Panel Round One Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Vincent Van Goat

Panel Round One

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everybody that they can join us most weeks right here at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Ill. For tickets or more information, go over to wbez.org or you can find a link at our website, which is waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Faith, there was a major art auction in California on Thursday. For the first time, collectors had the chance to bid on dozens of paintings by who?

FAITH SALIE: They must be unusual artists, people you wouldn't think would create art.

SAGAL: Exactly right, sort of.

SALIE: Sort of? Can I have a hint, please?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Cats, cats.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Actually.

SALIE: An animal?

SAGAL: Animals.

SALIE: Oh, my goodness.

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SAGAL: Animals. The Oakland Zoo is selling paintings by elephants...

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Oh, please.

SAGAL: ...Giraffes, goats and other animals. It's a great way to raise money for the zoo and to trick somebody else into taking care of the mess the goat made on the wall.

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SAGAL: This is weird. One of the goats said he didn't want to be an artist. He wanted to be the critic. He's looked at one of paintings, said my kid could paint that.

(LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: Oh.

SAGAL: Said it was really derivative, you know, kind of meh.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Do you think a elephant knows that it's painting?

SALIE: Sure.

(LAUGHTER)

SALIE: Elephants are quite like people in lots of ways, right?

POUNDSTONE: But they are not into the visual arts.

(LAUGHTER)

POUNDSTONE: They prefer haiku poetry.

SAGAL: That's right.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And expressive dance.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah, exactly. A lot of times an elephant will have this look on its face and you realize it's counting syllables.

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