Today On TOTN: At Last, A Real Prize For Answering The Junkie Trivia Question!

Ken Rudin and Neal Conan wearing Official Winner t-shirts.

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio model the new Political Junkie T-shirts, which will now be given away each week on Talk of the Nation! Photo by Sarah Handel, NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Photo by Sarah Handel, NPR

For years now, billions of Americans have been sitting around their radio on Wednesday afternoons, around 2 p.m. Eastern time, to hear the Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation.

I don't blame them. I do the same thing.

But starting today, something drastic is changing. As you know, for years each Junkie segment is led off with a trivia question. Callers and e-mailers then submit their answers, as host Neal Conan and I explain why they are right or, usually, wrong. Then Neal tells the first correct responder that he or she has won the "no prize" prize.

Now, that "no prize" is becoming an actual prize. It is the official Political Junkie T-shirt, modeled above by Hollywood actors who look, sadly, a lot like Neal and me. And each week, a shirt will be sent to the first correct answer.

Oh yeah, there may be also some discussion of the week's political news today as well.

Remember, the Political Junkie segment airs every Wednesday on TOTN at 2 p.m. Eastern time, where you can often, but not always, find interesting conversation, useless trivia questions and sparkling jokes.

If your local NPR station doesn't carry TOTN, you can hear the program on the Web or on HD Radio. And if you are a subscriber to XM/Sirius radio, you can find the show there as well (siriusly).

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