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2012

(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Amy Dickinson: 17 (3/7)
Adam Felber: 15 (3/6)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 11 (3/4)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Paul Feig: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about rise of the nerds, Not My Job about end of the world predictions, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will Rupert Murodch accidentally reveal now that he is on Twitter?
(N/A)
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Kyrie O'Connor: 15 (3/6)
Paula Poundstone: 14 (2/6)
Brian Babylon: 11 (3/4)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Paula Poundstone
David Cross: 3
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a secret about the Clinton White House, Not My Job about defeated Republican hopefuls you probably haven't heard of, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: how will Hostess try to save itself?
The aired version of the show had four instances of censor bleeps: Peter got bleeped during the Who's Carl This Time? round, Paula got bleeped twice when telling her Bluff the Listener story and one other bleep in that same round. Peter was slightly obsessed with David Cross's being a out and proud bald person.
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Faith Salie: 18 (2/8)
Tom Bodett: 16 (4/6)
Mo Rocca: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Faith Salie
Duke Fakir: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about attempts to fix local TV news, Not My Job about different kinds of bottoms, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will the captain of the infamous Italian cruise ship do next?
(N/A)
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Brian Babylon: 15 (5/5)
Roxanne Roberts: 14 (2/6)
Peter Grosz: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Brian Babylon
Jack Gantos: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about innovations in laziness, Not My Job about Harlequin romance novels, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what bad joke will be told at the next State of the Union?
Brian Babylon had his first outright win, beating Roxanne even!
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Faith Salie: 15 (3/6)
P.J. O'Rourke: 13 (3/5)
Charlie Pierce: 12 (4/4)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Charlie Pierce
Gary Oldman: 2
Who's Carl This Time?. Bluff the Listener about rosy economic indicators, Not My Job about Up with People, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big story out of Super Bowl XVLI?
(N/A)
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Tom Bodett: 13 (3/5)
Roxanne Roberts: 12 (4/4)
Paula Poundstone: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Tom Bodett
Kurt Elling: 3
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about dumb cops, Not My Job about other artists nominated for The Grammys, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will come in and finally save the GOP?
The Bluff the Listener contestant noted that he was calling from his sister's bathroom and that lead to an interesting exchange with Peter and Paula.

Peter had a little bit of trouble with saying "harsher sanctions" during the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, in which Paula answered the question in the same way that Peter's tongue-tied manner. Peter then said, "I don't know if I'm going to give you that point."

At the end of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, everyone was shocked that Tom Bodett beat Roxanne Roberts and I think Tom said something like "that never happens". In fact, Tom has outscored Roxanne three times in 2009. Each time, Roxanne had 14 points while Tom had 18 (2009-03-07), 15 (2009-08-08) and 16 (2009-10-10) points.
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Mo Rocca: 17 (3/7)
Kyrie O'Connor: 16 (2/7)
Peter Grosz: 15 (3/6)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Mo Rocca
Nick Pearson: 1
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about new ways to make your wedding unforgettable, Not My Job about things that go very, very slowly, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the next headline-friendly sports star?
The audience led Nick Pearson to choose the wrong answer for the third question during the Not My Job round. After Carl said that Nick did not answer enough questions correctly to win, Peter had the audience say "I'm sorry" to Nick all at once.

In the usual Mo Rocca fashion, Mo spent about a minute trying to figure out an answer for one of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions and ended up answering it correctly.

2012-02-25

Best Of
Repeat of 2011-08-20
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Paula Poundstone
Amy Dickinson
Alonzo Bodden
Brian Babylon
Roxanne Roberts
Roy Blount, Jr.
Tom Bodett
Faith Salie
Mo Rocca
Paul Provenza
Kyrie O'Connor
Charlie Pierce
Luke Burbank
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Kevin Bacon: 2
Lisa Kudrow: 2
Pee-wee Herman (Paul Ruebens): 2
Lucy Lawless: 0
John Leguizamo: 1
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring several actors and actresses featured on Not My Job.
Repeat of 2011-08-20 show.
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Luke Burbank: 13 (3/5)
Roxanne Roberts: 13 (3/5)
Alonzo Bodden: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Roxanne Roberts
Alec Baldwin: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about innovations in beauty, Not My Job about other people's brothers, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: with Fox developing a new sitcom about an NPR station, what will the pilot episode be about?
Alec Baldwin called Carl Kasell the "Marlon Brando of public radio".
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Brian Babylon: 16 (4/6)
Tom Bodett: 15 (3/6)
Amy Dickinson: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Brian Babylon
Rick Bayless: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about ways to improve your commute, Not My Job about Dr. Seuss, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: where will we see the NFL-style bounty system next?
At the beginning of the show, Peter was lamenting about the show being ignored because it was on radio, Carl responded with "Peter, you slut!". Mostly done as reference to Rush Limbaugh's recent incidents of calling Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute".

