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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 | 11:00 am
In this file photo, Patton Oswalt performs in the comedy tent during Fun Fun Fun Fest on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (AP)

Comedian Patton Oswalt on his addiction to movie classics and his new memoir “Silver Screen Fiend.”

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 | 10:00 am
A sign shows the price of gasoline at a Shell station near downtown Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. AAA Michigan said that the average cost of self-serve unleaded gasoline in the state was $1.97 a gallon, the first time the price has fallen below $2 a gallon since March 2009 and down 9 cents since the beginning of the week.  (AP)

We take on the economic outlook for 2015. Oil is low. U.S. growth is high. The rest of the world, a little worrying.

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Monday, January 5, 2015 | 11:00 am
Cameron Dean shows off his beard, complete with its own set of Christmas decorations. (Courtesy Cameron Dean)

Men and beards. They are all over the place now. We’ll look at the amazing comeback and cultural meaning of the beard.

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Monday, January 5, 2015 | 10:00 am
Pope Francis kisses a statue of the baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate a New Year mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Vatican City Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  (AP)

Pope Francis –”The Great Reformer” – just keeps shaking things up. We’ll take a closer look at the motivations of the Pontiff moving the Catholic Church and the world.

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Friday, January 2, 2015 | 11:00 am
The Angel of Grief monument in the Hill family plot in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, TX. (Flickr / Michael Schaffner)

When a loved one dies. Grief and comeback. It’s a universal story. Part of mine now. Maybe yours. We’ll look for wisdom.

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Friday, January 2, 2015 | 10:00 am
Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Dome during a press conference on the roof of the U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington,Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, to announce the completion of the scaffolding and the start of the repairs for the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration Project.  (AP)

The year behind, the year ahead. Our weekly news roundtable, with Tom Ashbrook back live in the studio.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015 | 11:00 am
From "Maria Bamford: the Special Special Special!"

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

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Thursday, January 1, 2015 | 10:00 am
Comedian and actor Russell Brand, on the cover of his new book, "Revolution." (Penguin / Random House)

The wild, funny, blithely offensive comedian Russell Brand takes on the world’s woes with us. He says he’s got the answer.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | 11:00 am
A baking crew makes Cronuts, a croissant-donut hybrid, at the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. (AP)

From cronuts to kale chips to gluten-free, a look at food crazes and the people who create them.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | 10:00 am
A mother and her newborn baby. (David Laporte / Creative Commons)

New parents and depression. Moms and dads. There’s new research. We’ll unpack it.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | 11:00 am
Joseph O'Neill (courtesy of the author)

Author of “Netherland,” novelist Joseph O’Neill is back, with “The Dog,” on globalization, capitalism, and self-discovery in Dubai.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | 10:00 am
People pass an arrivals sign at the new Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 in London, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The "wayfinders" who create these kinds of signs are some of the so-called invisible workers who help quietly keep the world running behind the scenes. (AP)

The “Invisibles.” The people and jobs that hold the world together.

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Monday, December 29, 2014 | 11:00 am
Poet e.e. cummings, pictured on the cover of Susan Cheever's new biography, "E.E. Cummings: A Life." (Random House)

Susan Cheever on the poet e.e. cummings, all lower-case, and radical.

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Monday, December 29, 2014 | 10:00 am
In a photo taken Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, a Republican of Louisiana, waits to be sworn in at the Capitol in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe, La. McAllister, only in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV show. (AP)

Everyone hates hypocrisy. But, hold on, says one philosopher, we’re all hypocrites. It’s part of being human.

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Friday, December 26, 2014 | 11:00 am
A image from the first volume of the "Sandman" series, written by Neil Gaiman. (Courtesy Vertigo/DC Entertainment   )

Norman Mailer called it “a comic strip for intellectuals.” Best-selling author Neil Gaiman joins us with his dark, new series on the origins of “The Sandman.”

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Friday, December 26, 2014 | 10:00 am
Author and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert. (S Griffin / Random House)

Former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has been in the road in the USA. He says America has lost its way. He joins us.

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Thursday, December 25, 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.”

 
Thursday, December 25, 2014 | 10:00 am
Kathy Johnson, of Pleasant Garden, N.C., reads a copy of "Goodnight Moon," at the New York Public Library's bookstore, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in New York. Author Margaret Wise Brown's unpublished poems were recently released in a brand new collection. (AP)

From “Good Night Moon” to this year’s crop, what we seek and share in young children’s literature.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 11:00 am
A scene from the 2014 production of the Revels' Christmas Revels. (Courtesy Revels)

A winter solstice celebration in song. The Revels arrive in our studio with carols from a Victorian Christmas.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | 10:00 am
A man runs in the rain past an inflatable Santa and snowman on Washington Avenue on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.  In the busy holiday season, it can sometime be hard to remember to say thanks. (AP)

Gratitude isn’t just good manners –researchers are discovering it’s a key to happiness, health, good for society.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | 11:00 am
Have you ever thought about what your cat thinks about you? (Flicr / Creative Commons)

There’s a reason your cats act the way they do. Their genome shows, they’re not so different from wild animals. We’ll dive in.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | 10:00 am
NYPD Officers Shot

Calls for police reforms after officers’ shootings. How the conversation is and isn’t changing from Ferguson to New York.

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Monday, December 22, 2014 | 11:00 am
A sample of some of the costumes on display at the fall 2014 "Dance & Fashion" exhibition at New York City's Museum at FIT. (AP)

Couture fashion exhibits are drawing record crowds at museums. We’ll look at the beauty and the art behind the glitz.

