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Turkey's Role In The Khashoggi Case

Oct 20, 2018

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As Amandla Stenberg prepared for her lead role in the film adaptation of The Hate U Give, she devoured Angie Thomas' 2017 young adult novel. "Reading the book became this strange, spiritual thing because it started to feel like I was reading my own diary," she says.

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Finally today, we're going to head into the Barbershop. That's where we talk to interesting people about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

Anticipation is growing along with the zeros in the Mega Millions lottery winnings. The prize hit $1.6 billion after no one won the jackpot in a drawing on Friday night.

That's the largest lottery jackpot in history, surpassing the $1.586 billion Powerball prize in January 2016.

Mega Millions lead director Gordon Medenica called it "uncharted territory."

A winner who wants the money in a lump sum can opt for the cash option of about $905 million.

The next drawing will be on Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

American lawmakers and European leaders have reacted with skepticism following the Saudi government's confirmation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death.

Lawyer turned novelist John Grisham is known for his legal thrillers such as A Time to Kill and The Firm. So he no doubt knows plenty about legal briefs ... but what does he know about men's briefs? We've invited him to play a game called "The Comfy Cotton Brief."

Click the audio link above to see how he does.

Predictions

Oct 20, 2018

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Now, panel, who will be the next person to take a DNA test, and what will they find? Hari Kondabolu.

HARI KONDABOLU: West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin will find out he's two-thirds chicken, which explains his vote in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

Oct 20, 2018

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Now on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can; each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Oct 20, 2018

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Hi. You are on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

STEPHANIE: Hello.

SAGAL: Hi. Who's this?

STEPHANIE: This is Stephanie (ph) from Denver, Colo.

SAGAL: Hey. How are things in Denver?

STEPHANIE: They're good. They're pretty warm this week.

Bluff The Listener

Oct 20, 2018

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KURTIS: ...At the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

Panel Questions

Oct 20, 2018

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We're playing this week with Mo Rocca, Hari Kondabolu and Amy Dickinson. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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Thank you, Bill.

Panel Questions

Oct 20, 2018

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Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Mo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in London's Ecuadorian Embassy for six years. But this week, his hosts gave him an ultimatum saying they would kick him out if he didn't do what?

Who's Bill This Time

Oct 20, 2018

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. Put your candy in my bucket. It's Billoween (ph)...

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KURTIS: And I'm Bill Kurtis. And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

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Thanks to the Internet, you can buy just about anything online and have it shipped to you in a few days or less.

The process is reminiscent of the early 1900s, when people turned to mail-order catalogs to find things to buy. And — amazingly, for the time — they could even order homes via catalog.

Given what's going on most days in the headlines, Tahereh Mafi's new novel A Very Large Expanse of Sea — longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature — feels resonant in its somber portrayal of Shirin, a 16-year-old Muslim girl making her way in post 9/11 America. It's a cerebral, impassioned, and zeitgeisty bildungsroman that follows two young people ahead of their time but trapped by a society that strips them of any real power.

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Joan of Arc is an emblem: a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, the inspiration of so many novels and films and George Bernard Shaw's iconic play Saint Joan.

She was also once a real teenage girl. She did farm work. And she had parents, who loved her and were with her until her end — when she was burned at the stake in 1431.

Sarah Perry On 'Melmoth'

Oct 20, 2018

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I wait all week to say it's time for sports.

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What can an old piece of cloth tell us about the rise and fall of a kingdom? Quite a lot, if you know how to read it.

I once listened to an interview with Spanish singer-songwriter Joaquín Sabina in which he said a good song is the sum of good lyrics, good music, and something else no one can describe. That definition works, but only if you never identify the last thing. In Jeff Jackson's Destroy All Monsters, performance is the third component, and focusing on that mystic element kills music's significance and magic.

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