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Tech Week: Voice Mail Hang-Ups, Apple Pay And Zuckerberg's Chinese

In this week's roundup, Apple rolls out its mobile payment system but confronts a security test in China, the problem with voice mail messages and Mark Zuckerberg shows off his Mandarin.

Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

Royals Hang On For 3-2 Win To Take Lead In World Series

Following two high-scoring games in Kansas City, Game 3 of the World Series turned into a bit more of a pitcher's duel as the Royals prevailed in San Francisco.

New York, New Jersey Will Quarantine All Travelers With Ebola Contact

The announcement follows the positive Ebola test that came back Thursday night for Dr. Craig Spencer, who recently had returned to New York City after a stint with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea.

All Things Considered

For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.

UPDATED: 2 Police Deputies Killed, Another Shot By Assailant In California

One bystander was also shot by. After an hours-long manhunt, police apprehended a 34-year-old suspect.

Fighting The Stigma Of Ebola With Hugs

When President Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci hugged Dallas nurse Nina Pham on Friday, it was as much to combat the stigma surrounding the deadly virus as to celebrate her survival.

For Hospitals, Doing More On Ebola May Mean Less Elsewhere

The majority of hospitals are training their staff to care for Ebola patients, a survey finds. But infection control specialists say that can mean losing the capacity to handle more common infections.

Police: Remains Found Near Charlottesville Are Those Of Hannah Graham

The search for the University of Virginia student spanned weeks. Police have charged a 32-year-old man with abduction.

When You've Seen Subway Rats, Ebola Seems Like Nothin'

New York has no time for fear-mongering and wild speculation about the spread of disease through their city. They're too busy crafting the perfect "Ebowla" joke for Twitter.

The Explicast, Episode Two: Why Is Election Day On A Tuesday?

October 24, 2014
resident Barack Obama, left, votes early for the midterm election at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Chicago. Obama took a break from campaigning for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., to cast an early ballot for the election. (AP)

The Explicast is back for another round. This time, we’re looking at Election Day, and why we all keep voting on a random Tuesday in early November.

Our Week In The Web: October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014
Jordan is one of the US Secret Service's canine guards at the White House in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Secret Service)

On comments, comment sections, and ROY G BIV.

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.

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
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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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