October 13, 2009
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Anna Christopher, NPR


   

"NPR WITHOUT THE DIGNITY"

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH SCOTT SIMON AND THE GUYS
WHO BRING YOU CAR TALK AND WAIT WAIT… DON'T TELL ME!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT NPR.TICKETLEAP.COM FOR THE EVENT
NOVEMBER 14 AT 7PM AT RONALD REAGAN BUILDING AMPHITHEATRE

October 13, 2009; Washington, D.C. – NPR fans who waste every Saturday morning listening to Car Talk and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! can finally waste a night with them in person. For the first time ever, NPR brings its Saturday stars together for "NPR Without the Dignity." Weekend Edition host Scott Simon will lead a conversation with the guys who’ve devoted their lives to making NPR lighten up: Car Talk brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, and Wait Wait host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell.

This exclusive event will take place November 14, 2009, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Amphitheater at 7:00PM (ET). Tickets are on sale now at npr.ticketleap.com The venue is located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C.

On sharing a stage with the Car Talk guys, Peter Sagal quipped: "We're looking forward to laughing at their jokes to relieve them of the burden of doing it themselves." Ray Magliozzi responded: "Well, we're always interested in learning about how the good NPR shows operate. Are any of them going to be represented that night, or is it just Sagal again?"

Car Talk is heard on more than 647 public radio stations by 3.85 million people every week. Tom and Ray Magliozzi's Peabody Award-winning program answers questions about automobiles – well, sort of. Imagine the Marx Brothers answering car questions, Monty Python imitating car noises or A.J. Foyt telling someone how to pop a hood; it’s like that.

Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is the oddly informative news quiz that uses current stories (from the global to the silly) for questions and comedy. The program has an audience of 2.85 million listeners weekly on more than 520 NPR Member stations; its audience has grown in every ratings period since its premiere in January 1998. Peter Sagal hosts the Peabody-award winning show, and is also a book author and playwright. Carl Kasell serves as the official judge and scorekeeper. Kasell has been a newscaster for NPR News’ daily newsmagazine Morning Edition since its 1979 inception and sometimes moonlights as a magician.