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Friday, February 14, 2014 | 11:00 AM
"Capture of the Pirate, Blackbeard, 1718" depicting the battle between Blackbeard the Pirate and Lieutenant Maynard in Ocracoke Bay. (Jean Leon Gerome Ferris / Creative Commons)

On Valentine’s Day, we’re talking booty —pirate booty—and the last days of the world’s most notorious pirate, Blackbeard.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 | 11:00 AM
A tourist walks in front of the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis hill Athens, on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (AP)

We go back to the future with a new look at the Parthenon of Ancient Greece, Athens, and the foundations of democracy.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) addresses his slave, Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) as Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) looks on in the 2013 film, "12 Years A Slave." (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

From “Gone With the Wind” to “Django Unchained” to “Twelve Years a Slave,” we’ll look at the evolving depiction of slavery in American film.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | 10:00 AM
President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1961. (AP)

“Ask not what your country can do for you” said John F. Kennedy, 50 years ago. We look back at the message of JFK’s inaugural, with Chris Matthews, David Brooks, and biographer Thurston Clarke.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

In a week where On Point is looking at the golden anniversary of two historic presidential speeches, we post a fascinating, and grim, phone call between the two presidents.

 
Monday, January 17, 2011 | 11:00 AM
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower makes his farewell address, Jan. 17, 1961. (AP)

Fifty years on, we look back on war hero and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning against America’s “military-industrial complex.” Author James Ledbetter and military scholar Andrew Bacevich join us.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 | 10:00 AM
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We hear the remarkable history of how the fur trade shaped a nation.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

In 1910, Teddy Roosevelt delivered his own definitive statement on wealth and inheritance in America. As Congress debates the isssue again, it’s worth recalling Roosevelt.

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Monday, December 13, 2010 | 10:00 AM
In this Nov. 17, 2009 file photo,President Barack Obama, left, listens to Chinese President Hu Jintao, as they attend a state dinner reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

As the world contemplates an empty chair at the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, we take the long view on China’s rise and the West’s uncertain future.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

From “Why the West Rules — For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future,” by Ian Morris. Chapter 1: Before East and West What Is the West? “When a man is tired of London,” said Samuel Johnson, “he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life […]

 
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Apr 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Apr 18, 2014
This undated photo provided by NASA on April 2, 2014 shows Saturn's moon Enceladus. The "tiger stripes" are long fractures from which water vapor jets are emitted. Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon, they announced Thursday, April 3, 2014. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. (AP)

Oceans in Space. The new discovery on a moon of Saturn, and the possibility of life there.

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Apr 17, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, April 14, 2014. Jews are forbidden to eat leavened foodstuffs during the Passover holiday that celebrates the biblical story of the Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt. (AP)

In the week of Passover and anti-Semitic gunfire, we look at the history of the Jews with acclaimed historian Simon Schama. Plus, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church today.

 
Apr 17, 2014
Students cheer and wave as President Barack Obama, not pictured, exits the podium after speaking at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, beginning his two day bus tour speaking about college financial aid.  (AP)

The inside dope on college financial aid. The way it really works, who gets what, and how.

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Our Week In The Web: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Space moon oceans, Gabriel García Márquez and the problems with depressing weeks in the news. Also: important / unnecessary infographics that help explain everyone’s favorite 1980′s power ballad.

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Some Tools And Tricks For College Financial Aid
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Some helpful links and tools for navigating FAFSA and other college financial aid tools.

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How Boston Is Getting Ready For the 2014 Boston Marathon
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

Boston Globe metro reporter Maria Cramer explains how the 2014 Boston Marathon will be different than races in the past.

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