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Episode 24: Dungeons and Dragons

June 13th, 2016

In the twenty-fourth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard welcome friend of the podcast, psychologist in training, and long-time gamer Steve Discont to discuss the classic table-top role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.

In this episode, each recalls their experiences with role-playing games, from Dungeons and Dragons to MMORPGs and LARPing. The conversation focuses on the compelling reasons so many people have played such games, and how such games have influenced the concept of the American fan. Additionally, the discussion considers how role-playing can actually be educational and beneficial to people, thereby hoping to remove the stereotypes of such games that go back to the Satanic panic of the early 1980s.

The news story mentioned in the episode can be found here. The music at the end comes from the song "D&D" by Stephen Lynch and Mark Teich.

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website