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Show Details: 2024

2024-01-06

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1358
Host
Guest: Negin Farsad
Scorekeeper
I'm the anchorman everyone wants to kiss when the ball drops
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Tom Papa
Correct: Tom Papa
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring new interviews for the new year
Notes

The Not My Job segment with Bob Woodruff and the Panel Round segments were from the show recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan on 2023-09-01.

Peter Sagal gave Bob Woodruff a second chance to answer the third Not My Job question after Bob chose "C". Bob changed his answer to "B", which was correct.

The Bluff the Listener and Not My Job segment with Rachel Maddow were from the show recorded in New York City, New York on 2023-12-15. Since the Bluff the Listener segment hasn't been aired before, both the chosen and correct stories have been recorded.

2024-01-13

NPR DB ID: 1359
Scorekeeper
Don't worry Patriot fans, I'll be your new coach. Call Me Bill Bill-ichick
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about a fairy tale come to life; Not My Job about Big Ben; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the next fad to sweep the country?
Notes

In the edited version of the show, Joyelle Nicole Johnson was asked four Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions and answered two of them correct. When Peter Sagal asked Bill Kurtis how Joyelle did, Bill said that Joyelle had answered three correct for a total of 10 points. The third question that Joyelle answered correct was most likely one that was edited out.

2024-01-20

NPR DB ID: 1360
Scorekeeper
Don't go out in the cold. Stay inside and curl up in front of my voice
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about a company doing unusual things to save money; Not My Job about games played by rolling balls; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big theory of relationship success?
Notes

After Peter Sagal read the choices for David Oyelowo's second Not My Job question, the audience shouted out "B" while David chose "C". Faith Salie provided a hint that the correct answer was "B". David changed his answer to "B", which was correct. Someone in the audience shouted out "A" after Peter read the choices for the third Not My Job question, which David chose and was correct.

When Peter asked Bill Kurtis how David did, Bill said, "In the final tally, I think David's got all three" even though David only answered two correct. An exception has been noted.

2024-01-27

NPR DB ID: 1361
Scorekeeper
I'm the man who's been making the NPR Wine Club sound cool since 2022
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Dulcé Sloan
Correct: Shane O'Neill
Description
Who's Chioke This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about someone being roped into one last job; Not My Job about items people bring to Antiques Roadshow; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the next hot toy for billionaires?
Notes

Another instance in which all three choices for the third Not My Job question were correct.

2024-02-03

NPR DB ID: 1362
Scorekeeper
Hey Milwaukee, time to hear Bill-talk-ee
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about a mystery solved in Tampa, Florida; Not My Job about Jeff Bezos; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the next thing explorers find at the bottom of the ocean?
Notes

For the third Not My Job question, Kristen Kish chose all three choices as her answer. It was another instance where all three choices for the third Not My Job question were correct.

2024-02-10

NPR DB ID: 1363
Scorekeeper
Are you ready for some foot-Bill?
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Adam Burke
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about someone breaking the rules; Not My Job about Guy Fieri; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: who will be the next hot couple?
Notes

The story referenced by the second limerick was based on a potential Internet of Things attack scenario and not based on an actual attack. Bleeping Computer has more information on the scenario and how it was mis-reported.

2024-02-17

NPR DB ID: 1364
Host
Guest: Tom Papa
Scorekeeper
When Peter's Away, Billy will play
Panelists
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Dulcé Sloan
Correct: Dulcé Sloan
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions: Have All the Doors Stayed on Planes This Week?; Bluff the Listener about secrets of the farmer's market; Not My Job about knitting; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will Joe Biden do next to appear cool?
Notes

For the third Not My Job question, Carrie Brownstein wanted the answer to be "A" but wanted to go with "C". Carrie asked what Corin Tucker thought. Corin said that it was either "C or B". Tom Papa responded with "You're right, it's A" and they received a bell ding. When Tom asked how well Carrie and Corin did, Bill Kurtis said that they had answered two out of three correct, even though they had answered the first two questions correct and got a bell ding for the third.

