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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM
This photo taken April 14, 2014 shows one section of the $500 million I-75 Phase II modernization project which is under way in Dayton, Ohio. On the road in a tour bus this week, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is urging Congress to quickly approve legislation to pay for highway and transit programs amid warnings that the U.S. government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. (AP)

The nation’s Highway trust fund is running out of money. Congress can’t agree on a solution. How do we keep America’s roads and bridges up and running?

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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.

 
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Sep 16, 2014
Jasmin Torres helps classmate Brianna Rameles with a worksheet at the Diloreto Magnet School in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012. (AP/Charles Krupa)

More parents are “red-shirting” their children in kindergarten—holding them back for a year, hoping they’ll have an edge. Does it work? We look.

Sep 16, 2014
From "Rich Hill"

“Rich Hill,” a new documentary on growing up poor, now, in rural America. The dreams and the desperation.

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Sep 15, 2014
This Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 file photo shows hikers on the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. (AP/Carson Walker)

Uproar over development plans for the Grand Canyon. We go to the Navajo Nation and the Canyon floor to see what’s at stake.

 
Sep 15, 2014
In this Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 photo, Middle Eastern leaders stand together during a family photo with of the Gulf Cooperation Council and regional partners at King Abdulaziz International Airport’s Royal Terminal in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. (AP/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

President Obama says he will build a coalition of partners in the Middle East to combat ISIS. We’ll do a reality check on who’s really stepping up for what.

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Our Week In The Web: September 12, 2014
Friday, Sep 12, 2014

In which you had varied reactions to the prospect of a robotic spouse.

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Beverly Gooden on #WhyIStayed
Friday, Sep 12, 2014

Beverly Gooden — who originated the #WhyIStayed hashtag that has taken off across Twitter — joined us today for our discussion on domestic violence.

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Tierney Sutton Plays LIVE For On Point
Friday, Sep 5, 2014

We break out Tierney Sutton’s three beautiful live tracks from our broadcast today for your listening pleasure.

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