Radio: Tearjerker

Italy's top TV quiz show with a giveaway gimmick is called Lascia o Raddoppia (Leave or Double). Like the U.S.'s The $64,000 Question, it sometimes generates enough human drama to become national news. One recent star contestant was a sloe-eyed beauty named Marisa Zocchi, who is currently Miss Tuscany. Marisa appeared as an expert on cycling, had already won 2,500,000 lire ($4,000), and had to make up her mind whether to go home with the money she had won or risk it on the chance that she might win 5,000,000 lire ($8,000).

The cameras focused on Marisa as she struggled uncertainly toward...

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