Dec 182012

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! : Our panelists predict: Carl gives advice to our leaders based on how governments work overseas, and our listener contestant guesses what he’s talking about.

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CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I’m Carl Kasell, and here’s your host, coming to you from the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, Peter Sagal.


Thank you, Carl.


KASELL: Thank you everybody. Thank you so much. We share your excitement, we do. We have a fabulous show for you today. We’re particularly excited to have the British Ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott, joining us to talk about international relations. In fact, our show this week is all about politics: past and present, domestic and foreign.

SAGAL: And of course, the key to politics is spin: the art of turning something bad into something good. For example, I might say, we’re totally burnt out so we’re taking a break from the week’s news. But Spinmeister Carl will say?

KASELL: This allows us to bring you the most fascinating hour in broadcast history.


SAGAL: There, you feel better.


SAGAL: So give us a call. The number, as always, 1-888-Wait-Wait, that’s 1-888-924-8924. Hi you’re on WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

JOHN MCBRIDE: John McBride from Dallas, Texas.

SAGAL: Well, hello, John, how are you?

MCBRIDE: Excellent, how are you?

SAGAL: I’m pretty well. I’m pretty well. How are things in Dallas?

MCBRIDE: Very good.

SAGAL: And what do you do there?

MCBRIDE: Chief Financial Officer at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

SAGAL: What is that?

MCBRIDE: It’s a small museum. We have Ernesto Neto on display.

SAGAL: Yeah.

MCBRIDE: We’ve got a Picasso out front. We’ve got some de Koonings, some…

SAGAL: I thought it’d be mostly big bronze cattle. That’s what I’ve seen.

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