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Friday, December 5, 2014 | 11:00 am
"Fourth of July Creek," "Another Fine Day At Sea" and "Lila" are among the best books published in 2014. (Courtesy Publishers)

“All the Light We Cannot See,” “Fourth of July Creek,” “Another Great Day at Sea” and more. The best books of 2014.

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Friday, December 5, 2014 | 10:00 am
A group of protesters rallying against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner stage a brief sit in at the corner of Broadway and Prince Street, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (AP)

No indictment in police choke hold death. Free speech and Facebook. Sony Pictures hacked. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 11:00 am
A car travels along the highway as snow falls , Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Concord, N.H. (AP)

Winter’s coming and it may be a hard one. You’re cringing, but nature is getting ready to survive and thrive –and we take note.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 10:00 am
Khaldiyeh, 42, a Syrian refugee woman who fled from Idlib province in Syria, fries potatoes inside her tent, at a refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese Town of Al-Faour near the border with Syria, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Syrian refugees in Lebanon reacted with panic Tuesday to news that the U.N. was suspending aid to 1.7 million refugees due to lack of funds. (AP)

Food aid to Syrian refugees suspended for lack of funds. Are conflicts overwhelming the world’s attempts to feed the hungry?

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 11:00 am
Worried about your midlife crisis? Don't be: it's the barrier between you and the best years of your life. (Flickr / Carl Johan Rydell)

A fresh take on the midlife crisis. We’ll look at happiness across a lifetime.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this file photo taken May 9, 2012, Dillon Elledge, 8, right, and Brody Kemble, 7, second from right, work with flash cards in their all-boys classroom at Middleton Heights Elementary in Middleton, Idaho.  (AP)

Boys and girls in separate classrooms. Numbers are rising in public schools. We’ll look at the trend and the pushback.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | 11:00 am
In this image from video provided by The Today Show, host Matt Lauer, left, interviews Janay Rice, center, and her mother, Candy Palmer. (AP)

Football firestorm: Ray Rice reinstated, speaking out and blasting Roger Goodell.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | 10:00 am
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, listens as President Barack Obama, right, talks about Hagel's resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP)

Chuck Hagel’s out. Critics say he’s just a sacrificial lamb for a White House adrift on foreign policy. Time for a reset on national security?

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Monday, December 1, 2014 | 11:00 am
Annotated first-edition copies of Don DeLillo's "Underworld," Robert Caro's "The Power Broker" and Michael Cunningham's "The Hours," on display at the PEN American Center's "First Editions / Second Thoughts" auction in New York City's Sean Kelly Gallery. (Courtesy PEN American Cetner)

Some of America’s best writers have second thoughts on their greatest works–how they’d write them differently today.

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Monday, December 1, 2014 | 10:00 am
A shopper carries some of the clothes she bought at a Tommy outlet store at Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, Fla., Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied, in part because many Americans took advantage of stores' earlier opening hours to do their shopping on Thanksgiving Day.  (AP)

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and beyond. The holiday retail season.

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Friday, November 28, 2014 | 11:00 am
Poet Malcolm London. (Courtesy Malcolm London)

From Chicago, a young, new poet gives voice to one of America’s great cities, and its tough streets. Malcolm London joins us.

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Friday, November 28, 2014 | 10:00 am
Kaname Hayashi, a project leader of Humanoid Robots "Pepper," talks with the robot at SoftBank Mobile shop in Tokyo, Friday, June 6, 2014. The cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile. (AP)

Robot love, robot work, “killer robots” – we get the latest on robots moving deeper into life.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 11:00 am
Bob Dylan and Victor Maymudes at "The Castle" in LA before the 1965 world tour. Lisa Law/The Archive Agency)

A new take on the life and music of Bob Dylan, from way inside the Dylan story. “Another Side of Bob Dylan.”

