Show Details: 2020

2020-01-04

Best Of NPR ID: 1146
Scorekeeper
Hey, reset your clocks. It's a new Bill-ennium
Description
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring a look back at favorite moments from the past decade
Notes
Both the Not My Job segments with Mavis Staples and Stephen Colbert come from their second Not My Job appearances, both in 2017.

2020-01-11

NPR ID: 1147
Scorekeeper
Hey, Mister Rogers, come over to the land of make Bill-ieve
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Roxanne Roberts
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about excused for missing homework, Not My Job about Pharoahs, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the hot gadget at next year's Consumer Electronics Show?
Notes
Peter Sagal had a little bit of trouble pronouncing Soleimani's name during the Who's Bill This Time? segment. The Bluff the Listener contestant's name was Luke, which lead to Luke Burbank, along with the audience, to chant "Luuuke" at the listener contestant. When asked which of the three Bluff stories was correct, Luke the contestant started his response with "What is". Peter responded by saying that the contestant was thinking of the wrong show. When Peter said that the contestant chose the right story, Luke Burbank said, "Thank You". There was some technical difficulties during the Not My Job interview in which the call seemed to have dropped. They were able to get Ronan back on to complete the interview and segment.

2020-01-18

NPR ID: 1148
Scorekeeper
Grab a spoon, you're about to have a big ol' bowl of Bill-ognese
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Maeve Higgins
Correct: Maeve Higgins
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone retiring from an exceptional career, Not My Job about financial fraud, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will Tom Steyer walk into next?
Notes
The first panel round was a jumpball question in which the first panelist to answer the question correctly would get 100 points. None of the panelists had the correct answer. Maeve Higgins pronounced the word "tortoise" in an uncommon manner while reading her Bluff the Listener story; to which, Peter Sagal asked her about it and Maeve wasn't exactly sure how the word was actually pronounced. The audience assisted with the third Not My Job question by way of clapping to which answe they thought was correct. Maeve initially answered her third Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question with "Prince Philip" but then changed it to "Prince Harry". Normally the first answer would be accepted; but, Peter decided to accept her second answer.

2020-01-25

NPR ID: 1149
Scorekeeper
Is this heaven? No. It's
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Negin Farsad
Correct: Negin Farsad
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a dynamic duo in the news, Not My Job about New Zealand, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big trend in reading?

2020-02-01

NPR ID: 1150
Scorekeeper
Billie Eilish may have five Grammys, but Billy Kurtis is your only grampy
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about somebody trying to help with your personal growth, Not My Job about Taco Bell, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next tell-all to make a splash?
Notes
After Peter Sagal explained the story behind the second limerick from the Listener Limerick Challenge segment, Maz Jobrani started singing a new verse to "Baby Shark" with "Walking sharks, doo doo doo doo doo doo"

2020-02-08

NPR ID: 1151
Scorekeeper
Hey, Iowa. I'm the only candidate that's via-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about something interesting to do at exactly 4 PM on a Sunday, Not My Job about things that shouldn't be done, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next naked activity that will take the nation by storm?
Notes
After Tracy Letts answered all three Not My Job questions correctly, Bill Kurtis said that "very few people get 'em all right". Including this show, there have been 53 instances (and three exception) in which a guest has scored all 3 points where Bill Kurtis was the scorekeeper. Peter Sagal, Bill and the panelists provided some assistance for the second limerick during the Listener Limerick Challenge.

2020-02-15

NPR ID: 1152
Scorekeeper
Hey, coronavirus, you can't touch me. I've got a clean Bill of health
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Tom Papa
Correct: Tom Papa
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a dinner party gone wrong, Not My Job about confessions, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next company to convert itself into a lifestyle brand?
Notes
Peter Sagal accepted Alonzo Bodden's answer of "plots" for Alonzo's last Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round question. The correct answer was a list of addresses that the person was planning to rob.

2020-02-22

Best Of NPR ID: 1153
Scorekeeper
When I'm President, we'll meet in the O-Bill Office
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite recent Not My Job segments
Notes
The Bluff the Listener segment was from the show that aired on 2019-07-20

2020-02-29

NPR ID: 1154
Scorekeeper
Hey, mountain climbers. Summit this. I'm Mount Bill-imanjaro
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Luke Burbank
Correct: Luke Burbank
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone trading in their principals for cold, hard cash, Not My Job about boat Jacks, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next show to get a Senior version?
Notes
Listeners of Luke Burbank's podcast, "Too Beautiful to Live," will be familiar with the name Luke used in his Bluff the Listener story.