One of Brian Babylon's Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions was discussed during the Not My Job segment; to which, Brian Babylon answered the question correctly.
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Faith Salie: 18 (4/7)
Charlie Pierce: 15 (3/6)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 8 (2/3)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Charlie Pierce
Joey Burns: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about how St. Patrick's Day has recently helped mae the world a little bit better, Not My Job about music from really cold places, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next public resignation?
Note: The show's page on NPR.org has the Bluff the Listener segment listed as "Panel Round Two" (the first of two listed).

The gang had fun with the Who's Carl This Time? listener contestant's name when she introduced herself.
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Jessi Klein: 15 (3/6)
Tom Bodett: 15 (3/6)
Mo Rocca: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Jessi Klein
Ana Gasteyer: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about new ways to improve our bodies, Not My Job about Red Bull and its inventor Chaleo Yoovidhya, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next resurgent toy?
(N/A)
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Paula Poundstone: 15 (3/6)
Maz Jobrani: 12 (2/5)
Brian Babylon: 12 (4/4)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Carrie Brownstein: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about a life ruined by Justin Bieber, Not My Job about Singapore, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will James Cameron find at the bottom of the ocean?
This show's panel consists of three comedians.

Brian Babylon was able to flex his impressions of President Obama several times during the show. There was a bleep in the transition song between the Listener Limerick Challenge and the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round (the song was Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue [Live]".

Paula finally has won a game outright for the first time since 2010-09-18. Between that time, Paula has tied for first four times: 2011-02-26, 2011-09-10, 2011-09-24 and 2011-10-08.
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Adam Felber: 17 (3/7)
Roxanne Roberts: 17 (3/7)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Adam Felber
Rachel Dratch: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about ways plants are like humans, Not My Job about James Cameron's movie "The Titanic", Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next surprise ruling from the US Supreme Court?
(N/A)
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Alonzo Bodden: 16 (4/6)
Jessi Klein: 14 (2/6)
Mo Rocca: 14 (2/6)
Chosen: Alonzo Bodden
Correct: Alonzo Bodden
Jim Bouton: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about life before the Internet, Not My Job about people who really know how to cheat, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: how will Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen offend residents of Miami next time?
Another uncommon instance in which all three panelists answered six Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correctly. The last three times that this has happened have been on 2011-06-11, 2010-06-04 and 2009-09-12.
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Brian Babylon
Roxanne Roberts
Peter Grosz
Tom Bodett
Luke Burbank
Paula Poundstone
Mo Rocca
Paul Provenza
Alonzo Bodden
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Jack Gantos: 2
Tom Robbins: 2
Susan Orlean: 3
Mary Roach: 1
Carl Hiassen: 2
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring favorite authors recently featured as Not My Job guests.
(N/A)
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Paula Poundstone: 18 (2/8)
Amy Dickinson: 16 (2/7)
Tom Bodett: 16 (4/6)
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Paula Poundstone
Barry Sonnenfeld: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about unfortunate celebrity endorsements, Not My Job about people who play cricket, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will Newt Gingrich do now that he is no longer running for president?
After Paula answered all eight Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correctly, Peter stated "that may not have ever happened before". Actually, it has. The last time that Paula answered all eight correctly was on 2009-11-21; in which, Paula also got a total of 18 points and won.
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Kyrie O'Connor: 14 (2/6)
Charlie Pierce: 13 (3/5)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Dick Cavett: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about the modernization of classic literature, Not My Job about real people whose names are remarkably descriptive of who they are, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next item to be sold for an outrageous amount?
When Peter said that Kyrie was in third place that the beginning of the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, Kyrie said that she was sort of in second place. Peter would be correct when using the standard competition ranking and it is also the ranking method used for this site.
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Tom Bodett: 16 (4/6)
Amy Dickinson: 13 (3/5)
Mo Rocca: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Amy Dickinson
Bobcat Goldthwait: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about terrible birthday party ideas for kids, Not My Job about performers that have smooth and silky voices, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next surprise that Vice President Joe Biden will ruin?
(N/A)
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Charlie Pierce: 15 (3/6)
Roxanne Roberts: 13 (3/5)
Brian Babylon: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: Charlie Pierce
Correct: Roxanne Roberts
Kyle Gass and Jack Black of Tenacious D: 2
The Wait Wait Upfronts, Bluff the Listener about government probes, Not My Job about Pat Boone, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: where will we find the $3 billion that JPMorgan Chase lost?
(N/A)
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Paula Poundstone: 17 (3/7)
P.J. O'Rourke: 14 (2/6)
Luke Burbank: 11 (3/4)
Chosen: Luke Burbank
Correct: Luke Burbank
Will Oldham (Bonnie "Prince" Billy): 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about improving customer service, Not My Job about Doris Day, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what are the words that Mitt Ronmey is not allowed to say?
In the podcast version of the show, P.J. O'Rourke only answered four questions correctly versus the six that Carl stated. I'm not sure if this was due to editing of the show for air/podcast. P.J. was only asked five questions in the podcast version of the show. The number of questions Luke answered correctly matched that of the count Carl stated; though, in the podcast version, Luke was asked six questions. I'm not sure if this matches what was actually asked during the live recording.

