Jeopardy! GOAT Ken Jennings Talks Cincinnati Chili on His 'Omnibus' Podcast

The description reads: "an early fast food boom, Greek immigration, and (of course) the World's Fair conspire to trick Ohioans into redefining 'chili'"

click to enlarge A 3-way at Blue Ash Chili - PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
A 3-way at Blue Ash Chili

Ken Jennings, the now-proven Jeopardy! G.O.A.T. — aka the "Greatest of All Time" and the contestant with the game show's longest winning streak — has a podcast. And it's not about Jeopardy!. Or goats.

Omnibus is a twice weekly podcast co-hosted by Jennings and John Roderick (who Wikipedia tells me is a musician who toured as a keyboardist in Harvey Danger and is currently in Indie group The Long Winters) that is "an encyclopedic reference work of strange-but-true stories that they are compiling as a time capsule for future generations."

It started in 2017 with an episode about the European Starling, followed by a show on defenestration (throwing someone out of a window). The most recent episode — episode 232 — is about Cincinnati chili (whoop whoop!). 

The description reads: "an early fast food boom, Greek immigration, and (of course) the World's Fair conspire to trick Ohioans into redefining 'chili,' and John gets justifiably upset about bananas on spaghetti." The duo then goes on to talk about chili for about 50 minutes.

Jennings has never had Cincinnati chili, but he has watched someone eat Cincinnati-style chili and was "appalled." Roderick seems to be a Cincinnati chili expert. The beginning part of the episode talks about traditional chili, beans in chili and spice levels. Toward the middle, we get to the part about Greek and Macedonian immigrants arriving in the Midwest and Greek spaghetti being topped with saltsa kima — a ground beef tomato sauce with cinnamon and allspice and some other spices. Things get real Cincinnati toward the 30-minute mark.

Here's a clip of Jennings winning Jeopardy!'s recent G.O.A.T. match series.

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