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Monday, July 12, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Members of a road maintenance crew try to control a grass fire near Lincoln, Neb., using their shirts and boots, July 17, 2007. Dry conditions and 99 degree temperatures contributed to the fire. (AP)

The harsh new American debate over unemployment benefits. Should the unemployed just grab a shovel? Dig a ditch? Are those jobs even there?

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

The U.S. government should consider up to $1 trillion more in stimulus spending; there should be no big deficit reduction moves until we return to 7 percent unemployment. Economist Paul Krugman made his case today.

 
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.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

In our hour today on teacher layoffs, we played a clip from the Web video “Hot for Teachers,” with Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green. See the whole “Funny or Die” video.

 
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 | 10:00 AM
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We talk with teachers and school administrators about the future of America’s schools.

 
Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 11:00 AM
People wait in a line to enter a job fair, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 in New York (AP)

New analysis of deep fault lines still threatening our economy and the world’s.

 
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Tom Ashbrook and Elizabeth Warren in Boston, June 7, 2010. (WBUR)

Elizabeth Warren is back in the news, as groups push to have her lead the new consumer protection bureau. Listen back to our conversation with Warren, in a special broadcast.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

At a special taping tonight, June 7, before an audience, Tom is interviewing the Harvard Law professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren. We’re eager to know what your questions are.

 
Thursday, May 27, 2010 | 10:00 AM
A trader on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Thursday, May 27, 2010. (AP)

Europe wobbling. Markets down. We ask if the U.S. recovery is strong enough to plow through. Plus, Kristof/WuDunn to ’10 grads.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Ryan Brown of Deptford, N.J., and other seniors wait in anticipation for President Barack Obama to address the graduates of Hampton University, Sunday, May 9, 2010. (AP)

The class of 2010 is picking up its diplomas. But jobs are super-scarce. Our roundtable of new grads from around the country looks at the job market and survival strategies.

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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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