Before Paula started her round, she described that the last time she was on, 2012-04-28, Paula not only answered all eight questions correctly; but, did so very quickly that there was still time left on the clock. Paula now has a winning streak of three shows that she's been on recently. Paula's panelist prediction response was bleeped out.
(TBD)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Charlie Pierce
P.J. O'Rourke
Faith Salie
Roy Blount, Jr.
Amy Dickinson
Luke Burbank
Mo Rocca
Kyrie O'Connor
Brian Babylon
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Gary Oldman: 2
Simon Pegg: 2
Cal Ripken Jr.: 0
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring Summer-related stories, movies and bluffs.
In all three Not My Job segments in this best of show had Faith Salie as a panelist.
North Bathesda, MD (Music Center at Strathmore)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Mo Rocca: 16 (2/7)
Roxanne Roberts: 14 (4/5)
P.J. O'Rourke: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Mo Rocca
Sam Kass: 3
Who's Carl This Time, Bluff the Listener about surprising benefits of reality TV, Not My Job about things that are very, very bad for you, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what world problem will Disney solve next?
Peter did a great reference to the Kanamits's book "To Serve Man" from the Twilight Zone episode of the same name. Mo Rocca got tripped up over Peter's joke and reference.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Amy Dickinson: 15 (3/6)
Maz Jobrani: 13 (3/5)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 12 (2/5)
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Amy Dickinson
John Irving: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about dangers faced by teenage girls, Not My Job about the classic trail mix called gorp, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what other animals have secret lives?
In the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, Maz Jobrani answered six questions correctly (Peter said right, yes or correct six times and there were six dings), but Carl stated that Maz only had answered five correctly. Even the show's transcript lists six "(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)" for Maz. The correct score breakdown should have been: 3 / 6 / 15, not the 3 / 5 / 13 as noted by the show. If the points had been tallied correctly for Maz, Maz and Amy would have been tied for first.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Grosz Carl Kasell, SE 
Paula Poundstone: 16 (2/7)
Luke Burbank: 14 (4/5)
Brian Babylon: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Luke Burbank
Correct: Luke Burbank
Rob Reiner: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about new ways to fake greatness, Not My Job about people Ron Reiner definitely does not want to stand by, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will Mitt Romney choose as his running mate?
Paula Poundstone yelled, "Are you nuts?!?!" when the caller chose Luke's bluff. Rob Reiner answered the same number of Not My Job questions correctly as his father, Carl Reiner, did on an earlier show. Rob Reiner got bleeped while excited that he won the round.
Cleveland, OH (State Theatre at Playhouse Square)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Mo Rocca: 13 (3/5)
Kyrie O'Connor: 12 (2/5)
Alonzo Bodden: 8 (2/3)
Chosen: Kyrie O'Connor
Correct: Kyrie O'Connor
Drew Carey: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about someone turning a negative into a positive, Not My Job about Cincinnati, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next CNN headline you shouldn't believe?
During the second panelist round, while Kyrie was starting to work out and spit out possible answers, she said, "I'm turning into Mo."
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
(N/A)
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Ice-T: 2
Tony Shalhoub: 1
Bill Clinton: 3
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, featuring several listener favorites: What's Carl This Time?, Ice-T is asked about pantyhose, Peter's penchant for bad "rhyme" puns, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Tony Shaloub answers questions about nuns, Mo Moments and Bill Clinton playing Not My Job about My Little Ponies.
Before playing the clips of Carl Kasell yelling "GOOOOAL" and mimicking the sound of a vuvuzela, Peter mentioned that the clips came from two shows in July 2010. In fact, the first clip came from the Not My Job round of the 2010-06-12 show and the vuvuzela clip came from the "Who's Carl This Time?" round from 2010-06-19.

