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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.

Our Week In The Web: August 22, 2014

August 22, 2014
An image of Earth from the International Space Station. (Reid Wiseman / Twitter)

On mixed media messaging, Spotify serendipity and a view of Earth from the International Space Station.

Your (Weird? Wonderful? Wacky?) Roommate Stories

August 19, 2014
The cover image from Stephanie Wu's book "The Roommates." (Picador USA)

We asked, and you delivered: some of the best roommate stories from across our many listener input channels.

Our Week In The Web: August 15, 2014

August 15, 2014
Protesters in Ferguson, MO ride a "Thomas the Tank Engine" float during a mass demonstration on Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Twitter / Lynden Steele)

On Pinterest, Thomas the Tank Engine and surprising population trends from around the country. Also, words on why we respond to your words, tweets and Facebook posts.

Nickel Creek Plays Three Songs LIVE For On Point

August 13, 2014
When we first tried to talk to Nickel Creek, they looked like this. Would you believe they're in their 30s now? (Courtesy Nickel Creek)

Nickel Creek shares three live (well, mostly) tracks from their interview with On Point Radio.

Your Memories Of Robin Williams (1951 — 2014)

August 12, 2014
Robin Williams performs at the 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert for injured service members and veterans on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 in New York.

We collect and share your memories of the gifted comic actor and American icon, Robin Williams. Williams died this Monday at age of 63.

Melissa Etheridge With a Fan on How Her Music Transcends Politics

August 6, 2014

A fan calls in to thank Melissa Etheridge for her music — and tell her that her stories transcend politics.

Our Week In The Web: August 1, 2014

August 1, 2014
A worker begins the task of cleaning up at least an inch of water covering the playing floor at Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard caused flooding that inundated several areas of the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP)

On the different levels of Internet, knee-jerk anger and the wisdom of Samuel Beckett meshed with the cuteness of a kitten.

What Happened To Rodrigo Y Gabriela?

August 1, 2014
Gabriela y Rodrigo on stage during a tour. (Peter O'Neill / Rubyworks)

In which yet another studio connectivity issue beyond anyone’s immediate control foils a lively music interview with a great band. Good news: they’ll be back.

Criticism, Conservatism And Dinesh D’Souza

July 31, 2014
Writer/Exec. Producer/Co-Director Dinesh D'Souza seen at the World Premiere of 'America: Imagine The World Without Her' at Regal Cinemas LA Live on Monday, June 30, 2014, in Los Angeles, CA.  (AP)

Best-selling conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza and On Point host Tom Ashbrook disagree about what makes America great…or do they?

This 15-Year-Old Caller Is Really Disappointed With Congress

July 29, 2014
Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., take the stairs to the Senate TV studio for a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP)

In which a 15-year-old caller from Nashville expertly and elegantly analyzes our bickering, mostly ineffective 113th Congress.

Our Week In The Web: July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014
A close-up shot of piemaker Renee McLeod's sour cherry pie from our Friday, July 25 hour on pies. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Why the key to web victory is often taking a break and looking around, and more pie for your viewing (not eating) pleasure.

The Art Of The American Pie: Recipes

July 25, 2014
A closeup of piemaker Beth Howard's mixed berry pie in the On Point studios. (Nick Andersen / WBUR)

In the odd chance that our pie hour this week made you hungry — how could it not, right? — we asked our piemaking guests for some of their favorite pie recipes. Enjoy!

Hillary Clinton: ‘The [Russian] Reset Worked’

July 24, 2014
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) to launch a community campaign to encourage parents to talk, sing and read to their young children in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took time out of her global book tour to talk to us about Russia, the press and the global crises shaking the administration she left two years ago.

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