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Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | 11:00 AM
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Author Colson Whitehead on his new novel, “Sag Harbor,” a coming-of-age story in Long Island’s African-American summer community.

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Friday, March 27, 2009 | 11:00 AM

We talk with the Blind Boys of Alabama about their new album, and making music, “Down in New Orleans.”

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Introduction The popular enchantment with the art of letter writing can be traced back to the 1730s, when the poet Alexander Pope published his correspondence as literary works. Since then, hundreds of epistolary anthologies have been compiled, attesting to the enduring power of letters to satisfy our voyeuristic yearnings while animating and explicating facts. As […]

 
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | 11:00 AM

A groundbreaking new anthology tells the African-American story through the letters of slaves, poets, statesmen, and lovers.

 
Friday, January 2, 2009 | 11:00 AM

On January 1st, 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Historian Edna Greene Medford explains what it meant for African Americans, and how it resonates in the era of Obama.

 
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM

Legal eagle turned best-selling novelist Stephen Carter does it again, with black power brokers and the White House. He joins us.

 
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 | 11:00 AM

When John Hope Franklin was six-years-old in rural Oklahoma, a white railway conductor literally threw this very young black American, and his mother, off the train — when they had the temerity to sit in a whites-only car. That was eighty-four years ago. Now John Hope Franklin is ninety, and one of the country’s most […]

 
Friday, September 6, 2002 | 11:00 AM

After being banned from performing at Washington DC’s Constitutional Hall because of her race, Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to an enthusiastic audience of 75,000, whites and blacks together. We look back.

 
Monday, September 2, 2002 | 11:00 AM

Grandmaster Flash is one of the most influential pioneers in the musical genres that have come to be known as rap and hip-hop.

 
Friday, April 12, 2002 | 11:00 AM

Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album “What’s Going On?” has been called the greatest soul album of all time. It was Gaye’s first shot at producing his own work and Motown’s first shot at a “concept album” protesting everything from America’s involvement in Vietnam to the abuse of the environment. “What’s Going On” brought a political consciousness […]

 
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Oct 24, 2014
Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Oct 24, 2014
Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

The new movie “Whiplash”. The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts…sports.

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Oct 23, 2014
A screenshot from the interactive game, "Depression Quest," the game at the root of the ongoing #GamerGate controversy. (Courtesy  "Depression Quest")

#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.

 
Oct 23, 2014
Specialist Ronnie Howard, center, calls out prices as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. (AP)

The global economic wobble. Europe weakness. China fears. Wild markets. We’ll lay out the global economy now.

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Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

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Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

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Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

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