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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 […]

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
Same Stone, known as B. Virdot, sent checks to destitute families during the Great Depression. (Courtesy of The Penguin Press)

Investigative journalist Ted Gup joined On Point Friday and told the story of uncovering a stirring act of charity buried in his family history. It all began with an old tattered suitcase his mother gave him.

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Friday, November 12, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Some of the 11,000 jobless in Cleveland register for temporary work, Nov. 13, 1930, during the Great Depression. (AP)

How one man’s small, secret gifts of charity during the Great Depression kept a world afloat. We look at giving.

 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Music producer Quincy Jones in West Hollywood, Calif., 2009. (AP)

The legendary Quincy Jones has a new album out featuring Amy Winehouse, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, and many more. He joins us.

 
Monday, November 8, 2010 | 11:00 AM
U.S. Navy ships in an exercise off the coast of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. (AP)

Oceanic conversations with Simon Winchester on the Atlantic and with the admiral who heads up U.S. Pacific Command.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

This week marks the passing of JFK speechwriter and aide Ted Sorensen at age 82. One gem from the early On Point archives is a 2002 conversation between Sorensen and Tom Ashbrook. Listen back.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

David Kennedy and Richard Norton Smith say the recent set of wave elections results from instability, deep problems, and a lack of effective leadership. And we could be in for more. The two joined On Point Wednesday — read more.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Presidential Candidate Dwight Eisenhower, Oct. 24, 1952, in Pontiac, Mich. (AP)

Historians David Kennedy and Richard Norton Smith on waves in American political history.

 
Thursday, October 28, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Harry Houdini, circa 1905 (The Jewish Museum)

We look back at the original escape artist Harry Houdini and his magic, with illusionist David Copperfield and more. Click through to see some remarkable historical images.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Eugene Robinson (Julia Ewan)

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson on the splintering of black America.

 
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Sep 30, 2014
St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

Sep 30, 2014
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, examines a new high-performance industrial robot at the company's Atlanta facility.  (AP)

Nicholas Carr says automation, all over, is turning us into zombies. Out of touch with the world. He’s with us.

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A 1597 map of Lesbos / Mytilene, Greece by Giacomo Franco. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

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In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Peter Thiel speaks in San Francisco. (AP)

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