90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Books
Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 11:00 AM
A portrait of the British novelist George Eliot at age 30, by Alexandre-Louis-François d'Albert-Durade. (Creative Commons)

Life, love and “Middlemarch.” Rebecca Mead on why she can’t stop reading George Eliot’s great Victorian novel.

Comments [7]
 
Monday, January 20, 2014 | 11:00 AM
In this Sept. 29, 2006 file photo, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes poses at Fox News in New York. Propelled by Ailes' "fair and balanced" branding, Fox has targeted viewers who believe the other cable-news networks, and maybe even the media overall, display a liberal tilt from which Fox News delivers them with unvarnished truth. (AP)

Gabriel Sherman on Fox News mastermind Roger Ailes and our polarized American media, from Fox to MSNBC.

Comments [469]
 
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Conductor, scholar, and famed interpreter of Baroque music  Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Matthias Baus).

Master conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner on the earthly and heavenly Johann Sebastian Bach.

Comments [16]
 
Thursday, January 2, 2014 | 11:00 AM
A tourist walks in front of the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis hill Athens, on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (AP)

We go back to the future with a new look at the Parthenon of Ancient Greece, Athens, and the foundations of democracy.

Comments [26]
 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Actor, author and perennial funny-man Billy Crystal has penned a new memoir of sorts, "Still Foolin' Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?."

Billy Crystal joins us, on a life in comedy and being Billy Crystal.

 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an NBA legend, author, actor and global cultural ambassador. His new novel for young adults, "Sasquatch in the Paint," is the first in a planned series of novels. (Disney Publishing Worldwide)

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is with us on turning his own childhood struggles into stories of inspiration.

Comments [6]
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Fans enjoy the Phish concert. (AP)

Musical cults, from Phish Phans to Deadheads to Juggalos to Wagner. We’ll look at who gets the caravan of followers.

Comments [2]
 
Monday, December 30, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Sketches by Hokusai, 1814-1878 (Wikimedia Commons)

Japan’s old politics by other means — the real, thousand-year history of the ninja.

Comments [7]
 
Monday, December 30, 2013 | 10:00 AM
(Jenny Huey/Flickr)

Childless by choice. We look at the trend of couples saying “no thanks” to having kids.

Comments [120]
 
Thursday, December 26, 2013 | 11:00 AM
A black-and-white reproduction of a painting showing Norsemen in a ship. The list of illustrations on page vii gives this one the title Norsemen Landing in Iceland'. (Wikicommons)

Mythic storytelling out of Iceland, and the song of the Vikings.

Comments [16]
 
ONPOINT
TODAY
Apr 25, 2014
President Barack Obama and ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative MObility, bow to each other during a youth science event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as the Miraikan, in Tokyo, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP)

Guns in Georgia. Obama in Asia. Affirmative Action. And Joe Biden in Ukraine. Our weekly news roundtable.

Apr 25, 2014
In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 file photo, employees of the New Hampshire state health department set up a temporary clinic at the the middle school in Stratham, N.H., to test hundreds of people for hepatitis C related to an outbreak at nearby Exeter Hospital. A new drug, Sovaldi, is said to successful treat more than 90 percent of Hepatitis C patients. (AP)

Super expensive miracle drugs. How much can we afford to pay?

RECENT
SHOWS
Apr 24, 2014
A Buddhist monk lights the funeral pyre of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, during his funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014.  (AP)

A Sherpa boycott on Everest after a deadly avalanche. We’ll look at climbing, culture, life, death and money at the top of the world.

 
Apr 24, 2014
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, talks with Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Covina at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 21, 2014. Hernandez proposed a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to again allow public colleges to use race and ethnicity when considering college applicants. The proposal stalled this year after backlash from Asian Americans. (AP)

California as Exhibit A for what happens when a state bans affirmative action in college admissions. We’ll look at race, college and California.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Up At Everest Base Camp, ‘People Still Don’t Know The Ramifications’
Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

With a satellite phone call from Mount Everest’s Base Camp, climber and filmmaker David Breashears informs us that the Everest climbing season “is over.”

More »
Comment
 
The Week In Seven Soundbites: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Holy week with an unholy shooter. South Koreans scramble to save hundreds. Putin plays to the crowd in questioning. Seven days gave us seven sounds.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Space moon oceans, Gabriel García Márquez and the problems with depressing weeks in the news. Also: important / unnecessary infographics that help explain everyone’s favorite 1980′s power ballad.

More »
Comment