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Panel Round One

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Off By A Foot.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone to join us here, most weeks, back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Ill. For tickets and more information, go to wbez.org. And you can find a link at our website waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Mo, for years, observers have wondered if those barefoot shoes with little toes are as dumb as they look. Well, this week, the manufacturers responded to a lawsuit by saying that the shoes are what?

MO ROCCA: Dumb.

SAGAL: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Vibram FiveFingers - those little, rubber shoes are those things you wore to make people hate you before they came along with Google Glass.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Vibram had claimed those strange, rubber foot gloves strengthen your feet and prevent injury while running. Well, studies show they do not. And in many cases, they actually increase injuries as onlookers can't help but punch you in the face.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Wasn't the goal that you were supposed to feel like you're barefoot?

SAGAL: Yes. The idea was that you ran barefoot with the added protection of rubber foot gloves.

ROCCA: Instead of just running barefoot.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: I don't understand your hostility to the rubber foot glove.

(LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: I mean, of everything there is to be upset about in the world, the rubber foot glove does not make it to my top 10 list.

(LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: Why would anybody punch somebody for wearing a rubber foot glove?

ROCCA: I think they're good, and they're also quite sanitary. I don't - I want - if anyone is going to stomp the grapes to make my wine...

SAGAL: Yes.

ROCCA: ...I want them wearing those foot gloves.

(LAUGHTER)

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