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This is a story of feats of speed and endurance, of record-breakers, of champions… Typing champions.
Recorded live at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival in the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto on 4 November 2018, WPM is performed by me and Martin Austwick.
There is one swear word in this episode. See if you can spot it.
The Dvorak Keyboard: Forty Years of Frustration.
There’s a Dvorak Keyboard zine!
About Rose Fritz, the first ever typing world champion.
Marcellus Wiley: ESPN host, NFL player, high school typing champ.
There are plenty more typing champs we didn’t get to cover in the song.
Compete at typeracer.com.
Don’t bother competing on a reality TV show to become a spy.
The transcript of this episode is at theallusionist.org/transcripts/wpm.
Scroll to the bottom of this post to see pictures of the typing champs featured in this episode.
Cool new Allusionist merch awaits at theallusionist.org/merch! There are typing T-shirts, baby onesies and totes, featuring the exclusive artwork by Eleni Kalorkoti, depicted above. AND! Get your multidenominational festivewear with the new Winterval T-shirt, based on the Winterval episode and featuring nods to Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Yule and Saturnalia in a fab design by Kristyna Baczynski.
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