2020-03-07

NPR ID: 1155
Scorekeeper
Get quarantined in my state room. I'm your Carni-Bill cruise
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about moms who went the extra mile for their kids, Not My Job about yogurt, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next heroic act performed by Dr. Jill Biden
Notes
Mo Rocca was very Mo Rocca during the second panel round with his story of falling asleep on his grand aunt's bosoms and guess of using Nutella as an alternative to Preparation H. Peter Sagal accepted Mo Rocca's answer of "steal a car" for the last question in Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank. The correct answer was to let their pre-teen child to drive their car.

2020-03-14

NPR ID: 1156
Scorekeeper
Don't touch your face. Touch my face
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an exercise gadget gone wrong, Not My Job about professional moving services, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what the audience is doing right now instead of being at the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! live taping?
Notes
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the show was recorded at the Fox Theatre without an audience; as, the panelists and crew had already traveled to Atlanta.

2020-03-21

NPR ID: 1157
Scorekeeper
Don't worry, I'm not communica-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Wash Your Hands With Bill, Bluff the Listener about a piece of art or entertainment being held under lock and key that people are demanding access to, Not My Job about burglars, Netflix and Bill, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what businesses will be created to help all of us stuck in our homes?
Notes
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the show was recorded with Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis located at WBEZ and the panelists in remote studios. Bill used a different humourous location each time he stated where they were taping the show. Listeners of Luke Burbank's "Too Beautiful To Live" podcast will know about the sound effect machine that Luke used. The first panel round consisted of Bill singing a song for 20 or so seconds so that people could wash their hands. This was the second time that Stephen Colbert was called in to be a backup Not My Job guest. The first time that happened was for the 2017-02-11 show.

2020-03-28

NPR ID: 1158
Scorekeeper
Stimulus bill? I'm a stimulating Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Peter Grosz
Correct: Adam Burke
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a home improvement project gone wrong, Not My Job about golf, Wash Your Hands With Bill, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what others learned about them from seeing them on video meetings this week?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. A mother and daughter where listener contestants for the Bluff the Listener segment. When it came to choosing which panelist had the correct story, the daughter chose Adam Burke's not-quite-so-kid-friendly story while the mother chose Peter Grosz's story. Peter Sagal decided to award the prize to the daughter for the correct choice while Peter Grosz would get a point. The Chosen Bluff field lists Peter Groez as he received the point for the segment. Another instance of all of the correct answers for the Not My Job segment being "A"; but, that was due to all three choices for the third question being correct. Between the Not My Job and the second panel round segments, Bill Kurtis sung another hand washing song; this time, it was a take on ABBA's "Dancing Queen".

2020-04-04

NPR ID: 1159
Scorekeeper
Stay six feet away from my body, but snuggle right up to my heart
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Roxanne Roberts
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Wash Your Hands With Bill, Bluff the Listener about things going wrong when someone tries to help, Not My Job about Big Bird, The Viral Load, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what is now the most exciting thing on their schedule through the end of April?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio.

2020-04-11

NPR ID: 1160
Scorekeeper
It's Passover. Get ready for a plague of Bills
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a story in which someone said 'It's Tim's fault', Not My Job about Woodstock, Wash Your Hands With Bill, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will replace the handshake?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Samin Nosrat really wanted to choose "A" as the answer for the third Not My Job question. Peter talked her out of that answer and Samin changed her answer to "B", which was correct. Bill Kurtis Bill-rolled the listeners by singing a hand-washing song based on Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up". At least on the radio version of the show, they followed it up with the original song as a musical bumper.

2020-04-18

NPR ID: 1161
Scorekeeper
You're not feeling ill. You're feeling Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Peter Grosz
Correct: Peter Grosz
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Wash Your Hands With Bill, Bluff the Listener about mistakes mady by celebrity parents, Not My Job about pretty awful neighbors, The Viral Load, What is Martha Stewart up to this week?, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the first thing they will do once their city re-opens?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. For the Wash Your Hands With Bill segment, Bill Kurtis was joined by Josh Kantor, the organist at Fenway Park.

