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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.

Weed, Watermelon And 'Post-Racial' America

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Author Paul Beatty's novel "The Sellout" is a satirical look at race relations in America. He joins us.

Week In The News: Netanyahu's Speech, Hillary's Email And Obamacare At Court

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Netanyahu's speech. Hillary Clinton's email. Obamacare back at the high court. A stunning start to the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Medication And Female Moods

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Are American women being prescribed psychiatric drugs – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics — for normal emotions? We'll hear out one psychiatrist's bold claim.

Racial Bias In Ferguson, And Beyond

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The big Justice Department report finds a pattern of racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department. Now what? We're back in Ferguson – and beyond — for answers.

Big Potential For Tiny Houses

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Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They're hot. Americans are downsizing.

Trouble At Clinton, Inc.

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Hillary Clinton's week of bad headlines: about her emails and foreign money going to the Clinton Foundation. We'll dig in.

What We're Really Eating At Breakfast Now

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Food guidelines are changing. So is what we eat for breakfast. Cereal? Out of favor. Eggs? Maybe OK. And all kinds of new menus. We'll look at Americans and breakfast.

Convicted And Unemployed: How Local Action Is Changing Criminal Job Access

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Is it time to stop asking job applicants if they've been convicted of a crime? We'll look at employment and unemployment after prison.

The Universal Attraction Of Black Holes

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A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We'll peer into the realm of the black hole.

Iran Nuclear Negotiations And The Netanyahu Speech

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On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

Tuning In To The Lead Belly Sound

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Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.

Week In The News: DHS Shutdown Risk, Net Neutrality Win, Snowy South

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A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. "American Sniper" verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A Guide To A Godless Morality

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More Americans are turning away from religion. We'll look at how to live a moral life without it.

Allergy Solutions Take New Forms

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New breakthroughs on peanut allergies – treatment and prevention. And a question: are we too clean for our own good? Plus: did giant gerbils from Asia really bring the bubonic plague to Europe?

Wage Inequality And The Gender Gap

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Actress Patricia Arquette called for wage equality for women in her passionate Oscar acceptance speech. We'll dig in to the gender wage gap now.

The Real Costs Of Managing Your Retirement

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President Obama is calling for tougher rules on brokers who manage retirement savings. We'll look at what that could mean for your retirement.

Wendy Whelan Just Keeps Dancing

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Prima ballerina Wendy Whelan is with us. One of the country's most famous ballerinas looks at dance as she approaches 50.

Political Pressures Weigh On Homeland Security Funding

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A battle over executive action on immigration, could lead by Friday to a funding cutoff for the Department of Homeland Security. We'll look at the showdown and consequences.

All-American Drones

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New rules for drones proposed by the FAA. Amazon's not happy. We'll look at the American drone future.

What Putin Wants, Putin (Usually) Gets

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What does Vladimir Putin want, in Ukraine and beyond? We'll unpack a big new biography of the Russian leader.