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Watchdog: $7 Billion U.S. Effort Doesn't Dent Afghan Poppy Production

The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction found that despite U.S. counternarcotics efforts, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013.

Toys R Us Under Fire For 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures

One Florida mom is calling on the retailer to stop selling action figures based on drug dealers in its stores. Toys R Us says the Breaking Bad toys are only meant for adults.

Ambushes, Mines And Booby Traps: ISIS Militants Change Tack

In northern Iraq, Kurdish fighters have won back territory from the so-called Islamic State only to lose it again. ISIS is using a range of explosives, inflicting heavy Kurdish casualties.

Will A Sting, A Court Award And A Protest Help Stop Global Sex Trafficking?

Stories of trafficking — including a sting using a "Walking Dead" actress — are making headlines. An expert talks about the practice, which victimizes millions around the world.

'Mr. President, Don't Touch My Girlfriend,' Chicago Voter Teases Obama

CNN called it a "presidential love triangle" at an Illinois polling location, but, really, the episode was just some good fun.

American Freed After Months Of Detention In North Korea

Jeffrey Fowle was arrested in June for allegedly leaving a Bible in his North Korean hotel room. Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae remain in custody.

The Yarmulke Comes To 3-D Printing

Using math and imagination, a college professor creates a new kind of kippah.

When The Economy Goes Down, Vasectomies Go Up

It's well known that people are less eager to have children when the economy sours. And it looks like men got really serious about that during the Great Recession.

DHS: Travelers From West Africa Limited To 5 U.S. Airports

Passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be subject to secondary screening at JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago.

Israeli Homes, Decorated With A Shopping Spree In China

Some Israelis are flying to China to buy most everything they need to furnish a home. They say it's cheaper than buying in Israel, though there are also cautionary tales of shopping trips gone wrong.

Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio

October 17, 2014
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Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter

October 17, 2014
Violinist Regina Carter warms up in the On Point studio on Friday, October 17. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks through a field of ceramic poppies at The Tower of London, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The poppies are part of a ceramic poppy installation called 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. (AP)

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

On Point Salutes Our National Book Award Finalist Guests

October 15, 2014
The 2014 National Book Award Finalists (NPR / NPR Books)

The 2014 National Book Award Finalist shortlist is out, and more than a few On Point Radio guests made the cut! Find out who they were, and listen back to our conversations with them!

Doug Seegers, LIVE In The On Point Studios

October 13, 2014
Doug Seegers (Center) in a still from the 2014 Swedish documentary, "Doug." (Courtesy Doug Seegers)

The unlikely and powerful country singer Doug Seegers performs “Going Down To The River,” “Walking On the Edge of the World” and “Will You Take the Hand?” in the On Point Studio.

Our Week In The Web: October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin, presented here in portrait as Hercules taming Cerberus as part of a celebratory birthday exhibit. (Alec Luhn / Twitter)

Vladimir Putin turns 62 in Hercluean fashion, a Facebook fan understands our core mission and a Morning Edition producer explains when it is appropriate to eat ice cream. (Answer: always)

George Lucas Knows You’re Arguing About Han Shooting First

October 6, 2014
Bounty hunter Greedo (Paul Blake) threatens Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in "Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope." (LucasFilm)

Did Han shoot first? George Lucas knows, and he likes that you’re arguing about it.

Our Week In The Web: October 3, 2014

October 3, 2014
In a surprising gathering, more than 35,000 walruses came ashore in northwest Alaska. The walruses normally rest on sea ice, but melting ice packs lead the pod to land. (AP)

On context, Prince, walruses and pumpkin dancing.

A List Of Best City Lists: The List

October 2, 2014
The skyline of downtown Madison, Wisconsin. (Courtesy City of Madison)

Where should you live? Where DO you live? We answer the question with this, a list of lists, and the cities and towns that make up those lists.

Transcript: Taking A Close Look At America’s Police Force

October 1, 2014
St. Louis city police stand down after an attempt to shut down interstate 70 was stifled, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 in Berkeley, Mo. near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

A partial transcript of our panel conversation with experts on the modern American police force.

Transcript: Peter Thiel Wants Us All To Go From ‘Zero To One’

September 30, 2014
The cover of Peter Thiel's new book, "Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How To Build the Future." (Courtesy Crown Business)

Entrepreneur Peter Thiel on innovation, technological failure and humanity’s uncertain future.

Boston Marathon Issues 450 Special Entries

December 5, 2013
The finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, before the race began. (Facebook)

The organizers of the Boston Marathon have issued special invitations to 450 people who made the case they were profoundly affected by the bombings in April.

Tracing My Father’s WWII Experience

November 11, 2013
Raymond Allen Ashlock

There were 16 million Americans in uniform during World War II. One of them was my father, Raymond Allen Ashlock.

A Special Saturday At The Massachusetts National Cemetery

November 9, 2013
More than 2,000 people planted flags by graves at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod on Saturday. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

The first Operation Flags For Vets attracted a few hundred people. On Saturday there must have been more than 2,000.

3 World Series Palindromes

October 23, 2013
The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. A rainbow above Fenway Park is pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Our friend and master palindromist Barry Duncan shared with us three palindromes inspired by the World Series — including one for each team.

Essay: Thoughts About What Was Happening Six Months Ago Today

October 19, 2013
State police in Watertown, Mass., on April 19, 2013. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

It was dark and sort of chilly. The sun wasn’t up yet. I was in Watertown, Massachusetts, along with dozens of other reporters. It was April 19, 2013, six months ago today.

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