When NPR’s venerable quiz show taped their program at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, we lurked about behind the scenes to see what really goes on. We learned that Carl Kasell is a ridiculously nice guy, Peter Sagal works way harder than you think and Tom Bodett is much more erudite in person than those motel commercials would have you believe.


5 Responses to Backstage at Wait, Wait… Don't Tell Me

  1. Steve Mack says:

    Craig, Kudos on a piece well done!

  2. Daisy says:

    I heart Carl Kassel! Is there a way to hear the entire interview with Carl?

  3. Mike Procell says:

    Carl is indeed a newscaster’s newscaster!

  4. Hiker gal says:

    Thank you for giving us a glimpse into that wonderful show.
    I’m counting the days til Scott Simon is here.

  5. Lenore Fleck says:

    I heard the show on Saturday, and the head of the AFA was VERY funny. Surprisingly, he rolled right along with the jokes on this “liberal” show.


October 8, 2015 | NPR · The city has reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the family of the unarmed black man shot and killed by a white police officer in April.

October 8, 2015 | NPR · The ship’s conservancy has retained a broker to explore the potential sale of “America’s Flagship” to a responsible, U.S.-based metals recycler, if no investor comes forward by Oct. 31.

October 8, 2015 | NPR · A new study from the Pew Research Center shows American opinions about immigration policy are increasingly split along party lines.

Arts & Life

Washington Post/Getty Images
October 8, 2015 | NPR · The New Orleans chef changed the way the world saw Louisiana cooking. He has died at the age of 75.

October 8, 2015 | NPR · There are a large number of LGBT films in theaters this fall. NPR explores what that says about Hollywood and society in general.

Courtesy of Kino Lorber, Inc.
October 8, 2015 | NPR · Guy Maddin’s latest is a patchwork of pastiches that ages and modifies film to emulate eras, styles and tropes to examine the oddities of the mind.


Courtesy of the artist
October 8, 2015 | WXPN · Writer Judy Cantor-Navas highlights two of the many bands performing at this fall’s festival.

Courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History
October 8, 2015 | NPR · Leon Klinghoffer was killed during the hijacking of the Achille Lauro — and later became a character in a controversial opera. His daughters want people to know him in a different way.

Courtesy of the artist
October 8, 2015 | NPR · The twin sisters bring a long playlist to Alt.Latino, turning this week’s episode into a singalong.

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac