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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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Life With ALS

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:36:00 -0400

We're talking to neuroscientist-turned-author Lisa Genova about her new book on ALS. Also joining us: Nancy Frates, the mother of Ice Bucket Challenge pioneer Pete Frates.

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More Funding, Death Penalty: Trump Unveils Opioid Crisis Plan

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:01:00 -0400

The death penalty for drug dealers and more funding for prevention are both in President Trump's plan to address the opioid crisis. We'll look at the details, and constitutionality, of the measure, announced in New Hampshire on Monday.

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Diplomatic Row As U.K. Blames Russia For Spy Poisoning

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:32:00 -0400

The U.K. expels 23 Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former spy. We'll look at the escalating tensions between Russia and America's closest ally.

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Border Walls And Protests Greet Trump On First Visit To California

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:32:00 -0400

President Trump visits California to check out border wall prototypes. We'll take a look at how the immigration debate is playing out in America's most populous state.

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Rex Tillerson Fired

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:43:55 -0400

In turbulent times for foreign affairs, President Trump on Tuesday ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. We'll look at the global implications.

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Will President Trump And Kim Jong Un Bring Peace To The Korean Peninsula?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:06:00 -0400

For the first time, a sitting US president agrees to meet with North Korea's dictator. We'll unpack what each side has to gain and lose when they sit down face to face.

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Week In The News: Ex-Russia Spy Poisoned, Trump-North Korea Meeting In Sight

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 14:17:00 -0500

Tariffs and a White House resignation. A porn star sues the president. The Trump administration sues California. A former Russia spy is poisoned. The roundtable covers it all.

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The Bipartisan Effort To Weaken Wall Street Regulations

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:50:00 -0500

The Senate is poised to pass a major rewrite of the Dodd-Frank law. It could offer critical relief to mid-sized lenders, but also remove some consumer protections.

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Gun Control Is Happening — At Walmart And Dick's, Not In Congress

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:56:00 -0500

In the post-Parkland era, some retailers won't sell guns to anyone under 21. Some investors are dumping shares. Is this just PR or the start of something big?

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West Virginia Teacher Strike Ends, But Walkouts Could Spread Amid Pay Crisis

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:01:00 -0500

West Virginia lawmakers strike a deal to give teachers a pay raise. But teachers in other states are ready to walk out. We'll look at the crisis in teacher pay across the country.

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Are Trade Wars Good And Winnable?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:07:00 -0500

The president goes full steam ahead on tariffs. We'll take a look at whether trade wars are as good and winnable as he says.

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Rape Kits Often Go Untested For Decades

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:11:00 -0500

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of rape kits never get tested. New Mexico has a plan to fix that. We're hearing it.

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Oscars 2018: What We're Watching As Hollywood Fetes This Year's Best Films

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:05:00 -0500

The Oscars are this weekend. "Shape of Water," "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri," "Get Out?" We're looking at who should win, and why they might not.

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Future Of Public Unions At Stake In Supreme Court Case

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:01:00 -0500

Two big cases at the Supreme Court: One about the future of unions. The other looks at data privacy overseas. We'll weigh the evidence.

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A Looming Crisis In Home Health Care For The Elderly

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:43:00 -0500

Keeping the elderly in their own homes. Most of us want to. But who will care for them? And what about the costs? The crisis in home health care.

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You Need A License For That

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:41:00 -0500

In some states, you need a license not just to be a doctor — but an interior designer, a tooth-filer, a hair braider. We'll talk to a few people who are trying to change the system to make it easier to do work.

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

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:23:00 -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 14:55:00 -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 14:13:00 -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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