February 3, 2010
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ENERGY SECRETARY STEVEN CHU TO PLAY "NOT MY JOB"
ON NPR'S NEWS QUIZ SHOW WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

February 3, 2010; Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu – in a move that is sure to do the Nobel committee proud – will be this week's guest on the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!. Chu will join the show for Wait Wait's "Not My Job" segment, where famous people are interviewed and quizzed on subjects they generally know nothing about.

The program with Chu is taping tomorrow in front of an audience in Chicago, where the show is produced, and will air this weekend on NPR Member stations nationwide. Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is also available as streaming audio and a free podcast at www.npr.org/waitwait

Now in its 12th year and with a Peabody Award under its belt, Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! offers audiences a taste of NPR without the dignity. Host Peter Sagal, along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week's news. Contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded greeting by Kasell for their voicemail.

The "Not My Job" segment that will feature Chu has attracted such notable D.C. names as (then senator) Barack Obama, quizzed about baseball odd-ball Wade Boggs; White House advisor David Axelrod, whose quiz – "No, We Can't!" – was about utopian dreamers whose plans ended badly; Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, asked about the habits of rock stars; and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, quizzed on various types of scooters.

Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! has an audience of nearly 3 million listeners weekly on 520 NPR member public radio stations; its audience has grown in every ratings period since its premiere in January 1998. The show is produced by NPR and Chicago Public Radio; Doug Berman is Executive Producer. To find local stations and broadcast times, visit www.npr.org/stations