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In this April 30, 2014 photo, Erin Kling, center, teaches her pre-kindergarten students, at Stafford Elementary School in Tacoma, Wash. (AP)
Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014

A former longtime Massachusetts public school teacher tells us why she’s left her classroom after 20 years of changing educational standards.

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Maya Angelou answers questions at her portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Washington, DC.  She passed away on May 28, 2014 at age 86. (AP)
Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We listen back to a 2010 interview with Maya Angelou after her friend Lena Horne passed away. On this, the day of Angelou’s passing, many of her words ring especially true.

 
Sister Colleen Gibson (on the right) at the beginning of the Candidacy II phase at the Sisters of St. Joseph in Philadelphia, PA. (Courtesy Sisters of St. Joseph)
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Guest Sister Colleen Gibson reflects on her conversation with guest host John Donvan about her choice to serve as a nun and the unexpected magic of live radio interviews.

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House subcommittee of Federal Workforce,US Postal Service and the Census Chairman Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, holds up a letter about sequestration effects, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, during a joint hearing on sequestration held by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs, and the subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census.  (AP)
Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Republican and Democratic Congressman got together on our air and agreed — the US Postal Service has serious problems.

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Country artist Cole Swindell, with Sirius XM country music programming director John Marks. (Parker Young / Sirius XM)
Posted on Friday, May 23, 2014

A listener and music-watcher in Nashville shares a thoughtful response to our conversation on country music and modern sound.

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A truck moving millions of bees along I-95 outside of Newark, Delaware overturned on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, unleashing the buzzy contents out into the air. (AP)
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We talk about web metrics and conversation in the digital space, and share a brand new podcast from our friends over at WNYC’s Studio 360. (It’s about the magic art of GIF giving, so you should probably listen to it already).

 
Human serum antibodies react with MERS-CoV-infected Vero cells, indicating the patient has been infected with MERS-CoV. (CDC)
Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014

We try and answer some of your questions about the MERS virus — where it is, what it looks like and what to do about all those camels.

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India's next prime minister Narendra Modi, right, talks to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Lal Krishna Advani at Advani’s residence in New Delhi, India, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Results announced Friday from the weeks-long polls showed that Modi and the Hindu nationalist BJP had won the most decisive election victory India has seen in three decades, sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power. (AP)
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014

A newly-elected member of the now ruling BJP Party of India tells us what the world should expect from PM-elect Narendra Modi.

 
Singer Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP)
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2014

While we might not have talked about Eurovision 2014 in our Week in the News this week — after many, many staff protests, mind you — that doesn’t mean we can’t direct you to the winning entry by Austria’s Conchita Wurst. Also, we wonder where you feel the most at ease sharing news with us.

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands in defeat after a divided Senate derailed Democratic legislation providing $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans, as the bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and whether to slap sanctions on Iran, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP)
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tells us what he’s looking for as the Veterans’ Affairs Committee questions VA Sec. Eric Shinseki this week.

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Jul 23, 2014
In this Saturday, July 12, 2014, photo, migrants walk along train tracks and boxcars after getting off a train during their journey toward the US-Mexico border, in Ixtepec, southern Mexico. (AP)

Crisis at the US border. What do Latinos on this side of the border have to say? We’ll ask our special roundtable.

Jul 23, 2014
Actor Wallace Shawn attends special screening of "Turks and Caicos" hosted by Vogue and The Cinema Society at the Crosby Street Hotel on Monday, April 7, 2014 in New York.  (AP)

From “The Princess Bride” to “My Dinner with Andre “and “A Master Builder,” actor and writer Wallace Shawn joins us.

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Lt. Col. James Howard Williams, aka "Elephant Bill," is the hero of Vicki Constantine Croke's new book, "Elephant Company." (Courtesy Random House)

We’ll travel to the jungles of Burma for the remarkable true story of Billy Williams—aka “the elephant whisperer”—and his World War II heroism.

 
Jul 22, 2014
Smoke rises after an Israeli shelling at the Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, Monday, July 21, 2014. The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel's defense minister pledged to keep fighting "as long as necessary," raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks. (AP)

The escalated Gaza offensive. We’ll get the views from both sides and the latest developments.

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Our Week In The Web: July 11, 2014
Friday, Jul 11, 2014

As we prepare for a week of rebroadcasts, we reflect on Facebook posts, misplaced comments and the magic of @ mentions. Internet, ASSEMBLE!

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Two Former Senators, One Fix For US Democracy?
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014

Former US Senators Tom Daschle and Olympia Snowe joined us today with a few fixes for American political inaction.

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Future Radio Interns Of America: On Point Wants YOU!
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014

On Point needs interns for the fall. Could YOU be one of them?

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