Art Meets Art: Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me

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At the entrance to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is a blackboard that allows visitors to write down their innermost thoughts about the upcoming performance. Here was mine.

I don’t think I had forgotten how to laugh,
but somehow I think I had.
The jokes, the attitude, the quizzes,
made things not seem so bad.
Though politics was woven throughout —
from headlines to
outrageous stories about —
ridiculous situations, I found a sense of solace,
of joy (despite the drama around us).
Because we were able to finally see
The Cast of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.  
(Mo Rocca, whee!)

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Some Words

After this past week, I wanted to post something less stressful. Over the summer I finally realized a years long quest to see Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.  A product of NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this weekly hour-long quiz show has been a constant delight in my life. Even when I go months without listening (my podcast time ebbs and flows each year) its so easy to just jump back in and laugh, and laugh, and laugh.

Seeing it live when I was surrounded by worry was a godsend. For a blissful period of time I could look at the mess we live in and feel lighthearted, even though our guest was James Comey. Finally, it was awesome to see Mo Rocca (who I love) in person and whose Wait Wait… presence is weirdly cathartic.

You can listen to the show I attended here.

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