Dec 182012

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! : Carl Kasell reads three quotes from the week’s news: Roughing the Officials; UN-apalooza; Harry Potter and The Deadly Boring Book.

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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, filling in for Peter Sagal, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Grosz.



Thank you, Carl. Thank you so much. Thanks for having me, everybody. You’re going to enjoy our show. Later on, the world’s most famous punter, Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe will join us, to talk about the perks of being the world’s most famous punter.

But first, you may have noticed something very strange in the news this week. This is the week of the famous political lull. This is something; it’s very specific, it happens every four years during the election season. It always comes three weeks after the end of the political conventions and always one week before the first presidential debate, and it’s nine days after the leaked video, making one of the candidates look like Ebenezer Scrooge.


GROSZ: And then it’s actually 6 hours and 45 minutes before the incumbent has his mouth surgically removed to make sure he doesn’t say something equally stupid.


GROSZ: If you still have your mouth on your face, and it works, please give us a call at 1-888-Wait-Wait, that’s 1-888-924-8924. And now, let’s welcome our first listener contestant. Hi there, you’re on WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

PATRICK MORAN: Hello, how are you? How’s it going? My name is Patrick Moran and I’m from Newberg, Indiana.

GROSZ: Oh, great, Newberg Indiana.


GROSZ: Wow, oh, just the loveliest smattering, Patrick.


GROSZ: What’s going on there in Newberg? How far away from Chicago is Newberg, would you say?

MORAN: Oh, not far enough.




ADAM FELBER: Wow, you are making friends.

GROSZ: Yeah. Patrick…

MORAN: No, no, no, no, no…

GROSZ: There are about 500 people who are rooting against you to win this game.

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