GAMES WE PLAY
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Say you're in Vegas playing high-stakes poker. You
haven't slept in days. To make matters worse, you're being stared
down by two of the best poker players in the world. And...you're
bluffing. So, you bet it all to bring the pot to well over a million
dollars. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll
talk to Jim McManus about that fateful hand, the World Series of
Poker, and the meaning of luck.
James McManus writes for Harpers. With an
advance from the magazine, he entered the world series of poker.
McManus tells Steve Paulson about playing with professionals and
muses on the balance of luck and skill required for tournament
play. McManus expanded his article into a book called "Positively
Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of
Poker." And, Doug Gordon hosts a game for listeners.
David Kushner is the author of "Masters
of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture."
Kusher tells Jim Fleming what kind of game Doom is and what makes
it special. He says Doom III, the new version, is not intended
for children, although he doubts it can trigger violent behavior.
He says games will continue to improve and challenge society.
And, Jerome Charyn remembers the glory days of ping-pong
in America. He tells Steve Paulson about some of the great matches
of the past and reflects on the worldwide popularity of the game.
His book is "Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins: Ping Pong
and the Art of Staying Alive." And, more from Doug Gordon
and his game.
Luke Rhinehart published a novel in the 70s
that became a cult classic. "The Dice Man" involves
a psychiatrist who opens his life to new possibilities by basing
his actions on a throw of the diced. Rhinehart talks with Anne
Strainchamps about the dicing life. Rhinehart's also the author
of "The Book of the Die." And we get the conclusion
of Doug Gordon's new game.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-09-26-B.
- Jerome Charyn, Sizzling Chops and Devilish
Spins: Ping-Pong and the Art of Staying Alive
(Four Walls Eight Windows)
- David Kushner, Masters of Doom:
How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
- James McManus, Positively Fifth Street:
Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker (Farrar,
Straus and Giroux)
- Luke Rinehart, The Dice Man Overlook
- "The Gambler" Kenny
- "Luck Be a Lady" Frank Sinatra.
- "Matrix (lobby scene)" Moby.
- "The Matrix." Massive Attack.
- "Ping-Pong." George Fishoff Complex.
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