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Boeing And SpaceX Win $6.8 Billion In NASA Contracts

By 2017, the two American companies are expected to take over a job that NASA has relied upon Russia to perform: shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station.

Dr. Kent Brantly: Ebola Survivor Gives Testimony On The Hill

The doctor spoke of "the horror that this disease visits upon its victims" and told a joint Senate committee hearing that he favors U.S. military intervention to fight it.

More Birthdays For Kids Under 5 Around The World

The deaths of children under 5 has dropped by 49 percent since 1990. There are many reasons why, from better vaccines and health workers to "kangaroo mother care."

All Things Considered

Thanks To Nutella, The World Needs More Hazelnuts

Nutella, launched 50 years ago, has turned into a global phenomenon, boosting demand for hazelnuts. Now producers are looking beyond Turkey's north coast, where most of these nuts are grown.

All Things Considered

When Patients Set Science's Research Agenda, Who Loses?

Tired of waiting for a cure for breast cancer, a coalition of activists now leans hard on Congress to steer money to particular research projects. Critics say that approach may miss promising leads.

Americans Waistlines Are Expanding, And That's Not Good Fat

Are you more an apple or a pear? If it's the former, you've got company. Americans' waistlines are growing, even though obesity rates have plateaued. And more belly fat increases health risks.

Obama Gives New Details On America's Effort To Fight Ebola

The president announced a "major increase" in the U.S. response to the outbreak, including a new military command center in Liberia, and sending medical professionals from the U.S. to field hospitals.

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Colleges Brainstorm Ways To Cut Back On Binge Drinking

With 40 percent of college students binge drinking, efforts to get students to drink less may seem futile. But something as simple as encouraging beer stores to quit selling ping-pong balls can help.

Which Contagious Diseases Are The Deadliest?

To put Ebola in context, we tried to find a list of the deadliest contagious diseases. We couldn't. So with the help of scientists and health agencies, we came up with a rundown of the world's worst.

Belgium Agrees To Euthanize Man Convicted Of Murder, Rape

Frank Van Den Bleeken says he wants to die because he hasn't seen any change in himself. A court agreed — and now his case is raising prickly questions in a country that has no death penalty.

Our Week In The Web: September 12, 2014

September 12, 2014
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In which you had varied reactions to the prospect of a robotic spouse.

Beverly Gooden on #WhyIStayed

September 12, 2014

Beverly Gooden — who originated the #WhyIStayed hashtag that has taken off across Twitter — joined us today for our discussion on domestic violence.

Tierney Sutton Plays LIVE For On Point

September 5, 2014
Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton and her band in performance. (Courtesy Tierney Sutton)

We break out Tierney Sutton’s three beautiful live tracks from our broadcast today for your listening pleasure.

Our Week In The Web: September 5, 2014

September 5, 2014
Apparently, it's Bill Murray Day today, and Canada. Gets. It. (Steve Murray / National Post)

Bill Murray Day, diving into tricky topical territory and public media support, in parody.

Joan Rivers Says Goodbye To Robin Williams

September 4, 2014
US actors and comedians Joan Rivers and Robin Williams backstage at the Wimbledon Theatre after a charity performance in aid of the Prince's Trust charity, in London, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. (AP)

Comedian Joan Rivers, who died this week at 81, remembers fellow comedian Robin Williams in an On Point broadcast from August 12, 2014.

Fats? Carbs? What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Eat Now

September 4, 2014
This June 30, 2014 photo shows cheese stuffed tomatoes in Concord, N.H. (AP)

Low-fat? Low-carb? Something in between? What our medical and nutrition experts told us about the best food choices for a healthy diet.

The Five Midterm 2014 Races To Watch

September 2, 2014
Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks with students before holding a news conference with Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, at Southside Elementary School, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Miami. (AP)

The five most interesting races of the 2014 midterm election cycle, per our panel of expert national political correspondents.

Our Week In The Web: August 29, 2014

August 29, 2014
Beyonce on stage with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.  (AP)

On hypothetical questions, Beyoncé and the unending flow of social media.

Drew Bledsoe Is Scoring Touchdowns (In The Vineyards)

August 28, 2014
Former New England Patriots NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe smiles following a news conference on the front steps of the Statehouse, in Boston, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Bledsoe, who now operates a winery in Washington state, lobbied Massachusetts lawmakers Thursday to lift the state's ban on direct shipments of wine from out-of-state producers. (AP)

Football great — and vineyard owner — Drew Bledsoe talks wine, onions and the weird way they intersect sometimes in Walla Walla, Washington.

Poutine Whoppers? Why Burger King Is Bailing Out For Canada

August 26, 2014
A Tim Hortons' coffee cup is seen in New York, Wednesday, July 22, 2009.  (AP)

Why is Burger King buying a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain? (We’ll give you a hint: tax rates).

Why Facebook And Twitter Had Different Priorities This Week

August 22, 2014
Beryl Lipton, left, douses Matt Lee during the ice bucket challenge at Boston's Copley Square, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 to raise funds and awareness for ALS.  (AP)

There’s no hidden agenda to the difference between most people’s Facebook and Twitter feeds this week. Just a hidden type of emotional content and case use. Digiday’s John McDermott explains.

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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