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In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, a person carries a sign inscribed with, "I can't breathe," during in a protest in response to the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case, in Times Square in New York. (AP)
Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What do you want to see in the ongoing national ‘conversation’ on race? What voices do you want to hear?

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Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark has been writing hit songs for years. '12 Stories' is her debut solo album. (Shore Fire Media)
Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014

We’re not saying their appearance on our program necessarily made these six Grammy nominees winners-in-waiting, but we’re also not saying it didn’t help.

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Dominic Tortolano, 4, of Smithfield, R.I., checks inside Santa's mailbox at the Macy's Believe launch event at Macy's department store on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Warwick, Rhode Island.  (AP)
Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas time is almost here, more or less, and children everywhere are busy drafting their letters to Santa. But after the United States Postal Service picks those letters up, what happens next? Our spinoff explainer podcast, The Explicast, did some postal sleuthing to find out.

 
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair (R) and his wife, Cherie Blair, wish you a strained and uncomfortable holiday season. (Vanity Fair / Twitter)
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Tony Blair wishes you very Merry Christmas (OR ELSE), and we talk Facebook posts and books.

 
A sampling of On Point Radio's favorite books of 2014. (Courtesy the publishers)
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The On Point Radio staff selects our personal favorites from a busy year in books.

 
In this Wednesday December 11, 2013 file photo, a Syrian refugee woman with her children prepares food near her tent as a heavy snowstorm batters the region, in a camp for Syrians who fled their country’s civil war, in the Chouf mountain town of Ketermaya, Lebanon. (AP)
Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014

Want to help alleviate the hunger crisis in Syria, Lebanon and other countries around the world? We’ve collected a list of charities where you can donate.

 
carrots
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Our three Thanksgiving chefs offer up their best bets for delicious, last-minute holiday helpers, including a crunchy celery salad and maple glazed carrots.

 
On Point producer Katherine Brewer is ready to welcome you to our Boston newsroom this spring. (Karen Shiffman / WBUR)
Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014

Have you ever thought about interning with On Point Radio? Good news: your time is now!

 
President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.  (AP)
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

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Pedestrians walk along a snow-covered street on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Lancaster, N.Y. Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes as officials tried to clear massive snow mounds with another storm looming. (AP)
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We offer a panel of hand-drawn digital sheep, and wonder how to best lead the rest of you to programs that matter.

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Mar 6, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years. (AP)

Netanyahu’s speech. Hillary Clinton’s email. Obamacare back at the high court. A stunning start to the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Mar 6, 2015
"The Sellout" is novelist Paul Beatty's new book. (Courtesy Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)

Author Paul Beatty’s novel “The Sellout” is a satirical look at race relations in America. He joins us.

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One in four women use psychiatric medication. The reasons for the medication aren't always so clear. (Flickr)

Are American women being prescribed psychiatric drugs – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics — for normal emotions? We’ll hear out one psychiatrist’s bold claim.

 
Mar 5, 2015
A car passes a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Ferguson. A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the report.  (AP)

The big Justice Department report finds a pattern of racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department. Now what? We’re back in Ferguson – and beyond — for answers.

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Answers To Your Questions On Black Holes
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015

Yale University’s Priyamvada Natarajan answers your black hole questions in full. (Well, most of them.)

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Want To Listen To Lead Belly? Here’s Where To Start
Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

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Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

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