Prediction Our panelists predict what the Russian winter athletes will do now that they are not going to the Olympics.


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In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict what the Russian Winter Olympic athletes will do now that they can't compete at the Winter Olympics. But first let me tell you that support for NPR comes from NPR stations and Hanes, donating 200,000 pairs of socks to those in need and more than 2.1 million pairs since 2009. Information about a day in the life of a person experiencing homelessness is at

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SAGAL: B.J. Leiderman composed our theme. Our program is produced by Jennifer Mills and Miles Doornbos. Technical direction is from Lorna White. Our CFO is Colin Miller. Our production coordinator is Robert Neuhaus. Our senior producer is Ian Chillag. And the executive producer of WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME is Mr. Michael Danforth. Now, panel, what will the Russian athletes do now that they're not going to the Olympics? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: They're going to hold a homegrown Olympics with signature Putin feats like bear tranquillizing, shirtless dressage and tandem political rival poisoning.


SAGAL: P.J. O'Rourke.

P. J. O'ROURKE: Well, Peter, one industry that's even more profitable than athletics is pharmaceuticals.

SAGAL: And Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: They're going to Photoshop themselves into films of the events, being first over the finish lines, hefting the heaviest weights and twirling the most on ice and put them into Facebook ads.


BILL KURTIS: Well if any of that happens, panel, we'll ask you about it on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

SAGAL: Thank you, Bill Kurtis. Thanks also to Faith Salie, P.J. O'Rourke and Paula Poundstone. Thanks to all of you for listening. I'm Peter Sagal. And we'll be back with you next week.


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