Week in the News

President Barack Obama shakes hands with health care professionals after speaking about health care reform, Wednesday, March 3, 2010, in the East Room of the White House. (AP)

And so, President Barack Obama has gone all in for health reform.

All the chips, on the table. All the persuasion he can muster. And, starting now, the fastest march he can command for Democrats ramming it through. If they can ram it through.

Elsewhere this week, the jobless rate holds steady, and that brings a sigh of relief. Democrats struggle with ethics charges. Republicans plan a fear campaign for the midterm elections.

Chile struggles with aftershocks. And a kid takes the control tower.

This hour, On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. 


Joining us from Washington is Margaret Talev, White House correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.

From New York we’re joined by Michael Crowley, senior editor at The New Republic.

And from Hanover, N.H., is Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic.

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Nov 26, 2015
This photo taken July 31, 2012 shows a "tiny" house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. For the past couple of months, 33-year-old Anson and her friends have been planning, measuring, sawing and hammering their way toward completion of what might look like a child’s playhouse. (AP)

Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They’re hot. Americans are downsizing.

Nov 26, 2015
Jewel performs in the On Point Studio on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. (Liz Gillis / WBUR)

Singer-songwriter Jewel asked “who will save your soul”? Now she’s talking about saving her own. We’ll talk to Jewel.

Nov 25, 2015
Three of baker Renee McLeoud's delicious pies, on display in the WBUR studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Bring your appetite! We’re gathering around the radio table with three chefs and new Thanksgiving recipes.

Nov 25, 2015
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Pulitzer Prize winning Iowa writer Marilynne Robinson, arrives to the State Library of Iowa in the Ola Babcock Miller Building, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On the day before Thanksgiving, we talk with Marilynne Robinson – one of America’s greatest authors, thinkers, moralists — about fear and hope in a hard, frightening time.

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Fresh Ideas For Your Thanksgiving: Recipes
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015

Did our Thanksgiving 2016 episode make you hungry? Good news — we’ve got recipes right here.

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Karl Rove Still Won’t Get Involved In The 2016 G.O.P. Primary
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

Karl Rove may say he’s not endorsing or getting involved in the 2016 G.O.P. presidential primary, but that won’t stop from offering advice on how to beat Republican front runner Donald Trump.

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Roger Cohen And Barry Posen On ISIS
Monday, Nov 23, 2015

A brief, but illustrative exchange between Barry Posen and Roger Cohen during our conversation on ISIS today.

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