Dulcé Sloan initially answered her first Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question with "Defense", she changed her answer to "Homeland Security" and got credit for it. For her seventh question, Dulcé answered "Corn Pops", then asked the audience to tell her the answer. The audience shouted out "Pop Tarts", which Dulcé changed her answer to and got credit for it.

Amy Dickinson answered her fifth Lightning question with "boa constrictor", which Tom and Bill accepted her answer. The correct answer was "three Burmese pythons".

2024-02-24

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1365
Scorekeeper
I'm the man with a voice so smooth, rich people pay big bucks just to hear me say their name on NPR
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! revisiting interviews that would easily win the popular vote
Notes

Alzo Slade was the guest host for the 2023-02-18 show which featured Rosie Perez as the Not My Job guest.

Negin Farsad was the guest host for the 2023-03-11 show which featured Nick Kroll as the Not My Job guest.

2024-03-02

NPR DB ID: 1366
Scorekeeper
Now that Bill's here, it's Austin City No Limits
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Karen Chee
Correct: Karen Chee
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about a winner suffering a setback; Not My Job about Dan Brown; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will Merrian-Webster allow us to do next?
Notes

This is the first show to be taped on a leap day. The first show to be aired on a leap day was on 2020-02-29.

Peter Grosz initially answered his first Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question with "Devil" but changed his answer to "Senate Minority Leader" as Peter Sagal was saying "Senate Minorty Leader". Peter received credit for the answer. In the edited version of the show, Peter was asked 7 questions and answered 5 correct while Bill Kurtis said that Peter had answered 6 correct. The other question may have been edited out for time. The scoring data entered for Peter reflects the scoring kept by Bill.

Karen Chee answered her sixth Lightning question with "Eggs" while the correct answer was "Groceries". Peter Sagal gave her credit for her answer. Karen answered her seventh Lightning question with "Disneyland" while the correct answer was "Disney World". Peter also grave Karen credit for her answer.

2024-03-09

NPR DB ID: 1367
Scorekeeper
My voice is so loud, they named the deci-Bill after me
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Maeve Higgins
Correct: Maeve Higgins
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about someone going above and beyond for love; Not My Job about Tom Stuker, the most traveled airline passenger in history; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what are Spring Breakers going to do, now that they can't go to Florida?

2024-03-16

NPR DB ID: 1368
Scorekeeper
I'm the illegitimate son of Bill Kurtis
Guest: Andy Richter
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Andy Richter This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about the letter D in the news; Not My Job about WAGs, wives and girlfriends of famous athletes; Panel Questions / Have All the Pilots Stayed Awake While Flying Planes This Week?; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the next surprising beauty trend?
Notes

Another instance in which all three choices for the third Not My Job question were correct.

2024-03-23

NPR DB ID: 1369
Scorekeeper
Hey Mario and Luigi get a load of these pipes
Panelists
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Hari Kondabolu
Correct: Hari Kondabolu
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about an upgrade that was a downgrade; Not My Job about misers; Panel Questions / Did All The Flight Attendants Avoid Hitting The Button That Makes the Plane Plunge 1000 Feet This Week?; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will happen when the sun disappears during the eclipse?
Notes

For the third Not My Job question, Laurene Powell Jobs asked the audience what they thought the answer was and the consensus was "A", which Laurene chose. It was another instance where all three choices were correct.

For Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank, Hari Kondabolu was credited with three correct answers. In the version of the show that aired, seven of the questions were included and Hari answered two correct. The third correct answer would have been for the question that was edited out.

When Peter Sagal asked Bill Kurtis how Hari did, Bill stated, "Well, Hari got three, which is more than Maeve usually does." Hari responded by saying, "That's mean to me!"

2024-03-30

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1370
Scorekeeper
I'm the man with a voice so rich and smooth, you're not allowed to listen on Good Friday
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!: Spring Break Edition with some favorite guests
Notes

Josh Gondelman was the guest host for the 2023-03-04 show which featured Malala Yousafzai as the Not My Job guest.

The segment with David Axelrod comes from his second appearance as a Not My Job guest on 2023-03-25.

