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Hour 1
A close up of newspaper front pages focusing on the Ebola outbreak, including a newspaper, left, reading 'Burn all bodies' in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa. (AP)

Israel-Gaza conflict heats up. The House votes to sue Obama. Ebola spreads in Africa. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Hour 2
In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 file photo, Luis Mendez, 23, left, and Maurice Mike, 23, wait in line at a job fair held by the Miami Marlins, at Marlins Park in Miami. Increasingly, potential employers are turning to digital content as a way to judge job-seekers before they even apply. (AP)

They see you when you’re sleeping. They know when you’re awake. Employers move to digital assessment in hiring, firing and promotion. We’ll check in.

 
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Jul 31, 2014
A comical sign suggest the modern workplace is anything but collegial . (KW Reinsch / Flickr)

When the boss is a bad apple. How some pretty dark traits can push some to the top.

 
Jul 31, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  (AP)

The U.S. and Europe face off against Russia. Are we looking at Cold War II? Something hotter?

 
Jul 30, 2014
Janitta Swain, Writer/Exec. Producer/Co-Director Dinesh D'Souza, John Koopman, Caroline Granger and Don Taylor seen at the World Premiere of 'America: Imagine The World Without Her' at Regal Cinemas LA Live on Monday, June 30, 2014, in Los Angeles, CA. (AP)

Conservative firebrand Dinesh D’Souza says he wants an America without apologies. He’s also facing jail time. We’ll hear him out.

 
Jul 30, 2014
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. (AP)

Social media is changing how the world sees and talks about Israel and Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians. We’ll look at the impact.

 
Jul 29, 2014
This April 28, 2010 file photo, shows the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont. Colstrip figures to be a target in recently released draft rules from the Environmental Protection Agency that call for reducing Montana emissions 21 percent from recent levels by 2030. (AP)

A new sci-fi history looks back on climate change from the year 2393.

 
Jul 29, 2014
The U.S. Senate is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (AP)

The “Do-Nothing” Congress just days before August recess. We’ll look at the causes and costs to the country of D.C. paralysis.

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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]
 
Mar 14, 2012
The highly-anticipated James Brown biopic, "Get On Up," is set to premiere in U.S. theatres on Aug. 1. The film, featuring "42" star Chadwick Boseman, tracks the life and music of the 'Godfather of Soul.' We tracked that career ourselves two years ago. [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]
 
Feb 5, 2013
The sixth season of the "American Ninja Warrior" reality sports competition on NBC / Esquire Network is hitting the mid-point of its epic run, which makes it a perfect time to learn a little bit more about the ancient warriors the show is attempting to emulate. [Listen Back]
 
On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: August 1, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014

On the different levels of Internet, knee-jerk anger and the wisdom of Samuel Beckett meshed with the cuteness of a kitten.

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What Happened To Rodrigo Y Gabriela?
Friday, August 1, 2014

In which yet another studio connectivity issue beyond anyone’s immediate control foils a lively music interview with a great band. Good news: they’ll be back.

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Criticism, Conservatism And Dinesh D’Souza
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Best-selling conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza and On Point host Tom Ashbrook disagree about what makes America great…or do they?

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This 15-Year-Old Caller Is Really Disappointed With Congress
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In which a 15-year-old caller from Nashville expertly and elegantly analyzes our bickering, mostly ineffective 113th Congress.

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