90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
history
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 | 11:00 AM
George Washington (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Biographer Ron Chernow says our first president was a passionate man, not the waxwork saint of our schoolbooks. We look at the real George Washington.

Comments [42]
 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Excerpted from WASHINGTON by Ron Chernow. Reprinted by arrangement with The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. Copyright (c) Ron Chernow, 2010. Prelude: The Portrait Artist In March 1793, Gilbert Stuart crossed the North Atlantic for the express purpose of painting President George Washington, the supreme prize of the age for any […]

 
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 | 11:00 AM
(AP)

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates on blackness, whiteness, and the first African-American president in the White House.

Comments [109]
 
Friday, August 6, 2010 | 11:00 AM
The Golden Gate Bridge (AP)

The facinating stories around the Golden Gate Bridge. We explore the span of its colorful history.

Comments [21]
 
Thursday, August 5, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Singer Gloria Lambert is shown with Mitch Miller during recording session at Columbia Studios, New York, May 8, 1961. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)

Music producer and sing-along man Mitch Miller died this weekend at 99. We talk about how he shaped the modern pop record and changed musical history.

 
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 10:00 AM
The view before a stock price indicator in Tokyo, June 21, 2010. (AP)

Finance historian Niall Ferguson joins us for a step-back look at the global economy and America’s economic staying power.

 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 11:00 AM
A Graeco-Egyptian statue of a Ptolemaic queen found at the site of Heracleion. (Credit: The Franklin Institute, Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation, Christoph Gerigk)

The real Cleopatra. A big new exhibit opens in Philadelphia. We get the inside story of Egypt’s immortalized queen.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

A new exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia prompted our discussion today of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. See images from the exhibit and related archaeology.

Comments [5]
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Richard Nixon says goodbye outside the White House as he boards a helicopter after resigning the Presidency in this Aug. 9, 1974 file photo. (AP)

A critic says we live in a world of media myths, from “The War of the Worlds” to Watergate. We look at when the press gets it wrong.

 
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | 11:00 AM
A rendering of the 1847 Battle of Buena Vista, during the Mexican-American War. (Credit: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

As tension simmers over immigration in America, we look back to beginnings, and the Mexican-American War.

Comments [34]
 
ONPOINT
TODAY
Aug 22, 2014
Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Florrissant, Mo. (AP)

The National Guard and Eric Holder in Ferguson. ISIS beheads an American journalist. Texas Governor Rick Perry gets a mug shot. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Aug 22, 2014
In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP)

The Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS, viral fundraising and how we give in the age of social media.

RECENT
SHOWS
Aug 21, 2014
Jen Joyce, a community manager for the Uber rideshare service, works on a laptop before a meeting of the Seattle City Council, Monday, March 17, 2014, at City Hall in Seattle. (AP)

We’ll look at workers trying to live and make a living in the age of TaskRabbit and computer-driven work schedules.

 
Aug 21, 2014
In this November 2012, file photo, posted on the website freejamesfoley.org, shows American journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP)

An American is beheaded. We’ll look at the ferocity of ISIS, and what to do about it.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Your (Weird? Wonderful? Wacky?) Roommate Stories
Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

We asked, and you delivered: some of the best roommate stories from across our many listener input channels.

More »
2 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: August 15, 2014
Friday, Aug 15, 2014

On Pinterest, Thomas the Tank Engine and surprising population trends from around the country. Also, words on why we respond to your words, tweets and Facebook posts.

More »
Comment
 
Nickel Creek Plays Three Songs LIVE For On Point
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

Nickel Creek shares three live (well, mostly) tracks from their interview with On Point Radio.

More »
Comment