Alzo Slade was the guest host for the 2023-05-13 show which featured Gabrielle Dennis as the Not My Job guest.

2024-04-06

NPR DB ID: 1371
Scorekeeper
Throw out your Q-tips, let me voice clean out your ears
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Emmy Blotnick
Correct: Emmy Blotnick
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about someone with good intentions; Not My Job about air fresheners; Panel Questions / Did All of the Flights From Germany Make It Past England Before Their Toilets Overflowed into the Cabin This Week?; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the next thing that turns out to be a lie?
Notes

All three panelists shared the same last initial, "B".

2024-04-13

NPR DB ID: 1372
Scorekeeper
City of Steel, meet Voice of Gold
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions: Don't Stare Directly At This Quiz; Bluff the Listener about an untold story of a celebrity; Not My Job about cowards; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the next long-lost thing to emerge?
Notes

Peter Sagal coached Bill Cowher in the style of Bill Cowher after Bill chose "A" for the third Not My Job question. Bill changed his answer to "B", which was correct.

The gong sound was played before Peter Sagal started asking Negin Farsad's last Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question.

2024-04-20

NPR DB ID: 1373
Scorekeeper
Bill Kurtis' voice may be heavenly, but get ready for hell
Guest: Helen Hong
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Description
Who's Helen This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about something at the drug store being used for an unusual purpose; Not My Job about horror movies; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what's next for Red Lobster?

2024-04-27

NPR DB ID: 1374
Scorekeeper
I'm your Bill. Would you like to tip 18, 20 or 100 percent?
Panelists
Bluff(s)
#1
Correct: Shantira Jackson
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about untold stories or prodigies; Not My Job about buried gold; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the big heartwarming story out of this summer's Olympic Games?
Notes

Renée Elise Goldsberry initially chose "A" for the third Not My Job question, but then the audience shouted out "C". Renée changed her answer to "A", which was correct.

Alonzo Bodden answered his fifth Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question with "doorbell". Peter said that the correct answer was "house", which Alonzo replied by saying that the doorbell was on the house. Bill Kurtis gave Alonzo credit for his answer.

For Jason Isbell's fourth Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question, he stopped short of saying "chess" for his answer before dismissing it and guessing something different. Peter told Jason to complete the word for his initial guess, which Jason did. He was given credit for his answer.

2024-05-04

NPR DB ID: 1375
Scorekeeper
Ready for something spicy? I'm your red hot Billy pepper
Panelists
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Josh Gondelman
Correct: Josh Gondelman
Description
Who's Bill this Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about something named for the person who inspired it; Not My Job about giant sculptures; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big story in the art world?
Notes

The Bluff the Listener contestant initially chose River Butcher's story but switched to Josh Gondelman's story after Peter Sagal restarted the listener's choice.

Lyndon Barrois, Sr. initially chose "A" for the second Not My Job question, but the audience yelled out "B". Lyndon changed his answer to "B". Another instance where all the correct option for all three Not My Job questions were "B".

Another instance where the total points for the show's winner equals the sum of the total points for the other two panelists.

2024-05-11

NPR DB ID: 1376
Scorekeeper
Are you coughing and sneezing? That's me. I'm your seasonal Bill-ergies
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Tom Papa
Correct: Tom Papa
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about a team losing a game in a surprising way; Not My Job about to-go food; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the next worm in the news?
Notes

Chappell Roan said "D" for the third Not My Job question and Peter Sagal thought she said "B"; but, that didn't matter because it was another instance in which all three choices for the third Not My Job question were correct.

2024-05-18

NPR DB ID: 1377
Host
Guest: Alzo Slade
Scorekeeper
I'm the champagne of voices. Have a nice cold Bill-er High Life
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Adam Burke
Correct: Negin Farsad
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about well-meaning gifts that didn't quite work; Not My Job about birdwatchers; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what's next for Chuck E. Cheese?

