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Question #90769 posted on 01/19/2018 3:40 p.m.
Q:

Dear Spectre & 100 Hour Board,

Regarding Board Question #90716, thanks for the effort, but the music appears to only be on the podcast version, not the web version. You can find the podcast version here. The song is at the end of the Panelist Game segment (37:40). On second listen, it's a jazzy piano arrangement of Away in a Manger. Would appreciate it if you could find out who it's by, thanks!

-Wait Waiting

A:

Dear WW,

So I was able to hear the jazzy song you were talking about using the directions you gave but I haven't found any additional info. I actually have heard back from NPR but the answer was still not very helpful. Here's the message I got:

Dear [Spectre],

Thank you for contacting NPR.

We regret that we were unable to get back to you in a timely manner. Songs heard in between shows can be found at the end of the transcript.

Here is the link to the show:
https://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/564981671/wait-wait-for-nov-18-2017-with-not-my-job-guest-liz-climo?showDate=2017-11-18

If you heard it on the podcast, unfortunately we are not able to identify the music because it is taken from a database of music made specifically for shows.

Music interludes are both popular songs and songs specifically for podcasts and online programs.

Thank you for listening.

Sincerely, 
Kendra 
NPR Audience Relations 

So it looks like they have a database with music written specifically for the show, and I assume there are multiple artists creating that music since they don't attribute it all to one person. After reading their email I tried finding the songs at the end of the transcript as they directed but still could not find the actual transcripts so I could not find the songs. Sorry. But if you can find the transcripts when I couldn't then maybe you will find the specific composer.

If you want a more prompt (maybe?) response in the future you can try emailing them directly here by choosing "Contact an NPR show or blog" -> Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me -> question and then you can ask your question.

-Spectre