Fandoms: Identities Shaped By The Things We Love Morning Edition explores fandoms — why people like what they like and how being a fan of something helps shape identity.

Christopher Scott served over a decade in prison, and while in the middle of the sentence, he developed a passion for soap operas. Justin Richmond/NPR hide caption

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'General Hospital' Was 'The Dope' In Prison — And Kept Him Out Of Trouble

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Pete Van Vleet plays with his daughter, Madeline, 6, and his son, Jack, 9 months. Van Vleet is a baseball superfan; his favorite team is the Houston Astros. Madeline's is the Detroit Tigers because she generally likes the teams with animal mascots. Photo illustration by Claire Harbage/NPR and Paige Vickers for NPR hide caption

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Babies And Baseball: A Dad Plants The Seeds For A Shared Love Of The Game

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Jeff Melton (left) and Adrian Rohr, friends and pro wrestling super fans, greet each other with "too sweet," a gesture known to pro wrestling fans as a way of saying hello or acknowledging something positive. Photo illustration by Claire Harbage/NPR and Paige Vickers for NPR hide caption

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When Wrestling Is 'Physical Theater,' Fans See Art In The Ring

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A Lifetime Of Finding Peace, Purpose And Voice In The Pages Of Comics

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