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Reimagining Malcolm X

A new telling of the life of Malcolm X, from a biographer who’s already gone.

Malcolm X speaks to reporters in Washington, D.C., in 1963. (AP)

Malcolm X speaks to reporters in Washington, D.C., in 1963. (AP)

Malcolm X was fierce in his day and an icon in his death — the hard, tough black answer to Martin Luther King’s non-violent civil rights struggle.

“The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” as told to Alex Haley, became a touchstone for generations of young African-Americans and more. His archetypal journey from crime and trouble to wisdom and awakening.

Now, a new biography of Malcolm X takes the man beyond archetype. Fills in the picture. He becomes more human, but no less compelling.

This hour On Point: the new biography of Malcom X.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Zaheer Ali, doctoral student at Columbia University and project manager for Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.”

Michael Eric Dyson, professor of sociology at Georgetown University and host of the Michael Eric Dyson Show.

Excerpt
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
By Manning Marable

(PDF)

From chapter 7, “As Sure as God Made Green Apples”

Malcolm may have publicly commanded his followers to obey the law, but this did little to lessen suspicion of the Muslims by law enforcement in major cities. Nowhere did tensions run hotter than in Los Angeles, where Malcolm had established Temple No. 27 in 1957. For most whites who migrated to the city, Los Angeles was the quintessential city of dreams. For black migrants, the city of endless possibilities offered some of the same Jim Crow restrictions they had sought to escape by moving west. As early as 1915, black Los Angeles residents were protesting against racially restrictive housing covenants; such racial covenants as well as blatant discrimination by real estate firms continued to be a problem well into the 1960s. The real growth of the black community in Southern California only began to take place during the two decades after 1945. During this twenty-year period, when the black population of New York City increased by nearly 250 percent, the black population of Los Angeles jumped 800 percent. Blacks were also increasingly important in local trade unions, and in the economy generally. For example, between 1940 and 1960, the percentage of black males in LA working as factory operatives increased from 15 percent to 24 percent; the proportion of African-American men employed in crafts during the same period rose from 7 percent to 14 percent. By 1960, 468,000 blacks resided in Los Angeles County, approximately 20 percent of the county’s population.

These were some of the reasons that Malcolm had invested so much energy and effort to build the NOI’s presence in Southern California, and especially the development of Mosque No. 27. Having recruited the mosque’s leaders, he flew out to settle a local factional dispute in October 1961. Such activities were noticed and monitored by the California Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities, which feared that the NOI had “Communist affiliations.” The state committee concluded that there was an “interesting parallel between the Negro Muslim movement and the Communist Party, and that is the advocacy of the overthrow of a hated regime by force, violence or any other means.” On September 2, 1961, several Muslims selling Muhammad Speaks in a South Central Los Angeles grocery store parking lot were harassed by two white store detectives. The detectives later claimed that when they had attempted to stop the Muslims from selling the paper, they were “stomped and beaten.” The version of this incident described in Muhammad Speaks was strikingly different, with the paper claiming that “the two ‘detectives’ produced guns, and attempted to make a ‘citizen’s arrest.’ Grocery packers rushed out to help the detectives . . . and black residents of the area who had gathered also became involved. For 45 minutes bedlam reigned.” About forty Los Angeles Police Department officers were dispatched to the scene to restore order. Five Muslims were arrested. At their subsequent trial, the store’s owner and manager confirmed that the NOI had been given permission to peddle their newspapers in the parking lot. An all-white jury acquitted the Muslims on all charges.

