Daily Archives: November 17, 2012

In an interview with Milwaukee’s public radio station on Friday, Esquire and Grantland writer Charlie Pierce discussed the election, blogging, Marquette basketball (he’s a 1975 MU grad) and his role on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”.

From his 16-minute chat:

HOST: Anyone who has listened to you on “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” maybe it’s a not-so-well-kept secret anymore that you have a certain affection for Wisconsin in your tall tales during “Bluff the Listener.”

PIERCE: Yeah, people keep telling me they’ve caught on to it, and then they keep falling for it. Generally, if my bluff occurs in a small town in Wisconsin — and I’ve used all of them: Luck, Independence, Unity; I think I’ve used Oconomowc about six times just because I like to say Oconomowoc — generally it’s a fake. Although one time they gave the real one that actuallly took place in a small town in Wisconsin, and I didn’t win anyway.

So a little news tip for those of you out there who are betting — because I know we have a massive betting pool every week among “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” listeners about who’s got the real story — if mine takes place in a small town in Wisconsin, it’s generally a bluff.

* Charlie Pierce on campaign fact-checking, political blogging and his return to Wisconsin (