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The history of jump rope

The History of Fun podcast digs into America’s least favorite pastime

Michelle Obama jumping rope at the White House in July 2011
Russ Frushtick is the director of special projects, and he has been covering the world of video games and technology for over 15 years. He co-founded Polygon in 2012.

This week on The History of Fun, Allegra Frank explores the magic, mystery and wonder of jumping rope. Where did it come from? Why does it make people so miserable? Is there really any joy to be had? Allegra will answer all that and more!

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