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Peter Sagal      

Host of NPR's "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!"

As the host of National Public Radios Wait Wait Dont Tell Me!, Peter Sagal is heard by more than 3 million people every week, broadcast on 450 public radio stations nationwide and via a popular podcast. The show celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008 and received the prestigious Peabody Award. The hour long show has captivated news junkies across the country with its lighthearted approach to current events, and has become the biggest and most beloved weekend radio phenomenon since A Prairie Home Companion.

Each week, Sagal leads NPR veteran newscaster Carl Kasell and esteemed guest panelists like humorist Roy Blount Jr., comedians Paula Poundstone and Paul Provenza, media personality Mo Rocca and author P.J. ORourke through a satirical review of the weeks news in the form of a quiz. Its a revival of You Bet Your Life cross-bred with the irreverence of The Daily Show.

A centerpiece of the show is a segment called Not My Job, in which Sagal quizzes celebrities about things they know nothing about. The show made history in 2007 when, in May, Stephen Breyer became the first sitting Supreme Court Justice to appear on a quiz show. Then in July, in front of ten thousand fans at Chicagos Millennium Park, Peter conducted the first interview with United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald since his conviction of White House Aide Scooter Libby.

Sagal has traveled all around the country with Wait, Wait, playing to sold-out theaters from Seattle to Miami. At the podium, Sagal takes audiences behind the scenes of Wait, Wait to explore the shows beginnings, some of its more memorable moments and a look at todays news stories. An adept moderator, Sagal is the perfect emcee, able to apply his quick wit to esoteric company stories, weaving jokes for an uproarious and unforgettable evening. Whether providing insightful, colorful commentary on current events or a behind-the-scenes peek at the funniest show on radio, Sagal never fails to inform and entertain.

In Spring 2013 Sagal will host the new PBS series, Constitution USA with Peter Sagal. On the show, airing in two 120-minute segments, he will travel across countryon a Harley Davison Road Kingto find out where the Constitution lives, how it works, its history and its vital relevance today.

Sagals first book, The Book of Vice (Naughty Things and How to Do Them) is a series of comic essays about people who misbehave, why they misbehave, and why theyre not necessarily having more fun than you are.

News


Peter Sagal: The Oddly Informative Quiz Show Host : NPR

Hear the host of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! talk about working in his family's grocery store and some of the zaniest moments on the show. Plus, in an AskĀ ...

NPR's Peter Sagal to run Twin Cities Marathon Sunday | Minnesota ...

This will be Sagal's 11th marathon and his first in the Twin Cities. He said he's hoping to finish in under three and a half hours.

NPR's Peter Sagal talks about being at the Boston Marathon, and ...

Peter Sagal, waving, runs next to William Greer around Mile 24 of the Boston Marathon, roughly 20 minutes before the bombs went off. Oak Park resident Peter .

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