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Quinn Sullivan, LIVE In Our Studio

December 10, 2014
Blues guitarist Quinn Sullivan. (Courtesy the Artist)

Fifteen-year old Quinn Sullivan is a humble, “ordinary” high school sophomore. But he’s also a blues guitar phenom. He brought his talents to the On Point studio today.

What You Talk About When We Talk About Race In America

December 9, 2014
In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, a person carries a sign inscribed with, "I can't breathe," during in a protest in response to the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case, in Times Square in New York. (AP)

What do you want to see in the ongoing national ‘conversation’ on race? What voices do you want to hear?

On Point Salutes Our Grammy-Nominee Guests

December 8, 2014
Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark has been writing hit songs for years. '12 Stories' is her debut solo album. (Shore Fire Media)

We’re not saying their appearance on our program necessarily made these six Grammy nominees winners-in-waiting, but we’re also not saying it didn’t help.

The Explicast, Episode Seven: Who Answers Letters To Santa?

December 5, 2014
Dominic Tortolano, 4, of Smithfield, R.I., checks inside Santa's mailbox at the Macy's Believe launch event at Macy's department store on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Warwick, Rhode Island.  (AP)

Christmas time is almost here, more or less, and children everywhere are busy drafting their letters to Santa. But after the United States Postal Service picks those letters up, what happens next? Our spinoff explainer podcast, The Explicast, did some postal sleuthing to find out.

Our Week In The Web: December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair (R) and his wife, Cherie Blair, wish you a strained and uncomfortable holiday season. (Vanity Fair / Twitter)

Tony Blair wishes you very Merry Christmas (OR ELSE), and we talk Facebook posts and books.

On Point Staff’s Favorite Books Of 2014

December 5, 2014
A sampling of On Point Radio's favorite books of 2014. (Courtesy the publishers)

The On Point Radio staff selects our personal favorites from a busy year in books.

The Global Food Aid Crisis: How to Help

December 4, 2014
In this Wednesday December 11, 2013 file photo, a Syrian refugee woman with her children prepares food near her tent as a heavy snowstorm batters the region, in a camp for Syrians who fled their country’s civil war, in the Chouf mountain town of Ketermaya, Lebanon. (AP)

Want to help alleviate the hunger crisis in Syria, Lebanon and other countries around the world? We’ve collected a list of charities where you can donate.

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Luxury

November 25, 2014
carrots

Our three Thanksgiving chefs offer up their best bets for delicious, last-minute holiday helpers, including a crunchy celery salad and maple glazed carrots.

Calling All Interns, Calling All Interns

November 24, 2014
On Point producer Katherine Brewer is ready to welcome you to our Boston newsroom this spring. (Karen Shiffman / WBUR)

Have you ever thought about interning with On Point Radio? Good news: your time is now!

The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?

November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.  (AP)

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

Our Week In The Web: November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
Pedestrians walk along a snow-covered street on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Lancaster, N.Y. Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes as officials tried to clear massive snow mounds with another storm looming. (AP)

We offer a panel of hand-drawn digital sheep, and wonder how to best lead the rest of you to programs that matter.

The Explicast, Episode Five: What Is Net Neutrality?

November 14, 2014
In this May 1, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with then nominee for Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP)

The Explicast dives into tech policy territory with a quick look at the real meaning of a complicated bit of tech policy known as ‘Net Neutrality.’

Our Week In The Web: November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014
Snow falls on the Curly Lambeau statue at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. (AP)

On why we tweet, what we like and a Miley Cyrus and “Serial” theme song mashup you never knew you needed.

Guest Post: U.S.-China Climate Deal is an Important Step In Long Road Ahead

November 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Obama is on a state visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. (AP)

After a landmark agreement between the US and China on climate change policy and clean energy development, a recent On Point guest reflects on what’s important in this new deal.

The Explicast, Episode Four: How Do You Sell A Million Records?

November 7, 2014
Taylor Swift performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Times Square on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in New York. (AP)

Sure, Taylor Swift just sold nearly 1.3 million copies of her newest album in one week of sales. But how can the rest of us manage that? The Explicast explains.

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