Ken Jennings on How a Midlife Crisis Led Him to Jeopardy! (People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 4 Replay)
It was only in his late twenties that America’s favorite brainiac began to seriously embrace his love of trivia. Jeopardy!’s newest host also holds the show’s “Greatest of All Time” title. Steve digs into how Ken trained for the show, what it means to have a “geographic memory,” and why we lie to our children.
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Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Ken Jennings, 74-time winner, greatest-of-all-time champion, and new host of Jeopardy!.
- Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture, by Ken Jennings (2018)
- “Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Ep. 300),” by Freakonomics Radio (2017).
- “Is learning a foreign language really worth it? (Ep. 158)” by Freakonomics Radio (2014).
- Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, by Ken Jennings (2012).