Filk on Today’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”

NPR’s quiz show “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” featured three questions about filk music today in the “Not My Job” segment.

Oscar Isaac, the actor who plays the titular character in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, was posed questions that included references to Doctor Who and Captain Kirk.

To hear that part of the show click on the link above link. The filk questions begin around the 5:50 mark.

The program is moderated by Peter Sagal who passed on being a special guest of Chicon 7 to film a documentary in Iceland.

 [Thanks to Sam Long, Rich Lynch and Andrew Porter for the story.]

Chicon 7 Still Going On?

Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin appeared on Peter Sagal’s NPR game show Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me today.

We’ve invited Martin to take a quiz called Game of Trombones. Three questions about things that rhyme with thrones.

The show is produced in Chicago, where not long ago Sagal was helping Mo Ryan interview Martin at a Chicon 7 program item. Did I go home too early? Maybe the convention hasn’t ended! (Dave McCarty’s nightmare…)

Martin Interview at Chicon 7

Mo Ryan of the Huffington Post interviewed George R.R. Martin on the program at Chicon 7. Steven H Silver adds:

About three minutes before the panel, I brought Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me into the room and introduced him to Mo, asking her to make sure he was introduced to George.  More than that, she invited Peter to be on the panel.

A podcast recording of the whole panel is here.

Ryan’s blog post summarizing the panel is here.

47 minutes [in]: Martin talks about using magic sparingly in his tales. “A little magic goes a long way,” he said, noting that there’s not a ton of “on-stage magic” in “The Lord of the Rings.” And he said he much prefers alluding to magic that is “strange and unknowable” rather than constructing a “system” of magic, which he called “fake science.” “Magic is cooler to my mind when it’s dangerous,” Martin said.

Good to know Peter Sagal made it to Chicon 7 after all, despite having withdrawn as a special guest due to a commitment to film a documentary in Reykjavik.

Chicon 7 Loses Sagal

Chicon 7’s Special Guest Peter Sagal has withdrawn from his Worldcon appearance due to conflicting professional commitments.

Peter Sagal is the host of National Public Radio’s weekly news quiz “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me.”

Sagal will be filming a documentary overseas while Chicon 7 takes place. He apologized, saying “I’m heartbroken I won’t be able to attend my first Worldcon since 1980. As it happens, I’ll be in Reykjavik, or some other place less interesting than Chicago. I wish everybody all the best.”

The full press release follows the jump.

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Peter Sagal Added as Chicon 7 Special Guest

Peter Sagal, the host of National Public Radio’s irreverent weekly news quiz “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me”, will be a Special Guest at Chicon 7.
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Sagal made his debut on “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me” as a panelist in 1998 before becoming host of the show, which is broadcast from Chicago.

He has often identified himself on the radio as a science fiction fan. He attended Noreascon 3 (1989) and met his literary heroes, including Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl.

His other Chicagocentric credentials include recording the narration for a self-guided walking tour of the city’s famous Field Museum of Natural History (which my sister-in-law used to call “the stuffed animal museum.”)

The full press release follows the jump.

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