Panel Round Two
CARL KASELL: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Paula Poundstone, Luke Burbank and Brian Babylon. And, here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Grosz.
PETER GROSZ, HOST:
Thank you, Carl.
GROSZ: Thank you everybody. I'm Peter Grosz, filling in for Peter Sagal this week. It turns out President Obama's executive privilege extends to public radio hosts and he happens to prefer me.
GROSZ: Don't worry; Peter will be back next week, disappointing the president yet again. In just a minute, Carl is going to defend his controversial "Fast and Rhymious" program. It's the listener limerick challenge. If you'd like to play, give us a call at 1-888-Wait-Wait, that's 1-888-924-8924. But now, panel, it's time for more questions for you about this week's news.
Brian, last week the Republican National Committee reached out to Latino voters with its new website rnclatinos.Com. Although, it wasn't completely well-received, because it featured a photo of what?
BRIAN BABYLON: Oh man. All right, help me.
GROSZ: I'll give you a hint. They should have known there was something wrong with this photo when they saw the chopsticks.
BABYLON: It was one of the stock photos of an Asian person.
GROSZ: That's right.
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GROSZ: It was a photo of a bunch of Asian kids. Now, listen, you could understand their confusion. I mean, the stock photo, which was available on shutterstock, was tagged with the words "Asia, Japanese, Thailand and Asian."
GROSZ: So, I mean, who wouldn't look at that and think, "What a cute bunch of Latino children?"
PAULA POUNDSTONE: No, I think it was a subtle way of trying to impress upon people that they are colorblind.
LUKE BURBANK: That's right.
GROSZ: Yeah, they could have put white people up there. We don't know.
POUNDSTONE: Right. We're a rainbow and we don't need to make those kind of distinctions on rnclatino.com.
GROSZ: And I think what they were saying too, "So what if you're from Asia. That doesn't mean you're not Latino."
POUNDSTONE: Right, exactly.
GROSZ: We are all nosotros Latino.
GROSZ: Notice there was no verb in that sentence.
GROSZ: They did issue an apology, of course. They said we are very sorry. We did not mean in any way mean to reach out to Asian Americans.
GROSZ: Paula, last week residents of Middleborough, Massachusetts voted in favor of a new law that requires violators to pay $20 every time they do what in public?
POUNDSTONE: I'll tell you something, this has ruined my retirement.
POUNDSTONE: Because that's where I was going to retire.
GROSZ: And the answer is?
POUNDSTONE: And now I can't f'ing do it.
GROSZ: That's right, it's cursing.
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POUNDSTONE: Yeah. Charge you $20 to curse.
GROSZ: Yeah, exactly.
BABYLON: Out in public?
GROSZ: Out in public, Middleborough, Massachusetts.
POUNDSTONE: No, just in your head.
GROSZ: So you're walking down the street and you're just doing OK, and then you go, oh, I thought something terrible. And you just go over and they have a swear jar.
GROSZ: Middleborough, Massachusetts has a swear jar. Although, just to be safe, you should probably say Middleborough, Ma-butt-achusetts.
POUNDSTONE: Well, you know, I tweeted something about this right away when I read it. And somebody tweeted back to me that they have a big problem with drugs and prostitution there. And I just thought that this is such a great way of going after that.
BURBANK: Well the problem is the prostitutes have filthy, filthy mouths.
BURBANK: It's not the sex for money; it's that they cuss up a storm while they're having sex for money.
GROSZ: Right, exactly.
BABYLON: And when your kids hear that, when your kids, you know, walk past alleys and hear that language...
POUNDSTONE: Yeah, exactly.
POUNDSTONE: You know, if my kids want to shoot up, its fine with me so long as they don't use the bad language.
BABYLON: That's all.
BURBANK: Hey friend, can I have some stuff please?
POUNDSTONE: Yeah, exactly. That's what I say to them. I say, you know there is a nice way to score smack.
POUNDSTONE: And I expect you, you know, to have some pride, honey. That's what I say to my kids.
GROSZ: Brian, after a heated battle, cafeteria workers in a western Pennsylvania school district have won the right to eat what?
BABYLON: The actual school lunches that they serve.
GROSZ: That's close. But there's something different about the food that they're going to be eating. I'll give you a hint.
GROSZ: Hey this chunky milk isn't half bad.
BABYLON: I have the right to drink this expired milk.
GROSZ: That's exactly right.
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BABYLON: Now see that's why I don't like yogurt, man.
GROSZ: Yep, 'cause that's all yogurt is.
BABYLON: Yep, just milk...
GROSZ: Workers in the Sharpsville Area School District filed a grievance with their board after they claimed school officials quote "violated established past practice" by charging them for eating expired food they could no longer feed to the students. So congratulations cafeteria workers, you see that expired turkey in the back of the fridge? You know, the one wearing a fur coat? It's yours.
BABYLON: I'm curious; I mean what was that little meeting like? Like, what was the moment where someone just held up a sign like I want a rotten sandwich.
POUNDSTONE: My daughter and I have arguments about this all the time. Really, I'm on the side of the cafeteria workers here.
POUNDSTONE: No, they're not - they don't want to eat furry turkey. That's not what they're asking for. They're saying that, you know, like there's dates on the milk that you can go past. That's like a glamour date.
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