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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 11:00 AM
"Ludwig van Beethoven," by Karl Joseph Stieler (Art Archive/Beethoven House)

Deconstructing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its monumental “Ode to Joy.” We get inside the music, and the world that inspired it.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Superstar food critic and chef Anthony Bourdain spoke with us Monday. Tom asked him about how he’s changed over the years: “Are you still as tough?”

 
Monday, June 14, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Anthony Bourdain in his show "No Reservations" cutting steak. (Credit: TravelChannel.com)

A decade after “Kitchen Confidential” lifted the lid on the drug-fuelled kitchens of New York, Anthony Bourdain is back and dishing again, in his latest book, “Medium Raw.”

 
Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 11:00 AM
South Africa's Steven Pienaar, center, controls the ball during a training session, ahead of their opening World Cup match against Mexico on Friday, in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 9, 2010. (AP)

On the eve of the World Cup, we take a world tour—ground level, back lot, of how soccer is played around the world. Plus, the U.S. goalkeeper, Tim Howard, in focus.

 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Writer Yiyun Li. (Credit: YiyunLi.com)

The New Yorker names its top fiction writers under 40. Three talk to us.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

When it comes to a marquee matchup, there’s nothing like the Celtics-Lakers…

 
Friday, June 4, 2010 | 11:00 AM

With “Sex and the City 2″ getting panned, we get picks from critics, and you, on the best “worst” movies of all time.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Actor and director Tina Packer was in the studio for a memorable hour today. So how does she feel about a life spent cheek-to-cheek with Shakespeare? Here’s her answer…

 
Monday, May 24, 2010 | 11:00 AM
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The end of “Lost.” We say goodbye to the TV series that began with a plane crash and became a phenomenon. Plus, a look back at Jack Bauer and “24.”

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Kansas City Star t.v. critic Aaron Barnhart, a guest on our show today, looks at the three “defining dramas” that are bowing out. What do you think?

 
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Jan 29, 2015
Mike Johnson, a sales manager at a local Honda car dealership, walks past a row of Honda CRV SUVs Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz.  (AP)

Is it the next subprime scandal? Banking giants piling into high-interest auto loans for the poor. We’ll investigate.

Jan 29, 2015
This Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 a street side memorial with a painted portrait of Ezell Ford near where he was shot when police confronted him on Aug. 11, 2014, on a street near his home in South Los Angeles. (AP)

The author of “Ghettoside” takes us deep into murder and law enforcement in minority neighborhoods. We want your story.

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Did our sense of taste make us human? From evolution to culture, a new book explores the science and perception of flavor.

 
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Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Pellissippi State Community College Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP)

The promise of free community college. What it might mean for our economy and our fraying social contract.

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Our Week In The Web: January 23, 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

New thoughts on Facebook, new analysis of State of the Union twitter activity and new weekend excitement. New! And exciting!

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Meet On Point’s Interns: Spring 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

Good news! We have interns, and they are wonderful, and here they are for the spring term. Meet them digitally, right here.

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Caller To Author Ron Rash: ‘You Cared About People Like Me’
Thursday, Jan 22, 2015

An unexpected caller from South Carolina brings back guest Ron Rash’s years as a community college professor in a movingly real way.

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