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St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

Hour 2
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, examines a new high-performance industrial robot at the company's Atlanta facility.  (AP)

Nicholas Carr says automation, all over, is turning us into zombies. Out of touch with the world. He’s with us.

 
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Sep 29, 2014
A 1597 map of Lesbos / Mytilene, Greece by Giacomo Franco. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

How Aristotle invented science. The great ancient Greek, and life on Earth.

 
Sep 29, 2014
In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Peter Thiel speaks in San Francisco. (AP)

Silicon Valley’s Peter Thiel; the entrepreneur, investor and the PayPal co-founder’s call for deep invention.

 
Sep 26, 2014
On Point host Tom Ashbrook raises a toast with a glass of fresh apple cider in the On Point studios. (Jesse Costa / WBUR)

All about hard cider. It’s all over these days. And sweet, fresh apple cider, too. We’ll look at the history and comeback.

 
Sep 26, 2014
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, to announce Holder is resigning. (AP)

Syria airstrikes. Obama at the UN. Climate protests. And Derek Jeter says goodbye. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

 
Sep 25, 2014
Playwright Tennessee Williams attends a memorial service for poet Dylan Thomas in 1953. (Library of Congress)

Great American playwright Tennessee Williams’ battle for art and sanity – a big new biography brings his story alive.

 
Sep 25, 2014
Displaced Iraqi Christians and Yazidis settle at diocese of Zakho, 300 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Islamic extremists shot 80 Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, officials and eyewitnesses reported Saturday. (AP)

The news is full of beheadings, but ISIS fighters are now infamous for a campaign of sexual violence. We’ll look at the Islamic State’s war on women.

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Sep 19, 2014
President Obama announces a plan to combat sexual assault on campus. We covered the problem -- and possible solutions. [Listen Back]
 
Jul 30, 2014
Conservative author, filmmaker and icon Dinesh D'Souza will pay a $30,000 fine, serve five years probation and live in a community confinement center for eight months after pleading guilty to campaign finance fraud. D'Souza joined us for an animated discussion earlier this summer. [Listen Back]
 
May 6, 2010
As the autumn air arrives in your neck of the woods, why not hope on a bike and take a leisurely ride around your neighborhood? While you're biking, you can listen to our show on bike culture. [Listen Back]
 
Sep 15, 2014
What happens next with the Ebola outbreak? How do we tackle this crisis before it gets worse? [Listen Back]
 
Sep 6, 2011
As NASA's Maven spacecraft sends back images and information from the Martian atmosphere, take a minute to appreciate the poetry of outer space with poet and author Tracy K. Smith. [Listen Back]
 
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Our Week In The Web: September 26, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014

All of you love to listen to old broadcasts when we play them, and Taylor Swift loves the Internet.

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NPR’s Chris Arnold On Garnished Wages
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NPR’s Chris Arnold took part in a remarkable new reporting series tackling the rise of garnished wages as a way to pay off debt. He talked to us today about the series.

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Our Week In The Web: September 19, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014

Lots of big, contentious topics on the show this week — from Zionism to early education, corporal punishment to development in the Grand Canyon.

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Talking Through The Issue Of Corporal Punishment For Kids
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On Point dove into the debate over corporal punishment on Wednesday — as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson faces charges in Texas after he allegedly hit his four-year-old son with a switch.

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