A random posting. But it’s worth it, I promise.
This American Life did an episode this past weekend on the theme of “Quiz Show.”
The third act was hilarious.
Robin Epstein discussed a game show she produced and wrote questions for on the Oxygen network. It was a show made to empower young women, to show them it was cool to be smart. Except it didn’t work…
A clip from the show:
Host: What amendment gave women the right to vote?
Girl 1: 8th… 9th… 14th… 15th… 8th… 9th
Host: 3 seconds…
Girl 1: 8th… 9th… Say 9th!
Girl 2: The 9th!
Girl 1: No, wait!!!
[A few seconds later]
Girl 3: I’m gonna guess 14th!
Host: That’s incorrect. It was actually the 19th amendment.
Girl 1: None of us deserve the right to vote ’cause we don’t know that.
Host: That’s true. Exactly…
Like I said, hilarious.
Listen to the episode here (mp3). The entire episode is good, but the relevant act begins at the 46:46 mark.
[tags]This American Life, Quiz Show, Robin Epstein, Oxygen network, feminism, amendment[/tags]