2020-04-25

NPR ID: 1162
Scorekeeper
Uh-oh. It's a glo-Bill pandemic
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about underwear saving the day, Not My Job about wonderful things people learn from dads, Wash Your Hands With Bill, what will be the next advancement in communication?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Luke Burbank used my name and nickname from his podcast, "TBTL: Too Beautiful to Live" in his Bluff the Listener story. Yes, "Phamdemort" is a play on "Voldemort" and there's a story behind that. I had originally planned on going to Chicago to be at the live taping for this show. As part of it being my 40th birthday, I also had an opportunity to request which panelists I would like to see on the show. Luke, Faith Salie and Mo Rocca were the panelists that I chose.

2020-05-02

NPR ID: 1163
Scorekeeper
Tastes great, more Bill-ing
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about fake news, Not My Job about 7 Up, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what message were the aliens trying to deliver?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Even though Christine Baranski only answered one question correctly, Bill Kurtis said that they were going to make a winner; with, Peter Sagal saying that they should give her a point for her singing. Jim Kim Booster notched his first win on the show.

2020-05-09

NPR ID: 1164
Scorekeeper
I am the egg man. I am the Kurtis
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Helen Hong
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about surprising sources of inspiration or muses, Not My Job about people who stand in for actors when posterior shots are required, The Viral Load, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next menace to plague us?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Bill Kurtis seemed to be recording from a different location than previous shows during the pandemic. The correct answer for all three Not My Job questions were "C".

2020-05-16

NPR ID: 1165
Scorekeeper
Got COVID? Don't worry. You're about to get a hot Bill injection
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Negin Farsad
Correct: Negin Farsad
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Talk To Bill, Bluff the Listener about something luxurious making a comback, Not My Job about people stealing other people's ideas or products, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the hit show on TV this fall?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Adam Rippon chose "B" for all three of the Not My Job questions. All three of the choices for the third Not My Job questions were correct.

2020-05-23

NPR ID: 1166
Scorekeeper
The secret's out. I'm the Zodiac Biller
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Graduate With Bill Kurtis, Bluff the Listener about attempts to make working from home more fun, Not My Job about cyberspace, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what's next for 2020 graduate Harry Azcrac?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Peter Sagal helped nudge Christina Koch from her initial choice of "B" for the first and third Not My Job questions towards the correct answer. Another instance where all three of the correct choices for the Not My Job questions were "C". Peter was in a generous mood by providing Tom Bodett a bit of leeway in his answers during Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank.

2020-05-30

Best Of NPR ID: 1167
Scorekeeper
It's a great day for a road trip. Go ahead and put my top down. I'm your converti-Bill
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring segments recorded from different cities around the U.S.
Notes
The Who's Bill This Time? segment was from the 2019-05-11 show recorded at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO. The first panel round was from the 2019-02-09 show recorded at the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, GA. The Bluff the Listener segment was from the 2019-11-16 show recorded at the Altria Theater in Richmand, VA. The Not My Job segment with Tony Hawk was from the 2019-03-16 show recorded at the San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego, CA. The second panel round was from the 2019-08-31 show recorded at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. The Listener Limerick Challenge segment was from the 2019-04-13 show recorded at the Laurie Auditorium in San Antonio, TX. The Not My Job segment was from the 2018-08-11 show recorded at Millennium Park in Chicago, IL.

2020-06-06

NPR ID: 1168
Scorekeeper
Hey, everybody. Don't call in the military. Call in the Bill-itary
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Helen Hong
Correct: Helen Hong
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a healthy eating trend, Not My Job about dubbing mishaps in movies, The Viral Load, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what secret, cool feature the astronauts will unveil on the SpaceX rocket?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. During the Not My Job segment, Peter Sagal messed up the name of Sarah Cooper's blog post titled "10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings" and got razzed for doing so. During the second panel round, Peter pronounced the word "basil" the way the British would pronounce the word.

2020-06-13

NPR ID: 1169
Scorekeeper
Hey there, summer. Don't forget me! I'm your backyard Bill-becue
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Negin Farsad
Correct: Negin Farsad
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an unsolved mystery, Not My Job about escalators, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what they will discover to be the reason why a man in Belgian has been receiving unwanted pizzas?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Ashima asked for a hint on her first Not My Job question and got some nudging towards the correct answer for her third question.

2020-06-20

NPR ID: 1170
Scorekeeper
Hey, everybody. Come outside and play me, Ultimate Fris-Bill!
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Tom Papa
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new outdoor attraction, Not My Job about Tab soda, The Viral Load, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Another instance where all three choices for the third Not My Job questions were correct.