2024-05-25

NPR DB ID: 1378
Host
Guest: Tom Papa
Scorekeeper
Hey Seattle, get ready for Me-attle
Panelists
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Luke Burbank
Correct: Luke Burbank
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about stain-blocking ceiling paint in the news; Not My Job about people with serious feet; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: who will blame their spouse next?
Notes

No ding sound was played after J. Kenji López-Alt answered "B" for the third Not My Job question even though it was the correct answer.

Luke Burbank answered his fifth Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question with, "curing his heartburn". Tom Papa said, "Close. To focus on his gut health". Luke thought it was close enough and the audience cheered him on. Tom asked Bill Kurtis if Luke should get points for the answer and Bill agreed.

Another instance where all three panelists answered the same number of questions correct during Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank.

2024-06-01

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1379
Scorekeeper
I'm the man with a voice so smoky, I can barbecue a rack of ribs just by whispering to it
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! celebrating the return of summer with some favorite guests
Notes

The Panel Question with Roy Blount, Jr. may have come from the show that aired on 2023-10-07 or a special show that was taped with segments that have not been included in other Best Of shows.

2024-06-08

NPR DB ID: 1380
Scorekeeper
It's officially hot Bill summer
Panelists
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about a dog losing its job; Not My Job about lesser known gods; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: how will Pepsi get its mojo back now that it's in third place?
Notes

When Peter Sagal asked how well Alzo Slade did answering his Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions, Bill Kurtis said that Alzo answered six correct for a total of 15 points rather than 14. After Karen Chee answered her Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions, Bill Kurtis said that she had a total of 13 points and was one point behind Alzo; which, confirmed that Alzo had 14 points and Bill had misspoken earlier.

2024-06-15

NPR DB ID: 1381
Scorekeeper
Welcome everybody to Bill-ennium Park
Panelists
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Helen Hong
Correct: Helen Hong
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about something happening at Belgium's Jemeppe Castle; Not My Job about CBS' Survivor; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be Joey Chestnut's next career move?

2024-06-22

NPR DB ID: 1382
Scorekeeper
Get some tan lines form me, I'm your Bill-kini
Panelists
Guests
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions: The Olympic Torch Reporch; Bluff the Listener about famous dads in the news; Not My Job about social climbers; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the next thing to get a Surgeon General's warning?

2024-06-29

NPR DB ID: 1383
Scorekeeper
I'm the voice as smooth as my co-host's head
Panelists
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Dulcé Sloan
Correct: Dulcé Sloan
Description
Who's Bill This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about a unique lawsuit; Not My Job about Bass Pro Shops; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will be the next weird thing people will do on planes?

2024-07-06

Best Of NPR DB ID: 1384
Scorekeeper
I'm the man whose voice is bigger than John Hancock's signature
Description
Best Of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! celebrating Independence Day (the holiday and the movie) with some favorite guests and segments
Notes

Before playing a portion of the Not My Job segment with Rian Johnson, Peter Sagal said that they had Rian on back in 2013 when "The Last Jedi" came out. "The Last Jedi" came out in 2017 and the show that Rian was the Not My Job guest aired on 2018-01-13.

The show description listed on NPR.org listed "Ruth E. Gordon" as one of the Not My Job Guests. The correct name would be "Ruth E. Carter".

2024-07-13

NPR DB ID: 1385
Scorekeeper
I'm the voice on Bill Kurtis' voicemail
Panelists
Bluff(s)
#1
Chosen: Emmy Blotnick
Correct: Emmy Blotnick
Description
Who's Chioke This Time?; Panel Questions; Bluff the Listener about a famous person leaving their mark on a place; Not My Job about librarians; Panel Questions; Listener Limerick Challenge; Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank; Panelist Predictions: what will George Clooney weigh in on next?
Notes

When Peter Sagal quickly summarized Paula Poundstone's Bluff the Listener story, Peter said the story took place in Norway. The story took place in Stockholm, Sweden.

For the third Not My Job questions, Sam Sanders chose "B" while Zach Stafford chose "A". The correct answer was "B" and Chioke I'Anson give them all three points.

For one of Tom Papa's Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank question, Tom answered "the plague" while the correct answer was "bird flu". Paula Poundstone answered one of her Lightning questions with "bird flu" while the correct answer was "the plague".