WWDTM Statistics: Updates

Over the past two weeks, I have finished entering panelist and guest scores for all of the 2005 “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” shows. Also, bar graphs have been added in the “Panelist Statistics” section to show the distribution of scores for each panelist. The updates are available at the WWDTM: Show Details and Statistics page. I am now in the process of filling out show breakdown and notes for the 2005 shows. Once that I have finished with that, I will start to add information about the 2004 shows. [2007-09-12] Update: show descriptions have been entered for all but a few of the 2005 shows and I am now moving on to 2004. The basic data structures for 2003 has already been put into place, with 2000-2002 to follow in the next couple of weeks.

WWDTM Statistics

As previously noted, I am an avid fan of NPR’s weekly quiz show Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! (although some may call it a mini-obsession). With that mini-obsession, I have built a database of various information and statistics about the each show, panelists and guests, and built a web page that presents the collected information and generated statistics. So far, I have entered in some information for shows since the beginning of 2005 and am continually adding more panelist and guest scores as time allows. I am also including quick summaries and notes for each show and my rating of each show (on a scale of 10, 1 being meh, not my thing and 10 being freaking rocks!!!). Feel free to peruse and submit any questions, corrections and comments to this blog post.

WWDTM in Portland

This post is several days late, but… I have been an avid fan of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! for several years, I had a chance to go to a recording session when they visited Portland, Oregon last Thursday. All I can say is that you miss out on a lot of the antics of the panelists and the interaction with the audience. Much of this is due to the fact that they can only squeeze in so much into about 50 minutes when they broadcast the show. For instance, the first listener round of questions lasted about 3 times longer than what was broadcasted, but what was cut out was just as interesting as the news items themselves. Then there was a bit about the Ficus tree that was on stage, which Peter had some fun with. Another piece that was completely …