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 10:00 am
On Point host Tom Ashbrook raises a toast with a glass of fresh apple cider in the On Point studios. (Jesse Costa / WBUR)

All about hard cider. It’s all over these days. And sweet, fresh apple cider, too. We’ll look at the history and comeback.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 11:00 am
A 1597 map of Lesbos / Mytilene, Greece by Giacomo Franco. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

How Aristotle invented science. The great ancient Greek, and life on Earth.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 10:00 am
Getting together with your family and loved ones at Thanksgiving and the holidays doesn't have to lead to  arguments and fights. (Meg Hunt / Flickr)

The Thanksgiving get-together and all the family drama trimmings. Sage advice from advice columnists.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | 11:00 am
A 40-pound tom turkey looks out at Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The farm raises approximately 20,000 Broad Breasted White Holland turkeys per year. (AP)

We’ll talk turkey and all the sides. Top chefs join us to answer your Thanksgiving questions.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | 10:00 am
A protester squirts lighter fluid on a police car as the car windows are shuttered near the Ferguson Police Department after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP)

Grand Jury decision out of Ferguson — no indictment. We’re on the ground with the latest details and reaction.

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Monday, November 24, 2014 | 11:00 am
Homeless people stay with their belongings under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The city’s health department put up notices Monday giving the estimated 150 homeless people 72 hours to leave the area. (AP)

Smashing the assumptions about what it’s really like to live in poverty in America.

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Monday, November 24, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP)

We’ll look at privacy, security, and the battle heating up between intelligence agencies and tech companies that are moving to encrypt your communication.

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Friday, November 21, 2014 | 11:00 am
Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American  writer and novelist, at age 27. Her "Little House" series is a beloved semi-autobiographical take on her childhood in the Western American plains. (South Dakota State Historical Society )

A big new look at the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the woman behind the Little House.

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Friday, November 21, 2014 | 10:00 am
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP)

The president throws down the gauntlet on immigration. Bloodshed and new tensions in Israel. Keystone fails. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 11:00 am
A shot from the AMC reality series, "Freakshow." (Jessica Brooks / AMC)

From TV to Broadway, circus sideshows — freak shows — are having a big cultural moment. What’s the history behind the comeback?

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this file photo, Hillsborough Sheriff deputy patrols outside the gate of JP Morgan Chase annual stockholders meeting held Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. JP Morgan is one of several large financial institutions currently under investigation for alleged violation of Federal bankruptcy laws. (AP)

You’re supposed to have a clean slate after bankruptcy. But that’s not always true. We’ll ask what’s going on.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 11:00 am
In a Friday, March 2, 2012 file photo, Donnie Dawson, 20, left, attends a youth advocacy group meeting at the Ruth Ellis Center, a drop-in shelter for LGBT - lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth in Detroit. (AP)

Up to 40 percent of homeless young people are LGBTQ. We’ll hear their stories.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 10:00 am
Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Mosheh Twersky, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing Twersky and three others in the city's bloodiest attack in years. (AP)

New violence in Jerusalem. The building battle for the Holy City.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 11:00 am
Andre Bauma, a gorilla caretaker in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park. (Courtesy "Virunga")

An award-winning new documentary takes us inside the deadly, high-stakes struggle to save the home of the last mountain gorillas.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 10:00 am
People rally for comprehensive immigration reform, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, outside of the White House in Washington. After the midterm elections immigration groups are pushing for executive action. (AP)

The President is set push ahead alone on immigration reform. The GOP says it’s ‘gloves off’ if he does.

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Monday, November 17, 2014 | 11:00 am
A young couple decked out in "Jamaica" jackets stop at a display honoring reggae icon Bob Marley set up on the grounds of the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.

The 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley is the plot of a bright, new novel that’s getting rave reviews. We’ll talk with author Marlon James.

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Monday, November 17, 2014 | 10:00 am
Some of more than 350 miles of pipe awaiting shipment for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is stored at Welspun Tubular, in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP)

The Keystone Pipeline is closer than ever to being built. We look at the politics and the economics of Keystone.

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Friday, November 14, 2014 | 11:00 am
Cole Baldock works to clear snow , Wednesday morning, Nov. 12, 2014, in Denver. A powerful storm made up of the remnants of Typhoon Nuri moved into the intermountain West on Monday and has settled across the central part of the country, plunging temperatures below zero in some locations and dropping a light snow that has snarled traffic. (AP)

Winter is coming. The Polar Vortex, the Omega Block, and forecasting just how cold it will get.

