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Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: The Eco-friendly Mafia.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Hey, if you've ever wondered what we look like, now is your chance to either be pleasantly surprised or horrified. We're doing our first ever TV special in a few weeks. It's WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!'s year in review for 2011.

It's an hour long television special on BBC America, on Friday, December 23rd, and it will also be heard on your favorite public radio station that weekend. I know it will be a tough choice between Carl and Frost the Snowman, but Carl does not need no magic hat to talk.

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SAGAL: That's WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!'s year in review TV special on BBC America December 23rd. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Kyrie?

KYRIE O'CONNOR: Yes.

SAGAL: The mafia, organized crime, as we know, always been deeply involved in, like, garbage, waste management. Now they're changing with the times. In New Jersey at least, they're getting deeply involved with what?

O'CONNOR: Oh my goodness. I didn't know they changed their...

SAGAL: Well, it's kind of they're progressive. They're progressing from simple garbage to?

O'CONNOR: Recycling.

SAGAL: Recycling, yes.

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O'CONNOR: Oh.

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SAGAL: Turns out that the recycling industry in New Jersey is a huge source of profit for organized crime families there. A new report from the state lays it all out. That's right, New Jersey itself is publicizing the fact that the state is deeply corrupt with murderous mob families because they'd rather be known for that than for "Jersey Shore."

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SAGAL: The investigation was a decade in the making. Some residents were suspicious early on when recycling facilities asked them to separate glass, paper and dead body into separate containers.

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PETER GROSZ: It's really like it'd be a shame if that can didn't go in the green container there.

SAGAL: Yeah.

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SAGAL: Isn't it odd to think of the mafia becoming environmentally aware? It's like, hey, I'll make him an offer he can't reuse.

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