News Blog

Backed By U.S.-Led Coalition, Kurds Take Kobani From ISIS

The Syrian town was not seen as militarily important, but Islamic State propaganda bumped it up the list of targets.

All Things Considered

Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now

Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology in the threatened environment.

Medicare Looks To Speed Up Pay For Quality Instead Of Volume

The administration wants to tie more of Medicare's spending on health care to quality and to encourage doctors and hospitals to be more frugal in their spending.

All Things Considered

Accused Bomber's Lawyers Say Boston Jury Pool Is Too Biased

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys are again asking that his trial, now in the jury selection phase, be moved. Lawyers say they have data showing that enough impartial jurors cannot be found in the city.

An Asteroid Is Passing Very Close To Earth Today. Here's How To See It

At its closest point, asteroid 2004 BL86 came within about 750,000 miles from Earth — or almost three times farther away than the moon.

At Koch Summit, A Freewheeling Debate Among GOP Hopefuls

Do billionaires have too much influence in both major parties? Three top Republican presidential prospects — Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz — say no.

Sandwich Monday: Girl Scout Cookie Coffeemate

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Girl Scout Cookies in a new form. Coffeemate has somehow blended them into nondairy creamer, so you can start your day the disturbing way.

Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream

Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.

2015 Will Continue Streak Of Shrinking U.S. Budget Deficit

The federal budget deficit will fall in 2015, the sixth consecutive year of decreases relative to the overall economy, according to new figures by the Congressional Budget Office.

Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall

News last week that SkyMall's parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection inspired an outpouring of odes to the kitschy in-flight catalog.

Our Week In The Web: January 23, 2015

January 23, 2015
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) delivered the Republican Party's response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20 while wearing some rather distinctive shoes. (ABC News)

New thoughts on Facebook, new analysis of State of the Union twitter activity and new weekend excitement. New! And exciting!

Meet On Point’s Interns: Spring 2015

January 23, 2015
Apparently, it's Bill Murray Day today, and Canada. Gets. It. (Steve Murray / National Post)

Good news! We have interns, and they are wonderful, and here they are for the spring term. Meet them digitally, right here.

Caller To Author Ron Rash: ‘You Cared About People Like Me’

January 22, 2015
Author Ron Rash (Western Carolina University)

An unexpected caller from South Carolina brings back guest Ron Rash’s years as a community college professor in a movingly real way.

Podcasts You Should Listen To

January 16, 2015
In this Nov. 2014 photo provided by Serial, Emily Condon poses for a photo in the Serial office in New York. (AP)

You like podcasts? We like podcasts. Here are some podcasts that you could listen to, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Our Week In The Web: January 16, 2015

January 16, 2015
The rug in the sheriff's office in Florida's Pinellas County praised the glory of dog for more than two months. (AP)

On comments, space-bound manatees and he importance of Dog in everyday policing.

Oscar Nominees From The On Point Archives

January 15, 2015
Chris Pine, left, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Awards nominations at the 87th Academy Awards nomination ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.  (AP)

The 2015 Oscar Nominees are out, and we’re more than happy to highlight some of our conversations with and about some nominated films and actors.

He Survived Ebola. Now, Dr. Rick Sacra Explains Why He’s Going Back To Liberia

January 14, 2015
Dr. Rick Sacra, an American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Africa walks into a room to take part in a media availability in front of his wife Debbie at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Friday Sept. 26, 2014 in Worcester, Mass. (AP)

Massachusetts’ own Dr. Rick Sacra contracted Ebola while working in Liberia. He survived, and is now headed back to West Africa. He explains why.

The Best Music Of 2015: Our Guest Picks

January 9, 2015
The Boston-based band Krill is more enthused about being included in our music hour than you might expect from this photo. (Courtesy Krill)

We’ve got the soundtrack to your 2015 right here, and, well…if music is any indicator, it should be a pretty good year.

Our Week In The Web: January 9, 2015

January 9, 2015
London-based graphic artist Lucille Clerc drew this comic in response to the attacks on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, on Wednesday, January 7 in Paris. (Lucille Clerc)

Slow-scroll through a busy week with us, will you?

A Caller Explains How The Affordable Care Act Helped And Hurt Her

January 7, 2015
In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, flyers promoting Blue Cross Blue Shield and Obama Care are on display to attract Hispanic customers at a kiosk at Compare Foods in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP)

A caller from Texas explains why her family’s story could be a clear case study depicting the aid and errors of the Affordable Care Act.

For Some Listeners, Economic Talk Is Too Much

January 7, 2015
In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, audience members hold signs appealing for jobs as they attend a Democratic news conference about extending unemployment insurance benefits/ (AP)

Stock market moves? Global unrest? One caller during our economic show could care less.

The 14 Best Cookbooks Of 2014

December 10, 2014
Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst has compiled a list (and pile) of the best cookbooks of 2014. (Kathy Gunst)

Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

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.

Most Popular