List of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! episodes (2006)

The following is a list of episodes of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's news panel game, that aired during 2005. All episodes, unless otherwise noted, feature Peter Sagal as host and Carl Kasell as announcer/scorekeeper, and originate from the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. Dates indicated are the episodes' original Saturday air dates. Job titles and backgrounds of the guests reflect their status at the time of their appearance.

JanuaryEdit

Date Guest Panelists Notes
January 7 "Best of" episode featuring Iraq-stationed U.S. Army major Robert Bateman
January 14 Poet and commentator Andrei Codrescu Sue Ellicott, P. J. O'Rourke, Paula Poundstone
January 21 Magician Penn Jillette Roy Blount, Jr., Kyrie O'Connor, Charlie Pierce
January 28 Actor Tim Meadows Adam Felber, Roxanne Roberts, Mo Rocca First Wait Wait episode to be made available as a podcast

FebruaryEdit

Date Guest Panelists Notes
February 4 Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart Tom Bodett, Sue Ellicott, Charlie Pierce Guest announcer/scorekeeper Korva Coleman
February 11 Talk show host Sally Jesse Raphael Adam Felber, Kyrie O'Connor, Roxanne Roberts
February 18 Blues harmonica player Corky Siegel Charlie Pierce, Roy Blount, Jr., Amy Dickinson
February 25 Author and former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings Adam Felber, Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca Show recorded at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of University of Utah in Salt Lake City

MarchEdit

Date Guest Panelists
March 4 Columnist Peggy Noonan Adam Felber, Charlie Pierce, Roxanne Roberts
March 11 NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon Adam Felber, Roy Blount, Jr., Kyrie O'Connor
March 18 Actor Elliott Gould Adam Felber, Sue Ellicott, Paula Poundstone
March 25 Humorist Fran Lebowitz Roy Blount, Jr., Amy Dickinson, Mo Rocca

AprilEdit

Date Guest Panelists Notes
April 1 Author Rusty DeWees P. J. O'Rourke, Charlie Pierce, Roxanne Roberts Sow recorded at Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, NH
April 8 Actor/comedian Sarah Silverman Amy Dickinson, Adam Felber, Mo Rocca
April 15 Author Anne Lamott Adam Felber, Tom Bodett, Kyrie O'Connor Show recorded at Van Duzer Theatre in Arcata, CA
April 22 Singer and spoken-word artist Henry Rollins Roy Blount, Jr., Aamer Haleem, Paula Poundstone
April 29 Actor/comedian Billy Connolly Adam Felber, Charlie Pierce, Sue Ellicott

MayEdit

Date Guest Panelists Notes
May 6 Washington, DC mayor Anthony Williams Tom Bodett, Charlie Pierce, Roxanne Roberts Show recorded at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC
May 13 Actor Tom Hanks Roy Blount, Jr., Adam Felber, Paula Poundstone
May 20 Comedian Elayne Boosler Roy Blount, Jr., Kyrie O'Connor, Mo Rocca
May 27 Soccer analyst and radio host Steven Cohen Adam Felber, Roxanne Roberts, P. J. O'Rourke

JuneEdit

Date Guest Panelists Notes
June 3 Comedian and late night TV host Craig Ferguson Tom Bodett, Sue Ellicott, Charlie Pierce
June 10 Comedian Paul Provenza Adam Felber, Paula Poundstone, Roxanne Roberts Guest announcer/scorekeeper Corey Flintoff
June 17 Humorist Calvin Trillin Roy Blount, Jr., Amy Dickinson, Mo Rocca Show recorded at Folly Theater in Kansas City, MO
Guest announcer/scorekeeper Corey Flintoff
June 24 NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams Sue Ellicott, Charlie Pierce, Aamer Haleem Guest announcer/scorekeeper Korva Coleman

JulyEdit

Date Guest Panelists Notes
July 1 PBS journalist Gwen Ifill Luke Burbank, Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca
July 8 "Best of" episode featuring Iraq-stationed U.S. Army major Robert Bateman
July 15 Comedian/actress Janeane Garofalo Paula Poundstone, Roy Blount, Jr., Richard Roeper
July 22 Humpy Wheeler, former NASCAR driver and president/GM of Lowe's Motor Speedway Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca, Kyrie O'Connor Show recorded at Belk Theatre in Charlotte, NC
July 29 Actor Romany Malco Luke Burbank, Charlie Pierce, Roxanne Roberts

AugustEdit

Date Guest Panelists Notes
August 5 "Best of" episode featuring US Senator Barack Obama, actor Tom Hanks, NPR personality Terry Gross, and game show champ Ken Jennings
August 12 Comedian/actor Tommy Chong Sue Ellicott, Aamer Haleem, Charlie Pierce Guest host Luke Burbank
August 19 CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien Roy Blount, Jr., Tom Bodett, Paula Poundstone
August 26 Comedian Rita Rudner Charlie Pierce, Amy Dickinson, Adam Felber

SeptemberEdit

Date Guest Panelists Notes
September 2 "Best of" episode featuring Washington, DC mayor Anthony Williams
September 9 Actor Alan Alda Roy Blount, Jr., Amy Dickinson Paula Poundstone
September 16 Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi Tom Bodett, Kyrie O'Connor, Mo Rocca Show recorded at John Lyman Center in New Haven, CT
September 23 The View co-host Joy Behar Paula Poundstone, Paul Provenza, Roxanne Roberts
September 30 Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash and Elmo Tom Bodett, Sue Ellicott, Charlie Pierce

OctoberEdit

Date Guest Panelists
October 7 Author and former Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings Tom Bodett, Kyrie O'Connor, Roxanne Roberts
October 14 "Best of 'Not My Job'" featuring news anchor Brian Williams, actors Janeane Garofalo and Alan Alda, writer Anne Lamott, and magician Penn Jillette
October 21 Humorist Dave Barry Roy Blount, Jr., Sue Ellicott, Mo Rocca
October 28 TV host Tom Bergeron Tom Bodett, Amy Dickinson, Angela Nissel

NovemberEdit

Date Guest Panelists Notes
November 4 Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales P. J. O'Rourke, Paula Poundstone, Roxanne Roberts Show recorded at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, FL
November 11 Satirist Andy Borowitz Tom Bodett, Aamer Haleem, Kyrie O'Connor
November 18 Actor and novelist Harry Shearer Paula Poundstone, Roy Blount, Jr., Paul Provenza
November 25 "Best of" episode

DecemberEdit

Date Guest Panelists
December 2 Comedic actress & writer Amy Sedaris Amy Dickinson, Charlie Pierce, Mo Rocca
December 9 Actress/writer Tina Fey Tom Bodett, Angela Nissel, Paula Poundstone
December 16 Astronaut Pam Melroy Mo Rocca, Adam Felber, Kyrie O'Connor
December 23 Jazz musician Branford Marsalis Charlie Pierce, Roy Blount, Jr., Roxanne Roberts
December 30 "Best of" episode featuring Washington, DC mayor Anthony Williams

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