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The Amazing Carl

We listen to some of our Scorekeeper Emeritus Carl Kasell's greatest sound effects.

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BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm surprisingly telegenic anchorman Bill Kurtis.

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KURTIS: Especially at this age. And here's your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Illinois, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Thank you, Bill. Thanks everybody.

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SAGAL: Thanks so much. Thank you. Until recently, Bill Kurtis right here worked in the tough world of television news where the never-ending news cycle means you were on all the time. Middle of the night? No matter - Bill Kurtis was on the job.

KURTIS: You know, Peter, I've done some of my best work blitzed out of my mind on Ambien.

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SAGAL: Well, we do things a little differently in public radio. Allow me to introduce you, Bill, to a new concept - taking a week off.

KURTIS: It sounds so wrong, yet it feels so right.

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SAGAL: So today, we're going to play some of our favorite bits from past shows and some of your favorite bits as well. Let's start by going back to the last World Cup. In 2010, Carl Kasell showed then that his talents were wasted merely reading the news.

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CARL KASELL, BYLINE: Goooooaaalllll.

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SAGAL: Whoa. That was impressive. Carl also introduced our listeners to the world's most hated musical instrument.

KASELL: Eeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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AMY DICKINSON: Wow.

TOM BODETT: God, that's annoying.

SAGAL: That was Carl imitating a sound everybody, or at least World Cup soccer fans now know all too well. What is it?

JERUSHA KARRAKER: Oh, it's the South African trumpet.

SAGAL: Yes.

KARRAKER: Well, I don't know how to say it.

SAGAL: Well, that's OK. We'll give it to you. Its called the vuvuzela is what it's called.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Very good, that's what it is.

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SAGAL: And if that doesn't impress you, listen to this. Amazing special effect. And remember, this was done entirely without computers.

KASELL: Pyoo. Pyoo. Pyoo.

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SAGAL: That was Carl doing ray-gun noises.

KARRAKER: Oh, I see. OK.

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KURTIS: Carl, repeat after me.

KASELL: OK.

SAGAL: Pyoo, pyoo, pyoo, pyoo.

BODETT: Yeah, don't you know, ray - pyoo, pyoo, pyoo, pyoo.

SAGAL: Come on, Carl.

BODETT: It's a universal ray gun.

KASELL: Pyoo, pyoo, pyoo, pyoo.

(LAUGHTER)

BODETT: That's closer.

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