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Monday, January 12, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Smoke emanates from the entrance to a kosher market as security forces prepare to end a hostage situation, Paris, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Explosions and gunshots were heard as police forces stormed a kosher grocery in Paris where a gunman was holding at least five people hostage. (AP)

The Paris attack and the new face of terror: small, soft targets. The coffee shop. The office. If this is it, what do we do?

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Friday, January 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM
People gather in solidarity of the victims of a terror attack against a satirical newspaper, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP)

Paris terror attack. The GOP Congress versus Obama . The rift between NYPD and New York’s mayor. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Demonstrators hold papers reading "I am Charlie", during a demonstration in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Three masked gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, Wednesday, killing 12 people, including its editor, before escaping in a car. It was France's deadliest postwar terrorist attack. (AP)

The terror strike on the French satirical magazine in Paris. We’ll be on the ground with the latest details and the big picture.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Relatives of a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, mourn over her lifeless body at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months. (AP)

The Taliban take responsibility for killing more than 100 Pakistani schoolchildren. We ask why there, why now.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 10:00 AM
This frame grab from video, provided by Senate Television, shows Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Senate investigators have delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks, accusing the agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners with tactics that went well beyond legal limits.  (AP)

The explosive Senate “torture report” on harsh interrogation techniques years in the making is out. And it’s graphic and controversial.

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Monday, December 8, 2014 | 10:00 AM
In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, fighters from the Free Syrian Army, left, and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), center, join forces to fight Islamic State group militants in Kobani, Syria. (AP)

ISIS is the richest terrorist organization ever, with an estimated more than $1 billion in assets. We’ll look at ISIS’ business model and how to disrupt it.

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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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Monday, August 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM
This file photo posted on the website freejamesfoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in July, 2012.In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP)

Britons, Europeans and Americans are joining the ranks of ISIS. We’ll look at what’s pulling them in.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 10:00 AM
In this Monday April 21, 2014 file photo, four female students of the government secondary school Chibok, who were abducted by gunmen and reunited with their families, walk in Chibok, Nigeria. A civil society group says Wednesday April 30, 2014, that villagers are reporting that scores of girls and young women who were recently kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry Islamic extremists. (AP)

A terrible mass kidnapping of 200-plus school girls in Nigeria. We’ll look at Christian-Muslim tension in the region, and the Boko Haram story.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM
A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP)

One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, we look at national and local security on the terrorism front now, and what we’ve learned.

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Feb 27, 2015
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP)

A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. “American Sniper” verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Feb 27, 2015
This image released courtesy of the Lead Belly Estate shows folk and blues musician Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter never had a hit record before he died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949. (AP)

Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.

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Feb 26, 2015
Humanist chaplain Bart Campolo, center, a former Evangelical Christian youth minister, and his wife, Marty, right, mingle with students as they wait for the start of a forum at the University of Southern California, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP)

More Americans are turning away from religion. We’ll look at how to live a moral life without it.

 
Feb 26, 2015
This Feb. 20, 2015 photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. (AP)

New breakthroughs on peanut allergies – treatment and prevention. And a question: are we too clean for our own good? Plus: did giant gerbils from Asia really bring the bubonic plague to Europe?

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Two Congressmen Weigh In On DHS Funding
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland present their views on the ongoing Congressional budget fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. (Spoiler: They do not agree on a resolution of the crisis).

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Our Week In The Web: February
Friday, Feb 20, 2015

We explain what happened with the old podcast feed this week and last, share some other Oscar categories and reminisce about the golden days of Double Rainbows and Honey Badgers who just don’t care.

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The 87th Academy Awards, As Heard On On Point
Thursday, Feb 19, 2015

Want the inside scoop on who will win big on Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards? (Look elsewhere, sorry). But we’ve got great shows on some of the year’s best movies, all right here.

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