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Tuesday, August 3, 2010 | 10:00 AM
In this June 29, 2010 photo, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Richard "Ross" Coffman, left, talks to a village sheik in al-Bailona, Ninevah province. (AP)

President Obama lays out plans to withdraw combat units from Iraq at the end of the month. We get a boots-on-the-ground perspective on the sweep of the war.

 
Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Sgt. Brandon Sanford, 28, a dog handler who survived two roadside blasts in Iraq. Sanford endured a year of balance problems and mental fog before Fort Bliss officials sent him for cognitive therapy. (NPR)

NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling and ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller on the traumatic brain injuries still not being treated in thousands of returning vets.

 
Monday, May 31, 2010 | 10:00 AM
U.S. Army 1st Lt. James Rathmann says farewell to his best friend and fellow 1st Lt. Salvatore Corma during a burial in West Point, N.Y., on May 13, 2010. Corma died April 29 in Afghanistan. (AP)

The words of war. From Homer to Iraq war veteran Brian Turner, we read the poetry of war from the past to the present, in a special broadcast.

 
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 | 10:00 AM
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The military’s bomb squads that defuse I.E.D.’s in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’ll look at their job, their technology, and the risks they take.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

U.S. Ambassaor to Iraq Christopher Hill spoke with On Point live from Baghdad today as early voting gets underway, part of the run-up to Sunday’s elections. “So far so good,” Hill said, despite scattered violence. Hill said that the plan to withdraw U.S. combat troops by Sept. 1, and to leave only a residual advisory force of 50,000 or fewer, remains “very much on schedule.” Observers worry that a spike in violence could derail that timeline.

 
Thursday, February 4, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, right, accompanied by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing onthe "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. (AP)

Pulitzer Prize-winning military writer Tom Ricks on the Pentagon, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and the state of America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | 10:00 AM
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The firm formerly known as Blackwater is front and center again in Iraq — and Afghanistan. We ask why US forces are still entwined with the contractor.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
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Our show today with military robotics expert P.W. Singer took a hard look at the implications of the U.S. military’s increasingly wide push to use cutting-edge technology to defend troops, survey areas, and kill enemies.

 
Thursday, October 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM

Saad Eskander has faced down looters and gunfire as director of Iraq’s National Library and Archives. He joins us to look at Iraq’s future as US combat troops prepare to leave.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

In our first hour today, we reached out to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and spoke with Ambassador Christopher Hill. He discussed everything from Prime Minister Maliki’s recent political “dating game” to the “elusive concept” of having firm political rules in Iraq.

 
ONPOINT
TODAY
Apr 17, 2014
Students cheer and wave as President Barack Obama, not pictured, exits the podium after speaking at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, beginning his two day bus tour speaking about college financial aid.  (AP)

The inside dope on college financial aid. The way it really works, who gets what, and how.

Apr 17, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, April 14, 2014. Jews are forbidden to eat leavened foodstuffs during the Passover holiday that celebrates the biblical story of the Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt. (AP)

In the week of Passover and anti-Semitic gunfire, we look at the history of the Jews with acclaimed historian Simon Schama. Plus, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church today.

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Apr 16, 2014
Harvard Business School is one of the top-ranked MBA programs in the country. Our guest today suggests those kinds of degrees aren't necessary for business success. (HBS / Facebook)

Humorist and longtime Fortune columnist Stanley Bing says, “forget the MBA.” He’s got the low-down on what you really need to master in business. Plus: the sky-high state of executive salaries.

 
Apr 16, 2014
A woman walks past a CVS store window in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. The nation’s major drugstore chains are opening more in-store clinics in response to the massive U.S. health care overhaul, which is expected to add about 25 million newly insured people who will need medical care and prescriptions, as well as offering more services as a way to boost revenue in the face of competition from stores like Safeway and Wal-Mart. (AP)

Retailers from Walgreens to Wal-Mart to CVS are looking to turn into health care outlets. It’s convenient. Is it good medicine? Plus: using tech to disrupt the healthcare market.

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How Boston Is Getting Ready For the 2014 Boston Marathon
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

Boston Globe metro reporter Maria Cramer explains how the 2014 Boston Marathon will be different than races in the past.

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WBUR’s David Boeri: ‘There’s Still Much We Don’t Know’
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

WBUR’s senior reporter David Boeri details the ongoing investigation into the alleged Boston Marathon Bombing perpetrators.

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Remembering The Boston Marathon Bombing, One Year Later
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

One year after the Boston Marathon Bombing, we look back at our own coverage of the attacks and the community’s response from April 2013.

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