reconsider his choice to "C". Fabien changed his answer to "C", which was the correct answer.

Negin Farsad hilariously failed at figuring out what the correct answer was for her panel question during the second panel round.

Each of the panelists' final question for the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round involved a drunk person and a dog, in some manner.

2018-07-07

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1067
Scorekeeper
Forget your constitutional protections and just listen to me, I'm the Bill that's right
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring several favorite Not My Job guests and a singing overture from the Wait Wait... Don' t Tell Me! Jr. special live show

2018-07-14

NPR DB ID: 1068
Scorekeeper
Hey there, ovaries. How do you like your eggs? I'm your Bill-opian tubes
Panelists
Bluff
Correct: Adam Burke
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone getting busted for a surprising reason, Not My Job about Fiorello La Guardia, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next feel good story in the news?
Notes

The last name of the listener contestant for the Who's Bill This Time? was "Trump" and that piqued the interest of Peter Sagal and the panel.

Peter accidentally called Bill Kurtis, "Boo," when he asked Bill who the listener contestant was for the Not My Job segment. After Christine Lagarde initially chose "C" for the third Not My Job question, the audience disapproved of her choice. Paula Poundstone relayed that to Christine Lagarde, who changed her answer to "B".

2018-07-21

NPR DB ID: 1069
Scorekeeper
End the witch hunt. There's no Bill-usion
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a news outlet that went above and beyond to get to the bottom of a story, Not My Job about loyalty reward programs, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big hit during next year's Amazon Prime Day?
Notes

Mo Rocca suggested the name "nut juice" as a replacement for nut or seed-based milk products, now that the FDA has ruled that they can no longer be called "milk". The suggestion did not really go over that well.

James Comey initially chose "A" for the third Not My Job question; but, Peter Sagal then gave him a big clue of what the correct answer was. James responded with "I meant to say I wouldn't take 'A';" in reference to what President Trump in response to him having "misspoken" about Russia's interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections. Since James only answered one Not My Job question correctly, Peter pulled out another Not My Job question for him to answer; in which, James answered it correctly and won. Since he won with an additional question, an exception has been noted in the database.

2018-07-28

NPR DB ID: 1070
Host
Guest: Faith Salie
Scorekeeper
Cut the cord, I'm your Bill-y button
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about heavy metal doing good in the world, Not My Job about robots, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next great thing to be found on Mars?
Notes

After Faith Salie listed the three choices for the first Not My Job question and Jon Batiste started to figure out his answer, the audience started yelling out "C". Jon asked the audience to yell it out again so that he could hear them. The second choice was about a Mo-Bot that edits out all of Mo Rocca's guessing on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

2018-08-04

NPR DB ID: 1071
Scorekeeper
Climb up on me and work up a sweat. I'll be your tread-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Alonzo Bodden
Correct: Alonzo Bodden
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, The Trump Dump, Bluff the Listener about a superfan who went overboard and got in trouble with the police, Not My Job about private eyes, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what's the next must-have item for rich people?
Notes

Another instance in which all three of the correct answers for the Not My Job questions were "B".

2018-08-11

NPR DB ID: 1072
Scorekeeper
Alright everybody, you're in Bill-ennium Park now
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about something going wrong at a Japanese Buddhist monastery, Not My Job about a Yankee, a hotel and a foxtrot, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next branch of the armed forces?
Notes

None of the panelists could quite say the name of the Japanese guesthouse at the Mount Joya's Buddhist temple. The guesthouse's name is "Sekishoin Shukubo".

In the version of the show that was broadcasted, Bobcat Goldthwait only answered six of his Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correct; but, Bill Kurtis stated that Bobcat had answered seven correct. Since only seven of Bobcat's eight Lightning round questions were included in the edited version of the show, either: Bobcat did answer seven correct or Bill had miscounted the number of correct answers. That said, even if Bobcat was only given credit for six correct answers instead of seven, he would still have won the show with 15 points.

As with any other scoring anomaly, the score Bill Kurtis stated on the show is the official score on record.

