Feb 16, 2007
A man with social anxiety goes through a transformation on a TV game show, a young woman with high ideals has them dashed by a TV game show, and teams compete to solve some of the hardest puzzles in the world, for fun.
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The secret life of quiz shows, the life behind the questions and answers.
- Robin Epstein talks about her old job, as producer and chief question writer on a game show for teen-age girls called Plugged In. It was one of the first shows to air on the Oxygen network, the TV channel for women created by Oprah Winfrey. Robin had hoped that the show could serve as a role model for young women, showing smart teen girls answering tough questions. But in the end, it sort of did the opposite. (11 minutes)
By the way, the special thing about the act names...they're anagrams—they all contain exactly the same letters, just arranged into different words. They were written for us by one of the people on the Dr. Awkward team at the MIT Mystery hunt, David Ellis Dickerson.