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Monday, February 9, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Visitors picture, from the left, models representing Flores, Homo Sapiens and Neanderthal women stand in the "Musee des Confluences", a new science and anthropology museum in Lyon, central France, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP)

A new history of us –Homo Sapiens — and why fiction – stories – let us rule the world.

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Monday, January 26, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Frederick Daniel Hardy's "Baby's Birthday" (1867) shows a typical Victorian English family at home.  (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

Brush your teeth with soot, stay away from water, wear a steel corset. We’ll talk with the author of “How to be a Victorian.” Strange ways from another age.

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Friday, November 21, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American  writer and novelist, at age 27. Her "Little House" series is a beloved semi-autobiographical take on her childhood in the Western American plains. (South Dakota State Historical Society )

A big new look at the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the woman behind the Little House.

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Monday, May 26, 2014 | 10:00 AM
In this Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 photo author Doris Kearns Goodwin stands near a bookshelf for a portrait at her home in Concord, Mass. Goodwin's latest book,"The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," was released on Nov. 5. (AP)

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on protest, reform, Teddy Roosevelt and America then and now.

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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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Feb 27, 2015
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP)

A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. “American Sniper” verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Feb 27, 2015
This image released courtesy of the Lead Belly Estate shows folk and blues musician Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter never had a hit record before he died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949. (AP)

Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.

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This image released courtesy of the Lead Belly Estate shows folk and blues musician Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter never had a hit record before he died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949. (AP)

Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.

 
Feb 27, 2015
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP)

A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. “American Sniper” verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

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Two Congressmen Weigh In On DHS Funding
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland present their views on the ongoing Congressional budget fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. (Spoiler: They do not agree on a resolution of the crisis).

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Our Week In The Web: February
Friday, Feb 20, 2015

We explain what happened with the old podcast feed this week and last, share some other Oscar categories and reminisce about the golden days of Double Rainbows and Honey Badgers who just don’t care.

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