Since the Mo Moments segment is a repeat of the one from the 2011-08-27 show, my name is mentioned on this show as well. w00t!
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Roxanne Roberts: 18 (4/7)
Peter Grosz: 12 (2/5)
Bobcat Goldthwait: 6 (2/2)
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Roxanne Roberts
Brooke Shields: 0
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about celebrity workplace hazards, Not My Job about three Calvins that aren't Calvin Klein, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big surprise at Olympic Opening Ceremonies?
Bobcat Goldthwait joins the panel.

The listener was a bit impatient and wanted to move on to the next question after answering the first Listener Limerick Challenge question. This also happened with a listener from the Listener Limerick Challenge from the 2006-09-30 show.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Paula Poundstone: 14 (4/5)
Brian Babylon: 12 (2/5)
Jessi Klein: 9 (3/3)
Chosen: Paula Poundstone
Correct: Brian Babylon
Norton Juster: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about dangers of self-help books, Not My Job about Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what is hiding in Mitt Romney's tax returns?
This marks another show in which all three panelists are comedians.

Paula noted that she had won the last three times that she has been on the show. In fact, Paula has won the last four times she has been on: 2012-03-31, 2012-04-28, 2012-05-26 and 2012-06-23. Paula was also having fun with the fact that she has won the last four times she has been on. By winning this game, Paula's winning streak has been extended to five games.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Kyrie O'Connor: 14 (4/6)
Mo Rocca: 12 (2/5)
Simon Amstell: 6 (2/2)
Chosen: Kyrie O'Connor
Correct: Kyrie O'Connor
Paul Krugman: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about an unlikely club, Not My Job about diplomatic gift giving, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will Mitt Romney bring back from his trip abroad?
First appearance of Simon Amstell as a panelist. Simon either really didn't know or feigned ignorance about Pippa Middleton. Simon's comment about falling out of a certain body part was carefully trimmed out of the radio/podcast version of the show; but, it did make it, albeit bleeped, in the 2012-11-24 Best Of show.

The listener for the Listener Limerick Challenge noted that she worked for the Word division at Microsoft. Peter started to provide a suggestion and the listener retorted that he would "have to get close", as in the spelling of the word for auto-correct/spellcheck to work. Mo Rocca would use this same retort back to the listener after she could initially guess one of the answers.

During the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, Simon was trying to figure out an answer while questioning/repeating the bits of the question repeatedly. This caused Peter to ask Simon "we speak the same language, do we not?". Normally Mo usually has the "stream of consciousness" when it comes to answer questions and leads to a long Lightning round, but was easily beaten by Simon in this show.

Simon may have had the last laugh when Mo Rocca was working on figuring out an answer and Simon swiped Mo with "Oh, dear", causing Mo to crack up and feel shamed.

