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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)(TBD) (TBD)
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Pittsburgh, PA (Benedum Center)Peter Sagal Bill Kurtis
Roxanne Roberts: 15 (3/6)
Faith Salie: 14 (2/6)
Tom Bodett: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Jeff Goldblum: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone going after what they deserve, Not My Job about zippers, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next big controversy at a political debate?
During the second panelist round and after discussing a bit about Larry, Peter called Faith, "Larry," by accident. In the same round, Peter also integrated the Pimsleur Language Learning System name, who is commonly an NPR sponsor, into the explanation of a panelist question.

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

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

In the edited version of the show, the gong sound started while Peter was asking Tom the next to the last question, versus the last question, but continued to fade out while asking the last question.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Bill Kurtis
Paula Poundstone
Alonzo Bodden
Maz Jobrani
Kyrie O'Connor
Roy Blount, Jr.
Jessi Klein
Tom Bodett
Neko Case
Adam Felber
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Amy Tan: 2
Misty Copeland: 2
Rob Lowe: 0
Mikaela Shiffrin: 3
Baz Luhrmann: 2
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite guest segments from the past year.
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Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Bill Kurtis
Faith Salie: 15 (3/6)
Charlie Pierce: 12 (2/5)
Paula Poundstone: 9 (3/3)
Chosen: Paula Poundstone
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Ernest Moniz: 1
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new modern convenience, Not My Job about Bert from Sesame Street, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will California ban next?
Both former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who was the Not My Job guest on the 2010-02-06 show, and current Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz each only answered one Not My Job question correctly.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Bill Kurtis
Tom Bodett: 17 (3/7)
Kyrie O'Connor: 11 (3/4)
Shelby Fero: 8 (2/3)
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Elizabeth Gilbert: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a new and possibly unwanted delivery service, Not My Job about dieting, blasphemy and hate, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: how will people get into the White House?
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Seattle, WA (Paramount Theatre)Peter Sagal Bill Kurtis
Maz Jobrani: 15 (3/6)
Paula Poundstone: 12 (2/5)
Luke Burbank: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Rick Steves: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a fanny pack making the news, Not My Job about guys named Steve Ricks, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will make a move for independence next?
I got a chance to go to the show in Seattle. I participated in the audience's chanting of "Luuuuuuke" when Luke Burbank was introduced or mentioned.

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

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

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