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Monday, April 12, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Author Samuel Longhorne Clemens, better known under his pen name, Mark Twain, is seen in an undated photo. Twain died April 21, 1910. (AP)

Coming up on the centennial of Mark Twain’s death, we look at his late work, last years, and the woman in the middle of it all.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009 | 11:00 AM

Before Jon Stewart there was The Onion. We’ll talk with writers for the satirical news site about their brand of fake-news humor.

 
Thursday, August 6, 2009 | 11:00 AM
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We talk to actress and comedian Charlyne Yi about her new film, “Paper Heart,” and the quest to understand true love.

 
Monday, May 5, 2008 | 11:00 AM

Sunshine State humorist and novelist Carl Hiaasen knows a lot about Florida and human nature. What he didn’t know was just how ugly his own nature could get when he put it back on the golf course. Decades after Hiaasen laid down his golf clubs as a young father, he picked them up again at […]

 
Friday, April 11, 2008 | 11:00 AM

Man walks into a restaurant and asks: “How do you prepare your chickens?” And the cook responds: “Nothing special really. We just tell them they’re gonna die.” Bada boom. The human condition in a two-line joke about chickens. Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein see philosophy today all over the world of humor. A world where […]

 
Monday, January 7, 2008 | 10:00 AM

Only four days after the first votes, in Iowa, of Election ’08, and one day before the New Hampshire primaries, Americans are in the thick of one of the most amazing political seasons in years. But one thing’s been missing: the late-night laughs. Leno and Letterman sneaked back on last week. Tonight, Jon Stewart and […]

 
Monday, January 29, 2007 | 11:00 AM
P.J. O'Rourke

Satirist and humorist P.J. O’Rourke on freedom, free markets, Paris Hilton and Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations.”

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | 11:00 AM
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Art Buchwald died in 2007, but his humor and spirit live on. Not long before his death, Buchwald and CBS’ Mike Wallace spoke with On Point about life, laughs, and second chances.

 
Friday, November 10, 2006 | 11:00 AM
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Comedian, playwright and actress Amy Sedaris takes on new turf: cookbook doyenne, entertainment maven, and all around guide to cheese balls and casseroles.

 
Friday, December 16, 2005 | 11:00 AM

Many consider Richard Pryor the greatest stand-up comedian in America. His unique mix of irreverent humor, candor, vulnerability, masterful story telling and grace on stage brought houses down. But life was never easy for Pryor, who died last Saturday at age 65 from a heart attack. He grew up in Peoria, Illinois in his grandmother’s […]

 
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Sep 22, 2014
President Barack Obama gestures during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. Obama spoke after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP/Evan Vucci)

A tough, critical examination of US plans to take on ISIS. Strategy in the hot seat.

Sep 22, 2014
Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP/Jason DeCrow)

Big climate protests in New York before a big UN summit. Activist and author Naomi Klein says change the economy or die. She’s with us.

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Sep 19, 2014
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.

 
Sep 19, 2014
No campaigners celebrate as results come in at the Scottish independence referendum count at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh,Scotland,Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. (AP Photo/David Cheskin)

ISIS and arming Syrian fighters. Scotland rejects independence. NFL turmoil. US troops and Ebola. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Our Week In The Web: September 19, 2014
Friday, Sep 19, 2014

Lots of big, contentious topics on the show this week — from Zionism to early education, corporal punishment to development in the Grand Canyon.

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Talking Through The Issue Of Corporal Punishment For Kids
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

On Point dove into the debate over corporal punishment on Wednesday — as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson faces charges in Texas after he allegedly hit his four-year-old son with a switch.

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Our Week In The Web: September 12, 2014
Friday, Sep 12, 2014

In which you had varied reactions to the prospect of a robotic spouse.

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