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Smoke and steam rises from the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland on Wednesday April 14, 2010. The eruption has interrupted European air travel. (AP Photo/Icelandic Coastguard)

It’s not every week the Tibetan plateau and Icelandic volcanoes make the top of the news. They have this week.

Chinese troops rushing into high altitude earthquake country with relief. Volcanic dust and ash from Iceland shutting down air travel across a huge swath of Europe.

At home, a big nuclear security summit. Republicans speak up against Wall Street reforms. Mars is named as the new US space target. And the world shares astonishment at the air crash deaths of Poland’s entire top tier of government.

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

Guests:

David Ignatius, columnist and associate editor for The Washington Post.

Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large for Thomson-Reuters.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic.

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Oct 22, 2014
Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP)

We’ll go to Liberia, and hear from a pastor and a physician at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis.

Oct 22, 2014
Authors Nicholas Kristof and wife Sheryl WuDunn attend the premiere of "Meena" at the AMC Loews Theater on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York.

Author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says regular folks like us can change the world. He explains how. Plus: we remember the late, great Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee.

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Oct 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

 
Oct 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

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Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

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Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

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Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

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