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Prediction

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict who'll be the big surprise appointment to Donald Trump's cabinet. But first, let me tell you that support for NPR comes from NPR stations and LifeLock, reminding consumers that identity thieves can pretend to pose as other people, taking over bank accounts, filing fake tax returns or doing other criminal acts, more at lifelock.com; Whole Foods Markets, offering the flavors of the season from organic turkeys and broths to peak-season produce and ready-to-eat options, holiday recipes available at wfm.com/holiday; and Lumber Liquidators, a proud sponsor of NPR, offering more than 400 styles, including hardwood, bamboo, laminate and vinyl, with flooring specialists in hundreds of stores nationwide, more at lumberliquidators.com or 1-800-HARDWOOD.

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Now, panel, who is going to be appointed to the cabinet, shocking and surprising us all? Roxanne Roberts.

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Trump will elect Dr. Pepper as surgeon general.

(LAUGHTER)

ROBERTS: When informed that's not an actual person, the president-elect will tweet, quote, "liberal media also thinks Colonel Sanders unqualified for defense secretary."

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Paula Poundstone.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Siegfried and Roy as secretary of pussy-wrangling.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: And Adam Felber.

ADAM FELBER: He's going to compel those who crossed him to accept gag appointments. So Ted Cruz will head the Department of the Posterior. Jeb Bush will head the Department of Low Energy. And Chris Christie will be Secretary of Steak.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

BILL KURTIS: Well, if any of that happens, panel, we'll ask you about it here on WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME.

SAGAL: Thank you, Bill Kurtis. Thanks also to Paula Poundstone, Adam Felber, Roxanne Roberts. And thanks to all of you for listening. I'm Peter Sagal. We will see you next week.

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