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Episode 43: Monopoly

November 14th, 2018

In the forty-third episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard discuss the history and ideology of the classic board game, Monopoly.

In this episode, the co-hosts present the original intentions behind the board game as being meant to teach socialism -- and most definitely not greed. They trace the history of the game and how it has changed over time to discuss how the game serves to teach players about basic economic theories, while also addressing the basic question of does the game encourage greed.

Primary editing on the episode was done by Jean-Michel Berthiaume.

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