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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
Economists Thomas Piketty and N. Gregory Mankiw (AP / Harvard University)

Economist Thomas Piketty and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers N. Gregory Mankiw debate inequality, the middle class and the American economic system.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 11:00 AM
This undated photo provided by Harvard Press shows French economist Thomas Piketty. In his new book, Piketty, who helped popularize the notion of a privileged 1 percent, sounds a grim warning: The U.S. economy is beginning to decay into the aristocratic Europe of the 19th century. (AP)

Red-hot political economist Thomas Piketty on inequality in the 21st century. And Economist Gregory Mankiw responds.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013 | 10:00 AM
Outgoing Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, before the Senate Banking Committee as lawmakers examine how to mitigate systemic risk in financial markets through Wall Street reforms. (AP)

Gary Gensler is a hero to those who call for crackdown on Wall Street. “Arch-enemy” to those who don’t. He’s leaving his top watchdog job, and with us for an exit interview.

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Friday, October 18, 2013 | 10:00 AM
President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Lawmakers Wednesday voted to avoid a financial default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown. (AP)

Shutdown ends. Nuclear talks with Iran. An American Medal of Honor. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 10:00 AM
Illinois' State Capitol building

Illinois hikes its income taxes 67 percent to help close a massive budget deficit. We look at states swimming in red ink and the way out.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Paul Krugman (AP)

Economist and columnist Paul Krugman fires his salvos on the big economic debate in Washington now –more stimulus spending or more austerity.

 
Friday, April 23, 2010 | 11:00 AM
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In 2010, women still make 77 cents to every dollar men make. We’ll deconstruct the numbers, and look at the status of American women today.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | 10:00 AM
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Are higher taxes inevitable to address the U.S. deficit? We look at the debate over spending, debt, and tax rates.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | 10:00 AM
President Barack Obama, center, with Dr. Kedar Gupta, right, and Dr. Carl Rick Schwedtfeger, left, from Arc Energy during his tour of an L.E.D. lighting manufacturer in Nashua, N.H.,Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010. (AP)

Can America export its way out of economic crisis? It’s President Obama’s goal. How would it work? Will it work?

 
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | 11:00 AM

Investment pioneer Peter Brooke on a half century in venture capital, and this critical moment in American finance.

 
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Aug 21, 2014
In this November 2012, file photo, posted on the website freejamesfoley.org, shows American journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP)

An American is beheaded. We’ll look at the ferocity of ISIS, and what to do about it.

Aug 21, 2014
Jen Joyce, a community manager for the Uber rideshare service, works on a laptop before a meeting of the Seattle City Council, Monday, March 17, 2014, at City Hall in Seattle. (AP)

We’ll look at workers trying to live and make a living in the age of TaskRabbit and computer-driven work schedules.

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Aug 20, 2014
In this Oct. 21, 2013 file photo, a monarch butterfly lands on a confetti lantana plant in San Antonio. A half-century ago Monarch butterflies, tired, hungry and bursting to lay eggs, found plenty of nourishment flying across Texas. Native white-flowering balls of antelope milkweed covered grasslands, growing alongside nectar-filled wildflowers. But now, these orange-and-black winged butterflies find mostly buildings, manicured lawns and toxic, pesticide-filled plants. (AP)

This year’s monarch butterfly migration is the smallest ever recorded. We’ll ask why. It’s a big story. Plus: how climate change is creating new hybridized species.

 
Aug 20, 2014
A man holds his hands up in the street after a standoff with police Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. (AP)

A deep read on Ferguson, Missouri and what we’re seeing about race, class, hope and fear in America.

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Your (Weird? Wonderful? Wacky?) Roommate Stories
Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

We asked, and you delivered: some of the best roommate stories from across our many listener input channels.

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Our Week In The Web (August 15, 2014)
Friday, Aug 15, 2014

On Pinterest, Thomas the Tank Engine and surprising population trends from around the country. Also, words on why we respond to your words, tweets and Facebook posts.

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Nickel Creek Plays Three Songs LIVE For On Point
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

Nickel Creek shares three live (well, mostly) tracks from their interview with On Point Radio.

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