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KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR News quiz. I'm Bill Kurtis. We're playing this week with Alonzo Bodden, Paula Poundstone and Mo Rocca. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
Thank you, Bill.
SAGAL: In just a minute, it was the best of rhymes. It was the worst of rhymes. It's our Listener Limerick Challenge. If you'd like to play, give us a call at 1-888-WAITWAIT. That's 1-888-924-8924. Right now, panel, some more questions for you from the week's news. Mo, this week, Saudi Arabia lifted its 35-year-old ban on movie theaters and celebrated that decision by screening a very special film. What was it?
MO ROCCA: Boy, I'm going to go back 35 years.
SAGAL: No, it's a contemporary movie.
ROCCA: OK. And...
ROCCA: It's - I think it's not going to be "Frozen."
ROCCA: It's not - "Ishtar" because that took place in the Middle East.
SAGAL: That's a good guess, but...
SAGAL: ...It is an animated film.
ROCCA: It's an animated...
PAULA POUNDSTONE: Oh, oh, oh.
SAGAL: Presumably, their reaction was clapping hand, clapping hand, clapping hand, smiley face.
ROCCA: Oh, oh, oh.
ROCCA: Oh. Is it the little things that those...
ROCCA: ...Clappy (ph) hand, clappy hand, clappy hand?
ROCCA: I don't know what clappy - give me one more clue, please. No...
SAGAL: Sad face, Mo.
ROCCA: It's the - oh, oh, "The Emoji Movie."
SAGAL: "The Emoji Movie..."
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SAGAL: They waited 35 years to see a movie, and it was "The Emoji Movie." And everybody thought that this new Saudi Crown Prince would end the human rights abuses.
POUNDSTONE: So wait a minute. So they - what do you mean, they changed the law of 35 years? What was the law?
SAGAL: This is what happened. The Saudi government banned public screenings of movies back in 1983, partly as a response to religious pressure and partly because the Saudi...
ALONZO BODDEN: They saw "Ishtar."
ROCCA: That was the year, I think, it came out (laughter).
SAGAL: Exactly. No more movies. Maybe they thought "The Big Chill" was self-involved and overrated. Close the theaters.
SAGAL: So no movies were shown in the country for 35 years until the current crown prince and a wave of his reforms announced that he was lifting the ban. And they started with a showing of "The Emoji Movie."
BODDEN: Well, I think if it's been 35 years since you've been allowed to see a movie, and you see "The Emoji Movie," you're probably going to give it another 35.
SAGAL: Yeah, exactly.
POUNDSTONE: Yeah, yeah. Right. Yeah. The clamor to change that law will now recede. So the guy - it was probably, like, a trick.
SAGAL: It was.
POUNDSTONE: You know, the guy's like, you want to see a movie? I'll show you a movie.
SAGAL: Alonzo, researchers in China have discovered evidence of a new kind of dinosaur with what distinct characteristic?
BODDEN: Wow, a new dinosaur?
SAGAL: Well, it has feathers, which are actually quite colorful feathers that make it look particularly...
ROCCA: Colorful? Beautiful?
SAGAL: Beautiful, yes.
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SAGAL: Generally, the best thing you could say about dinosaur's looks is that they have a really great personality.
SAGAL: This dinosaur is called the Caihong, or as the other dinosaurs called it, hubba hubba.
ROCCA: It should be called a hottosaurus (ph).
SAGAL: It has this sort of vibrant, rainbow-colored feathers that, apparently, they believe sparkled in the sun. The Caihong was delicate, too - it was about the size of a large bird and had well-defined cheekbones from all the YouTube videos it saw on contouring.
POUNDSTONE: But how do they know it had feathers? Did the feathers last?
SAGAL: Yeah, apparently, they found evidence of its feathers and the composition of the feathers, and they know that the feathers sparkled. Isn't that cool?
BODDEN: So in a time now when we are literally battling science, where people just deny...
BODDEN: ...Science exists and so on, is this really a good time to say that there was a really pretty, feathered dinosaur?
BODDEN: Like, can we just get them to believe there were dinosaurs?
SAGAL: Yeah. Start there. It's also going to make - it's so terrible to have a new, pretty dinosaur. It's going to make the T. Rex feel even more self-conscious about its tiny arms.
POUNDSTONE: Well, not to mention its big head.
ROCCA: It does sound kind of Liberace-like, but as you point out, it would be hard to play the piano....
SAGAL: It would be.
ROCCA: ...For a dinosaur.
BODDEN: I think there are other reasons it would be difficult...
BODDEN: ...For a dinosaur to play the piano, starting with there were no pianos.
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JOE COCKER: (Singing) You are so beautiful to me. You are so beautiful to me. Can't you see?
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