Following the parking lot mêlée, the LAPD was primed for retaliation against the local NOI. The city’s police commissioner, William H. Parker, had even read Lincoln’s The Black Muslims in America, and viewed the sect as subversive and dangerous, capable of producing widespread unrest. He instructed his officers to closely monitor the mosque’s activities, which is why, just after midnight on April 27, 1962, when two officers observed what looked to them like men taking clothes out of the back of a car outside the mosque, they approached with suspicion. What happened next is a matter of dispute, yet whether the police were jumped, as they claimed, or the Muslim men were shoved and beaten without provocation, as seems likely, the commotion brought a stream of angry Muslims out of the mosque. The police threatened to respond with deadly force, but when one officer attempted to intimidate the growing crowd of bystanders, he was disarmed by the crowd. Somehow one officer’s revolver went off, shooting and wounding his partner in the elbow. Backup squad cars soon arrived ferrying more than seventy officers, and a full-scale battle ensued. Within minutes dozens of cops raided the mosque itself, randomly beating NOI members. It took fifteen minutes for the fighting to die down. In the end, seven Muslims were shot, including NOI member William X Rogers, who was shot in the back and paralyzed for life. NOI officer Ronald Stokes, a Korean War veteran, had attempted to surrender to the police by raising his hands over his head. Police responded by shooting him from the rear; a bullet pierced his heart, killing him. A coroner’s inquest determined that Stokes’s death was “justifiable.” A number of Muslims were indicted.

News of the raid shattered Malcolm; he wept for the reliable and trustworthy Stokes, whom he had known well from his many trips to the West Coast. The desecration of the mosque and the violence brought upon its members pushed Malcolm to a dark place. He was finally ready for the Nation to throw a punch. Malcolm told Mosque No. 7’s Fruit of Islam that the time had come for retribution, an eye for an eye, and he began to recruit members for an assassination team to target LAPD officers. Charles 37X, who attended one of these meetings, recalled him in a rage, shouting to the assembled Fruit, “What are you here for? What the hell are you here for?” As Louis Farrakhan related, “Brother Malcolm had a gangsterlike past. And coming into the Nation, and especially in New York, he had a tremendous sway over men that came out of the street with gangster leanings.” It was especially from these hardened men that Malcolm demanded action, and they rose to his cry. Mosque No. 7 intended to “send somebody to Los Angeles to kill [the police] as sure as God made green apples,” said James 67X. “Brothers volunteered for it.”

As he made plans to bring his killers to Los Angeles, Malcolm sought the approval of Elijah Muhammad, in what he assumed would be a formality. The time had come for action, and surely Muhammad would see the necessity in summoning the Nation’s strength for the battle. But the Messenger denied him. “Brother, you don’t go to war over a provocation,” he told Malcolm. “They could kill a few of my followers, but I’m not going to go out and do something silly.” He ordered the entire FOI to stand down. Malcolm was stunned; he acquiesced, but with bitter disappointment. Farrakhan believes Malcolm concluded that Muhammad was trying “to protect the wealth that he had acquired, rather than go out with the struggle of our people.”

A few days later Malcolm flew to Los Angeles, and on May 4 he held a press conference about the shootings at the Statler Hilton. The next day he presided over Stokes’s funeral. More than two thousand people attended the service, and an estimated one thousand joined in the automobile procession to the cemetery. Yet the matter was far from resolved. If Malcolm could not kill the officers involved, he was determined that both the police and the political establishment in Los Angeles should be forced to acknowledge their responsibility. The only way to accomplish this, he believed, was for the NOI to work with civil rights organizations, local black politicians, and religious groups. On May 20, Malcolm participated in a major rally against police brutality that attracted the support of many white liberals, as well as communists. “You’re brutalized because you’re black,” he declared at the demonstration. “And when they lay a club on the side of your head, they do not ask your religion. You’re black—that’s enough.”

He threw himself into organizing a black united front against the police in Southern California, but once more Elijah Muhammad stepped in, ordering his stubborn lieutenant to halt all efforts. “Brother, stay where I put you,” ran his edict, “because they [civil rights organizations] have no place to go. Hold your position.” Muhammad was convinced that integration could not be achieved; the civil rights groups would ultimately gravitate toward the Nation of Islam. When desegregation failed, he explained to Malcolm (and later to Farrakhan), “they will have no place to go but what you and I represent.” Consequently, he vetoed any cooperation with civil rights groups even on a matter as contentious as Stokes’s murder. Louis X saw this as an important turning point in the deteriorating relationship between Malcolm and Muhammad. By 1962, Malcolm was “speaking less and less about the teachings [of Muhammad],” recalled Farrakhan. “And he was fascinated by the civil rights movement, the action of the civil rights participants, and the lack of action of the followers of the Honorable Elijah.”

