List of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! episodes (2011)

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The following is a list of episodes of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's news panel game, during 2011.[1] Job titles reflect the position of individuals at the time of the appearance. All shows, unless otherwise indicated, are hosted by Peter Sagal with announcer/scorekeeper Carl Kassell and are taped at Chicago's Chase Auditorium.


Date Guest Panelists Notes
January 1 Writer/director Nora Ephron Mo Rocca, Roy Blount, Jr., Paula Poundstone Media-themed episode
Show recorded at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY
January 8 Fox Sports analyst and former NFL defensive tackle Tony Siragusa Tom Bodett, Paula Poundstone, Charlie Pierce Guest host Peter Grosz
January 15 Music executive Russell Simmons Maz Jobrani, Amy Dickinson, Mo Rocca Guest announcer/scorekeeper Korva Coleman
January 22 Musician Lucinda Williams Tom Bodett, Roxanne Roberts, Luke Burbank
January 29 Former baseball great Cal Ripken, Jr. Faith Salie, Kyrie O'Connor, Brian Babylon


Date Guest Panelists Notes
February 5 Novelist Carl Hiaasen Mo Rocca, Roxanne Roberts, Alonzo Bodden
February 12 Sports-themed "Best of" episode, featuring Pete Carroll, Joey Harrington, Buster Olney, Kelly Slater, and Monica Seles
February 19 Actor John Leguizamo Luke Burbank, Roxanne Roberts, Charlie Pierce
February 26 Actor Jesse Eisenberg Paula Poundstone, Adam Felber, Roy Blount, Jr.


Date Guest Panelists Notes
March 5 Actress Lisa Kudrow Brian Babylon, Roxanne Roberts, Roy Blount, Jr.
March 12 Comedian Pee-Wee Herman Tom Bodett, Faith Salie, Mo Rocca
March 19 Singer/songwriter Judy Collins Maz Jobrani, Amy Dickinson, Paula Poundstone
March 26 Talk show host Jerry Springer Charlie Pierce, Kyrie O'Connor, P. J. O'Rourke Show recorded in Waterbury, CT


Date Guest Panelists Notes
April 2 Humorist and writer Dave Barry Peter Grosz, Kyrie O'Connor, Tom Bodett Health-themed episode
Show recorded in Miami, FL
April 9 Comedian Jessi Klein Tom Bodett, Roxanne Roberts, Peter Grosz
April 16 Writer/producer David Simon Charlie Pierce, Kyrie O'Connor, Luke Burbank
April 23 Filmmaker John Waters Adam Felber, Amy Dickinson, Mo Rocca Show recorded in Baltimore, MD
April 30 Stuntman Hal Needham Faith Salie, Paula Poundstone, Roy Blount, Jr.


Date Guest Panelists Notes
May 7 Comedian Demetri Martin Brian Babylon, Amy Dickinson, Mo Rocca
May 14 Rebroadcast of technology-themed 4/4/2009 episode featuring journalist and food writer Michael Pollan
May 21 US presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson Charlie Pierce, Roxanne Roberts, Paula Poundstone
May 28 Chef Bob Waggoner Tom Bodett, Faith Salie, Adam Felber Show recorded in Charleston, SC


Date Guest Panelists Notes
June 4 Actor Kevin Bacon Alonzo Bodden, Amy Dickinson, Paula Poundstone
June 11 Drag artist RuPaul Charlie Pierce, Roxanne Roberts, P. J. O'Rourke
June 18 Actor Simon Pegg Faith Salie, Luke Burbank, Mo Rocca
June 25 Former US President Bill Clinton Maz Jobrani, Tom Bodett, Jessi Klein


Date Guest Panelists Notes
July 2 Singer Vince Gill Adam Felber, Kyrie O'Connor, Roy Blount, Jr. Show recorded in Nashville, TN
July 9 Musician-themed "Best of" episode, featuring Neko Case, The Village People, Wayne Newton, Bettye LaVette, and Elvis Costello
July 16 Twitter co-founder Biz Stone Faith Salie, Peter Grosz, Paula Poundstone Show recorded in San Francisco, CA
July 23 Talk show personality Larry King Brian Babylon, Roxanne Roberts, Tom Bodett
July 30 Singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash Luke Burbank, Kyrie O'Connor, Roy Blount, Jr.


Date Guest Panelists Notes
August 6 Actor Jason Bateman Charlie Pierce, Mo Rocca, Amy Dickinson
August 13 Fishing boat captain and Deadliest Catch personality Andy Hillstrand Adam Felber, Paula Poundstone, Tom Bodett Show recorded in Fairbanks, AK
August 20 "Best of" episode featuring Kevin Bacon, Lisa Kudrow, Pee-wee Herman, Lucy Lawless, and John Leguizamo
August 27 Listener-selected "Best of" episode featuring actor Dick Van Dyke and former US President Bill Clinton


Date Guest Panelists Notes
September 3 Economist Austan Goolsbee Alonzo Bodden, Amy Dickinson, Adam Felber
September 10 Actor Henry Winkler Paula Poundstone, Charlie Pierce, Kyrie O'Connor
September 17 Musician Colin Meloy of The Decemberists Peter Grosz, Roxanne Roberts, Roy Blount, Jr. Show recorded in Portland, OR
September 24 Primatologist Jane Goodall Jessi Klein, Brian Babylon, Paula Poundstone


Date Guest Panelists Notes
October 1 Fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson Faith Salie, Maz Jobrani, Tom Bodett
October 8 Astrophysicist Adam Riess Luke Burbank, Paula Poundstone, P. J. O'Rourke
October 15 Comedian Patton Oswalt Mo Rocca, Charlie Pierce, Amy Dickinson Guest announcer/scorekeeper Korva Coleman
October 22 Rebroadcast of media-themed 1/1/2011 episode featuring writer/director Nora Ephron
October 29 Actor Alan Alda Tom Bodett, Roxanne Roberts, Brian Babylon Show recorded in Indianapolis, IN


Date Guest Panelists Notes
November 5 Actor Colin Hanks Kyrie O'Connor, Peter Grosz, Paula Poundstone
November 12 Writer/producer and voice actor Seth MacFarlane Tom Bodett, Amy Dickinson, Charlie Pierce
November 19 Comedian Marc Maron Adam Felber, Faith Salie, Roy Blount, Jr. Show recorded in Tampa, FL
November 26 "Best of" episode featuring actor Henry Winkler, primatologist Jane Goodall, actor Jason Bateman, fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson, and singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash


Date Guest Panelists Notes
December 3 Writer Susan Orlean Mo Rocca, Roxanne Roberts, Luke Burbank
December 10 Thoroughbred jockey Chris McCarron Peter Grosz, Kyrie O'Connor, Charlie Pierce Show recorded in Richmond, KY
December 17 Comedian Bill Maher Maz Jobrani, Jessi Klein, Paula Poundstone
December 23
December 24
Author Neil Gaiman Alonzo Bodden, Paula Poundstone, Nick Hancock TV Title:"A Royal Pain in the News"

Episode theme: "News of 2011 in review"
This show was the first and only show broadcast on television as well as radio.

December 31 Rebroadcast of health-themed 4/2/2011 episode featuring humorist and writer Dave Barry


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