Ben Stein Also Sings

The economist, writer, actor, lawyer, pitchman and game-show host gets his own talk show

He has not ordered his food yet, and Ben Stein is already crying. It is terribly discomforting to hear a voice so famously monotone disintegrate into squeaky phonemes. But as he talks about his father, the noted conservative economist who died two months ago, he loses it. The late Herbert Stein forced the Watergate to install a satellite dish in his apartment so he could watch his son's Comedy Central game show, Win Ben Stein's Money. "After every show, I'd call my father and ask him the questions," Stein says. "He'd always say he didn't know the ones I got wrong,...

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