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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).

What Is MERS? And What Can You Do To Avoid It?

May 22, 2014
Human serum antibodies react with MERS-CoV-infected Vero cells, indicating the patient has been infected with MERS-CoV. (CDC)

We try and answer some of your questions about the MERS virus — where it is, what it looks like and what to do about all those camels.

BJP Official: “Modi Is A Great Democrat”

May 19, 2014
India's next prime minister Narendra Modi, right, talks to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Lal Krishna Advani at Advani’s residence in New Delhi, India, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Results announced Friday from the weeks-long polls showed that Modi and the Hindu nationalist BJP had won the most decisive election victory India has seen in three decades, sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power. (AP)

A newly-elected member of the now ruling BJP Party of India tells us what the world should expect from PM-elect Narendra Modi.

Our Week In The Web: May 16, 2014

May 16, 2014
Singer Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP)

While we might not have talked about Eurovision 2014 in our Week in the News this week — after many, many staff protests, mind you — that doesn’t mean we can’t direct you to the winning entry by Austria’s Conchita Wurst. Also, we wonder where you feel the most at ease sharing news with us.

Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘We Have A Healthcare System With Problems’

May 12, 2014
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands in defeat after a divided Senate derailed Democratic legislation providing $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans, as the bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and whether to slap sanctions on Iran, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tells us what he’s looking for as the Veterans’ Affairs Committee questions VA Sec. Eric Shinseki this week.

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