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8.10.15: Drugs in E-Sports, the Peter Pan Market, & Puns

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Pro sports have been plagued by doping scandals for years. The next sport up for scrutiny? Video games. Today, randomized drug testing comes to electronic gaming. Also, a new publishing niche: coloring books for adults.  We’ll find out why an increasing number of grownups are finding time to color in between the lines.  And a debate on the pros and cons of a controversial literary device – the sometimes clever, often groan-inducing pun.  

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Drug Testing in E-Sports

Nick Wingfield is a reporter for the New York Times and co-wrote the article “Drug Testing is Coming to E-Sports."

Drug Testing in E-Sports

Adult Coloring Books

Adrienne Raphel wrote about adult coloring books and what’s being called the “Peter Pan” market for the New Yorker.

Adult Coloring Books

The Islamic Roots of Hip Hop

When you think about the roots of hip-hop, you may think of the evolution of African American music – the blues, jazz, R&B, soul – one influence you may not have heard much about? Islam.  Kelly Jones of Backstory with the American History Guys brought us the story.

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org


The Pros and Cons of Puns

As the Atlantic senior associate editor Julie Beck recently wrote, people love to hate puns. To better understand why people so abhor puns, we invited Julie and Charlie Hopper to duke it out and have some pun.  Charlie works for the Young and Laramore ad agency, is a songwriter, and wrote “The Pun is Not Your Friend” for McSweeney’s.

The Pros and Cons of Puns

Yes you are! #mondaypunday A photo posted by Gemma Correll (@gemmacorrell) on Aug 3, 2015 at 5:29am PDT

The Science of Laughter

It’s been firmly established that puns are often the go-to weapon in the dad joke arsenal. To further drive home the point we spoke with one of our favorite science experts Joe Hanson. Joe is the host and writer behind PBS Digital Studios’, “It’s OK to be Smart” and he joined us to explain the science behind what makes us laugh. 

The Science of Laughter

Ben Franklin's Death Ray

Memory Palace producer Nate DiMeo shares a famous misunderstanding about America’s founder Ben Franklin, and reveals why it sometimes takes a long time before we can find the humor in historical mishaps.

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