At heart, the disagreement between Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad went deeper than the practical question of how to respond to the Los Angeles police assault. Almost from the moment Muhammad had been informed about the raid and Stokes’s death, he viewed the tragedy as stemming from a lack of courage by Mosque No. 27’s members. “Every one of the Muslims should have died,” he was reported to have said, “before they allowed an aggressor to come into their mosque.” Muhammad believed Stokes had died from weakness, because he had attempted to surrender to the police. Malcolm could hardly stomach such an idea, but having submitted to the Messenger’s authority, he repeated the arguments as his own inside Mosque No. 7. James 67X listened as Malcolm told the congregation, “We are not Christian(s). We are not to turn the other cheek, but the laborers [NOI members] have gotten so comfortable that in dealing with the devil they will submit to him. . . . If a blow is struck against you, fight back.” The brothers in the Los Angeles mosque who resisted had lived. Ronald Stokes submitted and was killed.

Some of Malcolm’s closest associates were persuaded that Elijah Muhammad had made the correct decision, at least on the issue of retaliation. Benjamin 2X Goodman, for one, would later declare, “Mr. Muhammad said, ‘All in good time’ . . . and he was right. The police were ready. It would have been a trap.” But Malcolm himself was humiliated by the NOI’s failure to defend its own members. Everything that he had experienced over the previous years—from mobilizing thousands in the streets around Hinton’s beating in 1957 to working with Philip Randolph to build a local black united front in 1961–62—told him that the Nation could protect its members only through joint action with civil rights organizations and other religious groups. One could not simply leave everything to Allah.

The Stokes murder brought to a close the first phase of Malcolm’s career within the NOI. He had become convinced that Elijah Muhammad’s passive position could not be justified. Malcolm had spent almost a decade in the Nation, and for all his speeches, he could point to no progress on the creation of a separate black state. Meanwhile, in the state that existed, the black men and women who looked to him for leadership were suffering and dying. Political agitation and public protests, along the lines of CORE and SNCC, were essential to challenging institutional racism. Malcolm hoped that, at least within the confines of Mosque No. 7, he would be allowed to pursue a more aggressive strategy, in concert with independent black leaders like Powell and Randolph. In doing so, he speculated, perhaps the entire Nation of Islam could be reborn.

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  • Michael

    I always found Malcolm X to be interesting and brave in the face of open white christian racism, though radical in some of his speeches it was interesting that when he found Islam his views of whites being the devil and such changed.

  • Michael

    To this day the Police in Southern California are still racist, bigots that prey on minorities in the communities , of course there except but the wall of blue prevent them from actually being such. Growing up in So Cal. I seen many cases of police abuse. I seen cops pull guns on children, choke, beat, kick teens 11-12. The N word was second speak to some of these cops. Being racial I seen how cops treat White as oppose to blacks and it’s totally two separate worlds.

    For whatever reason the media rarely talks about such abuse or even reports it’s unless they have to. Such abuses that Malcolm X Suffered than can still be found today, many more that the victim get bullied into not reporting sure, others covered up or thrown.

    The BART incident is one example, And now the Patriot act protect cops from being recorded when they commit crimes themselves.New Orleans is another, Another was the sheriff that tortured minorities for over 20 years and may finally face justice, not for the torture or abuse but for perjury.

    One Be Lo explains it quite well,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRf1PxSwkxs&feature=autoplay&list=PL666CBF7E5FE94BF2&index=12&playnext=12

  • Michael

    “Being bi-racial I seen how cops treat White as oppose to blacks and it’s totally two separate worlds.

  • Christopher M.

