Host Alex Trebek greets celebrity contestants on the set of Jeopardy! For non-celebrity contestants, fame means a 30-second personal anecdote after the first commercial break.
Maggie Speak and Robert James are a Jeopardy contestant's best friends: They're the show's main contestant coordinators.
Jeopardy is pretty vigilant about keeping contestants separate from production staff — there's no mingling with host Alex Trebek in the green room. So, the contestant coordinators are really your only friends.
"On the tape day, my biggest responsibility is getting them ready for their stories," James says.
When European Union leaders met in Brussels last week, they faced some difficult decisions. For the past year, the EU has continually bailed out its debt-ridden member countries to keep the bloc and its currency afloat. Despite this assistance, Greece may yet default on its obligations, plunging Europe and much of the world into another financial crisis.
This is just the latest challenge for the euro zone, the group of 17 countries that banded their financial destinies together since 1999.