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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

The passage of the House climate bill — discussed in our first hour today — has been greeted with enthusiasm in many quarters. But in some ways, the real question is whether a global framework can be established in Copenhagen in December.

 
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | 10:00 AM

Credit card reform is hot on Capitol Hill. Consumers stand to get protections. But banks say it’s the wrong reform, at the wrong time. We’ll hear the debate.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009 | 10:00 AM

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on whether the stimulus package should be just one giant jolt — or aim to reshape the economy.

 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 | 10:00 AM

In the New Deal era, the Democrats owned the white working class. In the Civil Rights era, they lost them. Not all, of course, but enough to give Republicans win after big win. This year, with economic challenges front and center again, the math could change. But in West Virginia and North Carolina, in Kentucky […]

 
Monday, May 19, 2008 | 11:00 AM

Nan Mooney is thirtysomething, well-educated, the child of baby boomers who herself grew up with all the accoutrements of what was very recently thought to be a regular middle-class American life. Nothing fancy, but the full basics: a nice little home with steady income, housing, health insurance, and a summer vacation somewhere. Now, Nan Mooney […]

 
Thursday, May 1, 2008 | 10:00 AM

Hillary Clinton and John McCain say they want to drop federal gas taxes for the summer. Barack Obama says no. If you’re strapped for cash and struggling with higher food and energy prices, it can sound like a good idea. But step back just half an inch from presidential campaign follies, and the idea can […]

 
Monday, April 28, 2008 | 10:00 AM

We’ve heard it again and again, but seldom laid out with the clarity Steven Greenhouse brings. The American worker is getting crunched. Corporate profits are up. Productivity is up. CEO pay is way up. But the American worker is getting squeezed. Greenhouse is labor and workplace reporter for The New York Times. He’s brought home […]

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 11:00 AM

For a long time, American well-being has been measured by GDP. By personal income. By cold, hard numbers. Not anymore. Now, a field of economic study — the measurement of happiness — is coming of age. It’s providing new insights into who we are, and the roots of what really makes us happy. Money, politics, […]

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Monday, March 17, 2008 | 10:00 AM

The language out of Wall Street today is enough to scare you silly. Crisis. Fire sale. Brink of collapse. Titanic mess. Late last night the news spread that JPMorgan Chase and the Fed have engineered a takeover of floundering Wall Street bad boy Bear Stearns. A year ago, when the bonuses and bull were flying […]

 
Monday, March 10, 2008 | 11:00 AM

A big sister’s nailpolish and eyeshadow. Mom’s high heels. Rites of passage–and good fun–for many young girls. But these days, girls are digging deep into their piggybanks and hitting the malls. Glitter products, pedicures, mini-makeovers. These tweens, as they’re called, are now spending $51 billion of their own pocket money. And marketers, sponsoring birthday parties […]

 
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May 25, 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a history of American moral character in his new book, "The Road to Character." Former US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (R), is one of the subjects he profiles in his books. (David Burnett / AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

May 25, 2015
Violinist Regina Carter warms up in the On Point studio on Friday, October 17. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album “Southern Comfort.”

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May 22, 2015
The Barden Bellas, the all-female a cappella group at the center of Pitch Perfect 2. (Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures via AP)

Pitch Perfect 2 is the number one movie in the country, and it’s over the top on a capella.

 
May 22, 2015
Crashed cars with airbags deployed are shown to visitors as part of the display of Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety performance standards at the automaker's exhibition hall in Toyota, central Japan. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

ISIS rolls on. A TPP vote. Biggest recall ever – airbags. And Letterman’s last bow. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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A Former Bike Gang Member Explains "The Life"
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Larry called in from Lawrenceburg, KY and told us he was once a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, a mid-Atlantic biker gang. He didn’t sugar coat the facts as he explained the draw of the brotherhood and what makes the outlaw motorcycle corner the underworld go round.

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Our Week In The Web: May 15, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015

We cancel a few hours and suddenly all of you get convinced of a global radio conspiracy! Plus, dragon zoos.

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Caller: ‘It Doesn’t Always Turn Out Okay’
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One caller shares her own story of an extremely premature birth. Her daughter, born at 22 1/2 weeks in 2012, was taken off life support after seven days.

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