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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 30, 2014
Realtor Helen Hertz stands in front of one of her listings in Cleveland Heights, Ohio Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Hertz, a real estate agent for more than three decades, has seen firsthand what has happened to the market in the wake of the recession and foreclosure crisis. (AP)

Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren’t buying. We’ll look at what American’s think now about owning a home.

Oct 30, 2014
Soylent is a new meal-replacement substance meant to offer a complete nutritional alternative to traditional food. (Courtesy Soylent)

Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?

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Oct 29, 2014
A visitor looks at the simple wooden cross that marks the grave of Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas, in Laugharne, Wales, Sept. 17, 1963. (AP)

A century after his birth, poet and writer Dylan Thomas lives on. We look at his exuberant work and short life.

 
Oct 29, 2014
In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 image provided by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, a young bear is rescued from drowning after eluding officials, at Lake Powell, Utah. (AP)

A big debate in the West over transferring Federal public lands to states. We’ll hear from both sides.

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A Bit More On The History Of Quarantine
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

So this whole quarantine thing — why to do it, when to do it, and when to just say no.

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The Explicast, Episode Two: Why Is Election Day On A Tuesday?
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

The Explicast is back for another round. This time, we’re looking at Election Day, and why we all keep voting on a random Tuesday in early November.

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Our Week In The Web: October 24, 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

On comments, comment sections, and ROY G BIV.

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