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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 […]

 
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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Mar 2, 2015
In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, right, speaks before the screening of the television documentary "Israel: The Royal Tour" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. (AP)

On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

Mar 2, 2015
This image provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP)

A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We’ll peer into the realm of the black hole.

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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.

 
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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