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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 | 10:00 AM
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, left, is greeted by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in Beijing, May 2010. (AP)

U.S.-China tensions over currency and trade are reaching a high pitch. We look at whether or not a showdown with China would boost, or bust, the American economy.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Afghan President Hamid Karzai listens during a Peace Jirga in Kabul, June 4, 2010. (AP)

It’s being called “Corruptistan.” Afghanistan is choking under graft and embezzlement. Can this war be won, with a government so corrupt?

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Nine years ago now, shortly after the 9/11 attacks and just as On Point began as a show, host Tom Ashbrook published an article reflecting on his travels in Afghanistan. As we look again at that country in our Thursday show, the staff thought it was worth re-posting Tom’s piece.

 
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Cuba's leader Fidel Castro greets students before delivering a speech outside Havana's University in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. (AP)

Cuba fires half a million workers. Fidel Castro makes headlines of his own. We look at the ground-breaking shift on the island nation. Plus, Politico’s Jonathan Martin on the Tea Party primary wins and GOP soul-searching.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Last week, On Point interviewed Boston University professor Adil Najam about the flooding in his native Pakistan. Here’s an update on what Najam is thinking now, as the disaster continues to unflold.

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Monday, August 16, 2010 | 10:00 AM
A BlackBerry user displays a text message sent by his service provider notifying him of the suspension of services, at a mobile shop in Dubai, Aug. 5, 2010 (AP)

The Blackberry saga. The businessman’s handheld organizer is facing the heat from intelligence bosses around the world. It’s high tech versus high security. Plus, Net neutrality and the Google-Verizon proposal.

 
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | 11:00 AM
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Retired Army colonel and big thinker Andrew Bacevich on why it’s time to throw out the playbook on American military policy.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Pakistan police and soldiers at the site of a bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan, June 20, 2010. (AP)

Pakistan reportedly building a foothold in Afghanistan. We’ll look at its growing influence and what it means for American influence in the region.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, shakes hands with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, right, at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, in Turkey, June 7, 2010. (AP)

With Israel and Turkey now sharply at odds, a big American observer says embrace Turkey, and one day Iran–and Israel.

 
Thursday, February 4, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, right, accompanied by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing onthe "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. (AP)

Pulitzer Prize-winning military writer Tom Ricks on the Pentagon, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and the state of America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 
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Feb 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Feb 5, 2016
A portion of the cover of Ben Ratliff's new book, "Every Song Ever." (Courtesy Farar, Straus and Giroux / The Publisher)

How to choose music in an age when everything is online and always there. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff shows the way.

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A portion of the cover of Ben Ratliff's new book, "Every Song Ever." (Courtesy Farar, Straus and Giroux / The Publisher)

How to choose music in an age when everything is online and always there. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff shows the way.

 
Feb 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Notes From New Hampshire, #4: Donald Trump — You Heard It First!
Friday, Feb 5, 2016

Jack Beatty recounts an evening rally with Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, and wonders if the billionaire businessman is really looking for an exit.

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Our Week In The Web: February 5, 2016
Friday, Feb 5, 2016

Spread the word — we FINALLY have both a new website (in beta) and a new newsletter. Sign up, visit and see what’s happening in the On Point digital universe.

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Notes From New Hampshire, #3: Jeb Bush — Cry for Me, America!
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) asked a New Hampshire audience to clap for him — and our own Jack Beatty was there to hear it.

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