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Friday, February 22, 2008

Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me

So I finally got a chance to go to a taping of the NPR news quiz show, Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me. If you haven't listened to it before, it's a pretty amusing hour of current events commentary, with a Daily Show-esque flair for getting to the absurd heart of any story fused with an unmistakable public radio feel.


The panelist for the show were Mo Rocca(!), Paula Poundstone, and a third guy whose name I don't really recall ... but who managed to mess up a Dr. Strangelove reference and was given loads of flak by the audience.

The show itself was quite hilarious. There was a lot of talk about the Hillary/Obama divide, and tons of laughs over Obama fangirls, and if I'm not mistaken, at one point all of the candidates were compared to kittens.

You can listen to it here: http://odeo.com/audio/18328273/play

Finally, and because this was the reason why I was so excited to go, Mo Rocca was simply amazing! He managed to slip in a lot of random references, like a mention of neti pots at one point ... for which I can't recall the context. And his real life "erms" and "umms" were insanely endearing. I've been reading his blog for a while, and I loved him on the Daily Show, so when I got to meet him after the taping I was positively ecstatic.


I asked him what his favorite president's tombs were, since he too has an interest in obscure historical locations, and he agreed that Lincoln has one of the best. It's true. So great.

Finally, since this has pretty much turned into a Mo Rocca blog-a-thon, I'll end this post with my favorite video of him on the Daily Show:

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