It’s tough to make a non-​fiction work on paleoanthropology entertaining. The search for early forms of fossil man is commonly perceived as a dry one, figuratively and literally; comprising years upon years of tiresome labor by pedantic academics in wretched climates and occasionally yielding a fractured femur with which the average dog couldn’t…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading The hunt for the first human is dripping with drama
Who says you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?! In his new book, “Almost Human: Making Robots Think,” Lee Gutkind, the guru of creative nonfiction, does just that; using his literary skills to transform prosaic material about machines into an exuberant celebration of human creativity.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading Inside the search for robotic revelation
It might be on the desolate plains of North Dakota, a lowland plantation in South Carolina or a rolling field in Pennsylvania. Wherever, it doesn’t take a first-​time bird hunter long to realize the majesty and value of a good English pointer. The indefatigable dog zigzags in a euphoric trance through fields of…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Squirrell Hill is home to the best bird dog in the nation, an English pointer named Talisman
Before the civil war, what black community existed in Pittsburgh largely included Northern-​born free blacks and runaway slaves, many of whom had traveled the Underground Railroad.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2011
  • Sub Heading The Pittsburgh Crawfords, the Homestead Grays and tricky baseball
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