I can safely say that the edited version for radio and for the podcast will be pretty tame compared to what was at the live taping. The live taping version gets a rating of 11 out of 10. And yes, I was there and lived to tell about it. :)
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Charlie Pierce: 17 (3/7)
Adam Felber: 15 (3/6)
Paula Pell: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: Adam Felber
Correct: Charlie Pierce
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell: 1
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about unauthorized Olympics tie-ins, Not My Job about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: after alienating viewers with poor Olympics coverage, how will NBC win them back?
(N/A)
Portland, ME (Merrill Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Amy Dickinson: 15 (3/6)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 14 (2/6)
Tom Bodett: 11 (1/5)
Chosen: Roy Blount, Jr.
Correct: Roy Blount, Jr.
Bobak Ferdowsi and Adam Steltzner: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about office dangers, Not My Job about the candy company Mars, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will the Curiosity Rover find on Mars?
Peter mispronounced Bobak Ferdowsi's last name as "Ferdowski" when he introduced them at the beginning and end of the Not My Job segment. It doesn't seem like Peter is alone in mispronouncing Bobak's last name.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Legendary Anchorman" Bill Kurtis
Luke Burbank: 14 (2/6)
Paula Poundstone: 14 (4/5)
Faith Salie: 14 (2/6)
Chosen: Paula Poundstone
Correct: Faith Salie
Mike Birbiglia: 2
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about struggling businesses improving customer service, Not My Job about Julia Child, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will President Obama choose as his running mate if he were to drop Vice President Biden?
Another three-way tie. Although Paula did not win outright in this game, Paula's winning streak is now up to six games.

In the edited version of the show, they only included five of Paula's questions for the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round; in which, Paula answered four of those correctly.
North Bathesda, MD (Music Center at Strathmore)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Charlie Pierce: 18 (4/7)
Tom Bodett: 15 (3/6)
Jessi Klein: 11 (3/4)
Chosen: Jessi Klein
Correct: Jessi Klein
Sir Peter Westmacott: 2
The Magna Carl-A, Bluff the Listener about political adversaries coming together, Not My Job about strange doings in school halls of power, Tippecanoe And Carl Too, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will finally make Republicans and Democrats come together?
Special topic show with a look at politics, here and abroad, past and present.

In the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round, Tom Bodett didn't get the "correct" and a ding on the sixth correct answer; but, Carl did count it as correct in the score. When Carl was asked how many questions Charlie Pierce need to answer correctly to win, Carl said seven. In fact, Charlie would have only needed six to win: Tom Bodett had 15 points and Charlie started with 4, meaning answering six questions correctly would add 12 points for a total of 16 points. 16 > 15. Either way, Charlie did answer seven questions correctly.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Alonzo Bodden
Jessi Klein
Mo Rocca
Roxanne Roberts
Adam Felber
Amy Dickinson
Paula Poundstone
Tom Bodett
Paul Provenza
Faith Salie
Charlie Pierce
Brian Babylon
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Jim Bouton: 2
Barry Sonnenfeld: 2
Kyle Gass and Jack Black of Tenacious D: 2
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! end of summer special, featuring favorite Wait Wait moments, including questions about IKEA and when science fiction meets science non-fiction.
(N/A)
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Legendary Anchorman" Bill Kurtis
Tom Bodett: 16 (2/7)
Paula Poundstone: 14 (2/6)
Jessi Klein: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Jessi Klein
Correct: Tom Bodett
Bonnie Raitt: 3
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about creative engagement proposals, Not My Job about Donnie Raitt, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be this election's October Surprise be?
Tom Bodett snapped Paula Poundstone's six game streak of coming in first after the Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal "Legendary Anchorman" Bill Kurtis
Roxanne Roberts: 18 (4/7)
Charlie Pierce: 17 (3/7)
P.J. O'Rourke: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: Charlie Pierce
Correct: P.J. O'Rourke
George R. R. Martin: 1
Who's Bill This Time?, Bluff the Listener about people recycling things that we don't want recycled, Not My Job about things that rhyme with thrones, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next YouTube video to cause a riot?
(N/A)
Atlanta, GA (Fox Theatre)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Mo Rocca: 18 (4/7)
Faith Salie: 14 (2/6)
Roy Blount, Jr.: 9 (1/4)
Chosen: Mo Rocca
Correct: Mo Rocca
Thomas Frieden: 1
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about things what we thought to have been true but aren't, Not My Job about viral marketing campaigns gone awry, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next hidden video surprise?
In the edited version of the show, only six of Mo Rocca's questions was played even though he had answered seven questions correct.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Grosz Carl Kasell, SE 
Kyrie O'Connor: 14 (2/6)
Adam Felber: 14 (2/6)
Brian Babylon: 14 (4/5)
Chosen: Brian Babylon
Correct: Adam Felber
Chris Kluwe: 3
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about organizations forced to state the obvious, Not My Job about the Ig Nobel awards, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big surprise at the first Presidential debate?
Another show that ended in a three-way tie. The last three-way tie happened on 2012-08-18, in which all three panelists also had 14 points each.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Amy Dickinson: 16 (4/6)
Paula Poundstone: 12 (2/5)
Maz Jobrani: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: Amy Dickinson
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Ben Folds: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about awesome summer vacations, Not My Job about Arnold Schwarzenegger's memoir, "Total Recall", Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what was President Obama writing down during the first Presidential debate?
Paula Poundstone went through her rants about the dubious and pointless studies.

