On Eve Of Promotion, NYPD's Top Uniformed Official Resigns

Philip Banks III was set to become Commissioner William Bratton's deputy. The reasons for his abrupt resignation are not clear.

A 19th Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing

This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope's 19th century novel The Way We Live Now clarifies the current financial situation.

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With Mexican Students Missing, A Festive Holiday Turns Somber

The Day of the Dead is a time when Mexicans remember loved ones with grand floral tributes. But the atmosphere is downbeat in the state of Guerrero, where 43 students are still missing.

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U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Sees Signs Of Hope In West Africa

After a four-day visit to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, she reports progress — along with the need for continued support.

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How Liberia Is Starting To Beat Ebola, With Fingers Crossed

There's potentially some good news about Ebola: While cases are still rising in Sierra Leone, the outbreak shows signs of slowing in Liberia. Communities are banding together to get Ebola out.

Former Band Member Found Guilty In FAMU Hazing Case

A Florida jury found Dante Martin guilty of manslaughter for his role in the fatal hazing of drum major Robert Champion.

A Field Of Medicine That Wants To Know Where You Live

Where do you live? Health specialists think that simple question could make a difference in how doctors prevent and treat diseases for individuals. That's expanding its storied role in public health.

Why Is North Korea Freaked Out About The Threat Of Ebola?

Fear of the virus has prompted Pyongyang to ban tourism and quarantine all foreigners. It's a curious stance since the Hermit Kingdom has plenty of other, more pressing health woes.

After Mass Protests, Hungary Gives Up On Internet Tax

The government had proposed taxing Internet usage, but opponents claimed it the government was trying to impose a digital iron curtain on Hungary.

1 Dead After Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.

Music On Only A Game

November 1, 2014
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It’s Halloween week on Only A Game (and everywhere else), but fear not. Bill Littlefield’s lighthearted guide of the music on this week’s show probably won’t haunt your dreams. Probably.

A Disappearing Tradition Gets A Big Boost

October 29, 2014
The Singing and Praying Bands sang at the 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert on Sept. 19 at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. (Michael G. Stewart)

The origins of the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware go back to the days of slavery.

DJ Sessions: ’80s And ’90s Nostalgia And More

October 29, 2014
Pictured is English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey performing in London in May 2014. His song "Juramidam" is featured on this week's DJ Sessions. (villunderlondon/Flickr)

KCRW’s Aaron Byrd shares a playlist of new music from Irene Diaz, Buscabulla, Marian Hill, Nick Mulvey and Julio Bashmore.

The Life And Times Of Rock n' Roll's 'Killer'

October 28, 2014
Jimmy Velvet, Jerry Lee Lewis, Don Everly and Buddy Holly in an undated photograph. (BP Fallon / Flickr)

Southern storyteller Rick Bragg’s big, new biography of “The Killer”—Jerry Lee Lewis.

Documentary Charts The Rise Of James Brown

October 27, 2014
Paris, FRANCE: (FILES) In this file picture taken in September 1971, James Brown performs at the Olympia hall in Paris. James Brown, the legendary singer known as the Godfather of Soul, has died of complications of an illness 25 December 2006 at the age of 73. AFP PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

The filmmaker, along with a trombonist and an ethnomusicologist, join us to discuss the late “godfather of soul.”

Taylor Swift’s New Album Completes Transformation To Pop

October 27, 2014
Taylor Swift's latest album is called "1989," after the year she was born. (Courtesy)

The 24-year-old singer’s latest album, “1989,” continues the turn away from country music, where she started.

Music On Only A Game

October 25, 2014
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Bill Littlefield’s benevolent reign as music blogger extraordinaire continues. The Only A Game staff is extremely impressed.

The 'Whiplash' Of Artistic Success

October 24, 2014
Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

The new movie “Whiplash”. The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts…sports.

Aretha Franklin’s New Album Further Proves She's Queen Of Cover Songs

October 23, 2014
Aretha Franklin performing at the Ottawa Jazzfestl (Mike Bouchard/Flickr Creative Commons)

The legendary singer has been called the “Queen of Soul,” but her new album proves she’s the queen of cover songs too.

DJ Sessions: Vivaldi To Scarlatti

October 21, 2014
The London Symphony Orchestra performs during a rehearsal at the National Concert Hall in Taipei on March 6, 2014. The London Symphony Orchestra will perform for two days in Taiwan, in Taipei on March 6 and in Kaoshiung on March 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Mandy CHENG (Photo credit should read Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

Vic Di Geronimo, who hosts Classic Mornings on WILL Illinois Public Media in Urbana, Illinois, shares a playlist of classical music.

Music On Only A Game

October 18, 2014
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Bill Littlefield ponders pea-shooters and solicits band names as his stranglehold on the Only A Game music blog continues.

Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter

October 17, 2014
Violinist Regina Carter warms up in the On Point studio on Friday, October 17. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

DJ Sessions: From Thom Yorke To Derevolutions

October 17, 2014
Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at Vector Arena on November 6, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)

This week we listen to songs from legendary rock frontman Thom Yorke and songs about love.

Regina Carter's Jazz Goes Almost Everywhere

October 17, 2014
Jazz violinist Regina Carter. (Courtesy of the Artist)

Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album “Southern Comfort.”

Doug Seegers, LIVE In The On Point Studios

October 13, 2014
Doug Seegers (Center) in a still from the 2014 Swedish documentary, "Doug." (Courtesy Doug Seegers)

The unlikely and powerful country singer Doug Seegers performs “Going Down To The River,” “Walking On the Edge of the World” and “Will You Take the Hand?” in the On Point Studio.

From Homeless To Nashville Hit

October 13, 2014
Singer-songwriter Doug Seegers. (Courtesy Doug Seegers / JohanyLitalo)

Country singer Doug Seegers was homeless for years in New York and Nashville. He’s out with a new album and will break your heart.

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