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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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Kendrick Wins And Beyoncé Shines: A Historic Week For Black Musicians

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:05:51 -0400

Kendrick Lamar scores a Pulitzer. Beyoncé stuns us with her performance at Coachella. We'll talk about what a big week it's been for black musicians.

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Week In The News: North Korea Talks, Comey Reveals, Starbucks Takes Heat

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:37:49 -0400

An engine explodes, causing an emergency landing. Comey takes on the Trump. Lessons from Starbucks. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Sean Hannity And The Trump Presidency

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:35:50 -0400

Questions about Fox News and Sean Hannity. We'll look at his deep ties to the president — and his relationship with Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

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James Comey Speaks Out

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:59:50 -0400

For the first time since being fired as FBI director, James Comey speaks out. We'll unpack what his revelations could mean for the Trump presidency.

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Facebook Faces Congress

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:05:52 -0400

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg faces the wrath of Congress. We'll unpack the privacy scandal that has overwhelmed the world's most popular social media network.

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Paul Ryan Retiring From Congress

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:10:00 -0400

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says he's getting out the game –not seeking re-election. We'll look at what it means for his Grand Old Party.

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Syria Chemical Attacks And The World's Next Moves

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:23:53 -0400

The Syrian chemical attacks and the world's next moves. We'll look at the options available to President Trump, the United States and the world.

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Bill O'Reilly, Sexual Harassment And Buying Silence

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:49:00 -0400

New revelations about settlements Bill O'Reilly paid a lot of money to keep secret. And the new pressures to sweep out non-disclosure agreements.

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'Trump Unbound'

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:11:00 -0400

Troops on the border. Tariff wars. Syria skepticism. President Trump's "America First" agenda has gotten a boost, with some saying that Trump is now "unbound."

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It's Senior Thesis Season

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:05:00 -0400

College seniors present the capstone of their academic careers: the senior thesis. We'll dive in with the Class of 2018

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EPA's Scott Pruitt Faces Mounting Ethics Controversies

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:00:37 -0400

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is under the harsh spotlight. We'll unpack the mounting ethics questions and his future in the Trump cabinet.

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Vaping Trend Explodes At Schools Across The Country

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:43:00 -0400

While the makers of e-cigarettes tout them as a potentially safer alternative to tobacco products, critics worry the fad may lead to a new generation of nicotine addicts.

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China's View Of The World

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 13:43:00 -0400

What does the world look like when you're sitting in Beijing? From tariffs to North Korea and Trump, what China wants.

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Did IBM Push Out Older Workers?

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:31:00 -0400

A team of investigative journalists report IBM ousted older workers in favor of younger ones. We'll unpack the findings.

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The Growing Outrage Over The Killing Of Stephon Clark

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:17:00 -0400

Protests and unanswered questions following the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento. What's it going to take to break the cycle?

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Selfie Culture Is New, But Self-Obsession Is Not

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:08:00 -0400

The Kardashians aren't exclusively to blame for our self-obsessed culture. The rise of narcissism goes way back. We'll take a selfie stick tour though history.

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Stormy Daniels Speaks Out

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 14:19:00 -0400

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels speaks out about her alleged affair with President Trump before he was in office. We're looking at why her 60 Minutes interview matters.

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What Comes After The March For Our Lives?

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:11:00 -0400

We talked to David Hogg, survivor of the Parkland massacre, and Lois Beckett, a reporter for The Guardian covering guns, about the next steps after the March For Our Lives in this On Point segment.

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Facebook Poked

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:42:00 -0400

Facebook is under intense scrutiny. Will the government step in? Can you even opt out of the world's dominant social media company?

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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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