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Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

185 episodes - English - Latest episode: 2 days ago - ★★★★★ - 32.5K ratings

NPR's weekly news quiz. Have a laugh and test your knowledge with today's funniest comedians. And if you can't get enough, try our new mid-week show, Everyone & Their Mom. Each Wednesday, host Emma Choi takes the story everyone's talking about and uses it as an excuse to hang out with culture makers, Wait Wait panelists, and hilarious new comedians.

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Episodes

Everyone & Cruise Ship Love

May 25, 2022 13:12 - 15 minutes - 13.9 MB

Comedian Ashley Ray and Emma discover love on the open sea, find out who really likes shrimp and ask "What would Jesus do?"

Mandy Moore

May 21, 2022 15:58 - 48 minutes - 44.4 MB

Mandy Moore, pop singer and star of This Is Us, plays our game called This is Utz, three questions about the snack brand Utz. She is joined by panelists Alonzo Bodden, Maeve Higgins, and Tom Papa.

Everyone & Skeletons

May 18, 2022 12:00 - 16 minutes - 14.7 MB

Comedian Adam Burke and Emma meet a knight in shining armor, get the latest gossip about the Medieval era and uncover a skeleton in the closet.

Hannah Einbinder

May 14, 2022 16:00 - 48 minutes - 44.8 MB

Comedian and star of HBO's Hacks, Hannah Einbinder plays our game about life hacks. She is joined by panelists Peter Grosz, Faith Salie and Laci Mosley.

Everyone & Pay Phones

May 11, 2022 14:31 - 16 minutes - 15.4 MB

Tom Bodett celebrates a heroic payphone and gets advice from author Samin Nosrat.

Adam Scott

May 07, 2022 16:01 - 47 minutes - 43 MB

Adam Scott, star of Apple TV+'s Severance, plays our game about weddings and marriage proposals. He is joined by panelists Maz Jobrani, Emmy Blotnick and Paula Poundstone.

Everyone & Corpse Flowers

May 04, 2022 14:00 - 11 minutes - 10.8 MB

Comedian Negin Farsad joins Emma to meet a corpse flower and find love at a stinky speed dating event.

Myles Stubblefield

April 30, 2022 16:00 - 48 minutes - 44.7 MB

Myles Stubblefield, the man behind Buffalo Worm Works, plays our game about ear worms. Joining him are panelists Alzo Slade, Maeve Higgins and Amy Dickinson.

Everyone & Mice

April 27, 2022 18:41 - 19 minutes - 17.6 MB

Comedian Atsuko Okatsuka and Emma get overrun by mice, meet a fancy cat and finally untangle the mystery of the Rat King. With guests Dr. Bobby Corrigan, Cameron Jay, and Lynzie Rogers.

Stephen Merchant

April 23, 2022 15:56 - 48 minutes - 44.2 MB

Stephen Merchant, co-creator of The Office and star of The Outlaws, plays our game about thieving merchants. He is joined by panelists Ashley Ray, Maz Jobrani and Faith Salie.

Everyone & Secret Messages

April 20, 2022 14:00 - 21 minutes - 19.4 MB

Comedian Emmy Blotnick and Emma find a message in a bottle, learn what not to do with cheese, and Domee Shi, director of Pixar's "Turning Red" talks about her Harry Potter fan fiction.

Best of NMJ April 2022

April 16, 2022 16:00 - 47 minutes - 43.6 MB

Chance The Rapper, Japanese Breakfast, and brothers Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin, plus Paula Poundstone thinks a story is baloney.

Everyone & Robot Dogs

April 13, 2022 14:09 - 13 minutes - 12 MB

Writer and comedian Alzo Slade joins Emma to explore the ruins of Pompeii and a robot dog finally finds its calling.

Matt Walsh

April 09, 2022 16:13 - 46 minutes - 42.9 MB

Matt Walsh, from HBO's Veep, plays our game about mistakes in sports announcing. Joining him are panelists Karen Chee, Helen Hong and Alonzo Bodden.

Everyone & Boring People

April 06, 2022 14:00 - 16 minutes - 15.5 MB

Comedian Peter Grosz joins Emma on a search for the most boring person in the world and Emma interviews astronaut Victor Glover about the boring parts of his exciting job.

Slash

April 02, 2022 14:47 - 47 minutes - 43.4 MB

Legendary rock guitarist Slash plays our game about those purveyors of sashes: beauty pageants. He is joined by panelists Tom Papa, Cristela Alonzo and Maeve Higgins.

Gillian Flynn and Sean Doolittle solve a street meat mystery

March 30, 2022 14:14 - 20 minutes - 18.6 MB

Comedian Hari Kondabolu joins Emma to solve a meat mystery with bestselling author Gillian Flynn, then we talk with baseball legend Sean Doolittle about what he and Emma's mom have in common.

Everyone & Fancy Ham

March 30, 2022 14:14 - 20 minutes - 18.6 MB

Comedian Hari Kondabolu joins Emma Choi to solve a meat mystery with bestselling author Gillian Flynn, then we talk with baseball legend Sean Doolittle about what he and Emma's mom have in common.

