I‘ll Take Quiz Shows for $25,000


The term ‘scandal water’ earns its name this week as the two ladies delve into the great quiz show scandals of the 1950s. Listeners will hear about the rise of the quiz show phenomenon, the chain of events that led whistle-blower Herb Stempel to expose the corruption on TwentyOne, and the impact this had on the TV quiz show genre.

Show Notes for Episode 8!

Charles Van Doren
Charles Van Doren and Herb Stempel on Twenty-One
Herb Stempel on the quiz show and decades later


“Herb Stempel, Whistle-Blower in the 1950s Quiz Show Scandals, Dies at 93,” Hollywood Reporter, by Mike Barnes, May 21, 2020

“The Quiz Show Scandal,” American Experience, pbs.org, January 6, 1992

The 64,000 Question, American Scandal, pbs.org

Wikipedia– Dotto


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