Post by Quinn C Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by Quinn C
I find it more likely that you're confused because WWDTM had a "best of"
episode in the same week. That has no direct influence on AMA, though.
Yeah. Wait Wait (as its fans call it) is good, AMA (as it calls itself) isn't.
If you say so.
The strongest impression I have from Wait Wait was when I first listened
to it and asked myself "How do they make it sound like it's still the
It has nice banter that is a bit political, but for anyone who likes
crosswords and the like,
??? It's identified every week as "NPR's News Quiz." It's been going
for more than 20 years, so they probably know what they're doing.
Post by Quinn C
the games in AMA are far more interesting.
Like, they're actual games, and not just a format for the banter to
The "games" on AMA almost exclusively require you to be familiar
with current pop music and movies. It's aimed solely at millennials.
Over the years the format has become more and more dull. About
two years ago they stopped having lots of contestants who would
vie to be in the Final Round, and went to mostly E-list celebrities.
(That's one step below what Kathy Griffin claimed to be in the
title of her memoir.)(
I went to it when they had a free show in Central Park, early on.
When they broadcast the episode, what they edited out was most
of the better stuff.
However, it's on opposite Fresh Air Weekend on WNYC-AM, which
is a repeat of a few segments of the week's Fresh Air, and even
Fresh Air has become more and more celebrity-driven, so there's
nothing else on the radio. (I can't get WQXR in the house -- in the
car it's fine -- meaning I can't even switch to the opera.)