The last time Maz Jobrani was on the show, 2012-06-16, Carl only credited Maz for five correct answers even though he had answered six correctly. This error was not mentioned or corrected on this show.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Adam Felber
Roy Blount, Jr.
Paula Poundstone
Charlie Pierce
Sue Ellicott
Tom Bodett
Paul Provenza
Alison Stewart
Kyrie O'Connor
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Tom Hanks: 2
Kevin Clash and Elmo: 2
Carrie Fisher: 1
Linda Ronstadt: 1
Don LaFontaine: 1
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Not My Job segments over the years.
(N/A)
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Luke Burbank: 12 (2/5)
Faith Salie: 12 (2/5)
Charlie Pierce: 12 (4/4)
Chosen: Charlie Pierce
Correct: Faith Salie
Nancy Pelosi: 3
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about job creators, Not My Job about men who have broken the gender barrier, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the big October Surprise in the Presidential race?
Another case in which each of the correct answers for the Not My Job segment questions were "B".

All three panelists finished in a tie with 12 points each. Last show that ended with a three-way tie was the 2012-09-29 show.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Drew Carey Carl Kasell, SE 
Tom Bodett: 15 (3/6)
Brian Babylon: 14 (2/6)
Kyrie O'Connor: 13 (1/6)
Chosen: Brian Babylon
Correct: Kyrie O'Connor
Abby Wambach: 3
Who's Carl (Dressing Up As) This Time?, Bluff the Listener about newfangled punishments, Not My Job about wombats, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: who will be the next superhero to make a major life change?
Drew Carey had a bit of fun with saying that he was a soccer fan while Peter Sagal was not. This is in reference to the several times that Peter has mocked soccer, the World Cup and during the Not My Job segment with Steven Cohen on 2006-05-27. Drew is also a co-owner of the MLS team Seattle Sounders FC.

Drew Carey had Tom Bodett do the "We'll leave your head on for you" a la Motel 6 ads. Tom then said, "Deep Six Morgue Hotel: We'll leave your head on for you".

