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On Point

Weekdays 9:00-11:00am


A hybrid of a talk program and a news-magazine, On Point puts each day’s news into context and provides a lively forum for discussion and debate. Topics chosen for the program are often taken from the biggest news stories of the day while others have a direct connection to issues that are at the core of what is urgent and important in the world at the moment.

The Enduring Value Of A Liberal Arts Degree

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Fareed Zakaria weighs the value of a liberal arts education in our technology-driven time.

Pilot Psychology And Flight Safety

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The pilot who crashed his plane in the Alps. What we know now. And what to do about pilots' psychological health.

How To Get Fit, For Less

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Spring training. From easy-access yoga to outdoor exercise meet-ups, exercise plans you'll want to do.

Week In The News: Germanwings Crash, Ted Cruz 2016, Yemen Unravels

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The co-pilot and the plane in the Alps? Ted Cruz announces 2016 bid. Heinz buys Kraft. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Hey Kids! Go Outside, Already

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American kids today spend only four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors. We hear a new call to raise the "wild child."

Our Protest-Free New Gilded Age

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In our age of hyper-inequality, historian Steve Fraser asks when the little guy stands up and says "enough." He's with us.

Wallet-To-Wallet, Peer-To-Peer: A Digital Payments Boomlet

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"Tap and pay": mobile money, peer-to-peer, all over now. SnapChat, Venmo, now Facebook Messenger. We'll look at security and the new anthropology of digital money.

America, Versus Itself

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Is America now its own worst enemy? Blowing a future that should be good? Harvard's Joseph Nye and the New Yorker's John Cassidy join us.

Coal And American Energy Futures

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The new battle over American coal, before the Supreme Court and beyond.

Yemen Verges On Multi-Front Civil Conflict

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Yemen on the brink. US Special Operations forces have pulled out. Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are leaning in. A counter-terrorism vacuum looms. We'll go there.

The Sweet Memphis Sound Of 'Beale Street'

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Walkin' in Memphis. We'll look at the history of Beale Street and how the Memphis Sound came to be.

New Solutions For Dire California Drought

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California Governor Jerry Brown, and his billion-dollar emergency drought plan. We'll look at dry California's options, including turning to the sea.

What's Wrong With College Greek Life?

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Another spate of awful headlines from college fraternities this week. What is going on with 'Greek life?

Week In The News: Bibi Wins, GOP Budget, Millionaire 'Killed Them All'

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Netanyahu's controversial victory. The GOP budget. Museum massacre in Tunisia. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Growing Allure – And Ease — Of Unbundling Cable TV

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The Internet "unbundles" cable TV. We'll look at big new deals and what they mean for cost, content and you.

A Shaky State Of Affairs In South America

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South America in turmoil. Brazil. Argentina. Venezuela and more. Going volatile right now. We'll ask why.

The Death Penalty: How And Why We Kill Now

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Capital punishment by lethal injection may soon be impossible because of drug shortages. Firing squads are back on the table. We'll look at how the way we execute affects our thinking about the death penalty.

Getting Your Due In Social Security Benefits

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Many Americans never collect thousands they're due in Social Security. We'll look at why and how to get what – under current, confusing law – is yours.

'Blurred Lines' In Music Copyright Fight

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Music, copyright and the "Blurred Lines" verdict. How it may lock the music industry, and songwriting.

The Global Strength Of The Super Dollar

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The almighty dollar. It is at big highs right now against currencies all over the world. We'll look at why, and what it means for the US economy.