Wednesday, June 29, 2022

EP281: Inside JEOPARDY

JEOPARDY has become a nation obsession. This week and next Ken talks to head researcher Suzanne Stone who was with the show for 38 years. Go behind-the-scenes and learn how the questions are assembled, the contestants are chosen, what happens during production, etc. It’s a show and podcast for smart people (y’know, like YOU).

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Mike Barer said...

Sounds like fun! I have many questions on how the clues are researched and put together. I can't wait to tune in tommorrow.

Pat Reeder said...

I used to host a radio morning show where I had to run a call-in trivia contest with the prize being dinner at a steakhouse that sponsored it. I wrote the questions when I came in every morning. The PD eventually told me I needed to make the questions easier because they wanted people to be able to win occasionally. I told him that I thought I WAS making them easy.

Jeff Boice said...

Thanks. I didn't realize the ratings. Now the West Coast just went through the NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs where ABC's broadcasts bumped Jeopardy to later times. One can record the Jeopardy episode, but if the game runs over the recording will end before Final Jeopardy. I wonder if ABC will look at the ratings they got for Colorado-Tampa and decide that next year they'll keep the Finals on ESPN.

Roger Owen Green said...

Interesting stuff!

My FAVORITE Final JEOPARDY question asked for San Francisco's Italian sister city. If they THINK people could suss it out, there must be something...

The answer is What is Assisi?

Jahn Ghalt said...


Your guest did not know how "obsolete" her impression of Westinghouse was in 1984.

The original Westinghouse died in 1914. He was one of the "rivals" to Edison and won the battle - then had General Electric to contend with

In/about 1984 Westinghouse's bean-counters had sold off all the "big stuff" to Asea Brown Boveri.

Appliances don't begin to touch the impact of the BIG "W" and GE. THEY generated the power that ran washing machines and refrigerators.