Joyner-Kersee will be featured on NPR program this weekend

News-DemocratJune 28, 2013 

East St. Louis native and Olympic great Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be the featured guest on National Public Radio's broadcast of "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me" Saturday and Sunday.

The new quiz show featuring Joyner-Kersee was taped Thursday evening at Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis. Portions of the taping will air at 11 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday on KWMU-FM 90.7, the St. Louis NPR affiliate.

During the taping, Joyner-Kersee described her childhood growing up in East St. Louis and her unparalleled career as an Olympic heptathlete. She won six Olympic medals at four Summer Games -- three gold medals, a silver and two bronze -- starting in 1984.

"Your brother, Al, is an Olympic Gold Medalist," host Peter Sagal said to Joyner-Kersee at one point during the show. "Did you ever race against him?"

"I did," Joyner-Kersee said.

"Did you smoke him?" Sagal asked.

"I did," Joyner-Kersee said, to loud laughter and applause from the audience.

The show, one of the most popular on NPR, is heard by more than 4 million listeners nationally, Sagal told the St. Louis audience Thursday night. He was joined on stage by broadcaster Bill Kurtis and panelists Mo Rocca, Kyrie O'Connor, and Brian Babylon.

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