Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me

Shadow Bear and Defenders of Wildlife constituted one of the questions on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.

The story is part of the Bluff the Listener segment, which features “three stories of plagiarism in the news.”


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  1. 1
    Strategerie says:

    Good for Paul, and good for black-footed ferrets everywhere.

    This must be one of those “every cloud has a silver lining” things my mom used to tell me about.


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    LadyRhian says:

    I heard it tonight when I was driving to dinner. I’m glad I was alone in the car. Anybody with me would have thought I was re-enacting the diner scene from “When Harry Met Sally”.

  3. 3
    Jackie L. says:

    The SBs have truly arrived.

  4. 4
    Ruth says:

    OK, that is doubly funny for me. The first story “takes place” in my hometown.

    And wow. The ferrets are famous!

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    Wry Hag says:

    Oh-so-funny.  I love NPR.  U GO FERETZ!

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    Kate says:

    Roy Blount Jr’s delivery is so awesome. As is how funny the audience found the story.

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    Anna says:

    I listen to Wait, Wait every week, but missed this one!

  8. 8
    Sarabeth says:

    She got it wrong! Oh, obviously not a Smart Bitch.

    Getting a mention on NPR is definite proof of being smart.

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    sula says:

    lmao.  I got in my car this morning to go shopping and JUST as I started to drive, this was on the radio.  I was yelling in the car, “noooo, pick the last one!!!”  Seriously though, I was disappointed that NPR didn’t take the opportunity to say the word ‘bitches’.  “romance novel websites” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. *sigh*

  10. 10
    Sarah Frantz says:

    This is SOOOO awesome!  I was also pretty much screaming in the car when I heard it!  I was so thrilled.

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    Lisa says:

    I heard it in the car and started screaming HOLY PHXCKMONKEYS!!!  So cool!

  12. 12
    Eliza says:

    Sweet, now I’m really looking forward to my podcast time on Monday.

  13. 13
    Sphinx says:

    Dash it all!  Someone on Fandom_Wank predicted this very thing would happen.  I knew I should’ve gotten in on the betting pool.

  14. 14

    What a cool coincidence…a friend just introduced me to “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” a couple days ago.

  15. 15
    ardith says:


    I looooove Wait Wait! You can get it via podcast if you missed it.

    The last romance novel question on there was also on Bluff the listener. The correct answer then was the NASCAR-themed category romance novels. I only knew the answer to that one because I went to BEA that year and got an advance copy.

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    lecraie says:

    That just totally made my day.

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    Sally says:

    Squeee!  This is exciting; I’m a total “fangirl” of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! 

    If you haven’t listened to a full program, run and do so, now!

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    Eileen says:

    Looks like everyone is getting some traction out of this plagiarism gig: NPR, SBTB, ferrets, even. Woo hoo! Well, the actual Evil Plagiarist is probably ready to slit her throat by now, but, hey, she did a Bad Thing and hath been pilloried and punish-ed. At least she didn’t pull a Janet Dailey and plead mental illness after lifting NR’s words. And maybe EP’s book sales are up, a sort of literary version of the Hillary Effect after getting tromped in the media. So, all’s well that ends. PS—A gentle reminder that Smart and Smartass are not synonyms. You got something to say? Just say it.

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    azteclady says:

    Eileen, it’s Sunday morning and I’m just getting my coffee, so please forgive my denseness. With that said…


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    Kassiana says:

    Hee hee hee…too bad my mom didn’t get to be in on this one. She’s going to a taping of Wait, Wait on the 31st.

    Peter Sagal is a comedy God.

  22. 22

    I was horribly disappointed.  Clearly, my campaign to make sure everyone in the Bay Area was reading SB is not working.

  23. 23
    Leslie Kelly says:

    Loved it! My only disappointment was that Paul said readers were “skipping ahead to find the next sex scene” rather than the next nipple. lol!

  24. 24
    Jackie L. says:

    Not sure, but Eileen might have been reacting to the not smart crack about the contestant who somehow missed the ferret sex kerfuffle.

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    Liz says:

    I love that show!

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    Laura D. says:

    My favorite part of this was that when I was listening to this on Saturday morning and Peter Sagel just finished the part about how this week’s “Bluff the Listener” was going to be about a story of plagiarism in the news and I declared “Cassie Edwards and black-footed ferrets” without even looking up from my Sudoko.  Which totally impressed the DH until he realized that it was a romance-based question, so, duh, of course I got it.

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    Becca says:

    I downloaded and listened to this segment.  The good thing about this is I’ve now subscribed to the podcast and can hear it every week. The downside is that I’m beginning to feel sorry for CE, when even comedy shows mock her writing style. That’s gotta sting.

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    Michelle S. says:

    I am listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR and they announced that they are going to be talking to a scientist whose work was republished without his permission in a … romance novel!

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    azteclady says:

    Michelle S, seriously?

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    geohawk says:

    I actually first heard about this on Wait, Wait. When they came to the Cassie Edwards story, I knew what it had to be. And then I guessed that the smart ones were probably behind this some where.

    And yeah, it was on Talk of the Nation today. The three callers I heard? Male.

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    kate r says:

    I thought the whole thing reached epic proportions when it showed up in Dave Barry’s blog. This is even more epicness.

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    emwhist says:

    I work in the same microbial ecology lab at Berkeley as the unfortunate non-romance reader… she was so excited about going on the show. Oh well, had she consulted this smart bitch before appearing, perhaps Carl Kasell would greet callers on the lab answering machine.

    That dream has died.

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    WindyV63 says:

    I came in to work early today, and thought I would listen to the Wait Wait Podcast while I was finishing up a project. I was really surprised to hear the bluff the listener section… but I have to admit if I hadn’t read about the Cassie Edwards plagiarism on your site, I would not have picked the ferret story as the news story that actually happened. It just sounds too ridiculous to be true – especially when they read the actual dialog from the book. Edwards’ writing just sounds so awkward.

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