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Hour 1
Leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. (AP)

A leftist victory in Greece, and anti-austerity pushback across Europe. We’ll ask where this goes.

Hour 2
As any ant knows, building a reliable team can be hard. (Flickr / Guildmn20)

From Silicon Valley to your office, some teams work better – and smarter – than others. We’ll look at the surprising reasons why.

 
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Jan 26, 2015
Frederick Daniel Hardy's "Baby's Birthday" (1867) shows a typical Victorian English family at home.  (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

Brush your teeth with soot, stay away from water, wear a steel corset. We’ll talk with the author of “How to be a Victorian.” Strange ways from another age.

 
Jan 26, 2015
Yemeni protesters gather during a demonstration to show their support to Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.  (AP)

Yemen in turmoil, a new king in Saudi Arabia. We’ll look at what’s next for the Arabian Peninsula. Plus: the President’s trip to the Indian subcontinent.

 
Jan 23, 2015
People enter the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The jury selection process in the trial of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes began Tuesday, and is expected to take several weeks to a few months. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding more than 50 in an Aurora movie theater in 2012 (AP)

The Marathon bombing, the Aurora movie theater shootings, and the challenges of picking an impartial jury.

 
Jan 23, 2015
A Cuban flag and an American flag stand in the press room during the second day of talks between U.S. and Cuban officials, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP)

President Obama comes out swinging in his State of the Union. High level talks in Cuba. Japanese hostages. “American Sniper” controversy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

 
Jan 22, 2015
The cover of writer Ron Rash's new collection of short stories, "Something Rich and Strange." (Courtesy Harper Collins)

Appalachia now. Celebrated stories from coal country and beyond with writer Ron Rash. He joins us.

 
Jan 22, 2015
Rebekah Monson, left, 34, and her partner of nine years, Andrea Vigil, right, 37, participate in a wedding ceremony at the marriage license bureau, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Miami. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel presided over Florida's first legally recognized same-sex marriages Monday afternoon. Still, most counties held off on official ceremonies until early Tuesday, when U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle's ruling that Florida's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional took effect in all 67 counties. (AP)

The Supreme Court may soon rule up or down on same-sex marriage for the whole nation. We’ll look at the legal battle shaping up before the high court.

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Feb 12, 2013
What is Scientology? The new documentary feature, "Going Clear" -- based on author Lawrence Wright's 2013 book of the same name -- is said to be a hard, close look at the growing, controversial religion. We talked to Wright when his book came out. [Listen Back]
 
Jun 19, 2014
Global efforts to expand and strengthen ocean sanctuaries could all be for naught, as new studies suggest rising temperatures will wreak havoc on sea levels and water composition the world over. [Listen Back]
 
Sep 1, 2014
The ongoing controversy surrounding the New England Patriots' AFC victory and the under-inflation of the team's footballs has lead to a kind of national uproar around fandom. We talked to reluctant fan Steven Almond last autumn. [Listen Back]
 
Nov 21, 2014
A surge in popular interest in the newly-released annoated autobiography of beloved American novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder has lead to a shortage of books for the small South Dakota State Historical Society Press. We looked at the book with its co-author when it came out last fall. [Listen Back]
 
Sep 11, 2013
The quiet boom in the electronic cigarette industry could have hit a speed bump. A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests e-cig use could expose the smoker to as much as 15 times the amount of formaldehyde. We've tracked the boom for a while. [Listen Back]
 
On Point Blog
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Our Week In The Web: January 23, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015

New thoughts on Facebook, new analysis of State of the Union twitter activity and new weekend excitement. New! And exciting!

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Meet On Point’s Interns: Spring 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015

Good news! We have interns, and they are wonderful, and here they are for the spring term. Meet them digitally, right here.

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Caller To Author Ron Rash: ‘You Cared About People Like Me’
Thursday, January 22, 2015

An unexpected caller from South Carolina brings back guest Ron Rash’s years as a community college professor in a movingly real way.

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Podcasts You Should Listen To
Friday, January 16, 2015

You like podcasts? We like podcasts. Here are some podcasts that you could listen to, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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