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More questions for the panel: The one about Saudi Arabia; A lawmaker's nightmare; And keeping your secrets on the subway.


From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR news quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Roy Blount, Jr., Amy Dickinson and Maz Jobrani. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.


Thank you, Carl.


SAGAL: Thank you so much. In just one minute, Carl tells us to rhyme own self be true in our Listener Limerick Challenge. If you'd like to play, give us a call, 1-888-Wait-Wait, that's 1-888-924-8924.

Right now, panel, some more questions for you from the week's news. Amy, a revelation from WikiLeaks. For years now, the U.S. has tried to dissuade young people in Saudi Arabia from becoming fundamentalists and then going on to terrorism and we failed. But what has shown some results in keeping Saudi kids from declaring jihad on the West?

AMY DICKINSON: Texas cheerleading camp.



DICKINSON: Oh, I bet I'm close. Okay, wait, is it...

SAGAL: Apparently, the Saudi youths feel their lives were always stuck in second gear. It hasn't been their day, their week...


SAGAL: Their month or even their year.

DICKINSON: "Happy Days"?

SAGAL: No, not that show.

DICKINSON: No wait, second gear - "Friends."

SAGAL: Yes, "Friends."


SAGAL: "Friends" has done it. Americans have spent more than half a billion dollars broadcasting U.S.-friendly news into Saudi Arabia and it has absolutely failed to make people there sympathetic to the U.S. You know what has? "Friends."


SAGAL: Also David Letterman and other U.S.-made movies and TV shows. The diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks says that the Saudis admire our values as seen in TV shows like "Friends." Values such as dating Jennifer Aniston.


SAGAL: Dating Courtney Cox and living in really great New York apartments despite not seeming to have a job.


DICKINSON: So are they all like wondering if Ross and Rachel are ever going to get together?

SAGAL: Pretty much.

MAZ JOBRANI: I wonder if they get "24" over there?


SAGAL: I don't think they get "24." They get "Desperate Housewives," which they also love.


SAGAL: We don't understand how that show helps dissuade people from jihad, unless it's like, no need to wage war in America, these people are just about done destroying themselves.


SAGAL: You've spent time there, Maz.


SAGAL: And they watch American TV. They know about...

JOBRANI: Absolutely. I mean I actually did shows in Saudi Arabia. I watched American TV in Saudi Arabia because I don't speak Arabic and the shows didn't look good, the Arabic.

SAGAL: The Arabic shows.

JOBRANI: Yeah, there wasn't a lot of action. It was just some dude talking about jihad. No, I mean it wasn't jihad. No, but in all seriousness, the war to win the hearts and minds really is a cultural thing. Actually, when I was in Italy years ago, this was when "Baywatch" was going on. Italian guys would always - Maz, California, oh, Baywatch, yeah, the women, the running, the blonde, up and down.

DICKINSON: That's really weird because Italian men aren't, like, known for that at all.


JOBRANI: No, they're very...

DICKINSON: Not like they're not into women. So that's really...

JOBRANI: But what's crazy though is because "Baywatch" was happening over there. I live in L.A. And so, I was saying like if these guys came to Los Angeles and went to the beach, like Santa Monica beach, it's a bunch of Mexican families picnicking.

SAGAL: Yeah.


SAGAL: Why are you not running up and down in slow motion?

JOBRANI: Where is blonde boob woman?


SAGAL: Amy, this week we read about newly elected Illinois state legislator Jason Barickman. He was heading to a meeting at the state capitol this week when he got stuck in an elevator with a dozen what?

DICKINSON: Got stuck in an elevator with a dozen - I was just in Springfield yesterday. It would have to be goats.

SAGAL: Goats?

DICKINSON: I'm sorry, did I say goats?

SAGAL: What kind of day did you have in Springfield?

DICKINSON: I had quite a day in Springfield. It would have to be...

ROY BLOUNT JR: A dozen goats.

DICKINSON: A person.

SAGAL: A number of people.

DICKINSON: Oh, a dozen people.

SAGAL: A dozen people who were?

DICKINSON: A dozen schoolchildren.

SAGAL: No. You're a legislator. It's like...

DICKINSON: Lobbyists.



DICKINSON: Oh. Well, I was right, goats.

SAGAL: Yeah.

JOBRANI: Oh, nice.


SAGAL: Let's just hear the story from Representative Barickman himself. Quote, "The elevator starts to go up and then it stops. We're stranded. One of the women looks around and says this is not good. It's too bad we don't have a representative or a senator in here who we could lobby. Then she goes, who are you?" Barickman says he agreed to listen to their arguments after first seeing he was too large to fit through the utility hatch and that there was nothing on the elevator ceiling he could hang himself from.


SAGAL: Amy, while traditionalists are lamenting the rise of e-book readers, the fans of one genre of fiction are thrilled. Owning a Kindle or a Nook or whatever means they can now read what in public without fear of persecution?

DICKINSON: Bodice rippers on your Nookie.

SAGAL: Exactly, romance novels.



SAGAL: For decades...

DICKINSON: Don't ask me how I knew that.

SAGAL: For decades, readers of romance fiction have been forced to hide their lurid paperbacks behind less embarrassing material, like the "Communist Manifesto" or "Going Rogue."


SAGAL: But thanks to the eReader, described as the brown paper bag for books by the New York Times, they can now read their romances discretely in public. This has led romance novels to become the fastest growing category of e-books. The problem though is that while nobody knows you're reading the embarrassing stuff, you don't get credit for the highbrow stuff, right? That's why e-book readers are all sitting in the subway shouting out things like, "Oh, Tolstoy, you've done it again."


JOBRANI: Does this mean those models that used to model, the Fabio...

SAGAL: Yeah, Fabio is no longer necessary.

JOBRANI: Fabio's done?

BLOUNT JR: Didn't he get hit in the face by a bird?

SAGAL: He did.


SAGAL: Funny, you know.

BLOUNT JR: That's how I picture him.

SAGAL: You know, it's really...


SAGAL: You got to feel bad for Fabio. Four thousand full-color romance novel paperback covers and you get hit in the face with a goose on one roller coaster ride and bingo, that's your reputation.

BLOUNT JR: One goose.

SAGAL: One goose, man, one goose.


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