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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.

Navigating All That Music

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How to choose music in an age when everything is online and always there. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff shows the way.

Week In The News: Cruz Wins Iowa, Clinton Edges Sanders, Zika 'Emergency'

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Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Richard Dreyfuss On Life And Bernie Madoff

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Actor Richard Dreyfuss joins us on his new role as Ponzi scheme villain Bernie Madoff and a career of being Dreyfuss.

Is American Growth Over?

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Is the golden age of American growth and innovation over? Gone for good? Big economist Robert Gordon says so. We'll listen, and challenge.

The Power Of 'Presence'

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Strike a power pose. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy on the power of presence when you're ready to act and win.

Peace Talks For Syria

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The desperate bid to negotiate an end to Syria's civil war. Fragile talks in Geneva. We'll dig in.

The New Global Tax Shelter Is Closer Than You Might Imagine

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Is the United States the next, new, big hidden-money tax haven? Money is moving from Switzerland and the Cayman Islands to the U.S.A.

Election 2016: Iowa Caucus Results

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Winners, losers and the message from Iowa. We'll tackle the outcome and the way ahead, with real results at last.

Sacha Baron Cohen Would Like A Word With You

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Comedian and actor Sacha Baron-Cohen joins us. The wild imagination behind Borat, Bruno and Ali G is back.

The Use – And Misuse – Of Presidential Debates

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This campaign's wild debates. Moderators under fire. Candidates behaving badly. How does 2016 stack up against Lincoln-Douglas and the rest?

The Origins Of The Dog

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Tracing the origins of man's best friend. Maybe they didn't come from wolves. New research on the evolution of dogs.

Week In The News: Iowa Countdown, Zika Spreads, Oregon Standoff

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All eyes on Iowa. Trump and the debate. Bernie versus Hillary. We've got death and arrest in Oregon. Zika alarm. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Freezing: The New Science Of Cold

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Frozen. New science and a new understanding of life, death and freezing.

Depression Screening For All?

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A national taskforce says everyone should be screened for depression. We'll look at why, and what it would mean.

Blended Families, And How They Work

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When 40 percent of new marriages are re-marriages. We'll unpack what it really takes to blend two families. It's not the Brady Bunch.

Europe's Open Borders Under Pressure

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Will Europe's open borders close again? Big question marks over the future of the EU.

The National Review's Case Against Trump

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The conservative National Review is against Trump. Editor Rich Lowry makes the case.

Teachers Take Stands In Detroit, Chicago

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Two big school districts – Chicago and Detroit – in fierce battles over funding, conditions and the role of unions. We'll dig in.

On Point Live: Lessons For The Country In California's Latino Plurality

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The Latino factor in 2016 and beyond. We're in California, where Latinos are now the biggest ethnic group in the state.

Detroit Drives Forward For The Car Of The Future

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Detroit has missed the boat before, but says this time, it won't let Silicon Valley beat it to the car of the future. It's rolling out big ideas and big designs.