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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Nine years ago now, shortly after the 9/11 attacks and just as On Point began as a show, host Tom Ashbrook published an article reflecting on his travels in Afghanistan. As we look again at that country in our Thursday show, the staff thought it was worth re-posting Tom’s piece.

 
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Members of a Pakistani family make their way through flooded streets in Muzaffargarh near Multan, Pakistan, on Aug. 17, 2010. (AP)

Epic flooding in Pakistan. A huge portion of the country impacted. We look at the pain – and politics – of the flood. Also, find a link to help flood victims.

 
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | 11:00 AM
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Retired Army colonel and big thinker Andrew Bacevich on why it’s time to throw out the playbook on American military policy.

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Monday, July 26, 2010 | 10:00 AM
United States Marine scan the horizon for militants near Musa Qaleh, in northern Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (AP)

The thousands of secret documents exposed in the Afghan war, and what they say.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Pakistan police and soldiers at the site of a bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan, June 20, 2010. (AP)

Pakistan reportedly building a foothold in Afghanistan. We’ll look at its growing influence and what it means for American influence in the region.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

The man in charge of the war in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, landed himself in hot water with the White House after a profile in Rolling Stone depicted the general and his staff criticizing the President and other top civilian officials.

 
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Top U.S. and NATO commander General Stanley McChrystal (AP)

Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings, whose article put General Stanley McChrystal in the White House hot seat, joins us from Afghanistan.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Sgt. Brandon Sanford, 28, a dog handler who survived two roadside blasts in Iraq. Sanford endured a year of balance problems and mental fog before Fort Bliss officials sent him for cognitive therapy. (NPR)

NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling and ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller on the traumatic brain injuries still not being treated in thousands of returning vets.

 
Monday, May 31, 2010 | 10:00 AM
U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Rathmann says farewell to his best friend and fellow 1st Lt. Salvatore Corma during a burial in West Point, N.Y., on May 13, 2010. Corma died April 29 in Afghanistan. (AP)

The words of war. From Homer to Iraq war veteran Brian Turner, we read the poetry of war from the past to the present, in a special broadcast.

 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Washington, D.C., May 11, 2010. (AP)

With Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Washington, a top U.S. defense analyst says the current U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is doomed to fail. We hear the debate.

 
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Apr 25, 2014
President Barack Obama and ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative MObility, bow to each other during a youth science event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as the Miraikan, in Tokyo, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP)

Guns in Georgia. Obama in Asia. Affirmative Action. And Joe Biden in Ukraine. Our weekly news roundtable.

Apr 25, 2014
In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 file photo, employees of the New Hampshire state health department set up a temporary clinic at the the middle school in Stratham, N.H., to test hundreds of people for hepatitis C related to an outbreak at nearby Exeter Hospital. A new drug, Sovaldi, is said to successful treat more than 90 percent of Hepatitis C patients. (AP)

Super expensive miracle drugs. How much can we afford to pay?

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A Buddhist monk lights the funeral pyre of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, during his funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014.  (AP)

A Sherpa boycott on Everest after a deadly avalanche. We’ll look at climbing, culture, life, death and money at the top of the world.

 
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Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, talks with Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Covina at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 21, 2014. Hernandez proposed a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to again allow public colleges to use race and ethnicity when considering college applicants. The proposal stalled this year after backlash from Asian Americans. (AP)

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