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Wednesday, December 25, 2013 | 11:00 AM
A circus tent and worker in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP)

Acrobat Duncan Wall ran away to join the circus, and found the circus has changed. He’s with us.

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Monday, December 23, 2013 | 11:00 AM
A druid watches the sunrise by the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, in southern England, as access to the site is given to druids, New Age followers and members of the public on the annual Winter Solstice, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

Hobbitmania returns, and we look at the real legacy of druids and celts in the “Middle Earth” of Iron Age Western Europe.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | 11:00 AM
An image of a young Jesus in the workshop of St. Joseph in a 1640s painting by Georges de La Tour. (Creative Commons)

Novelist and biographer Jay Parini takes on the still-unfolding story of Jesus.

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Friday, December 13, 2013 | 11:00 AM
A selection of some of our guests' favorite books of the 2013 publishing year. (Courtesy The Publishers)

Plus the best books of 2013, “The Flamethrowers,” “White Girls,” “The Unwinding” and a whole lot more.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

This past year was a big one in books, and the On Point staff was lucky enough to read a good number of the year’s literary offerings. Beyond the daily hustle and bustle of our program, here’s a list of On Point’s favorite books of 2013.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Minnesota’s fifth district, was the first Muslim-American elected to the U.S. Congress. He told us about his decision to use Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an during his swearing-in ceremony in 2007.

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Monday, December 9, 2013 | 11:00 AM
On President Thomas Jefferson's gravestone in Virginia, his promotion of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom was one of the three things he was most proud of. (Creative Commons)

How a founding father, Thomas Jefferson, came to understand Islam.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, an 88-foot Engelmann spruce, from the Colville National Forest, in northeast Washington State, during an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (AP)

Mexican-American essayist and big thinker Richard Rodriguez joins us on identity, immigration and the human spirit.

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Monday, December 2, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Rabbi Levi Shemtov, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, and Rabbi Abraham Shemtov participate in the annual National Menorah Lighting on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. For the first time since the late 1800s – and for the last time until some 70,000 years from now – the first day of hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. (AP)

With Hanukkah upon us, the story of a Jewish family made and broken in the 20th century in David Laskin’s “The Family.”

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

On our Monday, Dec. 2 program, author and journalist David Laskin discussed how he traced the three branches of his mother’s family for his book The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century. Laskin’s family of Russian-Jewish immigrants includes Zionist pioneers, Maidenform Bra Company founder Ida Rosenthal and seventeen victims of the Holocaust. Here, Laskin describes how all of us can launch our own family search.

 
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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.

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.

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Apr 23, 2014
Attendees of the 2013 Argentina International Coaching Federation meet for networking and coaching training. (ICF)

The booming business of life coaches. Everybody seems to have one these days. Therapists are feeling the pinch. We look at the life coach craze.

 
Apr 23, 2014
In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, file photo, Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company's technology, in New York. Aereo is one of several startups created to deliver traditional media over the Internet without licensing agreements. (AP)

The Supreme Court looks at Aereo, the little startup that could cut your cable cord and up-end TV as we’ve known it. We look at the battle. Plus: a state ban on affirmative action in college admissions is upheld. We’ll examine the implications.

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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.

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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.

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Some Tools And Tricks For College Financial Aid
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Some helpful links and tools for navigating FAFSA and other college financial aid tools.

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