All three panelists each answered six Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank questions correctly. The last two times this has happened was 2009-09-12 and 2012-04-14.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Luke Burbank: 15 (3/6)
Firoozeh Dumas: 12 (2/5)
Paula Poundstone: 9 (3/3)
Chosen: Firoozeh Dumas
Correct: Firoozeh Dumas
Dr. Wayne Clough: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about how The New York Times is trying to maintain its reputation, Not My Job about stuff that isn't worth keeping, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will happen with the 2016 Presidential race begins next Wednesday?
Due to an editing quirk, the gong sounded before Peter started asking Paula's last Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round question.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Roxanne Roberts: 17 (3/7)
Alonzo Bodden: 12 (2/5)
P.J. O'Rourke: 10 (4/3)
Chosen: P.J. O'Rourke
Correct: P.J. O'Rourke
Martha Stewart: 0
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about green living gone wrong, Not My Job about terrible do-it-yourself projects, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will President Obama do in his second term?
Martha Stewart got bleeped while saying that she couldn't stop correcting people who don't know how to properly remove pomegranate seeds from the shell.
Milwaukee, WI (Riverside Theater)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Faith Salie: 19 (3/8)
Mo Rocca: 14 (2/6)
Charlie Pierce: 13 (3/5)
Chosen: Faith Salie
Correct: Faith Salie
Randy Sprecher: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about supply and demand, Not My Job about violent prohibitionist Carrie Nation, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will be the next scandal will be uncovered?
The phone call audio cut out while the listener contestant for the Listener Limerick Challenge said what she does, right after she said "I am a horse...". The word that got cut out was "trainer". Peter and the panelists had a bit of fun with that. Right after Carl said the second Limerick, the audience completed the limerick before the listener contestant could.

The last time that a panelist has scored 19 points was on 2011-09-17 by Roxanne Roberts.
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Amy Dickinson
Roy Blount, Jr.
Tom Bodett
Kyrie O'Connor
Charlie Pierce
P.J. O'Rourke
Luke Burbank
Paula Poundstone
Mo Rocca
Simon Amstell
Adam Felber
Chosen: (N/A)
Correct: (N/A)
Bobak Ferdowsi and Adam Steltzner: 2
Neil deGrasse Tyson: 0
Adam Riess: 2
Paul Krugman: 2
Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! featuring Not My Job guests that are all about the sciences. Also features a segment about Simon Amstell and other panelists's shows off their science smarts.
(N/A)
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Adam Felber: 13 (3/5)
Brian Babylon: 11 (3/4)
Amy Dickinson: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: Brian Babylon
Correct: Brian Babylon
Jake Tapper: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about last week's Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade, Not My Job about Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will President Obama and Mitt Romney do on their next date?
(N/A)
Los Angeles, CA (Nokia Theatre)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Adam Felber: 16 (2/7)
Maz Jobrani: 12 (4/4)
Paula Poundstone: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: Maz Jobrani
Correct: Maz Jobrani
Hugh Bonneville: 3
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about fathers going all out to impress their kids, Not My Job about TLC show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo", Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will happen when the world doesn't end on December 21st.
(N/A)
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Tom Bodett: 17 (3/7)
Luke Burbank: 14 (2/6)
Jessi Klein: 11 (3/4)
Chosen: Tom Bodett
Correct: Tom Bodett
Francis Collins: 1
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about people spending a lot of money on something, Not My Job about athletes finding new and surprising ways to injure themeselves, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what big newmakers will get for Christmas?
(N/A)
Chicago, IL (Chase Auditorium)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Roxanne Roberts: 15 (5/5)
Brian Babylon: 12 (2/5)
Bobcat Goldthwait: 10 (2/4)
Chosen: Roxanne Roberts
Correct: Roxanne Roberts
Fred Armisen: 2
Who's Carl This Time?, Bluff the Listener about people trying to ruin Christmas, Not My Job about Poynter's list of best/worst journalistic errors of 2012, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will America look like after falling off of the fiscal cliff?
When the listener tried to decide which bluff to choose, the listener mentioned that she didn't want to initially choose Roxanne's bluff as many other listeners have and did not choose the correct bluff. In this case, Roxanne's bluff was the correct one.

2012-12-29

Repeat of 2012-08-25
North Bathesda, MD (Music Center at Strathmore)Peter Sagal Carl Kasell, SE 
Charlie Pierce: 18 (4/7)
Tom Bodett: 15 (3/6)
Jessi Klein: 11 (3/4)
Chosen: Jessi Klein
Correct: Jessi Klein
Sir Peter Westmacott: 2
The Magna Carl-A, Bluff the Listener about political adversaries coming together, Not My Job about strange doings in school halls of power, Tippecanoe And Carl Too, Listener Limerick Challenge, Panelist Predictions: what will finally make Republicans and Democrats come together?
Repeat of 2012-08-25 show. See notes re: Lightning Fill-in-the-Blank round in the original show notes.

Special topic show with a look at politics, here and abroad, past and present.