David Shenk, whose great-great-grandfather was a celebrated player in 19th-century Paris, has spent the past few years writing The Immortal Game, an investigation of chess's enduring influence. He talks with us about its evolution, and its role in Jewish life and lore from Moses onward.The podcast episode is here. (Thanks, Alissa)
P.S. A Norfolk hospital has been naming all of their rescued seals after board games. Don't ask me why.