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A live, two-hour morning news-analysis program.

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Week In The News: Bannon Subpoenaed, Shutdown Looms

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:37:25 -0500

Bannon subpoenaed by Mueller. Talk of government shutdown...again. And the Koreas to march under one flag at the Olympics. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

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'The Road Not Taken' In Vietnam

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:51:00 -0500

Historian Max Boot on Cold War-era soldier-spy Edward Lansdale, the American maverick who thought he knew how to win the Vietnam War.

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Congress Scrambles To Avoid Shutdown

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:37:00 -0500

The shutdown showdown—as a DACA deal fades, Republicans are scrambling for a strategy to keep the government open even if it's for only one month.

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'The Appalachian Ballad Tradition'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:55:00 -0500

A Grammy-nominated album celebrates Appalachia's rich legacy of story songs. We'll listen to how the ballad resonates today.

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Could The Democrats Take Control Of Congress In 2018?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:27:00 -0500

The 2018 midterms are shaping up to be a nationwide referendum on President Trump. Is control of Congress in reach for the Democrats? We'll dig in.

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The U.S. Is Quietly Preparing For 'Last Resort' War With North Korea

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:04:00 -0500

Hawaiians calm their war jitters and the US president and the North Korean dictator hit 'pause' on the threats, but the U.S. military quietly prepares for war.

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Trump Pledges To Boost Farmers And Rural America

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:45:18 -0500

President Trump lays out his plan to boost agriculture and prosperity in rural America. What's at stake is more than a hill of beans.

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Cities Are Sending Homeless People Out Of Towns On Buses

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:52:30 -0500

Homelessness in America is rising. More and more cities are putting their homeless on buses with one-way tickets out of town. We'll dig in.

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As States Legalize Weed, Feds Eye Crackdown

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:57:26 -0500

Pot in America now—California legalizes recreational marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions changes federal policy. We'll read the smoke signals.

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Why Birds Matter In 2018

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:06:00 -0500

Novelist and birding enthusiast Jonathan Franzen joins us to talk about the beauty, wonder and threats facing the world's birds.

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Surge In Foster Children Amid Opioid Crisis

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:46:00 -0500

What happens when opioids ravage the lives of mothers and fathers? A surge in foster children. Opioids and the crisis in foster care.

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Medicare, Infrastructure, Immigration On Congress's 2018 Agenda

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:04:00 -0500

Big-ticket items face Congress this year. Immigration. Infrastructure. Entitlement reform. We'll look at the most pressing issues on the Congressional docket.

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Ian McEwan's Shakespearian 'Nutshell'

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:07:00 -0500

Few people can string together words as beautifully as Ian McEwan. He joins us to talk about his new tale of a prenatal Hamlet.

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On Point's Look Back At The Biggest Stories Of 2017

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:21:00 -0500

We look back at 2017. Trump's first year. Washington politics to North Korea jitters. This year's big news stories and where they're headed next.

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Angela Duckworth On Grit And The Power Of Perseverance

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:07:00 -0500

Is grit the secret sauce that drives success? More important than both talent and intellect? We're talking the power and limits of grit.

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Crumbling America: Disasters Strike Roads, Bridges And Airports

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:01:00 -0500

The Atlanta airport loses power. A deadly train derailment in Washington State. What do they say about the state of American infrastructure and the promises to fix it?

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The Divisions In Christianity Over Sex

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:51:00 -0500

Five hundred years after the church was split by the Protestant Reformation, there's a new division in Christianity. Now, it's all about sex. Can the fissure be healed?

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The FBI Is Getting Dragged Into Politics Amid The Mueller Probe

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:25:00 -0500

The FBI and the Russia investigation. Anti-Trump text messages between FBI officials are raising concerns about bias in the agency. We'll dig in.

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