90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Week In The News: Santorum Out, Zimmerman Charged

George Zimmerman, charged with murder. Santorum throws in the towel.  All eyes on a rocket in North Korea. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

South Korean officials of the Incheon Maritime Police Agency monitor a situation room while on high alert in preparation for North Korea's planned launch of a Unha-3 rocket, in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, April 12, 2012. (AP)

South Korean officials of the Incheon Maritime Police Agency monitor a situation room while on high alert in preparation for North Korea's planned launch of a Unha-3 rocket, in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, April 12, 2012. (AP)

We waited all week for that North Korean rocket on its launch pad to head into space. It blasted off this morning and blew up eighty seconds later. Embarrassment in nuclear North Korea. Relief abroad.

On the US campaign trail, Rick Santorum blew up this week. Or “bowed out” we should say. And the “mommy wars” blew up again, over Ann Romney and her Cadillacs and her kids and what constitutes work.

George Zimmerman is in jail charged with Trayvon Martin’s murder. Ceasefire in Syria. Bubba wins the Masters.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times

Eleanor Clift, contributing editor at Newsweek and the Daily Beast

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst

From Tom’s Reading List

Los Angeles Times “George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, made his first court appearance on Thursday in Sanford, Fla., and was ordered held pending formal arraignment.”

CBS News “When Rick Santorum ended his presidential bid on Tuesday, he spoke about the illness of his three-year-old daughter, Bella, and expressed a desire to spend more time with her as a parent. But on Thursday, the former Pennsylvania senator suggested the decision largely came down instead to a simple reality: He was out of cold, hard cash.”

Associated Press “The crisis in Syria along with growing concerns about Iran’s nuclear program and a potential North Korean missile test dominated discussions Wednesday between foreign ministers from the Group of Eight leading industrialized democracies.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 2, 2014
Kurds in Turkey look over the border with Syria toward the embattled town of Kobani. (David Takaki / Twitter)

ISIS and the battle for control of the Syrian town of Kobani. The Kurds have it. ISIS wants it. The US is bombing. We’ll look at the lessons of the battle for Kobani.

Oct 2, 2014
Duluth, Minnesota's Canal Park Lakewalk, shown here in 2005. (Jacob Norlund / Creative Commons)

What makes a good place to live in America today? We’ll talk with the people who size up our cities and towns.

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 1, 2014
Actress Eva Longoria, center, Henry R. Munoz III, co-founder of the Latino Victory Project, left, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, are seated at an event launching The Latino Victory Project, a Latino political action committee, at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP)

Latino America. It is very large and growing very fast. How will it move the country?

 
Oct 1, 2014
Pro-democracy protesters hold umbrellas under heavy rain in a main street near the government headquarters in Hong Kong late Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP)

China, democracy and Hong Kong. They’re in the streets in Hong Kong with their “Umbrella Revolution.” What now?

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Transcript: Taking A Close Look At America’s Police Force
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014

A partial transcript of our panel conversation with experts on the modern American police force.

More »
Comment
 
Transcript: Peter Thiel Wants Us All To Go From ‘Zero To One’
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014

Entrepreneur Peter Thiel on innovation, technological failure and humanity’s uncertain future.

More »
Comment
 
Transcript: Sexual Violence Under ISIS Control
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014

A transcript from our September 25, 2014 conversation on the Islamic State and sexual violence.

More »
Comment