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Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year's outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.

Buffalo Blizzard Brings Odd NFL Game: Free, And Far From Home

Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets is being played in Michigan, and tickets are being given away at no charge. Some Bills players began their trips on snowmobiles.

House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before Benghazi Attack

The final report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes the CIA "ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and ... bravely assisted the State Department" on Sept. 11, 2012.

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Obama's Immigration Moves Do Little To Help Businesses, Groups Say

The actions do make it easier for people with work visas to move between jobs. But they don't address something employers have long pushed for: an increase in visas for low- and high-skilled workers.

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These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.

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Electric Bikes, On A Roll In Europe, Start To Climb In U.S.

Electric bicycles have been popular in Europe for some time. But recently there has been a surge in U.S. sales amid changing perceptions that e-bikes aren't just for the elderly.

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An Ebola Clinic Figures Out A Way To Start Beating The Odds

Staff members at a clinic in Sierra Leone were told to minimize treatments and expect few survivors. But they refused to follow that plan and came up with a safe way to boost the survival rate.

Texas Education Panel OKs New History, Social Studies Textbooks

The 10-5 vote in the Republican-controlled panel was along party lines. The outcome is significant because Texas with it 5 million students has a large impact on the national textbook market.

Poo Power: New British Bus Runs On Human Waste

Touting the use of renewable energy, the Bath Bus Company says the Bio-Bus runs cleaner than a bus powered by a traditional diesel engine.

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In Southwest, New Immigration Policies Bring Frustration From All Sides

Anger and disappointment with Obama's executive action has been swift, and isn't just being voiced by anti-illegal immigration groups. Some immigrant rights supporters call the moves inadequate.

The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?

November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.  (AP)

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

Our Week In The Web: November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
Pedestrians walk along a snow-covered street on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Lancaster, N.Y. Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes as officials tried to clear massive snow mounds with another storm looming. (AP)

We offer a panel of hand-drawn digital sheep, and wonder how to best lead the rest of you to programs that matter.

The Explicast, Episode Five: What Is Net Neutrality?

November 14, 2014
In this May 1, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with then nominee for Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP)

The Explicast dives into tech policy territory with a quick look at the real meaning of a complicated bit of tech policy known as ‘Net Neutrality.’

Our Week In The Web: November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014
Snow falls on the Curly Lambeau statue at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. (AP)

On why we tweet, what we like and a Miley Cyrus and “Serial” theme song mashup you never knew you needed.

Guest Post: U.S.-China Climate Deal is an Important Step In Long Road Ahead

November 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Obama is on a state visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. (AP)

After a landmark agreement between the US and China on climate change policy and clean energy development, a recent On Point guest reflects on what’s important in this new deal.

The Explicast, Episode Four: How Do You Sell A Million Records?

November 7, 2014
Taylor Swift performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in New York. (AP)

Sure, Taylor Swift just sold nearly 1.3 million copies of her newest album in one week of sales. But how can the rest of us manage that? The Explicast explains.

Our Week In The Web: November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014
Author, University of Montana biology professor and On Point guest Doug Emlem shows off his giant rhinocerous beetle in the studios of Montana Public Radio in Missoula, MT on November 7, 2014. (MPR)

Congressional infographics, giant rhinoceros beetles and a heartfelt thank you from the On Point staff.

Callers Share Brave, True Stories Of Street Harassment And Workplace Openness

November 3, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Apple Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 11, 2012. Apple says it's introducing a laptop with a super-high resolution "Retina" display, setting a new standard for screen sharpness.  (AP)

We sum up some of the wonderful and surprisingly moving calls from both of our broadcasts today.

The Explicast, Episode Three: What Is The Dow Jones Industrial Average?

October 31, 2014
In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, trader Peter Tuchman watches a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell, as the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 460 points in afternoon trading, then clawed back much of the ground it lost. (AP)

We dig in to that all-important, all-confusing daily stock notice: the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Our Week In The Web: October 31, 2014

October 31, 2014
Tuco, a future Massachusetts K-9 Unit Patrol Officer, tries on his future vest. (Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog)

We tumble for ya, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Tuco the Massachusetts K-9 Unit puppy in training.

Awards Season 2014: The Movies Worth Your Time

October 31, 2014
A scene from the new release, "Birdman, or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

What movies should you watch before 2014 comes to a close? Our critics offer their picks for the movies of the season right here.

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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