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Monday, March 23, 2015 | 11:00 AM
W.C. Handy of New York was back on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. on May 14, 1936 where his blues began. The composer of "St. Louis Blues" and "Memphis Blues" visited the bar at "P-Wee's" and the street's Church Park to play with the children. (AP)

Walkin’ in Memphis. We’ll look at the history of Beale Street and how the Memphis Sound came to be.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Navigating Social Security benefits can often be tricky. (Flickr / Kris Livingston)

Many Americans never collect thousands they’re due in Social Security. We’ll look at why and how to get what – under current, confusing law – is yours.

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Monday, March 16, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Lily James plays the title role in Disney's new live-action version of the fairy tale classic, "Cinderella." (Disney)

Cinderella is back again, Disney-style. We’ll look at the origins of the Cinderella story.

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Friday, March 13, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Novelist Dennis Lehane sits in the On Point Studio on Friday, March 13, 2015. (Jesse Costa / WBUR)

Best-selling author Dennis Lehane takes blood, crime and vengeance to Tampa in his newest novel, “World Gone By.”

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 11:00 AM
An image from the cover of Robert D. Putnam's new book, "Our Kids: The American Dream In Crisis." (Simon & Schuster)

When the doors of opportunity close on America’s children. How and why it’s happened, with Robert Putnam and his new book, “Our Kids.”

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Monday, March 9, 2015 | 11:00 AM
A file photo image of  Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai on Saturday, 13th December 2014. (AP)

Following the clues to find the lost city of Atlantis. It’s a real life Indiana Jones adventure. Plus: a skeletal new link in the human evolution chain.

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Friday, March 6, 2015 | 11:00 AM
"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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Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 11:00 AM
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.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Humanist chaplain Bart Campolo, center, a former Evangelical Christian youth minister, and his wife, Marty, right, mingle with students as they wait for the start of a forum at the University of Southern California, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP)

More Americans are turning away from religion. We’ll look at how to live a moral life without it.

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Monday, February 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, poses with World War II veterans after the award ceremony in St. George Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. President Putin awarded World War II veterans with jubilee medals marking the 70th victory anniversary of World War II.  (AP)

What does Vladimir Putin want, in Ukraine and beyond? We’ll unpack a big new biography of the Russian leader.

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May 26, 2015
Blogger and activist Pamela Geller speaks at a conference she organized entitled “Stop Islamization of America,” in New York on Sept. 11, 2012. (AP)

Two new books on free speech–one by a former New York Times correspondent, the other a Fox News contributor. They don’t see eye to eye—and tell us why.

May 26, 2015
The saola is an exceedingly rare mammal found in the mountains of Southeast Asia. (Wikicommons)

Endangered species and the search for one of the world’s rarest creatures deep into the wilds of central Laos.

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Violinist Regina Carter warms up in the On Point studio on Friday, October 17. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album “Southern Comfort.”

 
May 25, 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a history of American moral character in his new book, "The Road to Character." Former US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (R), is one of the subjects he profiles in his books. (David Burnett / AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

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A Former Bike Gang Member Explains "The Life"
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Larry called in from Lawrenceburg, KY and told us he was once a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, a mid-Atlantic biker gang. He didn’t sugar coat the facts as he explained the draw of the brotherhood and what makes the outlaw motorcycle corner the underworld go round.

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Our Week In The Web: May 15, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015

We cancel a few hours and suddenly all of you get convinced of a global radio conspiracy! Plus, dragon zoos.

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Caller: ‘It Doesn’t Always Turn Out Okay’
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One caller shares her own story of an extremely premature birth. Her daughter, born at 22 1/2 weeks in 2012, was taken off life support after seven days.

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