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Well, guess what? My favorite public radio program, the Chicago-based “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” is going to do a show from Nashville this summer.
On June 30.
During my other Mountain T.O.P. AIM week.
Ed, Jay, Julie, Kim, Sam, Bo and Buddy, I just hope you guys know how much I love you. Because if I didn’t love you ….
NPR may be having a bad week, but my favorite NPR program had a very, very good week. The “Not My Job” guest on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” is the legendary Dick Van Dyke — a man who has done so much for entertainment that host Peter Sagal joked that the DVD was named after him.
The very clever “Not My Job” quiz they concoted for him included a question about “Dick” Nixon, a question about a new Chrysler van, and a question about the world’s largest dike.
But the highlight comes at the very end of the segment. As Peter is wrapping things up, Mo Rocca begins cheerily humming the “Dick Van Dyke Show” theme song, which leads Dick to reveal that it has lyrics — and then, he offers to sing them.
Listen to the whole show at the NPR web site or your local station, or listen to just the Dick Van Dyke segment here:
By the way, I think I’ve passed along this story here before, but the “Star Trek” theme also has lyrics — but for a mercenary reason. When creator Gene Roddenberry hired Alexander Courage to write the theme, the contract reserved the right for Roddenberry to write lyrics for it later. Once the show had become a modest success, Roddenberry exercised that right — not so that the lyrics could be used on the show, or even used at all, but because writing the lyrics made Roddenberry the co-writer of the song and entitled him to half of the royalties! Courage resented this maneuver and, reportedly, refused to write any incidental music for the show after that.
I enjoy reading NPR’s pop culture blogger Linda Holmes, and she had a witty post last week that involved what to do with a slightly-damaged bobblehead of Jamie Hyneman from “Mythbusters,” now that she’s replaced it with a brand-new and undamaged bobblehead. Quoting part of that post:
[S]omeone pointed out to me on Twitter that this is a perfect opportunity for me to destroy Broken Jamie in some spectacular manner, which I might even be able to document for you.
I am not sure, however, whether this is the right end for Broken Jamie. Wouldn’t I feel guilty?
Well, Holmes’ post made its way to the flesh-and-blood Jamie Hyneman, who had his own ideas about what should be done with Broken Jamie.
By the way, I’ve been enjoying Kari Byron’s new show “Head Rush,” although there’s less new content than I was expecting. basically, the show is just an excuse to show edited-down “Mythbusters” episodes, with a little bit of new wraparound content.
Here’s the Michael Pollan / Paula Poundstone dustup I mentioned earlier:
I forgot you could embed NPR segments.
Normally, I’m disappointed when “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” is on break and runs a “best of” episode — after all, it’s a topical news quiz — but this week’s compilation, based on listener favorite suggestions, is pretty darn good, and a great introduction to the show if you’ve never listened to it.
In one of the repeated segments, they ask TV’s Craig Ferguson — who is open about being a recovering alcoholic — three questions about a man who has a more literal monkey on his back.
But the highlight of the package is an appearance by healthy food expert Michael Pollan — who gets into a hysterically-funny argument with panelist Paula Poundstone over the importance of comfort foods like Twinkies and Ring-Dings. Even if you don’t listen to the whole show, skip ahead in the NPR player to this segment.
For some reason, the audio for this week’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” didn’t get posted to the web site until this morning, but it was worth waiting for: John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants are the guests this week on the “Not My Job” segment.
They have to answer three trivia questions about … wait for it … Andre The Giant. You will be stunned at who used to drive Andre to school as a boy, at least according to Cary Elwes on the “Princess Bride” DVD commentary track.
A good episode all around.
Pete Docter of Pixar, the director of “Up,” is the “Not My Job” guest on this week’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!”
Happily, even though Carl Kasell is retiring this month from his role as the newscaster for NPR’s “Morning Edition,” he will remain as the announcer, scorekeeper, and prize (he records a message on the winners’ answering machines) for “Wait, Wait.”
Brian Williams — who could probably have a career as a comedian if the news thing ever stops working out — is, as expected, a very, very funny guest on this week’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” If you’ve seen Williams as a guest on “The Daily Show,” this will seem familiar — the same weary tone of mock offense as the host tries to put him in the middle of a silly premise or situation.