2018-08-18

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1073
Scorekeeper
I'm the shirt that doesn't cling too tight. I'm Bill-owy
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring a revisit of some favorite Not My Job guest interviews

2018-08-25

Best Of Repeat: 2015-07-04 NPR DB ID: 1074
Scorekeeper
I'm legendary anchorman
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring animal-related segments from past shows
Notes

This show is a repeat of the Best Of show that aired on 2015-07-04; which, in turn is a re-packaged version of the Best Of show from 2014-08-23.

2018-09-01

NPR DB ID: 1075
Scorekeeper
Step aside Schlitz, I'm the Bill that made Milwaukee famous
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone's summer plans being ruined, Not My Job about rabbits, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next thing to be discovered to be bad for us?

2018-09-08

NPR DB ID: 1076
Scorekeeper
You're gonna look great; cuz, you're about to get a Bill-icone implant
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Burke
Correct: Adam Burke
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about the Scunthorpe Problem making an appearance in the news, Not My Job about kid's toys, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the title of the next anonymous New York Times op-ed?
Notes

Helen Hong's Bluff the Listener story involved people seeing public radio hosts in person for the first time, including those that came to see Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and were shocked at how Peter Sagal and the panel looked versus what people's own mental image of them looked like. The listener contestant said that she had recently looked at a picture of Peter Sagal and was shocked. Peter asked her what she thought he looked like.

2018-09-15

NPR DB ID: 1077
Scorekeeper
Hey, Guy Raz, how do you Bill this?
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Negin Farsad
Correct: Negin Farsad
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a nuisance plaguing Bexhill-on-Sea, England, Not My Job about a no-hitter thrown by Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Ellis, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the next person scandalized by food?

2018-09-22

NPR DB ID: 1078
Scorekeeper
Get over here and shave me. I'm your stub-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Tara Clancy
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a mystery in Ipswich that caused people to hear "It's raining, it's pouring..." each night, Not My Job about storage vaults, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next video game character to be in the news?
Notes

Aly Raisman asked the audience for help for the first Not My Job question after Peter Sagal listed the three options. The audience shouted out "B" and Aly chose it.

2018-09-29

NPR DB ID: 1079
Scorekeeper
Hey there Angelenos, take a right on Sunset Bill-evard
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new job opportunity, Not My Job about Spam, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next company to change their name and why?
Notes

The listener contestant for the Who's Bill This Time? segment answered the third question which was about a company that recently changed the name. The answer that they were going for was "Weight Watchers" but the contestant answered "Dunkin' Donuts". Peter Sagal accepted the answer as Dunkin' Donuts also changed its name.

When Jessi Klein was trying to answer the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions, the audience yelled out some of the answers trying to help her.

2018-10-06

NPR DB ID: 1080
Scorekeeper
I like Bill. I still like Bill. Sometimes I had too much Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Peter Grosz
Correct: Peter Grosz
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a parties going wrong, Not My Job about Jimmy Smits, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next text message sent to everyone in the United States?

2018-10-13

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1081
Scorekeeper
I'm a pile of thinly sliced beef covered in Velveeta. That's right. I'm your Billy Cheesesteak
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring a few favorite Not My Job and panel segments from the past year
Notes

The Austen Goolsbee Not My Job segment was from the 2018-03-10 show, not from his first Not My Job appearance on the 2011-09-03 show. The Bluff the Listener segment was from the 2018-05-26 show, in which Helen Hong was the guest host.

2018-10-20

NPR DB ID: 1082
Scorekeeper
Put your candy in my bucket. It's Bill-oween!
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about false alarms, Not My Job about men's briefs, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the next public figure to take a DNA test and what will they find?
Notes

John Grisham asked Mo Rocca for help on the second Not My Job question and Mo said that wants "C", which John chose. It was not the correct answer. John asked what the listener contestant would win and was shocked/dismissive of the prize. John Grisham did not answer enough questions correctly to win and he said that he would send an autographed copy of his next book to the listener contestant.

Mo answered a number of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions in a soft, dulcet voice. Peter Sagal asked if Mo was okay and Mo said that radio is an intimate medium.

2018-10-27

NPR DB ID: 1083
Scorekeeper
Open up your anniversary card everybody. There's a crisp dollar Bill in there for you
Bluff
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a science scandal in the news, Not My Job about seagulls and tote bags, Listener Limerick Challenge, Scorekeeper Predictions: what will be the big story on our 40th anniversary show?
Notes

This show is the special 20th anniversary show that was recorded at The Chicago Theatre in downtown Chicago, Illinois and featured a rotating set of panels throughout the show.

