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February 21st, 2015
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‘The Monopolists’ Uncovers The Origins Of Monopoly

The popular board game Monopoly has sold over 275 million copies. Author Mary Pilon uncovers the real history of the game in her new book ‘The Monopolists.’ The author joins Karen Given.

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January 24th, 2015
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Fat Bikes: The Winter Sport Of The Future?

With tires twice the width of a standard mountain bike, fat bikes are made for snow. Some ski facilities are embracing the bikes as a way to keep business booming when there’s not quite enough snow to ski. Jon Kalish has this story from Vermont.

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January 14th, 2015

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction At Machine Gun America

Machine Gun America is a real place in South Florida: a place where anyone over the age of 13 can shoot machine guns at targets resembling zombies, gangsters or Osama Bin Laden.

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December 27th, 2014
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Christmas Caroling Gets Competitive

Christmas carols are taken very seriously in Coral Gables, Fla. So seriously, in fact, caroling has turned into a competition. Phil Latzman has our story.

In Depth
December 27th, 2014

Oakland Ends 80-Year Ban On Pinball

In June 2014, pinball, after an 80-year ban, was made 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.

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December 20th, 2014
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Hong Kong’s ‘Hedge Fund Fight Nite’

In Hong Kong, a group of investment bankers recently traded in their suits for boxing gear. Charlie Schroeder was in Hong Kong to check out the action at the eighth annual Hedge Fund Fight Nite.

In Depth
December 20th, 2014

Panther Girl: The Wrestler Who Escaped Murder

“It was like the Wild West,” Jeff Maysh says of women’s wrestling in the ’60s and ’70s. Ann Casey, the wrestler known as “Panther Girl,” won the U.S. women’s title after being nearly shot to death in the midst of her star career. Maysh joins Bill Littlefield to share Casey’s story.

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December 13th, 2014
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3 — 2 — 1 — ROCstock! Crashing A Mojave Desert Rocket Launch Party

Every month in the Mojave Desert, amateur and professional rocketeers gather to launch rockets thousands of feet into the air. Why do they do it? Saul Gonzalez of KCRW in Santa Monica attends an event and has this report.

In Depth
December 6th, 2014

Something’s Fishy: Bass Fishing’s History Of Cheating

Winners of bass fishing tournaments are often subjected to polygraph tests. Why? Because cheating has been a part of the sport since its inception. Grantland’s David Hill looked at the history of cheating and bass fishing, and he joined Bill Littlefield to share what he found.

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November 29th, 2014
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Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200 … Instead, Collect Ore

Board games are back in style. But we’re not talking about Monopoly or Scrabble. We’re talking about niche games being developed all over the world. From a board game library in Omaha, Neb., Robyn Murray has the story.

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