WBEZ | Wait Wait Don't Tell Me http://www.wbez.org/tags/wait-wait-dont-tell-me Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Where was Peter Sagal at 25? http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-peter-sagal-25-105923 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Young%20Peter1.jpg" style="height: 351px; width: 250px; float: right;" title="" />You probably know playwright, screenwriter and all around funny man Peter Sagal as the host of NPR&#39;s <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/">Wait Wait...Don&#39;t Tell Me.</a></p><p>Since 1998, he&#39;s been at the helm of the public radio news quiz show, which is heard by&nbsp;nearly three million listeners on the radio, and about a million more via podcast.</p><p>Or maybe you&#39;ve read his <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/book/buy.aspx?isbn13=9780060843823">book</a>, or seen his column in <a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/person/peter-sagal">Runner&#39;s World</a> magazine.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>But before all that, Peter was a young writer, living in a studio apartment in Los Angeles, trying to figure it all out.</p><p>So where was he at 25?</p><p>Peter recently shared his story with host Rick Kogan and WBEZ Morning Producer Lauren Chooljian on <em>The Afternoon Shift</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>What life-changing stuff happened to Peter that year? And how did he get to where he is today?</p><p>Listen to find out.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-peter-sagal-25-105923 Cemitas Atomica: Taking a bite out of an amazing Chicago sandwich http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-22/cemitas-atomica-taking-bite-out-amazing-chicago-sandwich-90909 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/photo-2-1-.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We're back from our trip to Alaska, where it was more about communing with animals than eating them. So to make up for lost time, today we headed over to Cemitas Pueblas in Chicago, to try their legendary Atomica sandwich. (On the menu it has a little "TM" after it, which either stands for "trademark" or "too much.")</p><p>The Atomica is a breaded pork chop, a chile guajillo marinated pork chop and ham, along with Oaxacan cheese and avocado on sesame seed bread. We were joined by friends and Vocalo hosts Molly and Brian--he doesn't usually eat sandwiches.</p><p><strong>Ian</strong>: Look at those layers! It's like a pork cake.</p><p><strong>Mike</strong>: Yeah. It's <em>tira-meat-su</em>.</p><p><strong>Molly</strong>: I thought that was cabbage. It's much better knowing it's cheese.</p><p><strong>Blythe</strong>: It looks like hair. Mmmm, cheese wig.</p><p><strong>Brian</strong>: This is good but I don't usually like sandwiches. I think deli sandwiches ruined me to sandwiches.</p><p><strong>Ian</strong>: You can't judge all sandwiches just on the few you've met. That's completely sandwichist.</p><p><strong>Brian</strong>: You have to be careful to keep the layers from slipping. It's sandwich Jenga.</p><p><strong>Ian</strong>: We should tie our hands behind our backs and play Sandwich Hungry Hungry Hippos.</p><p><strong>Blythe</strong>: It's actually easier to digest the marbles.</p><p>[The verdict: worth the trip. Despite the atomic barrage of different kinds of pork, it still manages to be subtle and delicately spicy. It's like watching a fat man do ballet, which is one of my favorite activities. More <a href="http://www.cemitaspuebla.com/">about Cemitas Puebla here</a>.]</p><div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.</div></p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-22/cemitas-atomica-taking-bite-out-amazing-chicago-sandwich-90909 Peter Sagal hosts The Moth tonight; his appearance on 'The Interview Show' http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-08-02/peter-sagal-hosts-moth-tonight-his-appearance-interview-show-89970 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/sagal.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The good news: Peter Sagal hosts The Moth's&nbsp;Second Chicago GrandSLAM, featuring winners of the The Moth's Chicago StorySLAMS, tonight! This should be a wonderful show that you will long regret if you miss.</p><p>The bad news: It's sold out.</p><p>But . . . Peter was on <em>The Interview Show</em>, where the hits never die. Hope you enjoy. (Please note: There's nothing we can do about the quality of the image below. The video itself is sparkling.)