2020-06-27

NPR ID: 1171
Scorekeeper
Forget about Chuck E. Cheese. Put your quarters in me and play skee-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about unusual brand extensions, Not My Job about Black Friday, Unnecessary PSAs With Bill Kurtis, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what statues will replace the Confederate generals?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. During the first panel round, Mo Rocca mentioned that he had both an endoscopy and a colonoscopy; which, is why he said that he sounded a litle groggy and felt like he was flying due to the prep for the latter. Mo took off his shirt at least twice during the recording of the show. This was brought up during the Not My Job segment; to which, Mo explained that it was because the room he was recording in was really hot.

2020-07-04

Best Of NPR ID: 1172
Scorekeeper
Everybody remember, when you go out, where a mask and follow social distancing. It's just common Bill courtesy
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Quarantine Edition featuring recent Not My Job guests and segments from social distanced shows

2020-07-11

NPR ID: 1173
Scorekeeper
Gym's still closed? Go for a job on me, your tread-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about fun things to do during a summer in lockdown?, Not My Job about places you might find wood, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: What will the Washington football team change its name to?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Jameela Jamil only answered one of the three Not My Job questions correctly; but, Bill Kurtis gave Jameela the win. After Peter Sagal stated the correct answer to Maeve Higgins' first Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question, which was the WHO, Maeve responded with "Who?". Peter feel for Maeve's joke by saying the organization's full name.

2020-07-18

NPR ID: 1174
Scorekeeper
Getting married? Put me on your registry, a nice set of Bill-verware
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about innovations at aquariams, Not My Job about "The Gambler", also known as Kenny Rogers, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will hackers force people to tweet next?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Another instance where all three of the correct choices for the third Not My Job question were correct. After Bill Kurtis stated that Alonzo Bodden would need to answer 7 correct Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions ocrrectly, Alonzo congratulated Amy Dickinson on the win. Alonzo answered three questions correct and asked Bill if he would get a point for predicting that Amy would win. Bill said that Alonzo would get half a point.

2020-07-25

NPR ID: 1175
Scorekeeper
Somebody's knocking at the door. Somebody's ringing the Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Jessi Klein
Correct: Jessi Klein
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new way to stay safe in the age of COVID-19, Not My Job about sport referees, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what five words will appear on their cognitive assessment?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Padma Lakshmi only answered one of the Not My Job questions correct. Bill Kurtis gave Padma an extra point for "bringing such spice to our show" and thus the win. The score reflects the additional point and the scoring exception has been noted.

2020-08-01

NPR ID: 1176
Scorekeeper
Hey there babies, fall asleep to me. I'm your lulla-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Helen Hong
Correct: Helen Hong
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about essential workers, Not My Job about sports jerseys, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will Joe Biden pick to be his running mate next week?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Peter Sagal talked Ramy Youssef out of choosing "C" for the third Not My Job question. Ramy changed his answer to "B", which was the correct answer. All three of the correct answers for the Not My Job questions were "B".

2020-08-08

NPR ID: 1177
Scorekeeper
Good to meet ya, daddy. I'm your Bill-egitimate child
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Correct: Joel Kim Booster
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about people doing what they can to avoid breaking the law, Not My Job about safe driving, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next thing we will give up?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Another instance in which all three of the choices for the third Not My Job question were correct.

2020-08-15

Best Of NPR ID: 1178
Scorekeeper
It's summertime and the Bill-in' is easy
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite moment from recent shows
Notes
The Not My Job segment featuring Stephen Colbert was from his third appearance on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! from 2020-03-21. It was the second time that Stephen was a backup guest due to the original guest not be available. The first time where Stephen was the backup guest was back on 2017-02-11.

2020-08-22

Best Of NPR ID: 1179
Scorekeeper
Need someone to put lotion on your back? Let me be your cabana Bill
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring more favorite moments from recent shows
Notes
The Not My Job segment featuring Barry Sonnenfeld was from his second appearance on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! from 2020-02-15.

2020-08-29

NPR ID: 1180
Scorekeeper
Hey there, Charlie. Step into my chocolate factory. I'm Billy Wonka
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Maeve Higgins
Correct: Maeve Higgins
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, What's New With German Nudists, Bluff the Listener about troubles with Wikipedia, Not My Job about old school, Saturday morning cartoons, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will Jerry Falwell, Jr. do next?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Another instance in which all three of the choices for the third Not My Job question were correct.