    I started reading this last night. Its own merits aside, it has made me want to “reconsider” a lot of history. I understand a lot of the historical record is fabricated but the history I thought was “legit” must also be re-examined. RIP MM

    Christopher M. in Boston

  • Ellen Dibble

    http://maps.google.com/maps?rlz=1C1RNXG_enUS375&q=365+Orchard+Street,+New+Haven&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=365+Orchard+St,+New+Haven,+CT+06511&gl=us&ei=pMKdTbz6PMmB0QHekLDBBA&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBUQ8gEwAA
    (From Wikipedia, Alex Rackley, a suspected Black Panther informer, tortured supposedly upstairs from the apartment of a certain relation of mine in 1969: “On May 18, Rackley was forcibly brought to the headquarters of the New Haven chapter of the Black Panthers at 365 Orchard Street, which was also the residence of Warren Kimbro, a New Haven Panther. In the bedroom normally occupied by Kimbro’s seven-year-old daughter,[3] Rackley was tied to the bed and questioned under torture. The principal method of torture was the pouring of boiling water over his torso, shoulders and thighs. Finally, after two days of this treatment, according to witnesses, Rackley confessed to the accusations. The veracity of his confession has never been confirmed. Late on the night of the 20th, Rackley was removed, still alive, from the apartment by Sams, Kimbro, and a third Panther, Lonnie McLucas, of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The men borrowed a car from one of their supporters and drove Rackley to the marshy wetlands of nearby Middlefield. On Sams’s orders, Kimbro shot Rackley in the head, and McLucas shot him again, in the chest. They dumped the body in the Coginchaug River and left.”
    (I got to that through googling Bobby Seale; to rebuild the mythology of my late adolescence, I might finally understand some of this…)

  • roymerritt19@gmail.com

    I remember distinctly Malcom X being interviewed by Mike Wallace shortly before his assassination at the Audubon Ball Room. Wallace had made some reference as I recall it to the revelations Malcom had discovered as it pertains to Elijah Muhammad’s personal behavior, most especially his sexual conduct. Wallace asked if he felt he had put himself in a dangerous position. Malcom X did not hesitate when he remarked. “Oh I’m already a dead man!” He knew he had put himself in an untenable position and he was marked for death. Few demonstrate such courage these days. There’s always a great deal of croaking mostly from the right and they march in lock step never doubting or revealing that the demagogues that had taken over their party are like the king in the story without any clothes. Their rhetoric is about violence or the threat there of to those they see as not their political opposition, but as enemies of the nation, as traitors, which one can only logically conclude should not merely be defeated politically but brought to despair which gives birth to this violent rhetoric we are subjected to only a daily basis. Malcom X at his most radical point never demonstrated such a mean-spirited persona that is the collective image of today’s Republican Party. And what happened to Malcom X, and a mere three years later to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. I was born in 1949 and in that time I’ve been witness to the murder of a President, of Malcom X, the assassination of MLK, of RFK of a Presidential candidate George Wallace. In fact the day I arrived at my new military posting at Fort Meade, Maryland I learned that in the nearby town of Laurel Wallace had been shot and was apparently paralyzed by the bullet. Afterward I’ve come to expect this lunacy of violence. How many times was an attempt made on Gerald Ford’s life? We all remember Hinckley’s wounding of Ronald Reagan and the horrific murder of John Lennon, which robbed us of the genius of his talent.
    It’s all the result of the callousness that seems to persist in our interaction with each other in this country. It’s my conviction it is born to us through our political discourse and one side has turned it into a forum for spewing venomous hatred that will inevitably lead to violence, which I sadly think is the outcome they desire.

    • Chad

      Malcolm’s reply to Wallace was in fact this: “Oh yes; I’m probably a dead man already.”

  • Anonymous

    As a gay man, I am very much hoping you could speak of Malcolm X’s “early homosexual relationship with a white businessman,” as reported by The New York Times. LGBT history is very limited and I would love to learn as much as I can regarding this.

  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/onanov Donald Baxter

    Great man. His sexism and homophobia, though, could NOT be overstated. If he had lived, I have to wonder how he would have evolved on these issues. Or if!

