90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Afghanistan
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
100722soldiers220

Retired Army colonel and big thinker Andrew Bacevich on why it’s time to throw out the playbook on American military policy.

Comments [72]
 
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.

Comments [62]
 
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.

Comments [32]
 
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.

Comments [102]
 
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.

 
ONPOINT
TODAY
Apr 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Apr 18, 2014
This undated photo provided by NASA on April 2, 2014 shows Saturn's moon Enceladus. The "tiger stripes" are long fractures from which water vapor jets are emitted. Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon, they announced Thursday, April 3, 2014. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. (AP)

Oceans in Space. The new discovery on a moon of Saturn, and the possibility of life there.

RECENT
SHOWS
Apr 17, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, April 14, 2014. Jews are forbidden to eat leavened foodstuffs during the Passover holiday that celebrates the biblical story of the Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt. (AP)

In the week of Passover and anti-Semitic gunfire, we look at the history of the Jews with acclaimed historian Simon Schama. Plus, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church today.

 
Apr 17, 2014
Students cheer and wave as President Barack Obama, not pictured, exits the podium after speaking at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, beginning his two day bus tour speaking about college financial aid.  (AP)

The inside dope on college financial aid. The way it really works, who gets what, and how.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
The Week In Seven Soundbites: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Holy week with an unholy shooter. South Koreans scramble to save hundreds. Putin plays to the crowd in questioning. Seven days gave us seven sounds.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Space moon oceans, Gabriel García Márquez and the problems with depressing weeks in the news. Also: important / unnecessary infographics that help explain everyone’s favorite 1980′s power ballad.

More »
Comment
 
Some Tools And Tricks For College Financial Aid
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Some helpful links and tools for navigating FAFSA and other college financial aid tools.

More »
Comment