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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 11:00 am
H.D.S. Greenway in East Pakistan (David Burnett)

Longtime foreign correspondent H.D.S. Greenway opens his notebooks on American power abroad—and how it’s changed.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this June 11, 2014 photo, Jack Ma, right, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group arrives for a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (AP/Andy Wong)

It may be the biggest Wall Street IPO in American history, and it’s not even an American company. We’ll look at China’s tech giant Alibaba going public in the U.S.A.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 11:00 am
Allan Smith plays his bagpipes for the passing tourists that stop at the Scotland-England border at Carter Bar, Scotland, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP/Scott Heppell)

Scotland is about to vote on breaking away from the UK. Britain. We’ll look at the breakaway movement, in Scotland and beyond.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 10:00 am
Health workers,  attend to patients that contracted the Ebola virus,  at a clinic  in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP/Abbas Dulleh)

An urgent plea for more help to slow the epidemic of Ebola in West Africa. We look at the exploding challenge.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 | 11:00 am
Online dating is as much a matter of online data collection as it is online matchmaking. (Don Hankins / Flickr)

We’ll talk to the co-founder of dating site OkCupid about human nature, love and the future of big data.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 | 10:00 am
This Sept. 13, 2012 file photo shows a Libyan man investigating the inside of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after a deadly attack two days earlier. (AP)

Investigative reporter Mitch Zuckoff goes deep on Benghazi. What really happened. What it could mean.

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Friday, September 5, 2014 | 11:00 am
Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton in performance. (Andrea Carter / Courtesy Tierney Sutton)

Jazz singer Tierney Sutton on the improvising life in music and her Baha’i faith.

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Friday, September 5, 2014 | 10:00 am
Secretary of State John Kerry, center, talks with President Barack Obama as British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, finishes speaking at a meeting of NATO leaders regarding Afghanistan at the NATO summit at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.  (AP)

Another beheading. Obama and NATO. Nude pics hacked from the cloud. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 | 11:00 am
The `country breakfast' plate at the Stamford, Conn., City Limits Diner consists of eggs, house-made hash brown potatoes, sausage, bacon and ham, plus multi-grain toast from bread baked on the premises, as photographed Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2004. (AP)

Maybe Dr. Atkins was right: a big new study says a low-carb—high fat, high protein diet—is better for us. We’ll look at what that means.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 | 10:00 am
President Barack Obama, center, accompanied by the leaders of Baltic States, from left, Estonia President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Latvia President Andris Berzins and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, speaks after their meeting at Kadriorg Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.  (AP)

Europe stumbling – economically, and maybe more – as a new challenge rises from Russia.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this Fall 2013 photo provided by the University of Idaho, students in the University of Idaho’s first Semester in the Wild program take a class in the Frank Church-River Of No Return Wilderness, Idaho. (AP)

MacArthur “genius” Ruth DeFries looks at humanity’s long, deep integration with nature – and what comes next. She’s hopeful.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | 10:00 am
This still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. The Islamic State group has threatened to kill Sotloff if the United States doesn't stop its strikes against them in Iraq. Video released Tuesday, Sept. 02, 2014, purports to show Sotloff's murder by the same rebel group. (AP)

Another beheading claim and ISIS’s use of social media in its grab for power.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | 11:00 am
Confederate spymaster Rose O'Neal Greenhow, pictured with her daughter "Little" Rose in Washington, D.C.'s Old Capitol Prison in 1862. (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

True stories of daring women during the Civil War. Best-selling author Karen Abbott shares their exploits in a new book: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.”

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | 10:00 am
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with Mark Wilson, event political speaker chairperson, with his wife Elain Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, August 4, 2012. (AP)

Nine weeks counting now to the midterm elections. We’ll look at the key races and the stakes.

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Monday, September 1, 2014 | 11:00 am
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) recovers a fumble by Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) in the second quarter of the NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP)

One outspoken fan’s reluctant manifesto against football, and the big push to reform the game.

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Monday, September 1, 2014 | 10:00 am
This Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo shows a mural in in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago dedicated to the history of the Pullman railcar company and the significance for its place in revolutionizing the railroad industry and its contributions to the African-American labor movement. (AP)

On Labor Day, we’ll check in on the American labor force, with labor activist Van Jones, and more.

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Friday, August 29, 2014 | 11:00 am
Beyoncé performs at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards on Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Getty)

Sex, power and Beyoncé’s feminism. The message to young women.

