The Takeaway

'Oregon Trail' Creator on The Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

15 finalists have been selected for The Video Game Hall of Fame. Don Rawitsch, creator of "The Oregon Trail," discusses his legendary game, which is nominated for Hall of Fame status.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Mysterious Origins of Monopoly

Friday, March 20, 2015

Many people wrongly attribute the origins of Monopoly to an unemployed Pennsylvanian who sold the game to the Parker Brothers during the Great Depression.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Name That Composer: A Tribute to Karl Haas

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

This week, Young Artists Showcase host Bob Sherman pays tribute to a fellow broadcaster with a musical game.


The Takeaway

Computer Masters Two-Person Texas Hold 'Em

Monday, January 12, 2015

Experts have already "solved" tic-tac-toe and checkers. Poker is a little more tricky. 


Slate Political Gabfest

The "I'll Disown You If You Marry a Republican" Edition

Friday, October 31, 2014

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the looming midterm elections, debate the exisence of "partyism," and attempt to understand Gamergate with New York Times video game critic Chis Suellentrop.


New Tech City

Containing Disease Like They Did in This Video Game

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Governments need to be able to predict how outbreaks spread and grow. But that's not so easy. Here's how one bizarre and totally accidental video game incident made the modeling smarter.


99% Invisible

135- For Amusement Only

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Everyone has tried it at some point. The authorities started turning a blind eye years ago, but it wasn't officially legalized until the summer of 2014. Finally, after more than 80 years of illegitimacy, the City of Oakland has legalized...


The Takeaway

Scrabble Players Vs. Crossword Junkies: Science Explains Who's Smarter

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A team of researchers tested the cognition skills of nationally ranked Scrabble players against crossword players. The results were a bit puzzling.

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Studio 360

Playing Against the Virus

Friday, September 12, 2014

When an unintentional pandemic spread through World of Warcraft, epidemiologists studied the online game to learn real-world lessons.

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PRI's The World

The Italian Bobby Fischer is making chess history in St. Louis

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A tournament in St. Louis has everyone in the chess world mesmerized. Norway's glamorous, 23-year-old World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen was the favorite. But a younger upstart has won a record-setting seven games ... and could unseat him.


PRI's The World

Concussions in soccer are a real thing. So why not change the substitution rule?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Soccer's governing body FIFA is being sued in California over the sport's handling of concussions. One key to the debate over concussions in soccer is whether FIFA will change its rigid substitution rules at the top professional and international levels.



Put Down the Smartphone, Board Games Are Cool Now

Monday, May 19, 2014

Put down the smartphone — card and board game sales are booming. Gaming spots are popping up in New York City to take advantage of the trend.

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On The Media

EA is Shutting Down The Virtual Worlds of Dozens of its Old Games

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Game studio Electronic Arts has announced that it is going to take the virtual worlds of over 50 games offline at the end of the month after its hosting service, GameSpy, announced it was shutting down. It's as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

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The Takeaway

Should a Video Game Determine Hiring and Firing?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some companies are using video games as a way to evaluate potential employees. It allows them to monitor the "micro-behaviors" of candidates during game play.

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Play Grammys Bingo With Soundcheck!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Whether you're watching to see your favorite artists perform or to mercilessly criticize today's pop stars, we want you to join Soundcheck on Sunday night, Jan. 26 as we play Grammys bingo. Will Clive Davis get a shout-out? Can you spot Lang Lang? Is someone sporting sunglasses on stage? Get five in a row and tweet Bingo!

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The Takeaway

Dungeons & Dragons Turns 40-Years-Old

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Forty years ago this month, a game was introduced to the world that changed pop culture forever: Dungeons & Dragons. Helping The Takeaway to celebrate this milestone, and explain how Dungeons & Dragons withstood the test of time, is David Ewalt, author of "Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and the People Who Play It," and John August, a D&D enthusiast and screenwriter behind “Frankenweenie,” “The Corpse Bride,” “Big Fish,” “Charlie's Angels,” “Go,” and many other blockbuster films.

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Life of the Law

Best of 2013

Thursday, January 02, 2014

This hour-long special hosted by Al Letson features three of Life of the Law's best stories of 2013. Letson leads listeners through the virtual world of games and the law, into a conflict over social mores and the law,