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Laurence Kotlikoff Answers Your Social Security Questions

March 19, 2015

You asked, Laurence Kotlikoff answered — your Social Security questions detailed in brief.

Musicologist Who Testified In ‘Blurred Lines’ Trial Explains Her Case

March 18, 2015

“It is important to remember there are no virgin births in music and the other creative arts.” Musicologist Sandy Wilbur, who testified in the recent copyright trial in Los Angeles, explains the “Blurred Lines” case.

More Famous Music Copyright Cases

March 17, 2015

“Blurred Lines” and “Got To Give It Up” aren’t the only two songs to be subject to public controversy over intellectual property rights. Other examples abound.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) On Anti-Trafficking Opposition In Congress

March 16, 2015
In this file photo, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and other members of the Democratic caucus file out of a strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP)

US Senator Heidi Heitkmap (D-ND) discusses her work on a variety of anti-trafficking bills currently stalled in the US Senate.

An On Point Producer Says Goodbye: Sam Gale Rosen

March 13, 2015
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Longtime On Point Radio producer Sam Gale Rosen leaves us here for greener, more Vermont-esque pastures. He shares what he learned — and some of his favorite shows — while working here.

Our Week In The Web: March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015
A poster for the upcoming movie Sharknado. (The Asylum)

How should we capture your after-hours comments, and where should we put them after we have them? Some thoughts.

More From Nico Muhly

March 11, 2015
Composer Nico Muhly. (Courtesy the Artist)

Want to listen to and watch Nico Muhly, and not sure where you should start? Don’t worry: we’ve got some ideas.

Our Week In The Web: March 6, 2015

March 6, 2015
This actually real picture of an actual baby weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker went moderately viral this week. (Martin Le-May)

Weasels, woodpeckers and a whole bunch of sassy McCall’s dress patterns. Oh, and thoughts on the provenance of caller and guest quotes when and where we post them.

Answers To Your Questions On Black Holes

March 3, 2015
This image released by Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, shows a supermassive black hole in the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 1365. A study published Thursday in the journal Nature calculated the spin rate of the black hole and found it’s rotating close to the speed of light. (AP)

Yale University’s Priyamvada Natarajan answers your black hole questions in full. (Well, most of them.)

Want To Listen To Lead Belly? Here’s Where To Start

March 2, 2015
Musician Lead Belly plays an accordion in an undated photograph. (Wikicommons)

Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy playing Spock with William Shatner as Kirk, 1968. (Wikimedia)

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

Two Congressmen Weigh In On DHS Funding

February 24, 2015
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Democrats, calls on their GOP colleagues to pass a funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that does not contain provisions aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland present their views on the ongoing Congressional budget fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. (Spoiler: They do not agree on a resolution of the crisis).

Our Week In The Web: February

February 20, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden talks with Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming Defense Secretary Ash Carter during Carter's swearing in ceremony, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Carter, 60, is President Barack Obama's fourth secretary of defense. (AP)

We explain what happened with the old podcast feed this week and last, share some other Oscar categories and reminisce about the golden days of Double Rainbows and Honey Badgers who just don’t care.

The 87th Academy Awards, As Heard On On Point

February 19, 2015
Preparation is underway for the 87th annual Academy Awards on Hollywood Blvd. at the Dolby Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP)

Want the inside scoop on who will win big on Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards? (Look elsewhere, sorry). But we’ve got great shows on some of the year’s best movies, all right here.

YouTube Classics From The First Decade

February 18, 2015

What YouTube viral videos have you watched again (and again, and again, and again)? We share some of our (and your) favorites here.

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