UChicago to host NPR show Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! on Jan. 30

University Communications

The University of Chicago will host a special free taping of the popular NPR news quiz Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! for UChicago students and the general public. The show will present its first-ever recording on campus at Mandel Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30.

UChicago’s Institute of Politics, Campus and Student Life, the Office of Civic Engagement's UChicago Engages series, University Communications and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts have collaborated to bring the award-winning show to campus at no cost to students or other attendees.

“We are so grateful to our campus partners for helping ensure that this exciting event will be free to students as well as the general public,” said Darren Reisberg, executive director of the Institute of Politics. “We know this will be a memorable experience for all those in attendance.”

Current UChicago students will have the first chance to get tickets, starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10. Students should come in person to the Logan Center Box Office, 915 E. 60th St., with their current UChicago student IDs. One ticket will be available for each student with an ID.

Ticket access will open to the general public on Saturday, Jan. 11, starting at noon. Attendees can get tickets online or in person at the Logan Center Box Office, which is open from noon to 6 p.m. The limit in this phase of ticket distribution is two tickets per person. All of the tickets will be available for free, and seating will be general admission. (Note that although tickets are being distributed through the Logan Center Box Office, the event will take place at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St.)

During the UChicago recording of Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will lead a comedic review of the week’s news. Comedian Faith Salie, author Tom Bodett and humorist Mo Rocca will be the featured panelists for the UChicago recording. A celebrity guest also will help one of the show’s listeners compete for the most coveted prize in public radio: a custom-recorded voicemail greeting by Carl Kasell.

A co-production of NPR News and Chicago Public Media, Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is one of NPR’s most popular programs, reaching more than 3.3 million radio listeners and 660 NPR member stations with its irreverent review of the week’s news. Now in its 16th year, the show records episodes before a live audience in downtown Chicago and elsewhere around the country. The Chicago production is a popular event for UChicago students, who regularly organize group trips to the show.

More on the show from Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

Peter Sagal has been the host of the Peabody Award-winning Wait, Wait… Don't Tell Me! from NPR since 1998. He is also a playwright, commentator, sometime pundit, the author of the The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things and How to Do Them, a regular columnist for Runner’s World and is working on a new book about long distance running for Simon and Schuster. Seriously, he can go on and on about running, don’t even bring up the subject.

Carl Kasell is the official judge and scorekeeper for Wait Wait and is an all-around genius and great guy. A veteran broadcaster, Carl launched his radio career more than 50 years ago. He was a newscaster for NPR’s daily newsmagazine Morning Edition from the show’s beginning in 1979 until December 2009. Carl now enjoys sleeping past 1:05 a.m., and he sometimes moonlights as a magician.

Tom Bodett is an author and radio mercenary who left a promising career building houses to become a writer and subsequently a commentator on All Things Considered. Bodett lived in Alaska for 25 years, is the author of seven books and has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Redbook and other less selective periodicals. His voice has been heard on Saturday Night Live, National Geographic Explorer and Steven Spielberg's Animaniacs, and can still be heard in some people's faulty dental work saying “We'll leave the light on for you” about 110 times a day.

Mo Rocca is a Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and host of My Grandmother’s Ravioli on the Cooking Channel—a heartwarming and hilarious series in which he learns to cook from America's grandparents. He began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. On Broadway he played Vice Principal Douglas Panch in Broadway’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He played Doody in the Southeast Asian Tour of Grease. He served as consulting editor for the adult men’s magazine Perfect 10 and wrote a book about White House pets and their role in presidential decision-making.

Faith Salie is a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and is the co-host of the podcast RelationShow, a slightly nerdy take on love and sex. She was an ethics columnist for O Magazine and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson and The O' Reilly Factor. As host of the national public radio show Fair Game from PRI with Faith Salie, Faith interviewed over 1,000 newsmakers and got to call Robert Redford “Bob.” Faith’s probably the only Rhodes scholar who has been a standup comedian, and she’s been beamed up on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, landing her on a DS9 collectible trading card that must be worth hundreds of cents.