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Friday, November 14, 2014 | 10:00 am
The picture released by the European Space Agency ESA on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 was taken by the ROLIS instrument on Rosetta's Philae lander during descent from a distance of approximately 3 km from the 4-kilometer-wide (2.5-mile-wide) 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. (AP)

US-China climate pledge. Keystone and the lame duck congress. A comet landing. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 11:00 am
An Afghan police soldier walks past opium and narcotics set on fire during a drug burning ceremony on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP)

A three-star General on why we lost the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 10:00 am
This undated photo provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows a crash test of a 2002 Honda CR-V, one of the models subject to a recall to repair faulty air bags. (AP)

Millions of faulty airbags in our cars, are set for recall. We look at what’s wrong with how Washington regulates road safety.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 11:00 am
An image of "Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus" by Caravaggio. (WikiCommons)

A conversation with a Jewish scholar and former Catholic priest turned writer about why Jesus’ Jewish roots matter.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 10:00 am
People wait outside to enter the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. (AP)

The Supreme Court takes up another challenge to Obamacare. Could it cripple the Affordable Care Act?

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 11:00 am
Before he quit the NFL, John Moffitt walks between drills during NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Quitting the NFL and one player’s rocky transition to life after football. Plus, a look at the new all-female sports show.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 10:00 am
On March 27, Navy veteran Jeff Hensley of Dallas, Texas, now with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), joins others in placing flags representing veteran and service members who have died by suicide.

On Veterans Day, the fight to save soldiers from PTSD and suicide. Plus, two Iraq War veterans just elected to Congress.

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Monday, November 10, 2014 | 11:00 am
The cast of the current Broadway revival of "On The Town" in a preview performance. (Courtesy On The Town)

Seventy years after its first production, “On the Town” is back on Broadway. We’ll look at the collaboration that led to the creation of this jubilant show.

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Monday, November 10, 2014 | 10:00 am
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. greets supporters after winning his Senate race over challengers Jill Bossi and Joyce Dickerson, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, S.C. (AP)

Midterms behind us. 2016 ahead. Racial voting disparity a major issue for both parties. Top strategists and politicians talk it though.

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Friday, November 7, 2014 | 11:00 am
A recent study in the journal Oryx revealed the mysterious Kashmir musk deer has been spotted in parts of Afghanistan. (WCS / Julie Larsen Maher)

The vampire deer, and beyond. Animals and their impressive natural weaponry: antlers, horns, tusks, and more.

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Friday, November 7, 2014 | 10:00 am
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, celebrates with his supporters at an election night party in Louisville, Ky.,Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP)

Washington after the midterm. Big wins for the minimum wage and pot. Taylor Swift’s record week. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 11:00 am
During National Novel Writing Month participants write an average of 1,667 words a day to complete a novel by the end of the month. (Oliver Hammond / Flickr)

One month to write an entire novel. We look at the craze of National Novel Writing Month.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 10:00 am
Final preparations are made prior to the opening of the 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Copenhagen, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. (AP)

“All we need is the will to change,” says the new UN climate report. Looking past the fear, looking to the solutions.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 11:11 am
Author Jen Lin-Liu shares some of the manta dumplings she shared with guest host Jane Clayson in the WBUR studios. Lin-Liu is the author of the new book, "“On The Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, With Love and Pasta." (Jesse Costa / WBUR)

Noodle-mania. We track the birth story of a staple from China to Italy. Its savory history.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 10:00 am
Republican Senate candidate State Sen. Joni Ernst casts her ballot in the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Red Oak, Iowa. Ernst is running against Democrat U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley for the U.S. Senate seat of Tom Harkin, who is not seeking reelection.  (AP)

On the ground in key states, we’ll look at Tuesday’s midterm results: What they say and where we’re headed.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 11:00 am
The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rocket explodes in the air during a test flight on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The explosion killed a pilot aboard and seriously injured another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said. (AP)

A rocket explodes, a Virgin Galactic flight breaks up, a co-pilot dead. We look at the future of commercial space flight.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 10:00 am
Anti-American Chinese blogger Zhou Xiaoping, seen here in his Sina Weibo account profile pic with Chinese president Xi Jinping. (Sina Weibo)

A Chinese blogger whose harsh anti-American essays have a huge following in China just got a big embrace from China’s top leadership.

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Monday, November 3, 2014 | 11:00 am
A still from the Rob Bliss Creative street harassment video. (Rob Bliss Creative)

An internet video of a woman showered in catcalls on the street goes viral. We’ll look at women and men in public space. The catcall culture.