</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="314" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dgX7hOfgQ7w" width="500"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-08-02/peter-sagal-hosts-moth-tonight-his-appearance-interview-show-89970 Photos/Video: Sitting in on the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! table read http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-29/photosvideo-sitting-wait-wait-dont-tell-me-table-read-85865 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-29/400x[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="daylife_smartgalleries_container" style="border: medium none ; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 375px; width: 500px;"><iframe class="daylife_smartgalleries_frame" src="http://galleries.wbez.org/gallery_slideshow/1304101422547?width=500&amp;disable_link_to_hosted_page=0&amp;height=375&amp;show_related=0" style="border: medium none ; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I had the chance to sit in with my friends from <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/">Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!</a> Thursday as they prepared for their weekly live show at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago.</p><p>A few hours before every show, they ready the script and have a table read for last minute edits and additions. The whole writing and producing staff join Carl Kassel and Peter Sagal to run through all the bits. Senior Producer (and head writer) Michael Danforth types away as the jokes fly, preparing for what is going to be a tremendous amount of work before showtime. It's 4pm. The show starts at 7pm and the team has run through about 30+jokes. Most of them will require some punch-up.</p><p>I sat in to play all the contestants. My job was to answer the questions and to give the writers a feel for if the questions are too hard, too easy or too confusing. I then proceeded to FAIL at just about every question thrown my way. I thought I would know news trivia. And boy, I did not. Royal wedding, Taliban, Haley Barbour, Mac/PC users - I knew none of the answers.</p><p>And then came the limericks. Boy, did I bomb. I didn't even know what was happening. I threw a big wrench into their plans because it went from "does this question work?" to "does Justin have a clue?"</p><p>Finally, I got a limerick right. Here is the footage to prove it. You can tell how bad I was previously by their jubilant response to my correct answer:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/23055005?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" frameborder="0" height="281" width="500"></iframe></p><p>All in all, it was a great process and I have tremendous respect for the writers, producers and talent involved in that show. That was work, and lots of it. I was exhausted from listening (and laughing). Knowing how much work the team still had to do before showtime? Intense.</p><p>Can't wait to listen to the show. I heard the Where's Waldo joke worked and the nude limerick killed.</p></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 19:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-29/photosvideo-sitting-wait-wait-dont-tell-me-table-read-85865 Peter Sagal to host the Moth GrandSLAM http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/peter-sagal-host-moth-grandslam <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/moth-sagal.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 486px; height: 486px;" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-11/42_01_ARTS_COURTESY_MOTH.jpg" /></p><p><em>Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me's</em> Peter Sagal is teaming up with our friends at <a href="http://www.themoth.org/">The Moth</a> to host the first-ever Chicago Moth GrandSLAM event.&nbsp; According to The Moth's Sarah Austin Jeness, the GrandSLAM will take place on Wednesday, January 26th at the Park West in Chicago's Lincoln Park.</p><p>&quot;I'm a great enthusiast for telling stories, as my exhausted and bored friends and colleagues know, so I'm happy to see anecdote-spinning become a competitive event,&quot; Sagal told us. &quot;By supporting the Moth, I'm hoping that anecdotage might someday become an Olympic sport.&quot;</p><p>The GrandSLAM pits the winners of the previous 10 Chicago Moth StorySLAMS&nbsp; against each other to decide who's the 'best-of-the-best'. The winner gets a shot at The Moth mainstage in New York.</p><p><a href="http://www.themoth.org/about">The Moth was founded New York in 1997</a> and features real-life, first person stories told before a live audience.&nbsp; Since it's debut, The Moth has achieved popular and critical acclaim in such cities as New York,&nbsp;Los Angeles, and Detroit .&nbsp; More recently, it's podcasts have become a huge hit on iTunes and spawned a series of <a href="http://www.prx.org/themoth">new public radio specials via PRX.</a>&nbsp;</p><p>The Moth launched <a href="http://www.themoth.org/storyslams_chicago">Chicago StorySLAMS </a>in collaboration with WBEZ in late 2009.&nbsp; They take place on the last Tuesday of every month at Martyr's.</p><p>Each StorySLAM features a theme.&nbsp; Aspiring storytellers put their name in a hat, hoping to be picked to tell their story before the live audience.&nbsp; A three-member panel of audience-member judges then decides the winner.</p><p>Doors open for the The Moth GrandSLAM in&nbsp;Chicago at 6pm and stories start at 8pm.&nbsp;&nbsp; The event is ticketed - not first come, first serve. &nbsp;Details can be found at&nbsp; www.etix.com.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/peter-sagal-host-moth-grandslam