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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.

Where Did Nickel Creek Go?

July 24, 2014
(Photo via Brantley Gutierrez)

The Nickel Creek interview originally scheduled for Thursday, July 24 is rescheduled for an as-of-yet undetermined later date. We explain why.

Our Week In The Web: July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014
A monument in memory of President Rutherford B. Hayes' birthplace in central Ohio. (POLITICO Magazine / Flickr)

As we prepare for a week of rebroadcasts, we reflect on Facebook posts, misplaced comments and the magic of @ mentions. Internet, ASSEMBLE!

Two Former Senators, One Fix For US Democracy?

July 10, 2014
In this Feb. 2, 2009 file photo, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)

Former US Senators Tom Daschle and Olympia Snowe joined us today with a few fixes for American political inaction.

Future Radio Interns Of America: On Point Wants YOU!

July 10, 2014
The On Point staff gathers with guest host John Donvan at the end of the week. (WBUR)

On Point needs interns for the fall. Could YOU be one of them?

Sharing Your Summer Travel Stories

July 8, 2014
In this Monday, May 19, 2014 photo, ceramist and Airbnb host Jonathan Entler, top left, and his daughter Ruby, top right, talk to guests, James Green, bottom left, and Camille Smithwick from Manchester, U.K., at their Echo Park home in Los Angeles. (AP)

On Point wants YOUR stories of summer travel in the age of the shared economy!

Our Week In The Web: July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014
Fans cheer for the U.S. during the Brazil 2014 World Cup viewing party at Soldier Field on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Chicago. Belgium defeated the U.S. 2-1. (AP)

We talk about section excerpts, cultural production and the enduring magic of #USMNT. Happy Fourth of July, everybody!

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