role playing

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With the Medieval Combat World Championships just around the corner, Jaye Brooks, senior instructor and owner of The Knights Hall, doesn’t want to risk any late-in-the game injuries. Usually his men would be practicing judo throws and boxing drills while wearing sixty to eighty pounds of armor. Today, they take turns beating on car tires with two-handed axes, swords, and maces.   

David Goehring via flickr Creative Commons / flic.kr/p/4mMuQE

After Walter Scott was fatally shot by a South Carolina police officer last month, his family speculated he fled the police because he feared going back to jail for unpaid child support. On today’s show: a closer look at child support policies and why some argue it keeps poor men trapped in a cycle of debt, unemployment and prison. 

Then, the modern answer to hieroglyphics, emoji can convey tone and emotion in a single image. Later we’ll delve into emoji use around the world, and what it reveals about cultural and national identities. 

Silver Circle Movie via Flickr

Comic-Con in San Diego lured more than a hundred thousand visitors earlier this month so it’s no wonder that smaller Cons are popping up just about everywhere, not only because of comics’ continued bleed into pop culture through TV shows and blockbuster films, but because of the boost a Con can inject into a local economy, even Manchester, New Hampshire. Ryan Lessard brings us the story.

Check out Comic-Con International in San Diego (a slightly larger event than Granite-Con):