Dan Snow

March 26, 2022 16:02 - 48 minutes - 44.3 MB

British historian Dan Snow, a member of the team that discovered Ernest Shackleton's lost ship, plays our game about the artists lost at the bottom of the Lollapalooza lineup. He is joined by panelists Luke Burbank, Emmy Blotnick and Roxanne Roberts.

Everyone & Bears

March 23, 2022 14:00 - 23 minutes - 21.1 MB

Comedian Ashley Ray joins Emma Choi to discuss a super cool and dangerous job opening, Emma interviews for the position and we pitch a reality TV show to the creator of "Love is Blind."

Zazie Beetz

March 19, 2022 16:21 - 48 minutes - 44 MB

One of the stars of Atlanta, Zazie Beetz, plays our game called "Zazie Beetz, meet Sassy Beats!" Three stories about Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. She is joined by panelists Roy Blount Jr, Helen Hong and Mo Rocca.

Everyone & Dinosaurs

March 16, 2022 14:00 - 20 minutes - 18.5 MB

Wait Wait's Adam Burke joins Emma to discuss what really killed the dinosaurs; we answer the age old question: can jugglers save the world? And we meet someone who makes rocks more rock and roll.

Elana Meyers Taylor

March 12, 2022 17:27 - 48 minutes - 44.3 MB

Elana Meyers Taylor, the most decorated Olympic American Bobsledder, plays our game called, "You've medaled alright...in Death Metal!" She is joined by panelists Negin Farsad, Alzo Slade and Paula Poundstone.

Everyone & The Dew

March 09, 2022 15:00 - 14 minutes - 13.3 MB

Comedian Vinny Thomas joins Emma to discuss Hard Mountain Dew—but is it any good? We ask an expert. Plus we talk to the mother son duo behind a beloved bathroom staple.

Porsha Williams

March 05, 2022 16:59 - 49 minutes - 45 MB

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams plays our game called "Real Housewife meet a Fake Housewife." She is joined by panelists Faith Salie, Joel Kim Booster and Hari Kondabolu. Filling in for Bill Kurtis is Chioke I'Anson.

Everyone and Roy Choi

March 02, 2022 15:00 - 17 minutes - 16.3 MB

Comedian Josh Gondelman joins Emma Choi to discuss a saucy situation, celebrity chef Roy Choi troubleshoots a recipe with Emma's Grandma, and we finally settle an age old debate: heels or rollerblades?

Celebrity chef Roy Choi's tips for better kimchi

March 02, 2022 15:00 - 17 minutes - 16.3 MB

Comedian Josh Gondelman joins Emma Choi to discuss a saucy situation, celebrity chef Roy Choi troubleshoots a recipe with Emma's Grandma, and we finally settle an age old debate: heels or rollerblades?

Everyone & Roy Choi

March 02, 2022 15:00 - 17 minutes - 16.3 MB

Comedian Josh Gondelman joins Emma Choi to discuss a saucy situation, celebrity chef Roy Choi troubleshoots a recipe with Emma's Grandma, and we finally settle an age old debate: heels or rollerblades?

Best of Not My Job February 2022

February 26, 2022 17:17 - 46 minutes - 43 MB

This week we highlight some of our favorite past segments with RZA, Yamiche Alcindor, and more. Plus we remember our friend and panelist PJ O'Rourke who died last week.

Everyone and Monkey Business

February 23, 2022 12:58 - 14 minutes - 13.4 MB

Comedian Emmy Blotnick joins Emma Choi to discuss a smooth solution to a monkey problem, we hear from a romantic heartworm, and maybe, sort of meet Ian McKellen?

Everyone & Monkey Business

February 23, 2022 12:58 - 14 minutes - 13.4 MB

Comedian Emmy Blotnick joins Emma Choi to discuss a smooth solution to a monkey problem, we hear from a romantic heartworm, and maybe, sort of meet Ian McKellen?

Everyone & Their Mom

February 21, 2022 13:00 - 1 minute - 1.52 MB

Introducing Everyone & Their Mom from Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Every week, there's an odd or funny story that everyone & their mom seems to be talking about. On this new show from your friends at Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, host Emma Choi takes that story and uses it as an excuse to talk to culture makers, Wait Wait panelists, and hilarious new comedians. New episodes every Wednesday, starting February 23rd. Tell your mom.

Marlon James

February 19, 2022 17:18 - 48 minutes - 44.2 MB

Booker Prize-winning novelist Marlon James, author of the Dark Star Trilogy fantasy series, plays our game about fantasy football. He is joined by panelists panelists Ashley Ray, Peter Grosz, and Negin Farsad.

Patti Smith

February 12, 2022 17:04 - 47 minutes - 43.9 MB

Poet and Rock Icon Patti Smith plays our game about pattysmiths...fast food burger restaurants. She is joined by panelists Maeve Higgins, Hari Kondabolu and Bobcat Goldthwait

Shermann 'Dilla' Thomas

February 05, 2022 17:05 - 48 minutes - 44.2 MB

TikTok Historian Shermann 'Dilla' Thomas plays our game celebrating Tom Brady's retirement from the NFL called, "You're The Goat, Literally." Three questions about actual goats. He is joined by panelists Adam Burke, Paula Poundstone and Tom Papa.

