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12:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

WSW: How Passenger Pigeons Went from "Billions to None"

Male (left) and female passenger pigeons, in illustration.
Credit Joel Greenberg / Project Passenger Pigeon

Passenger pigeons once outnumbered all other birds in North America. When migrated they moved in huge flocks, sometimes comprising more than a billion birds. The largest nesting ever recorded covered 850 square miles.

That was in 1871. Just a few decades later, passenger pigeons were all but gone from the wild.

By the end of 1914 they were extinct.

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Richard Alley
9:20 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

WSW: Climate Change Science Made Accessible

Smoke from chimneys in Tokyo
Credit Eugene Hoshiko, The Associated Press

WestSouthwest with Richard Alley

    

Richard Alley's work on climate science made him a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. 

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Money in Politics
8:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

WSW: Fewer Limits on Campaign Donations

Occupy Kalamazoo protest in 2011 - file photo
Credit WMUK

WestSouthwest with Rich Robinson

Michigan Campaign Finance Network Director Rich Robinson says a recent Supreme Court decision is "one more step in the direction of monetizing American Democracy."

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Virtual Schools
8:01 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

WSW: WMU Researchers Examine Online Education

Credit International Institute of Management/Wikicommons

    

WestSouthwest with Gary Miron and Brian Horvitz

Two Western Michigan University researchers contributed to a recent report on the growth of virtual schools. 

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Farm City
9:09 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

WSW: City Life on the Farm

Urban garden in Chicago
Credit Linda from Chicago/Wikicommons

WestSouthwest with Novella Carpenter

Author Novella Carpenter says she grew up in the environment of "grow your own food." 

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