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It Has Been 100 Years Since The Passenger Pigeon Became Extinct

Passenger pigeons were once the world's most abundant bird, but they were also the cheapest protein available. The last passenger pigeon, Martha, died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.

To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds

Many immigrant men in the U.S. work hard to hold onto definitions of masculinity from their native countries — while also rejecting more rigid gender roles that may be the norm in their homelands.

Showboat Casino Is Latest In Atlantic City To Close Its Doors

The casino's closure will be followed today by the shutdown of The Revel. The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino will likely close Sept. 16. They are casualties of competition from outlets in other states.

It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time

An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this mid-term election cycle, that's not quite right.

Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana's Abortion Law

The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. The judge's ruling allows the law to take effect, but doctors who break it won't be penalized.

More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height

Some earlier research hinted that Ritalin and Adderall can hamper a child's growth. But a study of adults who took the drugs as kids now suggests any such effect is only temporary.

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Archaeologists Find Brewery Remains At Virginia Campus

Archaeologists digging up the grounds of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg found the remnants of a campus brewery from the 1700s. It's already known that salves sold the school hops.

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Deborah Rutter Becomes Kennedy Center's First Female President

On Monday, Deborah Rutter begins her job as president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She says it never occurred to her that she would be the first woman in the job.

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Pie Crust Scandal Hits Kentucky State Fair

The crust of this year's prize winning buttermilk pie may have been store bought. Fair officials are investigating.

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Another NFL Season, Another Year LA Is Without A Team

For the 19th consecutive season, the country's second-largest sports and media market will be relegated to watching. It's been nearly two decades since LA had an NFL team, but that may be changing.

A Secret History Of Civil War-Era Women

September 2, 2014
Confederate spymaster Rose O'Neal Greenhow, pictured with her daughter "Little" Rose in Washington, D.C.'s Old Capitol Prison in 1862. (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

True stories of daring women during the Civil War. Best-selling author Karen Abbott shares their exploits in a new book: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.”

Taking The Temperature Of The 2014 Midterm Elections

September 2, 2014
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with Mark Wilson, event political speaker chairperson, with his wife Elain Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, August 4, 2012. (AP)

Nine weeks counting now to the midterm elections. We’ll look at the key races and the stakes.

Breastfeeding Gets A Boost From Philadelphia Hospitals

September 1, 2014
Dr. Dan Guilfoil, director of labor and delivery at Hahnemann, says the hospital has taken a number of steps to encourage breastfeeding, including a ban on goodie bags from formula companies. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

All of the city’s major birthing hospitals have now stopped sending new moms home with baby formula, to encourage breastfeeding.

Detroit Defends Bankruptcy Plan

September 1, 2014
In this July 17, 2013, aerial photo is the city of Detroit. (Paul Sancya/AP)

After a long and painful year of negotiations, city officials head to court tomorrow to defend Detroit’s plan to exit bankruptcy.

Erratic Schedules A Challenge For Part-Time Workers

September 1, 2014
A Starbucks barista readies a beverage for a customer in the new 42nd Street store August 5, 2003 in New York City. (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

On this Labor Day, we look at part-time challenges and how lawmakers and some companies are looking to help.

Quantum Computing: The Holy Grail Of The Information Age

September 1, 2014
A close-up of a microchip under a microscope. (Jasper Nance/Flickr)

Some of the biggest technology companies are working to build a computer powerful enough to solve complex mathematical riddles.

Wyoming Wind Power Has Nowhere To Go

September 1, 2014
High Plains Wind Farm near McFadden, Wyoming on a breezy summer day. (Inside Energy)

Leigh Paterson of Inside Energy reports on why transmission gridlocks are keeping so much western wind at bay.

A Fan’s Argument Against Football

September 1, 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) recovers a fumble by Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) in the second quarter of the NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP)

One outspoken fan’s reluctant manifesto against football, and the big push to reform the game.

American Labor At A Crossroads

September 1, 2014
This Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo shows a mural in in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago dedicated to the history of the Pullman railcar company and the significance for its place in revolutionizing the railroad industry and its contributions to the African-American labor movement. (AP)

On Labor Day, we’ll check in on the American labor force, with labor activist Van Jones, and more.

Fast Cars And Homework: NASCAR’s 15-Year-Old Rising Star

August 30, 2014
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What did you do on your summer vacation? For 15-year-old Kaz Grala, that question takes a while to answer. The honor roll student is the youngest full-time driver on one of NASCAR’s top two developmental leagues. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

Oakland Ends 80-Year Ban On Pinball

August 30, 2014
Now that it's legal again, what's next for pinball in Oakland? (AFP/Getty Images)

After an 80-year ban, pinball is legal again in Oakland. Wired’s Bo Moore joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the game’s strange history and to look ahead to its future.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

August 30, 2014
Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill flashes a thumbs up after breaking Johnny Manziel's single-game passing record. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the NFL’s new domestic violence policy, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s return to the track, and outgoing baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s less-than-popular legacy in San Diego.

Football Unites Rival High Schools In ‘We Could Be King’

August 30, 2014
Coach Ed Dunn cheers on the Martin Luther King High football team from the sidelines. The team's first season is the subject of the new documentary, 'We Could Be King' by Judd Ehrlich. (Courtesy Photo)

After reading about Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King High School merging with rival Germantown High School last year, documentary filmmaker Judd Ehrlich made ‘We Could Be King’, a film about the school’s resulting football season. Ehrlich and head coach Ed Dunn sat down with Bill Littlefield.

Is It Time For Tennis To Get Loud?

August 30, 2014

Tennis is famous for playing its Grand Slams on different surfaces. But the tournaments are also known for having very different sounds, from the quiet of Wimbledon to the noise of the US Open. Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times joins Bill Littlefield to make some noise about, well, noise.

For Kansas City Royals’ G.M., Patience Pays Off

August 30, 2014
Dayton Moore took over as Kansas City's general manager in 2006. Last year the Royals finished above .500 for the first time under Moore. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Royals haven’t been in the playoffs since they won the 1985 World Series. But that may change this year, thanks in large part to the efforts — and patience — of general manager Dayton Moore.

Can Timberwolves Get Better Without Kevin Love?

August 30, 2014
In exchange for Love, the Timberwolves landed Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick at the 2014 NBA draft.( Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Timberwolves lost another NBA superstar when they traded Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But could the pieces they received in exchange change the franchise’s fortunes?

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