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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Solar Power Rising BY MICHAEL R. BLOOD and BRIAN SKOLOFF -- Some of the 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each about 7 feet high and 10 feet wide, reflect sunlight to boilers that sit on 459-foot towers. The sun's power is used to heat water in the boilers' tubes and make steam, which in turn drives turbines to create electricity Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 in Primm, Nev.  (AP)

The world’s largest solar power plant is up and running in California. We’ll look at where solar stands now, and the future of renewable energy.

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Monday, February 3, 2014 | 10:00 AM
A view of the Alberta oil sands in the northern section of the Canadian province. (Courtesy Tony Horwitz)

We’ll follow the path of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada’s Tar Sands country through the heart of America and hear the furious debate over its fate.

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Friday, January 24, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Host Tom Ashbrook joins Jarvis Deberry, Denise Reed and Tommy Michot on the stage of Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans for On Point Live! on Thursday, Jan. 24. (Janet  Watson / WWNO)

We take On Point to New Orleans to look at the state of America’s battered coastlines.

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Monday, October 28, 2013 | 10:00 AM
In this Tuesday, June 25, 2013 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is greeted by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal upon arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. One day, Saudi Arabia looks to spend $6.8 billion in its latest buying spree of American weapons. Two days later, the kingdom vents its anger at the U.S. ‘s Mideast policy by snubbing a seat on the U.N. Security Council in a show of discontent. A mix of both customer and critic, Saudi Arabia is trying to carve out its own path to counter U.S. moves such as outreach to Iran, while knowing it still needs its longtime ally as a powerful big brother. (AP)

Saudi Arabia, Iran , and the new geo-political calculus of the Middle East, with America awkwardly in the middle.

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Monday, July 19, 2010 | 10:00 AM
A oil cleanup worker rakes the sand in Orange Beach, Ala.,  July 18, 2010. (AP)

Finally stopping the oil. We look at the engineering challenge, and the environmental impact in the Gulf of Mexico

 
Monday, June 14, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Workers collect snare boom used remove oil washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Belle Terre, La. (AP)

Hard times in the Gulf. Jobs and a way of life now on the brink. We hear from folks living in the midst of it all.

 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 | 10:00 AM
A rig and support vessels surround the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. (AP)

The thirst for drastic measures in the Gulf of Mexico. We look at out-of-the box ideas for handling BP, stopping the oil and cleaning up the mess.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

“Drastic measures” is our theme today in our discussion of the Gulf oil crisis. James Cameron, bigfoot Hollywood director and sometime underwater explorer, is one of the people weighing in.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Should we consider bombing, even “nuking,” the sea floor to stop the Gulf oil gusher? It’s a topic we discussed Monday. Read all about it, and listen to the sound clip. Update: BP weighs in.

 
Monday, May 24, 2010 | 10:00 AM
A young heron sits dying amidst oil splattering underneath mangrove on an island impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Barataria Bay, just inside the the coast of Lousiana, Sunday, May 23, 2010. (AP)

Is BP blowing the Gulf oil spill challenge? And, is there a cover up? We ask the questions, with Sylvia Earle, Andrew Revkin, and more.

 
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Apr 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Apr 18, 2014
This undated photo provided by NASA on April 2, 2014 shows Saturn's moon Enceladus. The "tiger stripes" are long fractures from which water vapor jets are emitted. Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon, they announced Thursday, April 3, 2014. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. (AP)

Oceans in Space. The new discovery on a moon of Saturn, and the possibility of life there.

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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.

 
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.

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The Week In Seven Soundbites: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Holy week with an unholy shooter. South Koreans scramble to save hundreds. Putin plays to the crowd in questioning. Seven days gave us seven sounds.

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Our Week In The Web: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Space moon oceans, Gabriel García Márquez and the problems with depressing weeks in the news. Also: important / unnecessary infographics that help explain everyone’s favorite 1980′s power ballad.

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Some Tools And Tricks For College Financial Aid
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Some helpful links and tools for navigating FAFSA and other college financial aid tools.

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