Panel Questions On the road to bad habits, free bird, prisoner of love.

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On the road to bad habits, free bird, prisoner of love.

BILL 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 Tom Papa, Negin Farsad and Paula Poundstone. And here again is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.



Thank you, Bill. Thank you, everybody. In just a minute, Bill tries to convince us he should be the next justice appointed to the Supreme Court. It wouldn't be a bad choice. It's the 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. Tom, a new study finds 10 weeks after drivers pass their driving test, new drivers finally become what?

TOM PAPA: I have a new driver.

SAGAL: You do?

PAPA: Yeah, my daughter is just starting to drive.

SAGAL: When did she get her driver's license?

PAPA: This month. I was going to say maybe at that time they will become more agreeable.

SAGAL: No, that's not it.


PAPA: Can I have a hint?

SAGAL: Well, it takes a while to forget all that stuff that you had to remember to pass the test.

PAPA: A bad driver.

SAGAL: Yes, it takes 10 weeks to become a completely terrible driver.


SAGAL: In 10 weeks, according to a survey - what they did was they asked people who've been driving for 10 weeks, are you still doing this, that, the other thing? And it turns out most of them had stopped, you know, using turn signals or make...

PAPA: So for, like, 10 weeks before they get their license, they're horrible.

SAGAL: Yeah.

PAPA: And then 10 weeks after, they're bad. So you this one little blip...

SAGAL: Yeah, of, like, good driving habits.

PAPA: ...Of good driving.

SAGAL: Then they forget it all. Yeah. The general progression is for four weeks after getting your license, you're hyper alert to the rules of the road. And then for four weeks, you're more comfortable, so you become less mindful. And two weeks after that, you're like, I can totally eat a whole McDonald's meal while I do this.


PAULA POUNDSTONE: I was in a parking lot one time, and I got into a wreck with this young girl. And she jumped out of her car. And she said, I don't know what the rule is, but I know it wasn't my fault.


SAGAL: You've got to admire her confidence.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah. She's soon to be a Supreme Court justice for the United States.


SAGAL: Yeah.


SAGAL: Paula, one of Canada's biggest music festivals, drawing over 300,000 fans, was supposed to start July 5 in Ottawa, but it may be delayed after what happened on the festival grounds?

POUNDSTONE: I think there were - like a kind of bird...


POUNDSTONE: ...That had a nest.

SAGAL: That's exactly right.


SAGAL: A bird made its nest and laid eggs right in the middle of festival grounds.


SAGAL: It turns out that the killdeer species of bird does not know how much outdoor music festivals suck because it laid her four eggs right in the middle of the Ottawa Bluesfest grounds. Problem is the killdeer is a protected species, and you cannot move its nest or disturb it without permission from the federal government.

POUNDSTONE: You know, that story hasn't played itself out, yet, though.


POUNDSTONE: It's not that they won't get permission from the Canadian government...

SAGAL: Well, this is actually what they're doing - and I love this because the problem is well, just move the nest. Well, if you do that, the bird won't be able to find the nest again. And they also be careful because if humans come near it, it might get scared away. So this is what they do. This is true. The bird flies away to get food. They sneak up. They pick up the nest. They move at, like, three feet toward the edge of the field, and then they run away. Then the bird comes back and finds the nest and sits there, and they do it again, right?

POUNDSTONE: You're gaslighting a bird?

SAGAL: Basically, yeah.


SAGAL: So getting the bird off the field without disturbing the young and driving the mother bird insane.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah, this sounds horrible.

SAGAL: The mother bird coming back and saying, I knew it was there.

POUNDSTONE: It's a horrible story.

SAGAL: I knew it.


SAGAL: Negin, after her husband was mistaken for another inmate and released from prison early, a woman in Colorado celebrated by doing what?

NEGIN FARSAD: Throwing a big party with a pinata.


FARSAD: Her husband was released.

SAGAL: He was in jail, released by mistake. He came home and said, I'm home; they let me out by accident. And she...

FARSAD: Divorced him?


FARSAD: Immediately put on sexy clothes.


FARSAD: She baked a beautiful souffle 'cause that was his favorite.

SAGAL: No. I guess she was used to living alone.


FARSAD: She found him a nice one-bedroom apartment?


SAGAL: Nope. No, she found him a bed, but it's the one he used to have.

FARSAD: And she put it in the yard?


FARSAD: I don't know what it is with communications between you and I today.

SAGAL: I don't what it is, Negin. We're just not connecting.

FARSAD: I just don't understand what you're saying.


SAGAL: He gets out of prison. He goes home. He says, honey, I'm home; I just got out of prison. And she says great and does what?

FARSAD: Turns her house into a prison?


POUNDSTONE: She takes out the handcuffs.


FARSAD: Are you going to tell me?

SAGAL: Actually, I'm just going to say it. She drove him back to jail herself.


SAGAL: Prison officials say that guards accidentally released James Rynerson after confusing him for his cellmate. Shocked at his luck, he immediately drove home to tell his wife the good news. She responded by getting in the car and driving him right back to prison. He's now expected to serve two years for criminal impersonation, disorderly conduct and forgery, crimes that clearly pale in comparison to whatever he did to piss off his wife.


JOHNNY CASH: (Singing) I hear the train a-coming. It's rolling around the bend. And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when. I'm stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps dragging on.

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