  • Chad

    Tom Ashbrook and this show is missing the point about Malcom and is supposed adherence to violence. After Malcom returned from Mecca in 1964 he renounced the Black Muslims. Malcom stated that during his Haaj he sat side by side with fellow Muslims with “eyes the bluest of blue, and skin whitest of white.” It is this conversion after his Haaj, his willingness to admit, publically, that he was wrong, all the while knowing that this would probably result in his death, is what makes him heroic.

    -Chad
    Atlanta

  • Tina

    When Angela Davis spoke at Brown, maybe 2005, she told the audience that her main focus had become working on the issue of the disproportionate number of African-Americans who are incarcerated. Here’s a link which has some other leads, as well: http://www.speakoutnow.org/userdata_display.php?modin=50&uid=46

    • Ellen Dibble

      I’ve thought quite a bit about this jail/prison issue, and recently pointed out lawyers think that letting someone serve time constitutes “throwing them under the bus” because jails/prisons socialize (teach) inmates the culture and ways of further antisocial behavior. Pointed out to someone in a position to, um, have a position. And the answer was that if those incarcerated took advantage of all the programs offered therein, they would “come out” better citizens, not worse.
      In any case, I do notice that most of the defense attorneys where I live are white, and though they are zealous advocates regardless of the race of their clients, it seems to me that more African American and Hispanic lawyers might help equalize things, if only because they would likely push for laws that didn’t discriminate against those whose style of income and “bad habits” necessarily put them outside the law in certain ways.

      • Pancake Rankin

        Ellen: Change two letters and gangster becomes bankster. If you ever watched the Sopranos you understand it was about the behavior of the typical American “businessman.” Only money separates the celebrated from the incarcerated. And when the wealthier jackpot chasers go it is to a finer class of prison, and for a shorter term.

  • Loay

    Malcolm X transcended America and is a global icon. He and others such as Franz Fanon became the symbol of the colonized people reclaiming their humanity and self worth. Nothing will detract from the heroic role, depth of understanding and path to self liberation that he blazed. Today’s world is partly a product of his efforts.

    Loay

  • Joseph

    I taught AP English for many years in an affluent white suburb. My kids were never more fascinated with a “character” than they were with Malcolm X. His words (in speeches) and his autobiography with Haley were the sources of endless discussion about Malcolm, Islam, and the African American experience in America. Many returning grads cited this reading as their favorite. As I type this note, I’m sitting under the famous “Malcolm X and 1199″ poster.

  • Ellen Dibble

    Is Christianity associated — for black people — with subjugation and slavery? Is that why Islam is embraced by Malcolm X and those of African descent who are inspired by him?
    Or is it a back-to-roots conversion, because Islam is the religion of parts of Africa?

  • Ellen Dibble

    My memory of the Malcolm X era is that population studies were telling white America that minorities would be the majority in X-many years — which has come to pass (shades of what Israel began to face circa 1967 as to Palestinians in their population).
    So I thought the whites at about that time were thinking integrate or re-subjugate. There was a time of choice.

  • Loay

    On the issue of MLK, we venerate the mythical king of 1963, not the really king of 1968 who is just as revolutionary as Malcolm X. Next time you do an show on MLK how about visiting his “Why I Oppose the War if Vietnam”

    loay

  • Michael

    What a great show today,

    Thanks,

  • ellen

    I’m particularily tired of hearing about “racisim.” It is ALL, a remenent of our ancient pack/tribal instinct! “Other” is the focus of this instinct….are you part of my group, or are you “other?”

    If we understand and except this as the instinct it is – perhaps it would take some of the sting out of it, and allow us to more easily call upon our more highly developed brain to overcome this base instinct.

  • Gina

    I was so glad to hear this show, and am excited at the prospect of reading Dr Marable’s new book. Malcolm has been a hero of mine for over forty years (since I was a white female teenager growing up in Philly and witnessing the devastation that racism wreaked on black folks and white folks as well). As a woman, I’ve wondered about Malcolm’s sexism and whether his thinking would have evolved about women–as it did about white people–not “whiteness” but the human beings who can themselves transcend unearned privilege, as men can also transcend the unearned privilege of maleness. Great show.

