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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Iraqi security forces guard displaced Iraqis from Ramadi as they cross the Bzebiz bridge after spending the night walking towards Baghdad. (Hadi Mizban/AP)

The ISIS flag now flies over Ramadi. US and Iraqi forces are mobilizing to take it back. But can they? And what if they can’t?

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Friday, May 15, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train derailment, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Amtrak train, headed to New York City, derailed and crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least six people and injuring dozens of others.  (AP)

The deadly train derailment. Democrats tangle over trade. Jeb Bush’s Iraq War fumble. A Gulf State summit. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM
raqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen prepare to attack Islamic State extremists in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  (AP)

Fresh upheaval in Iraq. Millions now displaced. Warnings of crisis and worse to come.

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Monday, April 27, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Flowers and ribbons adorn a tree outside the Weinstein family house in Rockville, Md. last week. Earlier, President Barack Obama ook full responsibility for the counterterror missions and offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the hostages, Warren Weinstein of Rockville, Maryland, and Giovanni Lo Porto who were inadvertently killed by CIA drone strikes early this year. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

American drone policy and consequences. We’ll look at secret strikes and the evolution of drone war.

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Friday, April 24, 2015 | 10:00 AM
The Rev. Jamal Bryant leads a rally outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a march and vigil for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP)

Loretta Lynch gets a vote. Race and anger in Baltimore. Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Petraeus, sentenced. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Friday, April 17, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio waves to supporters as his wife Jeanette joins him on stage, after he announced that he will be running for the Republican presidential nomination, during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami. (AP)

Hillary and Rubio, in for 2016. Congress, in on the Iran Deal. And a Gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 10:00 AM
John Burns on location in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. (Ashley Gilbertson / New York Times)

Famed correspondent John Burns has covered the world for 40 years for the New York Times. He’s hanging up his notebook. He joins us.

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Monday, April 6, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is also Iran's top nuclear negotiator, waves to his well wishers upon arrival at the Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran, from Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, April 3, 2015.  (AP)

The Iran nuclear deal outline, and how it fits into a region in turmoil.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 10:00 AM
In this photo taken on Friday, March 20, 2015, militiamen loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi ride on an army vehicle on a street in Aden, Yemen. (AP)

Yemen on the brink. US Special Operations forces have pulled out. Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are leaning in. A counter-terrorism vacuum looms. We’ll go there.

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Monday, March 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM
In this Wednesday, March 4, 2015 photo, Shiite militiamen rest behind a sand berm during fighting between the Iraqi army, supported by volunteers, and Islamic State militants outside Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

The battle for Tikrit. The US, Iran, Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and more join forces in Iraq to take back territory from ISIS. But it’s no easy alliance.

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ONPOINT
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May 25, 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a history of American moral character in his new book, "The Road to Character." Former US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (R), is one of the subjects he profiles in his books. (David Burnett / AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

May 25, 2015
Violinist Regina Carter warms up in the On Point studio on Friday, October 17. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album “Southern Comfort.”

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May 22, 2015
The Barden Bellas, the all-female a cappella group at the center of Pitch Perfect 2. (Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures via AP)

Pitch Perfect 2 is the number one movie in the country, and it’s over the top on a capella.

 
May 22, 2015
Crashed cars with airbags deployed are shown to visitors as part of the display of Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety performance standards at the automaker's exhibition hall in Toyota, central Japan. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

ISIS rolls on. A TPP vote. Biggest recall ever – airbags. And Letterman’s last bow. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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A Former Bike Gang Member Explains "The Life"
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Larry called in from Lawrenceburg, KY and told us he was once a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, a mid-Atlantic biker gang. He didn’t sugar coat the facts as he explained the draw of the brotherhood and what makes the outlaw motorcycle corner the underworld go round.

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Our Week In The Web: May 15, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015

We cancel a few hours and suddenly all of you get convinced of a global radio conspiracy! Plus, dragon zoos.

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Caller: ‘It Doesn’t Always Turn Out Okay’
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One caller shares her own story of an extremely premature birth. Her daughter, born at 22 1/2 weeks in 2012, was taken off life support after seven days.

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