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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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Gender-specific toys mean more revenue for toy makers

by Erika Beras Nov 26, 2018
One growing trend in toy-buying is so-called gender-neutral playthings – toys that don’t reinforce gender stereotypes like trucks for boys or dolls for girls. But those stereotypes appear hard to shake for both toy makers and consumers. Click the audio…
A child rides a 'Morfboard Scoot & Skate' at a 'Dream Toys' event to unveil the top twelve toys this Christmas on November 14, 2018 in London, England. 
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How to be a Lego designer

by Eliza Mills and Tony Wagner Jun 29, 2018
The company's vice president of design left fashion for his "ultimate childhood dream" of working with the plastic bricks.
Husband and wife Annie and Ed Diment put the final bricks in place on their 400,000-piece "Ice Age" display at a Lego exhibition in London in 2015. The woolly mammoth took nine weeks to build.
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For Build-A-Bear CEO, business isn't just about the toys, it's about the experience

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Nov 29, 2017
Sharon Price John weighs in on what it takes to survive as a teddy bear maker in an increasingly digital age.
Build-A-Bear Workshop provides a tactile experience that can't be replaced by iPads and cellphones, says CEO Sharon Price John.
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The reason not to yell at Siri and Alexa

by Adriene Hill Nov 24, 2017
Should parents treat AI devices politely around their kids?
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How Paddington, Peppa and Pooh bring in the big bucks

by Jana Kasperkevic Jun 29, 2017
Toys and TV deals can bring in billions.
 Paddington attends the German premiere of the film, "Paddington," on November 30, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. 
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Joy! Kinder Eggs are coming to America

by Jana Kasperkevic May 22, 2017
The popular European treat is changing its packaging to comply with U.S. rules.
Kinder Joy is made up of two plastic halves of an egg. 
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Cayla, the connected doll, is a spy and must be destroyed

by Jana Kasperkevic Apr 14, 2017
Parents who do not destroy the doll could face two years in jail and a fine of $26,500
Jayla, aged 4, plays with a 'My Friend Cayla' doll at Hamleys toy shop in London, England. The doll connects to smart devices using Bluetooth and can interact with users.
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A new 3-D pen lets kids create their own toys

by Ben Johnson and Danielle Stephens Feb 22, 2017
Children can use the 3Doodler Start Pen to make sculptures.
Sea creatures made using a 3Doodler pen.
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Cracking the Rubik's Cube

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In his book, Ian Scheffler gives competitive puzzle solving a twist.
 
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Hasbro deal enhances its animation potential

by Reema Khrais Jul 18, 2016
The toymaker's acquisition of Irish animation firm Boulder Media will pay off.
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