Free parking is a thing of the past.  Capitalism and real estate have changed a lot since the board game Monopoly was first sold by Parker Brothers in the 1930s. Now, in the age of foreclosures and bank bailouts, we think Monopoly needs to get with the times.  So Studio 360 is giving the classic game an overhaul.

We asked experts and listeners to contribute Monopoly makeover ideas. We gave the suggestions to veteran game designer Brenda Brathwaite, who created a new-and-improved (if unofficial) version of the game.

Monopoly Redesigned

Friday, May 20, 2011

Last month, Studio 360 announced plans to redesign the board game Monopoly. Capitalism and real estate have changed a lot since the Monopoly was first sold by Parker Brothers in the 1930s, and we decided the game needed a major overhaul. We collected dozens of inspired suggestions from listeners, and delivered them to...

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Monopoly Redesign: Your Suggestions

Monday, May 02, 2011

Studio 360 is redesigning Monopoly, and to help us decide what to toss and what to keep, we’ve gotten advice from an all-star team.  The former investment banker William Cohan suggested we let players leverage their holdings and create a bank with vested interests, but former ...

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Monopoly Redesign: Eliot Spitzer Edition

Friday, April 29, 2011

Since the board game Monopoly first came out in the 1930s, capitalism and tycooning have changed a lot. Someone who knows that better than most is former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who now hosts a public affairs program on CNN. Spitzer told Kurt Andersen his first lesson ...

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Which Monopoly Piece Are You?

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Scottie dog has all the fun. Along with the battleship, the race car, and the top hat, it’s always part of the in-crowd of Monopoly game pieces. Consistently among the first to be selected, the Scottie dog confidently strolls down Boardwalk and turns heads as it passes Go in ...

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Monopoly Redesign: High Finance Edition

Friday, April 22, 2011

We're assembling a top-notch team of advisers for our Monopoly redesign. This week Kurt Andersen called finance expert William Cohan to find out how to make the rules of the game more representative of capitalism in the 21st century. Cohan is a former investment banker and the author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World ...

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's full conversation with William Cohan

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Monopoly Redesign: Do Not Pass "Go"

Friday, April 15, 2011

Later this year, Hasbro will unveil a partly-electronic version of one of the classic board games.  But Studio 360 thinks Monopoly needs more of a makeover to bring it into the 21st century.  Game designer Brenda Brathwaite says Monopoly is practically designed to be boring: it’s "literally just about waiting for people to run out of money...

Slideshow: Monopoly Through the Years

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