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Friday, August 29, 2014 | 10:00 am
Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.  (AP)

War moves over Syria, Ukraine. Burger King moves to Canada. Nine-year-olds and Uzis. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 11:00 am
Some of the hundreds of earthquake damaged wine barrels cover and toppled a pair of forklifts at the Kieu Hoang Winery, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Napa, Calif. A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. (AP)

Drought in California, earthquake in Napa. We look at broken bottles and the health of the American wine industry.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 10:00 am
Photos surround the casket of Michael Brown before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.  (AP)

The message that will last out of Ferguson with New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 11:00 am
The cast of the new ABC comedy, "Black-ish." (Courtesy ABC)

This week the Emmys celebrate the best in television. We’ll look at what’s ahead for the Fall TV season.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 10:00 am
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, center, looks at them, prior to their talks after after posing for a photo in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP)

Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s leader meet. We’ll look at Russia and the high voltage chess game over Ukraine. Plus, we look at potential US military strikes in Syria and Iraq.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | 11:00 am
Matthew Triska, 13, center, helps Alex Fester, 10, to build code using an iPad at a youth workshop at the Apple store on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Stanford, Calif.  (AP)

Educational apps are all over these days. How are they working for the education of our children? Plus: why our kids need more sleep.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | 10:00 am
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, right, speaks with Ady Barkan of the Center for Popular Democracy as she arrives for a dinner during the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyo. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  (AP)

Multi-millionaire Nick Hanauer says he and his fellow super-rich are killing the goose–the American middle class — that lays the golden eggs.

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Monday, August 25, 2014 | 11:00 am
Thousands of New Yorkers marked the first day of summer by practicing yoga in Times Square, during the 12th annual Solstice in Times Square. (AP)

The legacy of Indian yoga master, B.K.S Iyengar, and his influence on yoga in the Western world.

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Monday, August 25, 2014 | 10:00 am
This file photo posted on the website freejamesfoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in July, 2012.In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP)

Britons, Europeans and Americans are joining the ranks of ISIS. We’ll look at what’s pulling them in.

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Friday, August 22, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP)

The Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS, viral fundraising and how we give in the age of social media.

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Friday, August 22, 2014 | 10:00 am
Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Florrissant, Mo. (AP)

The National Guard and Eric Holder in Ferguson. ISIS beheads an American journalist. Texas Governor Rick Perry gets a mug shot. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 11:00 am
Jen Joyce, a community manager for the Uber rideshare service, works on a laptop before a meeting of the Seattle City Council, Monday, March 17, 2014, at City Hall in Seattle. (AP)

We’ll look at workers trying to live and make a living in the age of TaskRabbit and computer-driven work schedules.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this November 2012, file photo, posted on the website freejamesfoley.org, shows American journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP)

An American is beheaded. We’ll look at the ferocity of ISIS, and what to do about it.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this Oct. 21, 2013 file photo, a monarch butterfly lands on a confetti lantana plant in San Antonio. A half-century ago Monarch butterflies, tired, hungry and bursting to lay eggs, found plenty of nourishment flying across Texas. Native white-flowering balls of antelope milkweed covered grasslands, growing alongside nectar-filled wildflowers. But now, these orange-and-black winged butterflies find mostly buildings, manicured lawns and toxic, pesticide-filled plants. (AP)

This year’s monarch butterfly migration is the smallest ever recorded. We’ll ask why. It’s a big story. Plus: how climate change is creating new hybridized species.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 10:00 am
A man holds his hands up in the street after a standoff with police Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. (AP)

A deep read on Ferguson, Missouri and what we’re seeing about race, class, hope and fear in America.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 11:00 am
Lara Russo, left, Cally Guasti, center, and Reese Werkhoven sit on a couch in their apartment in New Paltz, N.Y. on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  While their roommate story of $40,800 found in a couch made the news, other, weirder stories of unusual roommates are far more common. (AP)

From college dorms and summer camps to RVs and retirement hotels, what it’s like to share a room. True stories of roommates.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 10:00 am
Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. (AP)

“War zones” in America. Local police departments with military grade equipment – how much is too much, and what it would take to de-militarize America’s police force.

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Monday, August 18, 2014 | 11:00 am
An image from the Princeton University campus. (Instagram / @JessHeart23)

A loud complaint that some top American colleges are turning out “excellent sheep.” A sharp critique of the Ivy League.

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Monday, August 18, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014, a healthcare worker, right, wears protective gear against the Ebola virus before he enters the Ebola isolation ward at Kenema Government Hospital, in Kenema, the Eastern Province around 300km, (186 miles), from the capital city of Freetown in Sierra Leone. (AP)

Ebola: more than a thousand dead now. An unprecedented spread. We’ll look at what it will take to stop it.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 | 11:00 am
Employees at a branch of the salad green fast-casual restaurant SweetGreen prepare ingredients. (SweetGreen Restaurants)

Quinoa on the run. We test the claims and reality of the healthy fast food movement.

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Friday, August 15, 2014 | 10:00 am
A man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing Molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP)

Clashes in Ferguson, Missouri. The U.S. in Iraq. A Russian convoy, bound for Ukraine. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 11:00 am
This Aug. 5, 2014 satellite image provided by NASA shows two tropical Pacific Ocean hurricanes - Iselle at center and Julio at right - bearing down on Hawaii, top left. (AP)

We look at what’s at stake for the future of weather forecasting when our aging weather satellites die.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 10:00 am
Iraqi policemen and civilians inspect the site of a car bomb attack near a restaurant in the southeastern district of New Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP)

More US troops bound for Iraq. We’ll look at the big question of American intervention or restraint on the global stage.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | 11:00 am
Nickel Creek

After a seven-year hiatus, progressive folk trio Nickel Creek is back together. We’ll hear from them and their latest album, “A Dotted Line.”

