Flashpoint: Game fans vs. fiends, Philly’s Explorer of the year, Community Garden

May 18, 2019 - 9:30 pm

KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the booming video gaming industry. Recently, the World Health Organization classified "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition. Locally, stories of gamers who dropped out of school, or allowed their lives to become consumed with video play have made headlines. However, Esports is a business that makes billions and sees double digit growth every year. Gaming is becoming a legitimate sport, with devout players employing training regimens and earning big bucks every year with hundreds of thousands of followers. So where is the line between gaming fan and gaming fiends? John Fazio, CEO of N3rd Street Gamers joins Jordan Shaprio, a Temple University professor and author of 'The New Childhood' and Cam Adair, founder of Game Quitters.

John Fazio, CEO of N3rd Street Gamers joins Jordan Shaprio, a Temple University professor and author of 'The New Childhood' and Cam Adair, founder of Game Quitters.
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Our newsmaker of the week is Dr. Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer at Franklin Institute.  Born and raised in the Nicetown section of North Philadelphia, Pitts grew up studying the stars and planets from his inner city bedroom.  He since followed his dream becoming a nationally known astronomer.  He recently made headlines when he was named Explorer of the Year.  Follow Pitts on Twitter @CoolAstronomer

Dr. Derrick Pitts
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Our changemaker of the week is Conner Caruso, president of the Temple Community Garden. Caruso started an urban garden that is providing a unique learning experience for Temple University students who are sharing the fresh vegetables it produces with their North Philadelphia neighbors.

Connor Caruso, president of the Temple Community Garden, stands in front of some of the beds students and neighborhood residents will plant with vegetables.
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Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1060AM. It also airs at 5 a.m. Sundays on B101FM and WPHP 1210AM and at 6 a.m. on WOGL 98.1 and TDY 96.5.

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