List of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! episodes (2002)

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This is a list of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! guests for 2002. Data is taken from the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Archives. Job titles reflect the position of individuals at the time of the appearance.


Date Guest
January 5 Buddy Guy, Blues legend
January 12 Mary Engelbreit, Illustrator
January 19 Calvin Trillin, Author and Humorist
January 26 Gregg Easterbrook, Columnist


Date Guest
February 2 Christine Brennan, USA Today and Morning Edition figure skating expert
February 9 Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper TV's favorite film critics
February 16 Bill Radke, host of KUOW and NPR's Rewind
February 23 Fiona Ritchie, host of NPR's The Thistle & Shamrock


Date Guest
March 2 Randy Newman, Composer and two-time nominee in this year's Academy Awards
March 9 William Mapother, Actor appearing in In The Bedroom
March 18 Maria Bartiromo, CNBC financial journalist
March 23 Leslie Hope, Star of Fox TV's show 24
March 30 Jane Barbe, voice actress known as the “Time Lady”


Date Guest
April 6 Stephnie Weir, comedian and actress, of Fox's MAD TV
April 13 Lloyd Grove, Washington Post "Reliable Source" Columnist
April 20 Neal Pollack, Author The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature
April 27 Eartha Kitt, Singer, actress and author


Date Guest
May 4 Bill Flanagan, VH1 exec and author of the novel A&R
May 11 Kenny Mayne, ESPN SportsCenter host
May 18 Tavis Smiley, the host of NPR's The Tavis Smiley Show
May 25 Chip Rowe, the Playboy Adviser


Date Guest
June 1 Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent for PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
June 8 Lou Dobbs, Host of CNN's Moneyline
June 15 Beth Chamberlin, Star of daytime drama's Guiding Light
June 22 Mary Zimmerman, Tony award-winning director of Metamorphoses
June 29 Louie Anderson, Comedian, author, producer, and Minnesota native


Date Guest
July 6 Buddy Guy, Blues legend (repeat)
July 13 Orrin Hatch Utah Senator
July 20 Bill Scheft Late Show writer and novelist
July 27 Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke


Date Guest
August 3 Kathy Mattea, Singer of the album Roses
August 10 Thisbe Nissen and Erin Ergenbright, authors of The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook
August 17 Peter Greenberg, Today Show travel correspondent and author of the book Flight Crew Confidential
August 24 Bob Mould, of the bands Sugar and Hüsker Dü
August 31 Gary McMahan, Cowboy poet, songwriter, yodeler


Date Guest
September 7 Al Franken, humorist and author of Why Not Me? and Oh, the Things I know!
September 14 Clive Barker, Author
September 21 Fannie Flagg, author of Standing in the Rainbow
September 28 Jim Lehrer, PBS NewsHour host


Date Guest
October 5 Oscar Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas
October 12 Hugh Downs, TV personality and journalist
October 19 Patricia Heaton, Emmy award winning star of Everybody Loves Raymond
October 26 George Wendt, Actor in the play Rounding Third


Date Guest
November 2 David Blaine, Magician
November 9 Scott Adams, cartoonist of Dilbert
November 16 Michele Norris, co-host of All Things Considered
November 23 Paul Theroux, Author of Dark Star Safari: Overland From Cairo to Cape Town
November 30 Nina Totenberg, NPR Legal correspondent


Date Guest
December 7 Steve Schirripa, Actor from HBO's The Sopranos
December 14 Harold Ramis, Writer and director, of Analyze That
December 21 Genevieve Gorder and Doug Wilson, from TLC's Trading Spaces
December 28 Al Franken (repeat)