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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.

 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 | 10:00 AM
In this Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 photo author Doris Kearns Goodwin stands near a bookshelf for a portrait at her home in Concord, Mass. Goodwin's latest book,"The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," was released on Nov. 5. (AP)

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on protest, reform, Teddy Roosevelt and America then and now.

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Apr 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Apr 18, 2014
This undated photo provided by NASA on April 2, 2014 shows Saturn's moon Enceladus. The "tiger stripes" are long fractures from which water vapor jets are emitted. Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon, they announced Thursday, April 3, 2014. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. (AP)

Oceans in Space. The new discovery on a moon of Saturn, and the possibility of life there.

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Apr 18, 2014
This undated photo provided by NASA on April 2, 2014 shows Saturn's moon Enceladus. The "tiger stripes" are long fractures from which water vapor jets are emitted. Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon, they announced Thursday, April 3, 2014. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. (AP)

Oceans in Space. The new discovery on a moon of Saturn, and the possibility of life there.

 
Apr 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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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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