© 2022 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WEDH · WEDN · WEDW · WEDY · WNPR
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

After 40 games, Amy Schneider's 'Jeopardy!' run has come to an end

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We report now on a major upset in "Jeopardy!" Contestant Amy Schneider's 40-game win streak ended last night. It all came down to Final Jeopardy, with this clue.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "JEOPARDY!")

KEN JENNINGS: The only nation in the world whose name in English ends in an H. It's also one of the 10 most populous. Thirty seconds. Good luck.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

AMY SCHNEIDER: It wasn't coming to me. It wasn't coming to me. The clock was ticking. I was like, oh, no, this really is - might be it.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

That's the voice of Amy Schneider there. The clues stumped her in the end. The correct answer, by the way - by which, of course, I mean, a question - was, what is Bangladesh? Her opponent, Rhone Talsma, a librarian from Chicago, did get the answer and was crowned the new champion.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "JEOPARDY!")

JENNINGS: Amy Schneider, congratulations. What a run. Thank you for the two months you spent with us. It was very special. It was remarkable.

(APPLAUSE)

SCHNEIDER: Sad for it to be over, but at the same time, there's definitely a feeling of, you know, relief. You know, for one thing, that I don't have any more secrets to keep is really nice. That's - you know, kind of weighs on you a little bit.

MARTIN: Yes, because the show tapes months in advance, right? So Schneider had to keep her wins under wraps. Meanwhile, she was shuttling back and forth between her home in Oakland and Los Angeles, where "Jeopardy!" is taped, all while juggling her day job as a software engineer.

SCHNEIDER: It's really, absolutely dominated the last few months of my life but, you know, in a fun way.

INSKEEP: Because she won over $1 million playing "Jeopardy!" And she's got the second-most consecutive wins in the history of the show, behind only Ken Jennings, of course. She is also the first openly trans contestant to qualify for the show's Tournament of Champions.

SCHNEIDER: To be part of its history, to be part of, you know, the story of "Jeopardy!" is just amazing. It's something I'll be proud of forever.

INSKEEP: "Jeopardy!" contestant Amy Schneider.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.