2020-09-05

NPR ID: 1181
Scorekeeper
Get out your pancakes. I'm about to pour on some ma-Bill syrup
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Josh Gondelman
Correct: Josh Gondelman
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about unusual survival tips, Not My Job about Staten Island, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next great sting?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. The Bluff the Listener contestant started his introduction by saying that he just finished a peanut butter toast. This ties in with a Panel Round question before the Bluff the Listener segment about peanut butter. Helen Hong had Josh Gondelman read the quotes from her Bluff the Listener story. The correct answers for the Not My Job questions, in order, were: A, B and C.

2020-09-12

NPR ID: 1182
Scorekeeper
Get a real job, Sweeny Todd. I'm the Barber of Sa-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Burke
Correct: Adam Burke
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a divine intervention, Not My Job about dog walkers, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next great reality show?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio.

2020-09-19

NPR ID: 1183
Scorekeeper
Chew me up and blow a bub-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Hari Kondabolu
Correct: Hari Kondabolu
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about celebrating the joys of the U.S. Postal Service, Not My Job about fragile stuff, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next thing we find in space?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Tituss Burgess didn't realize that Paula Poundstone was one of the panelists and was shocked to find out during the Not My Job interview. Although Tituss Burgess did not answer any of the Not My Job questions correct, Bill Kurtis said that Tituss was a winner on style alone.

2020-09-26

NPR ID: 1184
Scorekeeper
Why not celebrate fall with me, a cup of hot a-Bill cider
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Correct: Joel Kim Booster
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about famous people who are terrible guests, Not My Job about the Mafia, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big surprise in this season of the Great British Bake Off?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio.

2020-10-03

NPR ID: 1185
Scorekeeper
Who needs Ted? How about Bill's Excellent Adventure?
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Jessi Klein
Correct: Jessi Klein
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about life in the NBA bubble, Not My Job about the AMC Ambassador, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next October surprise?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Peter Sagal gave a sidenote before the start of the Not My Job segment stating that it was recorded before the news that President Trump had been infected by COVID-19. Even though Dame Karen Pierce only answered one question correct, Bill Kurtis gave her all 3 points. Peter said that it was a form of diplomatic immunity. In the version of the show that I pulled from NPR's podcast feed, Jessi Klein's answer to her 8th Lightning round question wasn't heard in the edited version of the show. It went from Peter asking the question, the round-ending gong sound, and then Peter Sagal saying "No, a free grave". NPR sent out a message to member stations stating that a new audio segment was posted to their portal to corrected the above issue. Hat tip to Gregg Porter at KUOW for providing an update on this.

2020-10-10

NPR ID: 1186
Scorekeeper
Forget about the debate, you got de-Bill
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about do-gooders doing good, Not My Job about the Angry Birds video game, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next insect to make the news?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio.

2020-10-17

Best Of NPR ID: 1187
Scorekeeper
I'm not going to settle in and spend time with you. It's just a Curtis-y visit
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite segments from recent shows

2020-10-24

NPR ID: 1188
Scorekeeper
Hey there, Mom. Get a load of this Bill-th
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Peter Grosz
Correct: Peter Grosz
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about blind dates, Not My Job about ice and snow sculptures, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the next person to forget that their webcam is on?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. While Doug Jones was thinking of the answer for his first Not My Job question, there was a cell phone ringing in the background. Doug initially chose "A" for the second Not My Job question, but Peter Sagal and the panel dissuaded him from that choice. Maeve Higgins gave a pretty big nudging hint for "B"; which, Doug chose and it was the correct choice. Bill Kurtis did a quick yodel while Peter Sagal was explaining the answer for the second limerick and did a little longer one when announcing that the listener had won the round. Peter Grosz answered his Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions with an Italian accent.

2020-10-31

NPR ID: 1189
Scorekeeper
Don't worry about your mail-in ballot. You've got me, your mail-in Bill-ot
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Adam Burke
Correct: Adam Burke
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about living your best life during the pandemic, Not My Job about insults through the ages, The Ballot Dump, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the biggest surprise on Election night?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. When Alonzo Bodden read his Bluff the Listener story, he read the units of transfer speed as, "MPS" instead of, "Mbps". At the time of entering in notes for this show, NPR's show page called the segment after Not My Job, "The Campaign Dump;" while, Bill Kurtis called it, "The Ballot Dump". The latter is used in this show's description. Another instance where all three choices of the third Not My Job question were correct.

