What chess, Scrabble, and Monopoly can teach us about life
In his book, Seven Games, Oliver Roeder says that games are a “slice of life.”
This hour we look at three games: chess, Scrabble, and Monopoly.
We investigate why these games have endured in popularity through history, and we discuss what each one of them can teach us about life.
- Jenny Adams: Author of Power Play: The Literature and Politics of Chess in the Late Middle Ages
- Mary Pilon: A journalist and screenwriter and the author of The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game
- Oliver Roeder: A journalist and the author of Seven Games: A Human History
- Lindsay Shin: A competitive Scrabble player; she organizes an annual tournament in New Orleans
Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired March 15, 2022.