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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 3, 2014
This still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. The Islamic State group has threatened to kill Sotloff if the United States doesn't stop its strikes against them in Iraq. Video released Tuesday, Sept. 02, 2014, purports to show Sotloff's murder by the same rebel group. (AP)

Another beheading claim and ISIS’s use of social media in its grab for power.

Sep 3, 2014
In this Fall 2013 photo provided by the University of Idaho, students in the University of Idaho’s first Semester in the Wild program take a class in the Frank Church-River Of No Return Wilderness, Idaho. (AP)

MacArthur “genius” Ruth DeFries looks at humanity’s long, deep integration with nature – and what comes next. She’s hopeful.

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Confederate spymaster Rose O'Neal Greenhow, pictured with her daughter "Little" Rose in Washington, D.C.'s Old Capitol Prison in 1862. (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

True stories of daring women during the Civil War. Best-selling author Karen Abbott shares their exploits in a new book: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.”

 
Sep 2, 2014
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with Mark Wilson, event political speaker chairperson, with his wife Elain Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, August 4, 2012. (AP)

Nine weeks counting now to the midterm elections. We’ll look at the key races and the stakes.

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