Opening Panel Round Our panelists answer questions about the week's news ... A colicky Speaker of the House; and if Three Mile Island is booked, try this vacation hot spot.
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Our panelists answer questions about the week's news ... A colicky Speaker of the House; and if Three Mile Island is booked, try this vacation hot spot.

PETER SAGAL, host:

We want to remind everyone they can join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium. For tickets and more information, you can go to WBEZ.org or you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, it's time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Adam, speaker-to-be John Boehner made some news when he was profiled on "60 Minutes" last weekend. Not because of anything he said, but because of something he did, twice. What?

Mr. ADAM FELBER (Writer, "Real Time with Bill Maher"): He cried.

SAGAL: He cried.

(Soundbite of bell)

Mr. FELBER: He's a crybaby.

SAGAL: He balled.

Mr. FELBER: I want to take toys from him just to watch him do it.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. FELBER: I want to hand him toys and take them away.

SAGAL: But when we say crying, if you didn't see it, we're not talking about, you know, a couple tears, you know. This is waterworks and blubbering.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SAGAL: He says about his crying, well what you see is what you get. Well what we're seeing is a 14-year-old girl watching "Twilight" for the 18th time.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of applause)

Ms. KYRIE O'CONNOR (Deputy Editor/Blogger, Houston Chronicle): I know everyone's - no woman could get away with that.

Mr. PETER GROSZ (Comedy Writer/Performer): No.

SAGAL: Well that's what they say. I mean, if Nancy Pelosi ever cried, nobody would have taken her seriously.

Mr. GROSZ: Plus, she would short circuit.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SAGAL: Maybe that's why.

(Soundbite of applause)

Mr. GROSZ: That's why.

SAGAL: Maybe that's why not.

Mr. FELBER: But you know, no man could away with this either.

SAGAL: But he's getting away with it.

Mr. FELBER: But he's the first.

Ms. O'CONNOR: He's not the first.

Mr. FELBER: There's never been a guy who could cry this much.

Mr. GROSZ: He's not getting away with it. Listen to how much fun we're making of the guy.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. GROSZ: We're tearing him to shreds for having emotions. I don't think he's getting away with it.

Ms. O'CONNOR: I'm sorry, men cry all the time. Athletes cry, coaches cry, everyone's...

Mr. GROSZ: That's not crying, that's Gatorade.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. GROSZ: Getting Gatorade dumped on them.

SAGAL: Peter, it's never too early to plan your summer vacation. We have got a hot getaway for you.

Mr. GROSZ: Oh great.

SAGAL: It's in the heart of Ukraine.

Mr. GROSZ: Oh no.

SAGAL: And the only thing you need to pack is your sense of adventure and a Geiger counter.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SAGAL: What's this new must-see destination?

Mr. GROSZ: Well first of all, I always pack my Geiger counter on vacation.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. GROSZ: In the center of Ukraine? Is it the Chernobyl disaster site?

SAGAL: It is.

(Soundbite of bell)

(Soundbite of applause)

SAGAL: You've heard of 100 places to see before you die? This is one place to see as you're dying. Yes, if you ever wanted to visit the devastated site of a globally infamous disaster and you can't get tickets to the "Spiderman" musical, this is your best option. The 30-mile radius around the exploded reactor has been sealed off for decades. But now, for the first time, it's being opened to the public. As one spokesperson said, "There are things to see there if one follows the official route and doesn't stray away from the group."

(Soundbite of laughter)

SAGAL: Also, do not feed the three-headed tour guides.

Mr. FELBER: I heard the reviews are glowing.

Mr. GROSZ: You know, they've got that great mascot Mikhail Mouse, who's got six legs.

SAGAL: That's true.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. GROSZ: Who's going to be like, you know what, it is pretty cheap?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. GROSZ: You know, I could go to Maui.

SAGAL: Yeah. But the flights were so high.

Mr. GROSZ: So expensive.

Ms. O'CONNOR: Well, actually, it's supposed to be - I mean, it's like totally overrun with wildlife because there's, like, been nobody there.

SAGAL: Right. I mean, if anything bites you, chances are you'll gain the strength and powers of that animal though.

Mr. FELBER: Yeah, exactly.

Ms. O'CONNOR: Yeah.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. FELBER: That's actually worth the risks.

Mr. GROSZ: That's one of the rides.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. O'CONNOR: And then later they'll make a terrible musical about you.

SAGAL: I know. With your luck, though, it'll be like an earthworm.

Mr. GROSZ: Yeah.

SAGAL: That won't be any fun.

Mr. GROSZ: Worm man. Great, Dad, now I can burrow.

SAGAL: Yeah.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SAGAL: He's gained the power to process soil through his digestive system.

Mr. GROSZ: Cut him in half, watch two worms grow.

(Soundbite of music)

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