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Hour 1
A statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on New York City's Roosevelt Island. (Flickr / Alexisrael)

Greatness and the American Presidency. Aaron David Miller says aim for good. Really good.

Hour 2
In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, patrons line up for “Nightmare: New York,” a haunted house attraction in New York. (AP)

Afraid of snakes? Heights? Ebola? We’ll unpack the science of fear.

 
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Oct 17, 2014
Jazz violinist Regina Carter. (Courtesy of the Artist)

Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album “Southern Comfort.”

 
Oct 17, 2014
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) Ky., center, and Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, rehearsed with host Bill Goodman before their appearance on "Kentucky Tonight" television broadcast live from KET studios in Lexington, Ky.,Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP)

The CDC in the hot seat on Ebola. Markets reeling. Mid-term fireworks. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

 
Oct 16, 2014
Pope Francis leaves at the end of an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues, at the Vatican, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (AP)

The Catholic Church signals a new openness towards gays, the divorced, and more. We’ll ask American Catholics what they think.

 
Oct 16, 2014
In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a sign points to the entrance to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was being treated, in Dallas. (AP)

A second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola. At least 76 in her hospital, exposed. We’ll look at the American medical system racing for Ebola readiness.

 
Oct 15, 2014
Comedian and actor Russell Brand, on the cover of his new book, "Revolution." (Penguin / Random House)

The wild, funny, blithely offensive comedian Russell Brand takes on the world’s woes with us. He says he’s got the answer.

 
Oct 15, 2014
Students march carrying Cuban flags during a march against terrorism in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Youths marched today through downtown Havana in protest against the United States policy towards the island nation and demanding the that U.S. free three Cuban agents imprisoned there. (AP)

The US embargo against Cuba is 54 years old next week and there are new calls –and maybe new reasons – to end it. We’ll hear the fresh debate.

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Sep 26, 2014
As the autumn leaves continue to turn across the country, we'd like to remind you: it's still cider season. Crack open those barrels and set the cider pouring before winter wanders back in town. [Listen Back]
 
Oct 2, 2014
The Syrian border town of Kobani has been under siege by Islamic State forces for more than three weeks, and Kurdish forces protecting the town say it is about to fall. We looked at the important outpost last week. [Listen Back]
 
Feb 17, 2012
The age-old debate over 'helicopter parenting' continues, as new studies from around the world suggest highly-stressful, over-eager parenting might partly stem from individual awareness of income inequality. Of course, this debate is not new. [Listen Back]
 
Sep 15, 2014
What happens next with the Ebola outbreak? How do we tackle this crisis before it gets worse? [Listen Back]
 
May 21, 2014
The New Yorker's Evan Osnos, a regular On Point guest and all-around China expert, is one of five finalists in the non-fiction category for the National Book Award for his "Age Of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith In the New China." He joined us when the book came out in May. [Listen Back]
 
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Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, October 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

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Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Friday, October 17, 2014

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

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Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

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On Point Salutes Our National Book Award Finalist Guests
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The 2014 National Book Award Finalist shortlist is out, and more than a few On Point Radio guests made the cut! Find out who they were, and listen back to our conversations with them!

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