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Escape Into Reality: Alex Trebek and the Value of Facts

With the passing of Alex Trebek, we reflect on the impact of Jeopardy! and trivia contests. While trivia may not be a superpower, these competitions have a significant overlap with our fandoms. In this episode, we explore the show’s importance in our culture. What is the value of objective fact? Why was a show about knowing facts so popular? And just how should we pronounce ‘genre’?

To catch Paul Hoppe’s stream, visit ZenMadMen on Twitch.

To hear Alex Trebek teach us how to say ‘genre’, check out the clip on YouTube.

To listen to Matthew on the trivia podcast The Geek Bracket, head over to Stitcher.

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