2020-11-07

NPR ID: 1190
Scorekeeper
Who needs a blue wave, check out this Bill wave
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Dulcé Sloan
Correct: Dulcé Sloan
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about other elections that took place this week, Not My Job about the DMV, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be legalized next?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. This is the first show in which the panelist scores at the beginning of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment exactly matches the panelists' ranking at the end of the segment.

2020-11-14

NPR ID: 1191
Scorekeeper
Poke my belly. I'm the Bill-sbury Dough Boy
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Maeve Higgins
Correct: Maeve Higgins
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a unique job, Not My Job about the Chelsea Football Club, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will people be doing in commercials for the COVID-19 vaccine?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Maeve Higgins notched her first ever win!

2020-11-21

NPR ID: 1192
Scorekeeper
You know what's longer than a mile? A Bill-ometer
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Negin Farsad
Correct: Negin Farsad
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about people solving a mystery from the past that should have stayed a mystery, Not My Job about Canadian horror stories, Wait Wait Gift Gift Guide Guide, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big surprise in book two of President Obama's memoir?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Sarah Paulson did impressions of a dolphin and Drew Barrymore during the Not My Job segment. For the third Not My Job question, Mo Rocca didn't think "B" was the correct answer as it was too grim. Sarah wanted to choose "B" and Peter Sagal said "Don't listen to Mo. Don't listen to Mo." Sarah chose "B" and was correct. Mo said that it was the first time a guest had sung their reaction to winning the game. Another instance in which all three of the panelists were tied at the start of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank segment. After answering his first Lightning question, Mo called Lindsey Graham the "Mrs. Kravitz of electoral politics" and said "Yoohoo. What's going on in your state over there?" as Mrs. Kravitz.

2020-11-28

Best Of NPR ID: 1193
Scorekeeper
Wait for me, Mayflower! I'm a Thanksgiving Bill-grim
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite moments from the past year

2020-12-05

NPR ID: 1194
Host
Guest: Maz Jobrani
Scorekeeper
Hey, Peter. Cut me. I'm your um-Bill-ical cord
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Jessi Klein
Correct: Jessi Klein
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a story involving four hundred rabbits, Not My Job about Vincent van Gogh, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the first thing to be written on Joe Biden's cast?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. Peter and Mara Sagal welcomed their new baby, Elliott Sagal, on 2020-11-29. Maz Jobrani is filling in as guest host for Peter. Eugene Cordero answered his third Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question with "Word of the Day" where "Word of the Year" was the correct answer. Maz accepted it as a correct answer and gave Eugene points. In the edited version of the show, Eugene was asked 4 questions and had 3 of them correct. Bill Kurtis said that Eugene answered 4 correct. Jessi Klein initially answered her fifth Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question with "lion" but quickly changed it to "kangaroo;" which, was the correct answer and was given points. This is the first time since January 2000 in which more than one panelist answered all 8 Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correct. As of this show, scoring data is not available for shows that aired prior to January 2000.

2020-12-12

NPR ID: 1195
Host
Guest: Maz Jobrani
Scorekeeper
Bring the beef! You're about to gt a big plate of spaghetti Bill-ognese
Panelists
Guests
Bluff
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about Big Wave Dave's Christmas Trees and Pumpkin Patch in the news, Not My Job about leisure time for famous people, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the first American to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio. The name of the person whose audio clip was used to reveal the correct Bluff the Listener story is Eva Wolchover; which, is the name of a former producer for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! All three choices for the third Not My Job question involved Dame Judy Dench. Another instance where all three of the correct choices were "B". Maz Jobrani accepted Meave Higgins' answer of "some kind of space company" as it included the word "space" for her fifth Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question. Maz also accepted Meave's answer of the opposite of anti-depressant for her sixth Lightning question; where, the correct answer was erectile dysfunction pills. Adam Burke answered his sixth Lightning question with "Aurora Borealis" and Maz initially didn't accept the answer by saying the correct answer was the "Northern Lights". Adam said that the Northern Lights are also known as the Aurora Borealis and Maz accepted the answer.

2020-12-19

NPR ID: 1196
Scorekeeper
Jingle Bills, jingle Bills, jingle all the Bills
Panelists
Bluff
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Description
Who's Bill This Time, Bluff the Listener about someone intent on preserving an ancient art, Not My Job about the rock band Oasis, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Prediction: what will replace Christmas trees this year?
Notes
As social distancing continues, the show is recorded with each person from a remote/home studio.

2020-12-26

Best Of NPR ID: 1197
Scorekeeper
Do you hear what I hear? I hear me!
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite moments from the past year, including some un-aired moments