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Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Kurds in Turkey look over the border with Syria toward the embattled town of Kobani. (David Takaki / Twitter)

ISIS and the battle for control of the Syrian town of Kobani. The Kurds have it. ISIS wants it. The US is bombing. We’ll look at the lessons of the battle for Kobani.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 10:00 AM
President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.  (AP/Saul Loeb, Pool)

The President lays out his strategy to take on ISIS. Will it work? We’ll look at the key factors in America’s new military commitment.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM
In this Monday, June 16, 2014 file photo, Demonstrators chant pro-al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as they carry al-Qaida flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)

American options, American action in Iraq. To get in, to stay out, and the emerging White House plan.

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Monday, May 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM
President Barack Obama, right,Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, center, and Vice President Joe Biden welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in celebration of the seventh annual Soldier Ride. (AP)

A claim of forty dead veterans—maybe more. An alleged secret waiting list at a VA hospital. We’ll look at what’s gone wrong in American Veterans Affairs.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, after saying that the CIA's improper search of a stand-alone computer network established for Congress has been referred to the Justice Department. The issue stems from the investigation into allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program.  (AP)

Senator Dianne Feinstein accuses the CIA of spying on the Senate. We’ll look at her fight over the reach and record of American intelligence.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announces some personal changes, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, during a briefing at the Pentagon.  (AP)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants to downsize the military, shrink the US Army to the lowest levels since before World War II. We’ll look at what that would mean.

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Monday, December 16, 2013 | 10:00 AM
Hezbollah fighters, left, mourn as they carry the coffin of their commander Ali Bazzi, who was killed in Syria during a battle against the Syrian rebels, during his funeral procession, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Hezbollah announced that two of its members, including a local commander, were killed while "performing their jihadi duties." Syrian troops captured a western town near the country's main north-south highway on Monday as the government forged ahead with a punishing offensive in a mountainous region near the border with Lebanon, state media said. (AP)

Has the moderate, Western-backed rebel force collapsed in Syria? And what if it’s an Islamist rebellion now?

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Monday, November 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Secretary John McHugh, right, watch an Army carry team move a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Cody J. Patterson Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (AP)

On Veterans Day, after more than a decade of deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, we take the pulse of America’s military – as it faces big cuts and big changes.

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Monday, January 17, 2011 | 11:00 AM
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower makes his farewell address, Jan. 17, 1961. (AP)

Fifty years on, we look back on war hero and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning against America’s “military-industrial complex.” Author James Ledbetter and military scholar Andrew Bacevich join us.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 | 10:00 AM
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Senior American commanders in Afghanistan want to expand operations in Pakistan, according to some sources. What would that mean? Plus, peace activist and writer Chris Hedges.

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ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

Oct 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

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A statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on New York City's Roosevelt Island. (Flickr / Alexisrael)

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Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

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Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

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Friday, Oct 17, 2014

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

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