90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
On Point Blog
 
Armadillo Taka snuffles on a ball during the TV recording of an oracle for the upcoming match Germany vs Ghana at the World Cup 2014 in the zoo in Erfurt, Germany, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP)
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014

Oh yes — we’re real, and we’re spectacular. Plus, sad soccer players and one sports-indiscriminate armadillo.

 
Roz Chast's darkly comic graphic memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" appears on all three of our summer 2014 books show guest lists. (Bloomsbury USA)
Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014

Our summer books show guests share their top picks for your reading list this year, and we include your top picks from during the show and our web comments.

Comments [4]
 
Brazil soccer fans wearing hats made of watermelons pose for a photo as they wait for the start of the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Croatia inside the FIFA Fan fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP)
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014

We give a little look under the hood a week into a new way of sharing stories on our Facebook page, and let you know that it’s sometimes okay to wear a watermelon as a hat.

 
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., center, joined by other women of the Senate, prepares for a news conference on her bill, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, that would allow people with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP)
Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposed a new plan to change the student loan system in America, and she joined us to explain what’s at stake.

Comments [2]
 
Dr. Atul Gawande (Photo by Aubrey Calo)
Posted on

While you won’t be able to attend this Thursday’s On Point LIVE! event with Dr. Atul Gawande if you haven’t already purchased tickets, you can still participate in the conversation. Share your question with us!

 
Employee Sean Mason hangs decorations and flags outside The Robin Hood public house in Jarrow, England, Monday, June 9, 2014 to create a display for the World Cup 2014 soccer tournament which starts Thursday.  (AP)
Posted on Monday, June 9, 2014

In case you weren’t already scoping out all the neighborhood bars with spare TV sets, we’ve figured out how you can watch the entirety of the World Cup from the comfort of your own TV / computer / smartphone.

 
Volunteer Layal Rabat from the Phoenix Restoration Project brings water, food and diapers to Central-American women and their children dropped off at the Greyhound bus station in Phoenix, Thursday, May 29, 2014. (AP)
Posted on

Want to help solo child migrants to the United States but unsure where to look? We assembled a list of resources and organizations providing support for the crowds of young migrants arriving in America.

 
Sister Cristina Scuccia poses with the trophy and holding the cross on the stage after winning the final of the Italian version of the TV talent show "The Voice" in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 5, 2014. With her full habit, sensible shoes and cheering nuns in her camp, Sister Cristina Scuccia made it to Thursday's finals of the Italian version of "The Voice" after capturing attention, and millions of YouTube viewers, with her first-round performance in March.  (AP)
Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014

Sister Cristina wins big, we reflect on links and social sharing and a very excited caller reminds us all about the magic of three-martini dinners.

 
Major Henry "Duke" Boswell, former communications sergeant in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and a D-Day Veteran. (Still courtesy Valor Studios)
Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014

American D-Day Veteran Major Henry “Duke” Boswell reflects on the 70th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion of France.

 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy gestures during an announcement of a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, Monday, June 2, 2014, at EPA headquarters in Washington. (AP)
Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What do the newly proposed EPA regulations mean for coal-powered energy? For coal miners? For the nation’s energy policy? We dig in to the proposals and the timeline

 
ONPOINT
TODAY
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?

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?

RECENT
SHOWS
Sep 30, 2014
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, examines a new high-performance industrial robot at the company's Atlanta facility.  (AP)

Nicholas Carr says automation, all over, is turning us into zombies. Out of touch with the world. He’s with us.

 
Sep 30, 2014
St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
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
 
Our Week In The Web: September 26, 2014
Friday, Sep 26, 2014

All of you love to listen to old broadcasts when we play them, and Taylor Swift loves the Internet.

More »
Comment