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Hour 1
A man holds his hands up in the street after a standoff with police Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. (AP)

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

Hour 2
In this Oct. 21, 2013 file photo, a monarch butterfly lands on a confetti lantana plant in San Antonio. A half-century ago Monarch butterflies, tired, hungry and bursting to lay eggs, found plenty of nourishment flying across Texas. Native white-flowering balls of antelope milkweed covered grasslands, growing alongside nectar-filled wildflowers. But now, these orange-and-black winged butterflies find mostly buildings, manicured lawns and toxic, pesticide-filled plants. (AP)

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.

 
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Aug 19, 2014
Lara Russo, left, Cally Guasti, center, and Reese Werkhoven sit on a couch in their apartment in New Paltz, N.Y. on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  While their roommate story of $40,800 found in a couch made the news, other, weirder stories of unusual roommates are far more common. (AP)

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

 
Aug 19, 2014
Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. (AP)

“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.

 
Aug 18, 2014
An image from the Princeton University campus. (Instagram / @JessHeart23)

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

 
Aug 18, 2014
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014, a healthcare worker, right, wears protective gear against the Ebola virus before he enters the Ebola isolation ward at Kenema Government Hospital, in Kenema, the Eastern Province around 300km, (186 miles), from the capital city of Freetown in Sierra Leone. (AP)

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

 
Aug 15, 2014
Employees at a branch of the salad green fast-casual restaurant SweetGreen prepare ingredients. (SweetGreen Restaurants)

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

 
Aug 15, 2014
A man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing Molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP)

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

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Feb 5, 2013
The Wu-Tang Clan reunites and releases a new album for their 20th anniversary. (ODB was there in spirit.) Listen back to our talk with RZA. [Listen Back]
 
Jun 9, 2014
Thousands of Central American immigrants -- including many unaccompanied young children and mothers -- have been flocking to the southern US border, creating a border crisis unlike any in recent history. We looked at the motivations of those young migrant children last month. [Listen Back]
 
Apr 4, 2014
A deadly and unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola virus in three West African nations has continued to spread, killing more than 600 people and causing worldwide alarm about the public health implications of the dangerous epidemic. Two American aid workers have recently contracted the disease. We looked at the crisis as it broke in April. [Listen Back]
 
Sep 28, 2012
As the hugely-anticipated big screen adaptation of author Lois Lowry's beloved children's novel "The Giver" comes closer to theaters, why not take a moment and listen back to our 2012 conversation with the prolific writer? [Listen Back]
 
Aug 15, 2012
New studies on sleep show that seven to nine hours is the ideal amount of rest time for most healthy adults. Recent releases suggest seven hours a night might be the prime target, and that missing even 20 minutes of those precious hours of sleep will cause a decline in personal functionality during the day. [Listen Back]
 
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Your (Weird? Wonderful? Wacky?) Roommate Stories
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We asked, and you delivered: some of the best roommate stories from across our many listener input channels.

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Our Week In The Web (August 15, 2014)
Friday, August 15, 2014

On Pinterest, Thomas the Tank Engine and surprising population trends from around the country. Also, words on why we respond to your words, tweets and Facebook posts.

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Nickel Creek Plays Three Songs LIVE For On Point
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nickel Creek shares three live (well, mostly) tracks from their interview with On Point Radio.

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Your Memories Of Robin Williams (1951 — 2014)
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We collect and share your memories of the gifted comic actor and American icon, Robin Williams. Williams died this Monday at age of 63.

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