The contestants behind a college debt game show

Oct 11, 2019
How do these people feel about competing on “Paid Off With Michael Torpey”? It’s an “absurd,” “dystopian” idea that will hopefully start a national conversation.
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Can a game show help solve the student debt crisis?

Oct 11, 2019
"Paid Off With Michael Torpey" allows folks to compete with the goal of paying off their student loans.
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How to be a game show producer

Feb 5, 2019
The executive producer of "The Price Is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal" on what it takes to make a great game.
"Our show rides the waves of the economy," says Mike Richards, executive producer of "The Price Is Right."
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Winner takes all (minus the taxes)

Apr 14, 2015
As luck would have it

Advice to would-be 'Jeopardy' contestants

Mar 16, 2015
If you ever find yourself on the “Jeopardy” stage in front of Alex Trebek and you’re totally stumped, what’s your best Hail Mary guess? Well, someone has gone through every Jeopardy episode between 1984 and 2012, He looked at close to 200,000 clues and found that one has been the answer, or question in this case, 216 times. The answer is, “What […]

Game-show winner pulls back the curtain on prizes

Jan 20, 2015
"Wheel of Fortune" contestant reveals how shows come up with prizes – and why he gave a big one back.
"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak interviews Josh Woo before the start of his game. 
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Gameshow dreamers: Come on down!

May 18, 2012
Tess Vigeland takes us behind the scenes at CBS's "The Price Is Right" to see how contestants are chosen.
Host Drew Carey speaks during a segment of 'The Price Is Right' in Los Angeles.
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