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Our Week In The Web: June 13, 2014

June 13, 2014
Brazil soccer fans wearing hats made of watermelons pose for a photo as they wait for the start of the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Croatia inside the FIFA Fan fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP)

We give a little look under the hood a week into a new way of sharing stories on our Facebook page, and let you know that it’s sometimes okay to wear a watermelon as a hat.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: ‘Student Loan Debt Is Dragging Down The Whole Economy’

June 10, 2014
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., center, joined by other women of the Senate, prepares for a news conference on her bill, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, that would allow people with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP)

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposed a new plan to change the student loan system in America, and she joined us to explain what’s at stake.

On Point LIVE! With Atul Gawande: What Are Your Questions?

June 10, 2014
Dr. Atul Gawande (Photo by Aubrey Calo)

While you won’t be able to attend this Thursday’s On Point LIVE! event with Dr. Atul Gawande if you haven’t already purchased tickets, you can still participate in the conversation. Share your question with us!

How To Watch The World Cup

June 9, 2014
Employee Sean Mason hangs decorations and flags outside The Robin Hood public house in Jarrow, England, Monday, June 9, 2014 to create a display for the World Cup 2014 soccer tournament which starts Thursday.  (AP)

In case you weren’t already scoping out all the neighborhood bars with spare TV sets, we’ve figured out how you can watch the entirety of the World Cup from the comfort of your own TV / computer / smartphone.

Resources For Helping Child Migrants

June 9, 2014
Volunteer Layal Rabat from the Phoenix Restoration Project brings water, food and diapers to Central-American women and their children dropped off at the Greyhound bus station in Phoenix, Thursday, May 29, 2014. (AP)

Want to help solo child migrants to the United States but unsure where to look? We assembled a list of resources and organizations providing support for the crowds of young migrants arriving in America.

Our Week In The Web: June 06, 2014

June 6, 2014
Sister Cristina Scuccia poses with the trophy and holding the cross on the stage after winning the final of the Italian version of the TV talent show "The Voice" in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 5, 2014. With her full habit, sensible shoes and cheering nuns in her camp, Sister Cristina Scuccia made it to Thursday's finals of the Italian version of "The Voice" after capturing attention, and millions of YouTube viewers, with her first-round performance in March.  (AP)

Sister Cristina wins big, we reflect on links and social sharing and a very excited caller reminds us all about the magic of three-martini dinners.

D-Day Vet Remembers Normandy: ‘With This Much Effort, We Must Win This War’

June 5, 2014
Major Henry "Duke" Boswell, former communications sergeant in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and a D-Day Veteran. (Still courtesy Valor Studios)

American D-Day Veteran Major Henry “Duke” Boswell reflects on the 70th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion of France.

Explaining And Exploring The Proposed EPA Regulations

June 3, 2014
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy gestures during an announcement of a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, Monday, June 2, 2014, at EPA headquarters in Washington. (AP)

What do the newly proposed EPA regulations mean for coal-powered energy? For coal miners? For the nation’s energy policy? We dig in to the proposals and the timeline

Our Week In The Web: May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014
The On Point staff gathers with guest host John Donvan at the end of the week. (WBUR)

We say goodbye to this week’s guest host John Donvan, reflect on making our comment pages safe spaces for users and look back at some really terrible / epic costuming choices in community musical theatrical productions nationwide.

Guest Opinion: ‘I Was Being Forced To Teach In A Way I Did Not Believe In’

May 29, 2014
In this April 30, 2014 photo, Erin Kling, center, teaches her pre-kindergarten students, at Stafford Elementary School in Tacoma, Wash. (AP)

A former longtime Massachusetts public school teacher tells us why she’s left her classroom after 20 years of changing educational standards.

We Remember Maya Angelou: ‘People Live In Direct Relation To The Heroes And Sheroes They Have’

May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou answers questions at her portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Washington, DC.  She passed away on May 28, 2014 at age 86. (AP)

We listen back to a 2010 interview with Maya Angelou after her friend Lena Horne passed away. On this, the day of Angelou’s passing, many of her words ring especially true.

Guest Opinion: An Unexpected Call

May 28, 2014
Sister Colleen Gibson (on the right) at the beginning of the Candidacy II phase at the Sisters of St. Joseph in Philadelphia, PA. (Courtesy Sisters of St. Joseph)

Guest Sister Colleen Gibson reflects on her conversation with guest host John Donvan about her choice to serve as a nun and the unexpected magic of live radio interviews.

Two Congressmen Talk The Troubled USPS

May 27, 2014
House subcommittee of Federal Workforce,US Postal Service and the Census Chairman Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, holds up a letter about sequestration effects, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, during a joint hearing on sequestration held by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs, and the subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census.  (AP)

A Republican and Democratic Congressman got together on our air and agreed — the US Postal Service has serious problems.

Guest Opinion: Hell No, We Won't Bro

May 23, 2014
Country artist Cole Swindell, with Sirius XM country music programming director John Marks. (Parker Young / Sirius XM)

A listener and music-watcher in Nashville shares a thoughtful response to our conversation on country music and modern sound.

Our Week In The Web: May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014
A truck moving millions of bees along I-95 outside of Newark, Delaware overturned on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, unleashing the buzzy contents out into the air. (AP)

We talk about web metrics and conversation in the digital space, and share a brand new podcast from our friends over at WNYC’s Studio 360. (It’s about the magic art of GIF giving, so you should probably listen to it already).

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