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Hastert Due To Be Arraigned Next Week

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI spoke with two individuals who made accusations of sexual abuse against the former Speaker of the House

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Seeks Democratic Nomination

O'Malley, also a former Baltimore mayor, has made no secret of his desire to run, despite his lack of a national profile. He faces an uphill battle against front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Newly Re-Elected, FIFA's Sepp Blatter Denies Ties To Corruption

At a press conference Saturday, newly re-elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter was defiant, insisting he had nothing to fear from the ongoing investigation. NPR's Scott Simon talks with AP's Rob Harris.

Death Toll In Texas, Oklahoma Floods At 28

The region is expecting more rain and officials warn that the Colorado River at Wharton could crest today, causing even more flooding in what has been the wettest May on record for the state.

Egypt Agrees To Deport U.S. Citizen Sentenced For Protests

In April, Mohamed Soltan, 27, was sentenced to life in prison for his ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. He had been on a more than year-long hunger strike.

Mary Ellen Mark And The Caged Prostitutes Of Mumbai

The photographer, who died this week, turned her lens on the marginal people of the world. One of her most acclaimed projects was her series of photos taken in the brothels of Mumbai.

South Korea Struggles To Contain Deadly MERS Virus' Spread

Health officials in South Korea are coming under fire after cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, swelled from one to 13 inside of two weeks.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Mecca Becomes A Mecca For Skyscraper Hotels

Mecca is the destination for Muslim pilgrims. To house the millions of worshippers, massive hotels are rising at a furious pace, upsetting those seeking to protect the city's traditional architecture.

Weekend Edition Saturday

CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS' Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.

FIFA Scandal Has Echoes Of Salt Lake Olympics Corruption Crisis

Officials of both organizations were accused of taking bribes. Leaders of both said they couldn't watch subordinates' behavior. Persistent outsiders found evidence of misconduct.

Our Week In The Web: May 30, 2015

May 29, 2015
In this picture taken from a cell phone video, hotel employees hold a blanket to hide the identity of a person led out of a side entrance of the Baur au Lac hotel to a waiting car in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP)

FIFAs gotta FIF, and other highlights from the soccer-filled week of news. Plus, we discuss how none of you really seemed all that concerned about a last-minute topic change.

A Former Bike Gang Member Explains "The Life"

May 19, 2015

Larry called in from Lawrenceburg, KY and told us he was once a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, a mid-Atlantic biker gang. He didn’t sugar coat the facts as he explained the draw of the brotherhood and what makes the outlaw motorcycle corner the underworld go round.

Our Week In The Web: May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield face each other during an official weigh-in Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Holladay, Utah. Romney and Holyfield are set to square off at a charity fight on Friday, May 15, in Salt Lake City.  (AP)

We cancel a few hours and suddenly all of you get convinced of a global radio conspiracy! Plus, dragon zoos.

Caller: ‘It Doesn’t Always Turn Out Okay’

May 13, 2015
In this May 2, 2015 photo provided by Tundi and Nate Brady, their 5-year-old son, Dexter, plays at home in Iowa City, Iowa. Born 16 weeks premature, he spent five months in a neonatal intensive care unit after birth and is now a healthy 5 1/2-year-old whose only major medical issue is needing oxygen when he sleeps. "We were so lucky," his Tundi says. (AP)

One caller shares her own story of an extremely premature birth. Her daughter, born at 22 1/2 weeks in 2012, was taken off life support after seven days.

Quick Programming Note Regarding Monday’s Shows

May 11, 2015
This June 11, 2014 file photo shows Facebook's "like" symbol at the entrance to the company's campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to send their friends money using the social network’s Messenger app, the company announced Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP)

What happened to the NSA reform show? Or the Chris Hedges interview? Good news: they’re still happening. (Tomorrow, May 12th, not today).

Our Week In The Web: May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015
Besides the rather disturbing flecks of blood / Labour Party votes in the image on the left, this representation of this week's UK General Election isn't necessarily wrong. (Alex McLaughlan / Twitter)

LIvestreaming, the not-so-dramatic UK General Election and playing classic piano hits from the comfort of your own desktop.

On Pointers Share Their College Senior Thesis Topics

May 6, 2015
The entrance to Barnard Hall at Columbia University's Barnard College. (WikiCommons)

A collection of On Point staffers share their own memories of college thesis research and writing from back when it mattered to them.

Our Week In The Web: May 01, 2015

May 1, 2015
This headline / picture is not real. But we kind of wish that it was. (Twitter / NYTimes)

What happens when we change show topics last minute, and also what happens when a New York Times headline seems to accuse Kristie Alley of being responsible for the infamous George Washington Bridge lane closures.

How To Help The Survivors Of Nepal’s Devastating Earthquake

May 1, 2015
A Hindu Nepalese woman offers prayers at Indrayani temple, that was damaged in Saturday’s earthquake, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. (AP)

Where and how to contribute aid to the relief effort in Nepal.

Your Favorite Musical Memories Of Rain

April 22, 2015

When we say ‘rain,’ you say ‘…?’ (Here’s what you really said when we said ‘rain.’)

Three LIVE Tracks From Flor De Toloache

April 17, 2015
The members of Flor de Toloache pose in the Argot Studios in New York City on Friday, April 17, 2015 (Argot Studios / Paul Ruest)

Fantastic live tracks from the amazing women of Flor de Toloache.

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.

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