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Monday, December 22, 2014 | 10:00 am
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. (AP)

A weak ruble and a turbulent economy. We look at Putin’s Russia and what its economic free fall means.

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Friday, December 19, 2014 | 11:00 am
Soledad, and from left, Nina Pastori, and Lila Downs perform on stage at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

From crossover hits to hip-hop to soul, we look at a big year in the wide world of Latin music.

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Friday, December 19, 2014 | 10:00 am
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

Cuba reset. Russia’s rubble troubles. School massacre in Pakistan. Jeb explores 2016. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 11:00 am
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

A big Sony hack gets weirder and wider. And Hollywood and Homeland Security are on edge.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 10:00 am
This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Following months of secret talks the US will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than fifty years.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 11:00 am
Germany's Andre Schuerrle, left, celebrates scoring his side's 6th goal as Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar reacts during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  Germany went on to win the World Cup championship later that month. (AP)

From the Sochi Olympics and Ray Rice to Lebron’s return to Cleveland, we’ll unpack a big year in sports.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 10:00 am
Relatives of a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, mourn over her lifeless body at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months. (AP)

The Taliban take responsibility for killing more than 100 Pakistani schoolchildren. We ask why there, why now.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 11:00 am
A still from Amanda Brown's documentary film, "Black Heirlooms." (Courtesy the FIlmmaker)

The documentary “Black Heirlooms,” tells the story of how inheritances, even humble ones, can tear families apart. We talk to the director.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 10:00 am
Supermodel Beverly Johnson. (Courtesy Beverly Johnson)

Supermodel Beverly Johnson is the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby. She joins us.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 | 11:00 am
Morma Francis, of Atlanta, raises her hand to ask a question during a community town hall forum at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

“Conversations with God,” – the story told by two centuries of African American prayer.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 | 10:00 am
CIA Director John Brennan during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Brennan defending his agency from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspect with no security benefits to the nation.  (AP)

The CIA on the CIA. After the explosive Senate report, what the Agency’s own are saying on torture and the way forward.

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Friday, December 12, 2014 | 11:00 am
This Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 photo made available by the City of Dover Police Department shows chickens standing next to a truck which fell on its side in Dover, Del.  (AP)

Why are there more chickens than people in the world? The remarkable story of what happened when the chicken crossed the road and the world.

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Friday, December 12, 2014 | 10:00 am
CIA Director John Brennan pauses during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Brennan defending his agency from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspect with no security benefits to the nation.  (AP)

The explosive torture report. Rolling Stone and UVA. Ebola heroes. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 11:00 am
A view of Lauren Singer's simple, waste-free kitchen refrigerator. (Courtesy Lauren Singer / Trash Is For Tossers)

How to live a more environmentally friendly life. A look at the best ways to be green.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 10:00 am
This photo released by NASA shows a view of Mars that was stitched together by images taken by NASA’s Viking Orbiter spacecraft. The space agency is planning to send a spacecraft similar to the Curiosity rover to the red planet in 2020.  (AP)

Leaving Earth forever on a one-way ticket to Mars. Who would want to take that lonely journey? More people than you’d expect.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 11:00 am
Quinn Sullivan, 15, is a blues guitar prodigy who has made headlines and won accolades from blues legends around the country and the world. (Courtesy the Artist)

Playing the blues. Fifteen-year old guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan and his mentor the legendary Buddy Guy lay down the licks.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 10:00 am
This frame grab from video, provided by Senate Television, shows Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Senate investigators have delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks, accusing the agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners with tactics that went well beyond legal limits.  (AP)

The explosive Senate “torture report” on harsh interrogation techniques years in the making is out. And it’s graphic and controversial.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 11:00 am
Bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau wine are displayed in a wine store at Issy Les Moulineaux, outskirts of Paris, Thursday Nov. 20, 2014. (AP)

Who’s an excessive drinker? Who’s an alcoholic? We’ll talk definitions, risks, and treatments.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 10:00 am
Protesters rallying against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner stage a "die-in" at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in New York. (AP)

“White privilege,” Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and America’s complicated conversation on race.

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Monday, December 8, 2014 | 11:00 am
Johannes Vermeer's "The Concert" (which was stolen from Boston's own Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) can sometimes be seen as a meditation on jealousy. (Wikimedia)

We look at jealousy, that most human emotion. Its history, its meaning and even its social value.

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Monday, December 8, 2014 | 10:00 am
In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, fighters from the Free Syrian Army, left, and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), center, join forces to fight Islamic State group militants in Kobani, Syria. (AP)

ISIS is the richest terrorist organization ever, with an estimated more than $1 billion in assets. We’ll look at ISIS’ business model and how to disrupt it.

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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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Mar 30, 2015
A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. (AP)

The pilot who crashed his plane in the Alps. What we know now. And what to do about pilots’ psychological health.

Mar 30, 2015
Sweet Briar College, an all-women's liberal arts college in Virginia, announced in early 2015 that it would unexpectedly close its doors at the end of the school year. (Courtesy Sweet Brian College)

Fareed Zakaria weighs the value of a liberal arts education in our technology-driven time.

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Mar 27, 2015
Members of  a November Project 'tribe' pause during a November 2014 workout. (Brogan Graham / Instagram)

Spring training. From easy-access yoga to outdoor exercise meet-ups, exercise plans you’ll want to do.

 
Mar 27, 2015
Rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and “intentionally” rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. (AP)

The co-pilot and the plane in the Alps? Ted Cruz announces 2016 bid. Heinz buys Kraft. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

Thinking about moving your wallet to your phone? You can! And maybe you should? But TechCrunch senior writer Josh Constine has a few things to tell you before you do.

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