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On Point

Weekdays 9:00-11:00am, and 9:00-11:00pm


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.

Why You Should Worry About The Butterflies

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This year's monarch butterfly migration is the smallest ever recorded. We'll ask why. It's a big story. Plus: how climate change is creating new hybridized species.

Race, Class And Ferguson

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A deep read on Ferguson, Missouri and what we're seeing about race, class, hope and fear in America.

The Art And Science Of Living With A Stranger

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From college dorms and summer camps to RVs and retirement hotels, what it's like to share a room. True stories of roommates.

The Militarization Of America's Local Police Forces

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"War zones" in America. Local police departments with military grade equipment - how much is too much, and what it would take to de-militarize America's police force.

The Educated Sheep Of The Ivy League

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A loud complaint that some top American colleges are turning out "excellent sheep." A sharp critique of the Ivy League.

West Africa's Ebola Epidemic Spreads

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Ebola: more than a thousand dead now. An unprecedented spread. We'll look at what it will take to stop it.

Healthy Food, Fast

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Quinoa on the run. We test the claims and reality of the healthy fast food movement.

Week In The News: Ferguson, Iraq And Remembering Robin Williams

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Clashes in Ferguson, Missouri. The U.S. in Iraq. A Russian convoy, bound for Ukraine. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

What Happens To Forecasting When America's Weather Satellites Die?

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We look at what's at stake for the future of weather forecasting when our aging weather satellites die.

For The U.S., Intervention Or Restraint In Iraq

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More US troops bound for Iraq. We'll look at the big question of American intervention or restraint on the global stage.

Virtuosic Folk Trio Nickel Creek Reunites

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After a seven-year hiatus, progressive folk trio Nickel Creek is back together. We'll hear from them and their latest album, "A Dotted Line."

Police Force, 'Broken Windows' And A Death In Missouri

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The death of an unarmed 18 year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked a national conversation about police and deadly force. We'll investigate.

Saying Goodbye To Comic Master Robin Williams

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We remember Robin Williams --why he was special, and how he lost his long battle with addiction and depression.

Mohamed El-Erian On Our Uncertain Economic Future

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We talk to big economist Mohamed El-Erian about the US economy, the global economy and where we may be headed.

What Keeps Us 'Riveted'?

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What makes performance "riveting." Why we cry at movies, laugh at jokes, are obsessed with celebrities and sports and more.

Airstrikes And American Intervention In Iraq

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The U.S. returns to Iraq. Air strikes. Aid. We'll look at the dimensions of the President's intervention.

NCAA Vote: Are College Sports Going Pro?

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The NCAA opening the way to bigger money, bigger recruiting, bigger everything in top tier college sports: creating, almost, a "pro" tier.

Week In The News: US Action In Iraq, Ceasefire Broken, Ebola Spreads

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The President authorizes airstrikes in Iraq. Gaza ceasefire broken. Ebola on the move.

The Shaker Way Of Life

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The Shakers shook when they prayed. Had a unique vision of the world. There are three left. One is with us.

An Identity Mega-Heist By Russian Hackers

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Russian hackers have amassed over a billion stolen Internet identities — the largest cyber-haul ever. We look at the stakes in the mega-hack. Plus: ISIS attacks on Iraq's Yazidi minority.