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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.

 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 10:00 AM
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Haiti, the U.S., and the road to recovery. It’s going to be a long one. We’ll ask what the U.S. commitment should be.

 
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Jul 28, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama, center left , and Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn review an honor guard at the National Palace in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia, Monday, July 27, 2015. (AP)

The United States and Africa. What we see in and beyond President Obama’s big visit.

Jul 28, 2015
A portion of the cover of Julia Pierpont's debut novel, "Among the Ten Thousand Things." (Courtesy Random House)

Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — “Among the Ten Thousand Things” — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.

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From secret sauces and rubs to hickory and folklore, we will celebrate and sample the best barbecue in the land. Bring napkins!

 
Jul 27, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the American Legislative Exchange Council 42nd annual meeting Thursday, July 23, 2015, in San Diego. (Left) Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to local residents during a meet and greet at Cecil's Cafe, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Right) (AP)

Sixteen Republicans are running for president. Two of them — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina — join us.

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Q & A: Scott Walker On The Iran Deal, Huckabee Comments
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker explains his opposition to the Iran Deal, his record of statewide electoral victory and why he feels he’s set to win the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.

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Q & A: Carly Fiorina On Trump, Sexism, And Being Cut From The GOP Debate
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of computer giant Hewlett-Packard, joined guest host John Harwood to talk Donald Trump, the upcoming Republican candidate debate and sexism in modern life.

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Our Week In The News: July 24, 2015
Friday, Jul 24, 2015

You all really, really love to listen to our week in the news segments (that’s great) and we wonder why. Plus: Alex Trebek can’t really sing, in case you were wondering.

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