For the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment, the panelists were split into three teams and had Paula Poundstone, Maz Jobrani and Brian Babylon as team captains. Although each panelist on each team got to answer one question during that segment, the score was aggregated at the team level. Since this is not a standard method for scoring, I have assigned the announced score and ranking to the team captain.

More detail about each panelist's performance on the show will be published at blog.wwdt.me

2018-11-03

NPR DB ID: 1084
Scorekeeper
Take off those old clothes. Give them to Good-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Burke
Correct: Adam Burke
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an athlete's excuse for losing at a sport, Not My Job about strange reasons that might make you itch, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: which write-in candidate will surprise people by winning big?
Notes

While reading the second question of the second Panel Round, Peter Sagal said "Australia" instead of "Antarctica". He would later say "Antarctica" while explaining the story.

During the Listener Limerick Challenge, the panel assisted the listener contestant by saying "Shhh!" for the first limerick, meowing for the second, and whistling "Jingle Bells" for the third.

2018-11-10

NPR DB ID: 1085
Scorekeeper
Count me, I'm your provisional Bill-ot
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new international holiday, Not My Job about the TV movie "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park", Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big scientific discovery?

2018-11-17

NPR DB ID: 1086
Scorekeeper
Hey there, Donald Duck. Get a load of this Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about something from a fairy tale being true, Not My Job about magic tricks, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next thing that cities will fight over?
Notes

A few audience members shouted out answers while Tara Clancy tried to figure out the answer for her fourth Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question. Mo Rocca made a sound while Adam Felber was trying to figure out his fourth Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question.

2018-11-24

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1087
Scorekeeper
Had enough turkey yet? Gobble gob-Bill
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite Not My Job segments over the past years
Notes

Included in this Best Of show was a panel round question that was not included in the edited version of the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! 20th anniversary show from 2018-10-27.

2018-12-01

NPR DB ID: 1088
Scorekeeper
The verdict is in Michael Cohen. You're Bill-ty
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Bim Adewunmi
Correct: Bim Adewunmi
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a controversy at this year's Grand Slams of Darts tournament, Not My Job about dairy, The Trump Dump, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will the new Mars probe find?

2018-12-08

NPR DB ID: 1089
Scorekeeper
Forget Bill de Blasio, I'm Bill de Badassio
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Peter Grosz
Correct: Peter Grosz
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about something that took nine minutes, Not My Job about Murphy's Law, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what holiday song will replace "Baby, It's Cold Outside"?
Notes

After Peter Sagal listed the three options for the second Not My Job question, the audience started yelling out "B"; which, Candice Bergen took the audience's chose and it was the correct one.

During the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment, Paula Poundstone couldn't quite come up with the name "Golden Globe" and circled around the word "Globe". Peter accepted that as the correct answer.

2018-12-15

NPR DB ID: 1090
Scorekeeper
Hey there vegetarians, put me on your pun. I'm a porta-Bill-o
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an injury that occurred in a surprising way, Not My Job about the Cannes Film Festival, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will end up hosting the Oscars?
Notes

Luke Burbank answered his third Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question with "that crazy guy down the street" and Peter Sagal accepted it. The proper answer was "social media".

2018-12-22

NPR DB ID: 1091
Scorekeeper
Deck the halls with Bills of holly. Fa la la la la, la la la Bill
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone having a surprising problem with their pet, Not My Job about bread making, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will Mark Zuckerberg get for Christmas?
Notes

Peter Sagal gave the Beastie Boys a chance to change their answer to the third Not My Job question. The audience and the panelists nudged them to choose "A"; which, was the correct answer.

The gong sound that is used to mark time running out during the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment didn't play in the edited version of the show at the end of Adam Felber's set of questions.

2018-12-29

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1092
Scorekeeper
This New Year's Eve, count to ten and watch the Bill drop
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite interviews from the past year, along with several never before heard segments
Notes

The Holiday Traditions and Not My Job segment with Seth Meyers came from the 2018-12-07 live taping at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York