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Monday, November 3, 2014 | 10:00 am
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple iPad Air 2 during an event at Apple headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif. The CEO publicly acknowledged that he was gay for the first time in a Bloomberg Businessweek column in late October 2014. (AP)

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is now 100 percent out and proud. Gay. We’ll look at the landmark moment for gays in the business world.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 | 2:25 pm
Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) and Sauncho Smilax (Beninico del Toro) share a drink in a scene from the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film, "Inherent Vice," an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment)

From “Interstellar” to “Into the Woods.” The biggest and best movies of the fall and holiday seasons. What to see, what to skip.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 | 10:00 am
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP)

Quarantines and Ebola. An exploding rocket. Apple’s CEO comes out. Hawaiian lava flows. Midterms in the home stretch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 11:00 am
Soylent is a new meal-replacement substance meant to offer a complete nutritional alternative to traditional food. (Courtesy Soylent)

Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 10:00 am
Realtor Helen Hertz stands in front of one of her listings in Cleveland Heights, Ohio Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Hertz, a real estate agent for more than three decades, has seen firsthand what has happened to the market in the wake of the recession and foreclosure crisis. (AP)

Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren’t buying. We’ll look at what American’s think now about owning a home.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 11:00 am
A visitor looks at the simple wooden cross that marks the grave of Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas, in Laugharne, Wales, Sept. 17, 1963. (AP)

A century after his birth, poet and writer Dylan Thomas lives on. We look at his exuberant work and short life.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 image provided by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, a young bear is rescued from drowning after eluding officials, at Lake Powell, Utah. (AP)

A big debate in the West over transferring Federal public lands to states. We’ll hear from both sides.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 11:00 am
Jimmy Velvet, Jerry Lee Lewis, Don Everly and Buddy Holly in an undated photograph. (BP Fallon / Flickr)

Southern storyteller Rick Bragg’s big, new biography of “The Killer”—Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 10:00 am
Kaci Hickox (R) speaks with civil rights attorney Norman Siegel from within her mandatory quarantine tent in Newark, NJ. (Steven Hyman)

The history of quarantines, from the Spanish Flu to polio to Ebola and the challenge of fighting an epidemic and fear of the epidemic.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 | 11:00 am
This undated product image provided by Google shows the Google Shopping Express mobile app. Same-day grocery delivery services from Google, Instacart and Postmates are expanding into more cities around the country, delivering everything from cereal to bottled water to toilet paper from nearby stores. (AP)

Will going to the grocery store be history? How the online order and delivery business is reshaping our food economy.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 | 10:00 am
A woman places a candle on photos of the missing students during a protest against the disappearance of 43 students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Tens of thousands marched in Mexico City's main avenue demanding the return of the missing students. (AP)

What really happened in that massacre of students in Mexico? Forty three missing. Mexico laid bare. We’ll investigate.

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ONPOINT
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Feb 26, 2015
This Feb. 20, 2015 photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. (AP)

New breakthroughs on peanut allergies – treatment and prevention. And a question: are we too clean for our own good? Plus: did giant gerbils from Asia really bring the bubonic plague to Europe?

Feb 26, 2015
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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Feb 25, 2015
Patricia Arquette accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for “Boyhood” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP)

Actress Patricia Arquette called for wage equality for women in her passionate Oscar acceptance speech. We’ll dig in to the gender wage gap now.

 
Feb 25, 2015
A crowd and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. listen as President Barack Obama speaks at AARP in Washington, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. President Barack Obama says too few Americans approaching retirement have saved enough to have peace of mind during their later years. (AP)

President Obama is calling for tougher rules on brokers who manage retirement savings. We’ll look at what that could mean for your retirement.

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Two Congressmen Weigh In On DHS Funding
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland present their views on the ongoing Congressional budget fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. (Spoiler: They do not agree on a resolution of the crisis).

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Our Week In The Web: February
Friday, Feb 20, 2015

We explain what happened with the old podcast feed this week and last, share some other Oscar categories and reminisce about the golden days of Double Rainbows and Honey Badgers who just don’t care.

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The 87th Academy Awards, As Heard On On Point
Thursday, Feb 19, 2015

Want the inside scoop on who will win big on Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards? (Look elsewhere, sorry). But we’ve got great shows on some of the year’s best movies, all right here.

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