It Pays to Be Ignorant

February 7, 1944 to September 13, 1950
40 episodes known to exist
It Pays to Be Ignorant was a radio comedy show which maintained its popularity during a nine-year run on three networks for such sponsors as Philip Morris, Chrysler, and DeSoto. The series was a spoof on the authoritative, academic discourse evident on such authoritative panel series as Quiz Kids and Information Please, while the beginning of the program parodied the popular quiz show, Doctor I.Q. More on Wikipedia
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Dates
Show
# Episodes (Known)
Network
1
February 7, 1944 - February 7, 1944
It Pays to Be Ignorant
1
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2
May 12, 1944 - February 15, 1946
It Pays to Be Ignorant
32
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3
June 28, 1946 - February 6, 1948
It Pays to Be Ignorant
4
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4
October 23, 1948 - October 30, 1948
It Pays to Be Ignorant
2
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5
September 13, 1950 - September 13, 1950
It Pays to Be Ignorant
1
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It Pays to Be Ignorant
February 7, 1944 - February 7, 1944
1 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
69 
February 7, 1944 
What Is a Breadknife Used For? 
 
29:30 

 
It Pays to Be Ignorant
May 12, 1944 - February 15, 1946
32 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
84 
May 12, 1944 
Is It Bad Luck to Postpone a Wedding 
 
29:30 

 
93 
July 14, 1944 
Milk 
 
30:00 

 
99 
August 25, 1944 
Optimist 
 
30:00 

 
99 
August 25, 1944 
What Is the Habitat of the Bengal Tiger 
 
29:40 

 
100 
September 1, 1944 
Dog 
 
29:39 

 
101 
September 8, 1944 
Cow 
 
30:00 

 
102 
September 15, 1944 
Habitat of Bengal Tiger 
 
30:00 

 
103 
September 22, 1944 
Washington, D.C. 
 
30:00 

 
104 
September 29, 1944 
Knives 
 
30:00 

 
105 
October 6, 1944 
Why Do People Eat Garlic? 
 
30:00 

 
106 
October 13, 1944 
Do Married Men Live Longer Then Single Men? 
Guest: Roland Young 
30:00 

 
107 
October 20, 1944 
Robert Benchley 
 
29:50 

 
108 
October 27, 1944 
Letter 
 
30:00 

 
109 
November 3, 1944 
Guest: Shirley Booth 
 
30:00 

 
110 
November 10, 1944 
Guest: Adolphe Menjou 
 
30:00 

 
111 
November 17, 1944 
Garlic 
 
30:00 

 
112 
November 24, 1944 
Olives 
Thanksgiving Program 
30:00 

 
114 
December 8, 1944 
Kate Smith 
 
30:00 

 
115 
December 15, 1944 
Duck 
 
30:00 

 
116 
December 22, 1944 
Blotter 
 
30:00 

 
117 
December 29, 1944 
Man Mountain Dean 
 
30:00 

 
118 
January 5, 1945 
Egypt 
 
30:00 

 
128 
March 16, 1945 
What Kind of an Animal Do You Give Dog Biscuits To? 
 
30:00 

 
131 
April 6, 1945 
Where Did the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Live 
 
30:00 

 
146 
July 20, 1945 
What Month Is Mentioned in "june Is Busting Out All Over" 
 
29:43 

 
153 
September 7, 1945 
What 2 Languages Are Found in Spanish-Am 
AFRS 73 
30:32 

 
155 
September 21, 1945 
Who Was the Wm. Tell Overture Named For? 
 
30:00 

 
157 
October 5, 1945 
Tom Tom the Piper's Son 
AFRS 77 
30:14 

 
164 
November 23, 1945 
Screen 
 
30:00 

 
166 
December 7, 1945 
Mother in Law 
 
29:41 

 
168 
December 21, 1945 
Why Does the Subway Have to Raise the Fare? 
 
29:59 

 
176 
February 15, 1946 
What City Are the Chicago Stockyards In? 
 
31:30 

 
It Pays to Be Ignorant
June 28, 1946 - February 6, 1948
4 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
June 28, 1946 
Bugs 
 
29:58 

 
39 
January 24, 1947 
What Is a Misleading Figure? 
 
30:00 

 
45 
March 7, 1947 
What Are Women Wearing in Shoes This Year? 
 
30:00 

 
93 
February 6, 1948 
Why Do Wedding Bells Ring 
Ralph Bellamy 
30:00 

 
It Pays to Be Ignorant
October 23, 1948 - October 30, 1948
2 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
35 
October 23, 1948 
Who Painted Rembrandt's Self-Portrait? 
 
30:00 

 
40 
October 30, 1948 
Name a President Who Started As a Baby 
 
30:00 

 
It Pays to Be Ignorant
September 13, 1950 - September 13, 1950
1 episodes known to exist
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
11 
September 13, 1950 
In What Town Did Lincoln Give Gettesberg Address 
 
29:54 

 
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