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Jeopardy!, a Beloved Tradition

Claire McNear on Alex Trebek respecting his game.

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On the Gist, brokered by Russia.

In the interview, Claire McNear joins Mike to talk about her new book Answers in the Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider’s Guide to Jeopardy! In it, McNear explains the history of the game, what it takes to be a contestant and maintain a storied winning streak, and how so much of Jeopardy!’s DNA came from its late host Alex Trebek. Claire is a staff writer at the Ringer.

In the spiel, former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies.

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  • Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.