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Oklahoma Now Has More Earthquakes Than California

The state is accustomed to tornadoes and severe weather. But since 2008, there's been a surge of quakes — linked to oil and gas drilling.

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As California's Economy Reels From Drought, At Least One Industry Is Doing Fine

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with a California landscaper who says demand for her business is booming.

Baltimore Police: 34 Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

Even with the arrests, police said Saturday's protest over Gray — a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody after receiving a fatal spinal cord injury — was "mostly peaceful."

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What Kind Of Parent Are You? The Debate Over 'Free-Range' Parenting

When a Maryland family let their children walk home alone from a park, it drew the authorities' attention and helped spark a national conversation. Two moms with differing views weigh in.

What If Students Could Fire Their Professors?

A bill in the Iowa state Senate would rate and fire professors based solely on student evaluations. Research suggests that's not such a good idea.

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Staten Island Candidates Avoid Talk Of Eric Garner Case

In the New York Congressional district where an an unarmed black man died at the hands of police last year, neither candidate for a special congressional election is using the death to score points.

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Detroit Bulks Up With New Classic Muscle Cars

Muscle cars of the 1960s and 70s, with their oversized engines and racing stripes, hit the skids when oil prices soared. But in Detroit, some are calling now the new golden era of the muscle car.

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In San Jose, The Public Has An Eye On Police Conduct

Judge LaDoris Cordell is the independent police auditor for the city of San Jose, Calif. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how civilian review of the police works in her town.

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In This Museum, Visitors Can Eat At The Exhibits

The Southern Museum of Food and Beverage in New Orleans chronicles the eats and drinks of the Southern states. And it may be one of the only museums where visitors can imbibe while viewing exhibits.

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Baltimore Protests Turn Violent

A week of peaceful protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, a young African-American man, turned violent Saturday. Police arrested twelve people for destroying property and other crimes.

The Evolution Of Secret Strikes: Exploring The Unknowns About Drones

April 27, 2015
Flowers and ribbons adorn a tree outside the Weinstein family house in Rockville, Md. last week. Earlier, President Barack Obama ook full responsibility for the counterterror missions and offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the hostages, Warren Weinstein of Rockville, Maryland, and Giovanni Lo Porto who were inadvertently killed by CIA drone strikes early this year. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

American drone policy and consequences. We’ll look at secret strikes and the evolution of drone war.

The Annapolis Cup: Drinks, Dancing And, Oh Yeah, Croquet

April 25, 2015
(Hans Anderson / Only A Game)

St. John’s College and the Naval Academy have competed for the Annapolis Cup every year since 1982. But it’s not football or basketball that pits these two Annapolis universities against each other — it’s croquet. Thousands show up for the Annapolis Cup and as Hans Anderson discovers, croquet isn’t the only attraction.

April 17, 1979: The Night Only 250 Fans Showed Up In Oakland

April 25, 2015
The Oakland A's averaged just (SHV/AP)

On a chilly April night in 1979, the Oakland Athletics sold only 653 tickets. (No, we didn’t forget to include any zeros.) And the number of baseball fans who actually showed up was much lower. Reporter Claire McNear joins Bill Littlefield.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

April 25, 2015
Quarterback Tim Tebow has another shot to make an NFL roster with the Philadelphia Eagles. His last NFL appearance was with the New England Patriots, where he was cut before the 2013-2014 season began. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce address the suspension of Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy, the high cost of attending the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match, and Tim Tebow’s return to the NFL.

In ‘Natural Born Heroes,’ McDougall Leaps Into Parkour

April 25, 2015

Christopher McDougal’s 2009 book “Born to Run” helped spread the barefoot running craze. In his new book “Natural Born Heroes,” the author explores parkour, a movement with roots dating back to the turn of the century.

Meet Joe Linta, An NFL Agent In Search Of Overlooked Prospects

April 25, 2015
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NFL agent Joe Linta is known for negotiating what was once the biggest contract in NFL history. He’s also known as the “chief advocate for the NFL draft’s marginalia.” Sports Illustrated’s Emily Kaplan recently profiled the agent and she joins Bill Littlefield.

Making Sense Of The NFL’s Concussion Settlement

April 25, 2015
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A federal judge has approved a settlement for a class-action lawsuit against the NFL over compensating former players who suffered concussions and other injuries. The deal could cost the NFL $1 billion over 65 years. Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann explains how it will work.

In Div. I, Small Gains For Female Athletic Directors

April 25, 2015
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Just 10 percent of athletic directors in Div. I are female, but there have been recent additions at prominent colleges. Is there a bigger change coming? Bill Littlefield speaks with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Frank Fitzpatrick and Princeton Athletic Director Mollie Marcoux.

With Falling Numbers, Black College Basketball Coaches Form New Group

April 25, 2015
A group of prominent black coaches headlined by Texas Tech men's basketball coach Tubby Smith and Shaka Smart are forming a new organization aimed at addressing the dwindling numbers of minority head coaches in college basketball. The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development is being formed in response to the dissolution of the Black Coaches Association. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

A new report finds the number of black coaches in men’s college basketball has dropped three percentage points in the last decade. Merritt Norvell, the executive director of the National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, joins Bill Littlefield to explain what his group is doing to reverse that trend.

Steve Ballmer, ‘The Most Normal $24 Billion Owner,’ Lets Loose In L.A.

April 25, 2015
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In former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the Clippers have a wildly successful businessman — and an enthusiastic fan — as owner. Karen Crouse, who recently profiled Ballmer for the New York Times, discusses the first year of Ballmer’s tenure.

Remembering The Armenian Genocide, 100 Years On

April 24, 2015
The commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. (Bruce Gellerman/WBUR)

Armenian communities around the world today commemorate the anniversary of what many historians have called a “genocide,” including Watertown, Massachusetts — the third largest Armenian community in the country.

An Audio Postcard From A Columbus Barbershop

April 24, 2015
Peter gets a hair cut from Jim Morris in Columbus, Ohio. (Peter O'Dowd)

As Peter O’Dowd follows part of the route of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train 150 years ago, he makes a pit stop to get a haircut.

James Brown Documentary Wins A Peabody Award

April 24, 2015
James Brown performs at the Olympia hall in Paris, September 1971. James Brown, the legendary singer known as the Godfather of Soul, has died of complications of an illness 25 December 2006 at the age of 73.(AFP/Getty Images)

We revisit our conversation with the filmmaker, a longtime Brown trombonist and a professor of ethnomusicology.

Drone Strike Deaths Raise Questions

April 24, 2015
President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Brady Briefing room at the White House April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama talked about a US drone strike that targeted a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan but inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Italy says it wants more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

Legendary Rock Climber Lynn Hill

April 24, 2015
Lynn Hill climbs the Nose route of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The route was once considered impossible to climb. (

She’s been pushing boundaries since she started climbing as a teen in the 1970s, a time when there were very few women in the sport.

Aurora Shooter Trial Begins Monday In Colorado

April 24, 2015
Joshua Nowlan, 32, visits the 12 crosses erected near the Aurora Municipal Building July 20, 2013 in Aurora, Colorado. A remembrance ceremony marks the one one-year anniversary of the Aurora Movie Theatre Shootings in which James Holmes killed 12 people and injured more than 50 during a mass shooting in 2012. (Dana Romanoff/Getty Images)

The attack at a movie theater killed 12 people and injured 70. Nearly three years later, the case is finally going to trial.

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