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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 11:00 AM
tasty

Did our sense of taste make us human? From evolution to culture, a new book explores the science and perception of flavor.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | 11:00 AM
In this file photo, taken Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 at the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area near Fredericksburg, Texas, some free-tailed bats are shown in evening flight. (AP)

What bats can carry when they fly – measles, mumps, SARS, Ebola. We’ll get the latest.

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Jan 28, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Pellissippi State Community College Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP)

The promise of free community college. What it might mean for our economy and our fraying social contract.

Jan 28, 2015
tasty

Did our sense of taste make us human? From evolution to culture, a new book explores the science and perception of flavor.

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Leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. (AP)

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Meet On Point’s Interns: Spring 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

Good news! We have interns, and they are wonderful, and here they are for the spring term. Meet them digitally, right here.

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Caller To Author Ron Rash: ‘You Cared About People Like Me’
Thursday, Jan 22, 2015

An unexpected caller from South Carolina brings back guest Ron Rash’s years as a community college professor in a movingly real way.

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