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In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, trader Peter Tuchman watches a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell, as the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 460 points in afternoon trading, then clawed back much of the ground it lost. (AP)
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014

We dig in to that all-important, all-confusing daily stock notice: the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

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Tuco, a future Massachusetts K-9 Unit Patrol Officer, tries on his future vest. (Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog)
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We tumble for ya, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Tuco the Massachusetts K-9 Unit puppy in training.

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A scene from the new release, "Birdman, or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
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What movies should you watch before 2014 comes to a close? Our critics offer their picks for the movies of the season right here.

 
Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The couple went on an hour-long ride followed by a Maine State Trooper. (AP)
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014

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

 
resident Barack Obama, left, votes early for the midterm election at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Chicago. Obama took a break from campaigning for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., to cast an early ballot for the election. (AP)
Posted on Friday, October 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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Jordan is one of the US Secret Service's canine guards at the White House in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Secret Service)
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On comments, comment sections, and ROY G BIV.

 
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Posted on Friday, October 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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Violinist Regina Carter warms up in the On Point studio on Friday, October 17. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)
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Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

 
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks through a field of ceramic poppies at The Tower of London, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The poppies are part of a ceramic poppy installation called 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. (AP)
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We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

 
The 2014 National Book Award Finalists (NPR / NPR Books)
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The 2014 National Book Award Finalist shortlist is out, and more than a few On Point Radio guests made the cut! Find out who they were, and listen back to our conversations with them!

 
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Dec 22, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. (AP)

A weak ruble and a turbulent economy. We look at Putin’s Russia and what its economic free fall means.

Dec 22, 2014
A sample of some of the costumes on display at the fall 2014 "Dance & Fashion" exhibition at New York City's Museum at FIT. (AP)

Couture fashion exhibits are drawing record crowds at museums. We’ll look at the beauty and the art behind the glitz.

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Dec 19, 2014
Soledad, and from left, Nina Pastori, and Lila Downs perform on stage at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

From crossover hits to hip-hop to soul, we look at a big year in the wide world of Latin music.

 
Dec 19, 2014
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

Cuba reset. Russia’s rubble troubles. School massacre in Pakistan. Jeb explores 2016. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Our Week In The Web: December 19, 2014
Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Rage, shortlinks and things you people seem to be into, we guess. Also, Putin.

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Cosby Accuser Beverly Johnson: ‘He's A Black Man. I Had To Separate The Trayvon Martins, The Michael Browns From What Happened To Me’
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014

Beverly Johnson accused comedian Bill Cosby of drugging her in a high-profile Vanity Fair column. She tells us why she waited so long to share her story, and why it was even harder to share now.

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Our Week In The Web: December 12, 2014
Friday, Dec 12, 2014

On listener engagement, the meeting of trans-Atlantic royalty and the elusive origins of the chicken. (We promise this feed hasn’t been taken over the BBC…yet)

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