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Heard locally on WLRN-FM (91.3), Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal once appeared in a music video starring (a) Michael Jackson, (b) Michael Moore, (c) Mandy Moore, or (d) Marilyn Manson? That's right -- (a) Michael Jackson! Carl, what has our listener won?

Fans of National Public Radio's hilarious current events quiz show can attend tapings for future broadcasts right here in South Florida. Host Peter Sagal and announcer Carl Kasell -- along with panelists Charles Pierce (an Esquire writer), Paula Poundstone (comic), and Roxanne Roberts (of the Washington Post) -- are including Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St.) among the stops on their national tour. The irreverent and witty program, now in its sixth year, features a quiz, a fill-in-the-blank round, limericks, and a segment wherein a caller must determine from a group which is the fake news item. A special guest (not named at press time) will answer questions from outside his or her area of expertise. The one-hour broadcast mixes the humor of television programs such as The Daily Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann with elements unique to radio (Kasell and his deep, rich voice are a hoot; the prize for call-in winners is an answering machine greeting recorded by the 50-year radio veteran). No less fun, it is more informative than its TV counterparts, skewing intellectual as NPR shows are wont to do, but also featuring plenty of odd tidbits. Sagal, a writer perhaps best known for his plays, says that he and his five-member staff gather most of the material for their show from the Internet. Along with what he calls the "mainstream stuff," Sagal also gleans items from and Jim Romenesko's Obscure Store and Reading Room ( "And we get Maxim and Stuff, because they send us those for free, but we don't really read them."


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