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Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

The Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, who said in August that Florida's 2008 ban is unconstitutional. The stay expires in January.

'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

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CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.

Obama Says 'James Flacco.' The Internet Says, Thank You

It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said "James Flacco" when referring to James Franco — on a Friday before the holidays, no less — the slip was eagerly received online.

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The Fate Of The Administration's College Ratings

Some say a vaunted attempt to improve the quality of colleges is dead on arrival. Let's find out why.

New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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With A Presidential Vote, Tunisia Seeks A Peaceful Transition

Tunisia launched the Arab uprisings four years ago when it ousted a dictator. Sunday's presidential election heralds the country's steady, but not-yet-guaranteed progress.

St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says

Weeks after he announced a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in Michael Brown's death, prosecutor Robert McCulloch explains some of his own decisions in the case.

Apple Responds To BBC On Conditions At Asian iPhone Suppliers

Jeff Williams, the tech giant's vice president for operations, told British-based employees that Apple has done more than any other company to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty To DUI

The Olympic gold medal winner gets no jail time for second conviction for drunk driving. He'll be able to train for Rio with his 18-month supervised probation.

Golf: China’s ‘Forbidden Game’

December 20, 2014
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In 2004, Beijing issued a ban on the construction of golf courses in China. But since the moratorium went into effect, no other country has built more golf courses. Author Dan Washburn joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book “The Forbidden Game.”

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

December 17, 2014
Atticus Lish is author of the book "Preparation for the Next Life." (Shelton Walsmith)

The author’s debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

Writer Anita Diamant Captures A First-Generation ‘Boston Girl’

December 16, 2014
Anita Diamant is author, most recently, of "The Boston Girl." (Andrew Whitacre/Flickr)

We talk to writer Anita Diamant about her new novel, “The Boston Girl,” which tells the story of Addie Baum, a first-generation American growing up in Boston’s North End.

Two Hundred Years Of African American Prayer

December 15, 2014
Morma Francis, of Atlanta, raises her hand to ask a question during a community town hall forum at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

“Conversations with God,” – the story told by two centuries of African American prayer.

‘Chase Your Shadow’ Details Pistorius’ Life, Trial

December 13, 2014
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A new book explores the life of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic hero who was recently convicted of “culpable homicide” in the Feb. 2013 shooting death of his then-girlfriend. Bill Littlefield speaks to John Carlin, author of “Chase Your Shadow.”

Let's Talk Chicken

December 12, 2014
This Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 photo made available by the City of Dover Police Department shows chickens standing next to a truck which fell on its side in Dover, Del.  (AP)

Why are there more chickens than people in the world? The remarkable story of what happened when the chicken crossed the road and the world.

Worcester’s ‘Buddha Monk’ On The Legacy Of Rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard

December 11, 2014
O.D.B, Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan performs at Radio City Music Hall in 1998. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

He was born Russell Jones, but he was best known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard of the innovative hip-hop group, Wu-Tang Clan, which had its big run in the 1990s with songs like, “Protect Ya Neck.”

Scholar James Carroll Asks ‘Who Actually Is Christ For Us Today?’

December 10, 2014
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Former Catholic priest and distinguished scholar James Carroll talks about his new book, “Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age.”

The 14 Best Cookbooks Of 2014

December 10, 2014
Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst has compiled a list (and pile) of the best cookbooks of 2014. (Kathy Gunst)

Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

De-Cluttering Your House With Love

December 9, 2014
"Tidying consultant" Marie Kondo has built a huge following with her method of organizing and de-cluttering. (Ten Speed Press)

Marie Kondo has built a huge following with her method of organizing that focuses on keeping things that inspire joy.

Khaled Mattawa’s Journey From Arabic To English And Back Again

December 9, 2014
Khaled Mattawa won a MacArthur Genius Grant for his work translating Arabic poetry to English. He also writes English poetry of his own. (John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

The Libya native shares some of his poems and translations and talks about bridging the gap between two cultures.

In ‘The Death Of Santini’ Pat Conroy Turns From Fiction To Memoir

December 8, 2014
Pat Conroy is author of "The Death of Santini." (Jennifer Hitchcock)

We revisit with author Pat Conroy, whose book, “The Death of Santini,” is out in paperback this month.

Don't Mind Us, We're Just Jealous

December 8, 2014
Johannes Vermeer's "The Concert" (which was stolen from Boston's own Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) can sometimes be seen as a meditation on jealousy. (Wikimedia)

We look at jealousy, that most human emotion. Its history, its meaning and even its social value.

Perry Wallace’s Success And Struggles As SEC’s First Black Basketball Player

December 6, 2014
Former Vanderbilt basketball player Perry Wallace was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. (Frank Empson, The Tennessean. © 2014)

Andrew Maraniss’ new book “Strong Inside” explores the The Struggles And Success Of of Vanderbilt’s Perry Wallace, the fist black player in the SEC. Wallace made his varsity debut in 1967. Maraniss and Wallace join Bill Littlefield.

The Best Books Of 2014

December 5, 2014
"Fourth of July Creek," "Another Fine Day At Sea" and "Lila" are among the best books published in 2014. (Courtesy Publishers)

“All the Light We Cannot See,” “Fourth of July Creek,” “Another Great Day at Sea” and more. The best books of 2014.

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.

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