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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!

Reading The Lone Star State: A Guide

July 2, 2014
A scene from the 2013 Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX. (Courtesy Texas Book Festival)

What does reading Texas even mean? We try to help you out, with an assist from Houston Chronicle book editor Maggie Galehouse.

‘How Much Does Pot Cost?’ And Other Colorado Weed Questions

June 30, 2014
Dana Cain, director of the Denver County Fair, shows a poster advertising the fair at a print shop in Denver, Monday Jan. 27, 2014.

We probably didn’t answer all of your questions about Colorado’s six months of legal, recreational marijuana sales in our hour today. Thankfully, a Denver Post editor’s main job is to do just that. Some resources for the pot-curious.

Our Week In The Web: June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014
Some of the WBUR staff watch the US Men's National Team's final game of group play in the Brazil World Cup on Thursday, June 26, 2014. The US lost 1-0 to Germany, but both teams advanced on to the next round of the tournament. (Nick Andersen / WBUR)

Even WBUR took a break to watch #USMNT lose to Germany but advance in the World Cup in Brazil. We also reflect on a few days of vacation time and direct you to gifs featuring kale. #kalephate

For-Profit Hospice Care: What Do We Make Of It?

June 25, 2014
In this 2009 file photo, Dr. Joel Policzer checks on Lillian Landry in the hospice wing of an Oakland Park, Fla. hospital. Unlike most of Policzer's patients she made end-of-life decisions. (AP File)

Not all non-profits are good, not all for-profits are bad: the producer behind our program on profits and problems in the American end-of-life-care industry shares some thoughts after the broadcast.

Our Week In The Web: June 20, 2014

June 19, 2014
Armadillo Taka snuffles on a ball during the TV recording of an oracle for the upcoming match Germany vs Ghana at the World Cup 2014 in the zoo in Erfurt, Germany, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP)

Oh yes — we’re real, and we’re spectacular. Plus, sad soccer players and one sports-indiscriminate armadillo.

Top Summer Reads For 2014

June 16, 2014
Roz Chast's darkly comic graphic memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" appears on all three of our summer 2014 books show guest lists. (Bloomsbury USA)

Our summer books show guests share their top picks for your reading list this year, and we include your top picks from during the show and our web comments.

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.

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