Flashpoint: Game fans vs fiends, Philly's explorer of the year and a community garden

Flashpoint with Cherri Gregg
Saturday, May 18th
Host and KYW Newsradio community affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the booming video gaming industry. Recently, the World Heath Organization classified "gaming disorder" as a bonafide 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. But esports is a business that makes billions and sees double digit growth every year. Gaming is becoming a legitimate athletic 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 research into video affects on child and parents... doesn't say the "a" word, prefers unhealthy behaviors . Cam Adair -- founder of Game Quitters, has very emotional video game addiction story.

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 hear becoming a nationally known astronomer. He recently made headlines when he was named Explorer of the Year. Follow Pitts on Twitter @CoolAstronomer.

The Temple Community Garden is our changemaker of the week.

Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30pm and Sunday at 8:30am on KYW Newsradio.

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