  • lcg

    Phew.
    Compelling topic in Malcolm X and a new biography.
    HOWEVER …
    Listening to Michael Eric Dyson is an exercise akin to having one’s teeth removed without the benefit of anesthetic.
    The intellect may be there, but the communication of it is, at best, grating.

    The man is insufferable. Pompous. Egomaniacal. A blowhard.
    A man obviously enthralled with the sound of his own voice.
    I cannot imagine suffering through one of his lectures at Georgetown.
    Brutal.

  • guest

    brilliant show. I was absolutely blown away by Alex Haleys book as an 18 year old and I look forward to reading this.

    On another note, it’s such a pity that Spike Lees movie about Malcolm X was bad….. a good movie about him would really help present him to other people around the world IMO…..

    thanks On Point!

  • Killkafka

    . most prosperous part of the americas (US) most prosperous part of the africas (S. africa) ,most prosperous part of middle east (Israel) most prosperous part of the central asia( India) most prosperous part of eastern asia (hong kong) most prosperous part of Oceana (australia)… good on the university environment for fostering the pursuit of VERITAS . to say there is no difference among the races is intellectual dishonesty and every rung of the university system is aware of this but will never acknowledge it; we all wait for the social science departments that study every minute difference amongst human populations to account for the above facts, which is one of many examples: now i will let you get back to lying to yourself

    • Cory

      Depends how you define prosperous.

  • Bo

    Do you think there will be a time that black nationalism will pass away?

    How do you invision the future of our society?

    How do you see the races? intigrating or seperating?

    Thank You,

    Bo Smith
    Trinadad,
    CA

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  • Slipstream

    I just wanted to say that I very much enjoyed listening to Professor Dyson’s ideas on this topic. What a remarkably eloquent speaker! If this is how well the man speaks, I can only imagine how well he writes. I will have to check out some of his writings. I hope that OP will have Dyson on the show again.

  • Anonymous

    Tom I wish you had challenged that racist when he started going on about how “whiteness” was a state of mind that needed to be changed. That guy was obviously a bigot.

    This was the same problem Malcom X had, and why ultimately Martin Luther King Jr was the better leader. Martin had a constructive plan for the future, and it was based on eliminating race as a criteria for any kind of moral judgment. Malcom, like your guest, couldn’t get past his resentments. His program was explicitely racial and therefor also explicity racist. No matter how skilled and passionate a speech maker he was, in the end the path he chose was one of retrograde motion for race relations in this country. Thank god the civil rights movement stayed in the hands of responsible, moderate, progressive leaders like Martin, and never fell into the hands of violent, irresponsible radicals like Malcom.

    I like your show alot. Keep up the good work. But please do stand up to guests when they’re obviously out of line. I doubt very much that you would have tolerated that kind of talk from a Klansman, if you ever had him on your show. Dont make an exception for a guest just because he’s black.

    • Peepdru2

      Who said Dr. King was a better leader? To make a judgemnt on which person is better to speak for , not lead, others is and always has been “whiteness” was a state of mind.

      • Anonymous

        I said he was, for the reasons listed above. If you think whiteness is a state of mind then you’re a racist and there’s no reason to talk to you.

        • Fajrwilson

          Whiteness and Blackness are states of mind. Figments of our imagination. I see nothing racist in this statement, actually i see the opposit. Trying to break away from naming and “otherness.” Race is a construction. Race is a state of mind.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

      Pandering to black bigots. Shameful. These guys make a good living out of exploiting the perceived awful plight of black folks, and the racist white society. Shut up already, the ’60 are over. Their racist propaganda needs to be exposed for what it is…just that.

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Aug 20, 2014
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.

Aug 20, 2014
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.

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Your (Weird? Wonderful? Wacky?) Roommate Stories
Tuesday, Aug 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, Aug 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, Aug 13, 2014

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

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