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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Our guest Nell Irvin Painter, author of “The History of White People,” wrote in after our show with more thoughts about New York Times columnist Ross Douthat’s notion of “white anxiety.” Here’s her note.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Our show Wednesday examined new racial sensitivities, and the latest wrinkle in this debate is the controversy over USDA official Shirley Sherrod. Here’s the full video in question that got her in trouble, after a conservative blogger circulated an excerpt.

 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | 10:00 AM
Detroit residents fill out applications while attending a job fair, Feb. 2010. (AP)

Poor white America in the century of diversity.

 
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Gregory Peck is shown as attorney Atticus Finch, a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape, in a scene from the 1962 movie "To Kill a Mockingbird." (AP)

“To Kill a Mockingbird” turns 50. We bring back Atticus, Scout and Boo Radley in Harper Lee’s great novel of race and justice.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

We had a great crew in the studio today to talk about Lydia Diamond’s new play, “Stick Fly.” It’s currently being produced in Boston by the Huntington Theatre Company. You can see some photos below we shot during the broadcast.

 
Monday, January 18, 2010 | 10:00 AM

On Martin Luther King Day, African Americans speak on race and what’s changed in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency.

 
Monday, January 11, 2010 | 11:00 AM

Alex Haley wrote “Roots.” Now a new generation tells the African-American slave story. We’ll talk to 18-year-old debut novelist Noni Carter.

 
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | 11:00 AM
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Thelonious Monk. Jazz giant. American hipster. A new biography takes us into his life and enigmatic music.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Harvard professor who has been much in the news this week — and was a big topic in our news roundtable  today — had a thought-provoking conversation with Tom in 2006.

 
Monday, June 15, 2009 | 11:00 AM

Novelist Joseph O’Neill’s award-winning novel, “Netherland,” has been on the president’s nightstand. We talk with O’Neill, and with writer James McBride, about its themes of American identity.

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Oct 24, 2014
Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Oct 24, 2014
Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

The new movie “Whiplash”. The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts…sports.

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Oct 23, 2014
A screenshot from the interactive game, "Depression Quest," the game at the root of the ongoing #GamerGate controversy. (Courtesy  "Depression Quest")

#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.

 
Oct 23, 2014
Specialist Ronnie Howard, center, calls out prices as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. (AP)

The global economic wobble. Europe weakness. China fears. Wild markets. We’ll lay out the global economy now.

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Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
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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Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014
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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