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Preview: On Point with Tom Ashbrook Podcast

On Point

Go behind the headlines: From the economy and healthcare to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point talks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.

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Week In The News: As Parkland Students March, Trump Floats Arming Teachers

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:23:47 -0500

Parkland students march on Tallahassee. The President floats arming teachers. More Russia indictments. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Searching For An Answer For Google's Dominance

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:55:48 -0500

Critics say Google unfairly squashes its competition, like Standard Oil a century ago, or AT&T a generation ago. Is it time for a trust-busting government to intervene?

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Drawing The Battle Lines Over Gerrymandering

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:13:48 -0500

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has redrawn congressional maps — and President Trump isn't happy about it. We'll talk about partisan gerrymandering.

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Teens These Days: They're Running For Political Office

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:29:00 -0500

Move over career politicians. Teens are getting into the political game. Seven teens are running for governor in Kansas. Three of them join us.

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The Loneliness Epidemic

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:49:00 -0500

Loneliness is now an epidemic , and as bad for us as smoking. We're looking at the high costs of emotional isolation.

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Black Panther Roars Into Theaters

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:19:00 -0500

Marvel's latest superhero adventure Black Panther roars into theaters, with big ideas about race and feminism. We've got your front row seat.

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Week In The News: Parkland School Shooting, Russia Threat Continues, Immigration Deal Gridlock

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:47:00 -0500

Intel Chiefs' Russia warning. FBI contradicts White House on Porter. Deadly school shooting. Immigration gridlock. Our weekly new round table goes behind the headlines.

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Exploring The Real History Of American Indians

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:35:00 -0500

A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian takes visitors from the Trail of Tears to Native Americans in pop culture. We'll talk with the curators.

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Republicans Eye Cuts To Medicaid, Food Stamps

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:13:00 -0500

President Trump and Republicans in the House of Representatives are looking to cut social safety net programs for the poor, including Medicaid and food stamps. The plan could involve work requirements for food stamps and funding cuts. We'll take a look at the numbers.

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It's Alive! Frankenstein At 200

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:37:00 -0500

Frankenstein at 200. We'll dissect Mary Shelley's iconic Gothic novel, its themes of responsibility in innovation, ethics, and lessons for today.

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Inside Trump's Plan For Rebuilding American Roads, Railways And Airports

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:01:00 -0500

The president's new infrastructure plan. Can he finally bring everything from our bridges to our water systems up to snuff --and make America modern again?

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The Rich History Of America's Rivers

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:31:00 -0500

American rivers from the mighty Mississippi on down have changed the way Americans works, play and live. We'll tap into a rich history.

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Is John Kelly's Time Up As Chief Of Staff?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:55:00 -0500

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is facing blowback again, this time after standing by a top aide accused of domestic violence. Is Kelly's time up?

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Week In The News: Pelosi's 'Dreamer' Stand, Budget Deal Reached, 'Treason' Alleged

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:53:00 -0500

Russia memo drama. Pelosi stands for Dreamers. Trump calls Democrats treasonous. And that military parade. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

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Private Space Flight Blasts Off With Falcon Heavy

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:49:00 -0500

Falcon Heavy roars into the sky – the most powerful rocket ever sent into space by a private company. We'll look at SpaceX and the private space industry.

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How To Push The Limits Of Human Endurance

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:29:00 -0500

Just in time for the games in South Korea, a U.S. Olympic cross counter skier and a sports science writer on what it takes to push the boundaries of human endurance.

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A Living Will For Alzheimer's

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:43:00 -0500

While you're still of sound mind, should you lay out the medical care you want if you're diagnosed with Alzheimer's? Now, you can.

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What The Nunes Memo Says, And Doesn't Say

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:17:00 -0500

The Nunes memo is out. What does it say? What doesn't it say? Will President Trump use it to fire the Department of Justice's No. 2 — or Robert Mueller?

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Week In The News: Russia Memo Fireworks, State Of The Union

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 14:07:00 -0500

President Trump's take on the State of the Union. Russia memo fireworks. Olympic ban lifted on some Russian athletes. The super blue blood moon. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

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The Latest Millennial Trend: Farming

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:55:00 -0500

The next generation of farmers coming from cities. We'll look at why millennial professionals are ditching suits for pitchforks.

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The Waco Siege, Revisited

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:57:00 -0500

Twenty-five years after the siege, the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas returns to TV. We're talking to the show's co-creators, Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle, about "Waco."

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A Path To Citizenship, And A Wall, In Trump's New Immigration Proposal

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:25:00 -0500

President Trump unveils a new immigration framework, including a path to citizenship for DREAMers. We'll unpack it, and consider its prospects in Congress.

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As Trump Slaps Tariffs On Solar Panels, 'America First' Trade Policy Takes Shape

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:15:00 -0500

President Trump slaps tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels. That's for starters. We'll look at the risk and reality of his "America First" trade policy.

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