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Rabbi Megan Doherty a Contestant on NPR Show

April 23, 2019

Communications Staff

 Rabbi Megan Doherty
Rabbi Megan Doherty, director of Hillel and Jewish campus life.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Rabbi Megan Doherty

Rabbi Megan Doherty, director of Hillel and Jewish campus life, was a contestant on NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!

Doherty is a longtime listener of the show. “I've been a fan of the show since it started airing in 1999, when I was doing my AmeriCorps year after college,” says Doherty. “It makes me laugh, perhaps most especially on the weeks when the news is darkest.”

One Sunday on a whim, Doherty called the show’s “be a contestant” number, and the next day a producer contacted her to be on that week’s program.

“The whole process was really fast! I got to call in a little early and listen to the preshow warm up that host Peter Sagal does with the live audience, and then I was on the air,” says Doherty. “The parts of the conversation that didn't make it to radio included Peter mentioning his niece who graduated from Oberlin, and me talking about how great Oberlin students are.”

Listen to the April 13, 2019 show. The call-in segment with Doherty begins at 1:11.

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