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Reports: Fashion Icon Oscar De La Renta Dies After Long Cancer Fight

Fashion designer Oscar de La Renta, 82, died Monday after a decade-long battle with cancer, The New York Times and other media outlets report.

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Unrest In Ferguson May Speed Up Decline Of Real Estate

Many in the city are worried about its future, and there's speculation there will be a "mass migration" should violence erupt again. But some residents remain committed to the city.

CDC Announces New Guidelines For Health Care Workers Treating Ebola Patients

The new guidelines call for a site supervisor, who makes sure healthcare workers put on and remove their personal protective equipment correctly.

When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola

Galveston, Texas, officials meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say airlifting a blood sample in a Coast Guard helicopter was needlessly alarming.

Toyota Becomes Latest Automaker To Issue Recalls Over Faulty Airbags

Since 2008, almost 16 million vehicles have been recalled over worries that airbags might explode if exposed to high humidity for long periods of time.

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Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies

When Tunisia's young people protested in 2011, they had one key demand: jobs. Now, despite new political leadership, that demand remains unmet — even in tech, the sector that offers the most promise.

Parkinson's Drugs Can Be A Gateway To Sin

Researchers call for stronger safety warnings on drugs called dopamine agonists because they can trigger self-destructive, obsessional behavior in some people.

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Climate Change Has Coffee Growers In Haiti Seeking Higher Ground

Haiti's once-flourishing coffee trade has been badly battered. The latest threat: climate change. Locals who still rely on coffee for their livelihood must learn to grow it in changing climes.

Sandwich Monday: The Primanti Bros. Pitts-burger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich from the famous Primanti Bros. of Pittsburgh.

Judge Says 1,000 Potential Jurors May Be Screened For Boston Bombing Trial

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial is scheduled to start in January. Out of those 1,000 jurors, 100 of them will be questioned by prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Mario Batali Goes Farm To Table

October 20, 2014
Mario Batali's latest cookbook is "America - Farm to Table." (Kelly Campbell)

The chef and restaurateur discusses the “farm to table” trend and shares recipes with a hearty and rustic twist.

American Presidents Aren't All That Great

October 20, 2014
A statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on New York City's Roosevelt Island. (Flickr / Alexisrael)

Greatness and the American Presidency. Aaron David Miller says aim for good. Really good.

Biking ‘Mountain To Mountain’ To Improve Lives Of Afghan Women

October 18, 2014
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Shannon Galpin didn’t plan to break cultural norms and ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. But she did, and her new book, “Mountain To Mountain,” recounts her attempt to have a meaningful dialogue about women’s role in Afghan society.

Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio

October 17, 2014
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Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

Was ‘The Princess Bride’ As Fun To Make As It Is To Watch?

October 17, 2014
Cary Elwes in WBUR's studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Actor Carey Elwes — who plays Westley — has written a book about the film. It’s called, “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride.”

‘Mayor For A New America': Tom Menino’s Much-Awaited Memoir

October 16, 2014
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks at Faneuil Hall, Friday August 9, 2013, in Boston. (AP)

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s new memoir covers his rise from an obscure political aide to the city’s longest-serving mayor.

‘Only A Game’ Host Talks About Sports And Poetry

October 15, 2014
Bill Littlefield in his pre-Only A Game days, interviewing legendary sportswriter Roger Angell. (Only a Game)

Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game, has written a book of poems about sports.

Atul Gawande’s Prescription For A Better Way To Die

October 15, 2014
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In his new book “Being Mortal,” surgeon Atul Gawande looks at how doctors and other health care workers can improve end of life and elder care.

Russell Brand Says He Wants A ‘Revolution’

October 15, 2014
Comedian and actor Russell Brand, on the cover of his new book, "Revolution." (Penguin / Random House)

The wild, funny, blithely offensive comedian Russell Brand takes on the world’s woes with us. He says he’s got the answer.

On Point Salutes Our National Book Award Finalist Guests

October 15, 2014
The 2014 National Book Award Finalists (NPR / NPR Books)

The 2014 National Book Award Finalist shortlist is out, and more than a few On Point Radio guests made the cut! Find out who they were, and listen back to our conversations with them!

E.O. Wilson On ‘The Meaning Of Human Existence’

October 14, 2014
Naturalist E.O. Wilson, author of "The Meaning of Human Existence." (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson has written a new book that is longlisted for the National Book Award.

Simon Rich Takes On Solipsism In ‘Spoiled Brats’

October 14, 2014
Simon Rich, author of "Spoiled Brats." (Melissa Fuller)

The 30 year-old, former Saturday Night Live writer’s new book tells humorous stories with a serious message: the importance of perspective.

Short Stories Exploring The Jewish Experience

October 13, 2014
Molly Antopol's debut short story collection, "The Un-Americans" tells stories of Jews divided by geography but united by history. (Courtesy Molly Antopol)

Molly Antopol’s debut short story collection, “The Un-Americans,” tells stories of Jews divided by geography but united by history.

Daniel Rodriguez: From Soldier To College Athlete In ‘Rise’

October 11, 2014
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While serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Daniel Rodriguez made a promise — that when he returned home, he would play college football. Rodriguez joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book, ‘Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept.’

From ‘The Girl Who Was Shot’ To Nobel Laureate

October 10, 2014
From left: Ziauddin Yousafzai, Jackie Jenkins- Scott, President of Wheelock College, Malala Yousafzai,
Nicholas Negroponte, founder of “One Laptop per Child” Association,  Robin Young, host of Here & Now, and Tom McNaught, executive director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. (Tom Fitzsimmons)

Malala Yousafzai today became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. We revisit our conversation with her last year.

Poems Inspired By Two-Letter Words

October 9, 2014
Stephin Merritt, the singer of The Magnetic Fields, is out with a new book of poetry based on two-letter words. (Qainat Khan/Here & Now)

Stephin Merritt of the band The Magnetic Fields is out with a new book of poetry inspired by Scrabble two-letter words.

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