Paula Poundstone's Snow Pas In which Paula Poundstone disses the USA Women's Cross Country Ski Team.

Paula Poundstone's Snow Pas

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BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. I'm the shirt that doesn't cling too tight. I'm Bill-owy (ph).


KURTIS: ...Bill Kurtis. And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.


Thank you, Bill.


SAGAL: We made it. It's the end of the year. We survived despite the threats of nuclear war and civil war and "Infinity War." We did it. The year is over.

KURTIS: Peter, we have an update. The year is actually not over. It's only August.


SAGAL: Oh. Well, that would explain why my ski vacation is going so poorly. Anyway...


SAGAL: We already scheduled a week off, so there's still time to enjoy some wonderful moments from some of our recent shows.

KURTIS: Speaking of skiing, earlier this year before the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Paula Poundstone let us know her opinion of that sport.


SAGAL: David, here is your last quote.

KURTIS: "No flag for you."

SAGAL: That was USA Today summing up the International Olympic Committee's response to what country that was banned from the Winter Olympics for doping?


SAGAL: Russia. Yes.


SAGAL: Russia. So Russia has been banned. So everybody who wished on a monkey's paw for Russia to get punished for cheating this year, you should have been more specific.


SAGAL: The Russian national team has been completely banned from the upcoming Winter Olympics for doping, which means no medals for them in sports they dominate, like biathlon, cross-country skiing and bacne (ph).


P. J. O'ROURKE: Well, isn't the Korean Peninsula expected to explode in a large mushroom cloud?

SAGAL: Yeah. Well, that's what they said. You know, we don't know what's going on in North Korea. The Olympics are in South Korea this upcoming winter. And so they...

O'ROURKE: They're very close together.

SAGAL: They are.

O'ROURKE: One's a little north of the...

SAGAL: One's a little south, yeah.

O'ROURKE: Yeah. Glad I don't cross-country ski.


PAULA POUNDSTONE: No one in the U.S. really does either.

SAGAL: Yeah.


POUNDSTONE: You know, when...

O'ROURKE: In fact, no one on earth does.

POUNDSTONE: No, you know what?

O'ROURKE: That's what snowmobiles are for.

POUNDSTONE: The Nordic countries kick our asses so badly. At - I remember watching - you know, and, by the way, cross-country skiing is not really a spectator sport, either.


SAGAL: Yeah.

POUNDSTONE: It's very hard for it to be covered. I mean, it's boring as hell to look at.


POUNDSTONE: And they go by.

SAGAL: Yeah.



O'ROURKE: I mean, at least with curling (laughter)...



POUNDSTONE: You can at least continue to...


POUNDSTONE: But I remember I did happen to watch some the last Winter Olympics. And you know, all the Nordic women were - because that's how they go get their bread and stuff, for heaven's sakes.


SAGAL: Yeah.


O'ROURKE: Reindeer steaks.

POUNDSTONE: The U.S. women were, like, way back. They were texting each other.


POUNDSTONE: They weren't...


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