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Noted social work book became clue on game show Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. Photo courtesy of Jeopardy! America's Favorite Quiz Show web site.

“Days in the Lives of Social Workers:  58 Professionals Tell ‘Real-Life’ Stories From Social Work Practice,” a book by National Association of Social Workers member Linda Grobman, was part of a clue on an episode of Jeopardy! that aired Feb. 27.

Screenshot of the clue.

“Social Studies” was a category in the Double Jeopardy! round. Alex Trebek, host of the popular, long-running game show, read this clue for the $400 question:

“‘Days in the Lives of Social’ these professionals follows them as they deal with prisoners, youths and the elderly.”

Contestant Justin Hofstetter correctly answered, “Who are workers?”

The Feb. 27 match was the first day of a two-day final for the Teacher’s Tournament (to watch the episode click here). Justin and two other players will return on Feb. 28 and the player with the highest two-day total will be the winner.

Grobman, MSW, LSW, ACSW, missed last night’s episode of Jeopardy! but said she found out about it when a former colleague posted a comment on Facebook.

“It’s amazing,” said Grobman when asked about how it felt to have her book featured on the game show.

“Days in the Lives of Social Workers” is now in its fourth edition, Grobman said. NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, wrote the introduction for the latest version of the book.

Book cover courtesy of Amazon.com.

To learn more about books and journals by social workers visit NASW Press by clicking here.

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  1. Now we just need a social worker to actually WIN jeopardy.

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