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | 10:00 am
Police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.  (AP)

The death of an unarmed 18 year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked a national conversation about police and deadly force. We’ll investigate.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | 11:00 am
Actor Robin Williams participates in the "The Crazy Ones" panel at the 2013 CBS Summer TCA Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, July 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The actor unexpectedly died on August 11, 2014 at age 63. The Marin County coroner has said initial investigations suggest the comic icon committed suicide in his own in Tiburon, CA. (AP)

We remember Robin Williams –why he was special, and how he lost his long battle with addiction and depression.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this Oct. 25, 2010 file photo, PIMCO Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chief Investment Officer Mohamed El-Erian gestures as he speaks during a session at the Buttonwood Gathering on Fixing Finance in New York. (AP)

We talk to big economist Mohamed El-Erian about the US economy, the global economy and where we may be headed.

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Monday, August 11, 2014 | 11:00 am
(Flickr/Thomas Christensen)

What makes performance “riveting.” Why we cry at movies, laugh at jokes, are obsessed with celebrities and sports and more.

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Monday, August 11, 2014 | 10:00 am
An armored vehicle belonging to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters rushes to a bombing site as smoke rises after airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants near the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP/ Khalid Mohammed)

The U.S. returns to Iraq. Air strikes. Aid. We’ll look at the dimensions of the President’s intervention.

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Friday, August 8, 2014 | 11:00 am
The Rose Bowl before the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game between Auburn and Florida State Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP/Gregory Bull)

The NCAA opening the way to bigger money, bigger recruiting, bigger everything in top tier college sports: creating, almost, a “pro” tier.

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Friday, August 8, 2014 | 10:00 am
President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Obama says he's authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the city of Erbil. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

The president authorizes airstrikes in Iraq. Gaza ceasefire broken. Ebola on the move.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 | 11:00 am
The Shakers harvesting their famous herbs, Shaker Historical Society

The Shakers shook when they prayed. Had a unique vision of the world. There are three left. One is with us.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this file photo, Internet users browse Facebook. (AP/Kin Cheung)

Russian hackers have amassed over a billion stolen Internet identities — the largest cyber-haul ever. We look at the stakes in the mega-hack. Plus: ISIS attacks on Iraq’s Yazidi minority.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | 11:00 am
Melissa Etheridge

We talk with legendary rocker Melissa Etheridge.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | 10:00 am
Protesters hold signs during a rally at Market Basket in Tewksbury, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Thousands of Market Basket supermarket employees and their supporters are calling for the reinstatement of their fired CEO, even as the company began a three-day job fair to replace employees who have refused to work during a revolt that is costing the supermarket chain millions. (AP)

American workers, saying “enough.” We’ll look at Market Basket grocery workers walking out for a say in how they’re managed.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | 11:00 am
From "Maria Bamford: the Special Special Special!"

Maria Bamford on her comedy, mental illness, parents and pugs.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | 10:00 am
Palestinians look for survivors under the rubble of the al-Bakri family home destroyed by an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP/Hatem Moussa)

Israel and Gaza, we look at the moral stakes and charges of criminality.

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Monday, August 4, 2014 | 11:00 am
A couple gets married in front of family and friends in this 2009 photo. (Julian Thomas / Flickr)

How income inequality is shaping marriage in America in ways that will make the country even less equal.

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Monday, August 4, 2014 | 10:00 am
A woman takes a picture of newly-raised San Vicente Dam during a ceremony Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Lakeside, Calif. Crews have finished raising the dam, as California endures the worst drought in the state since the mid-1970s. (AP)

A NASA study says the water problem in the American is deeper than we thought. We’ll look at the West’s deep water challenge.

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Friday, August 1, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 file photo, Luis Mendez, 23, left, and Maurice Mike, 23, wait in line at a job fair held by the Miami Marlins, at Marlins Park in Miami. Increasingly, potential employers are turning to digital content as a way to judge job-seekers before they even apply. (AP)

They see you when you’re sleeping. They know when you’re awake. Employers move to digital assessment in hiring, firing and promotion. We’ll check in.

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Friday, August 1, 2014 | 10:00 am
A close up of newspaper front pages focusing on the Ebola outbreak, including a newspaper, left, reading 'Burn all bodies' in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa. (AP)

Israel-Gaza conflict heats up. The House votes to sue Obama. Ebola spreads in Africa. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 | 11:00 am
A comical sign suggest the modern workplace is anything but collegial . (KW Reinsch / Flickr)

When the boss is a bad apple. How some pretty dark traits can push some to the top.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 | 10:00 am
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  (AP)

The U.S. and Europe face off against Russia. Are we looking at Cold War II? Something hotter?

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Oct 22, 2014
Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP)

We’ll go to Liberia, and hear from a pastor and a physician at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis.

Oct 22, 2014
Authors Nicholas Kristof and wife Sheryl WuDunn attend the premiere of "Meena" at the AMC Loews Theater on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York.

Author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says regular folks like us can change the world. He explains how.

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Oct 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

 
Oct 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

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Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

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Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

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Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

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