A daughter publicly explores her father's passion for Pokemon Go.
Skyler Perry, a recent graduate of The Wellington School in Upper Arlington, is hardly alone in her fascination with podcasts. More than 60 million people listen to the 660,000 shows currently in production, according to New York magazine. Unlike most of them, though, Perry’s has garnered national recognition.
Initially created for a school project, Perry’s 10-minute program eventually became a finalist in NPR’s first-ever Student Podcast Challenge. The entry analyzed her father’s obsession with Pokemon Go, the augmented reality mobile app that took the world by storm in 2016.Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to our weekly newsletters.
Perry’s father, Jim, spends considerable free time playing the game and has caught close to 25,000 Pokemon, Perry says. She wanted to understand what fueled his passion for the app while helping others appreciate his hobby.
“My dad is a super outgoing guy … but he doesn’t like to share this little Pokemon Go secret that he has,” Perry says. “And it’s not like I wanted to make an exposé on him or embarrass him on purpose, right? But I didn’t like that anytime people my age or his age would find out he plays, they would kind of scoff at him and be immediately judgmental.”
In her podcast, she interviews her father, other players and a psychology professor to discuss the benefits of the game that the public may overlook: encouraging exercise and building community.
Perry, who will attend Miami University, wants to continue making podcasts—her graduation money went toward a microphone—and thinks there’s one for everybody. “If you like them, then they can be really educational and enjoyable,” she says. “If you don’t, you’re probably listening to the wrong one.”
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