Jeremy O. Harris

January 29, 2022 17:00 - 48 minutes - 44.4 MB

Tony-nominated playwright Jeremy O. Harris plays our game called, "You're a playwright, these guys play wrong!" Three questions about athletes making terrible plays. He is joined by panelists Alzo Slade, Karen Chee, and Josh Gondelman.

Brian Cox

January 22, 2022 17:01 - 48 minutes - 44.6 MB

Actor Brian Cox, who plays Logan Roy on HBO's Succession, answers three questions about suck sessions, or vacuum cleaning. He is joined by panelists Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone and Cristela Alonzo.

Kacey Musgraves

January 15, 2022 17:06 - 48 minutes - 44 MB

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves plays our game called, "O, Say Can You See." Three questions about national anthems. She is joined by panelists Maz Jobrani, Helen Hong, and Emmy Blotnick.

Woody Hoburg

January 08, 2022 16:59 - 49 minutes - 44.9 MB

Astronaut Woody Hoburg, part of NASA's Artemis program, plays our game called, "Dance With These Stars!" He is joined by panelists Peter Grosz, Roxanne Roberts, and Alonzo Bodden.

WWDTM Best of 2021 January

January 01, 2022 05:10 - 47 minutes - 43.6 MB

WWDTM rings in the new year with some of our favorite moments from 2021, with Martin Short, Robin and Brook Lopez, Jane Kaczmarek, and André de Shields. Plus we feature some new moments with our panelists.

WWDTM Best of 2021 Bonus Podcast

December 29, 2021 17:30 - 29 minutes - 26.8 MB

Peter Sagal and Emma Choi reminisce about their favorite WWDTM moments from the past year.

Best of WWDTM December 2021

December 25, 2021 05:15 - 48 minutes - 44.3 MB

It's our Christmas Spectacular with Bowen Yang, Lindsey Vonn, Elizabeth Warren, and Symone. Plus there's a shiny new Bluff the Listener game and other never-before-heard material.

Keke Palmer

December 18, 2021 17:27 - 48 minutes - 44.2 MB

Keke Palmer, actor, singer and author of the new Kindle book Southern Belle Insults, plays our game about palm readers. She is joined by panelists Faith Salie, Mo Rocca, and Tom Bodett.

Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin

December 11, 2021 17:00 - 48 minutes - 44.5 MB

Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin, creators and stars of HBO Max's South Side, play our game called "Welcome to the Real South Side!" Three questions about Antarctica. They are joined by panelists Cristela Alonzo, Luke Burbank and Maeve Higgins.

Audra McDonald

December 04, 2021 17:00 - 47 minutes - 43.9 MB

Musical theater legend Audra McDonald plays our game about Burger King. She is joined by panelists Adam Burke, Maz Jobrani and Karen Chee.

Best of Thanksgiving 2021

November 27, 2021 17:00 - 48 minutes - 44 MB

Stephen Fry, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Jen Psaki, and Chris Bosh are featured along with some never-before-heard moments with our panelists.

Brook and Robin Lopez

November 20, 2021 17:00 - 47 minutes - 43.9 MB

Brook and Robin Lopez, twin brothers playing in the NBA, play our game called "Lopez's Meet the Low Prezzes," Three questions about the shortest US Presidents. They are joined by panelists Hari Kondabolu, Adam Felber and Atsuko Okatsuka.

Ed Begley Jr.

November 13, 2021 17:00 - 49 minutes

Actor and Environmental Activist Ed Begley Jr. plays our game called "Ed Begley Jr. Meet Bee Movie Sr" three questions about The Bee Movie. He is joined by panelists Paula Poundstone, Alonzo Bodden, and Emmy Blotnick.

Chance The Rapper

November 06, 2021 16:00 - 48 minutes - 44.1 MB

Chance The Rapper plays our game called, "Chance, Meet Community Chest," three questions about Monopoly. He is joined by panelists Bobcat Goldthwait, Brian Babylon and Negin Farsad at the Harris Theater in Chicago.

P.K. Subban

October 30, 2021 16:00 - 48 minutes - 44.3 MB

Hockey All-Star P.K. Subban plays our game called, "That's Icing! Delicious Icing!" Three questions about bakeries. He is joined by guest host Negin Farsad and panelists Amy Dickinson, Josh Gondelman, and Peter Grosz.

Guests

Helen Hong
2 Episodes
Jennifer Weiner
2 Episodes
Charlie Day
1 Episode
Danica Patrick
1 Episode
Jennifer Lee
1 Episode
Luke Burbank
1 Episode
Maz Jobrani
1 Episode
Nalini Nadkarni
1 Episode
Negin Farsad
1 Episode
Sean Doolittle
1 Episode
Tom Hanks
1 Episode