Massive political change? A confrontation with the Chinese mainland? Not quite: an #OccupyCentral protestor tells us his group wants the political promises given them more than 25 years ago. (“A Clarion Call for Democracy In Hong Kong,” On Point Radio, October 1, 2014)


Jordan Bridges, 26, is a coal miner in Logan County, in the heart of West Virginia’s southern coal mines and the mountainous green landscape of Appalachia. He talks about his life and the issues that are important to him, alongside his 21-year-old wife Erica and their two-year-old daughter Gracie.

West Virginia is the second-largest coal producer in the U.S., after Wyoming; 95 percent of the electricity generated in West Virginia last year came from coal-fired electric power plants. While driving to Logan County, we saw billowing smoke stacks and cooling towers, license plates that boasted “Friends of Coal” and a roadside political banner urging voters to elect a “miner for miners.”


Powerful, moving stuff from our friends over at NPR’s Here & Now. Follow along with their cross-country journey!

Comedian Joan Rivers, who passed away this week at the age of 81, remembers fellow comic giant Robin Williams during an August 12, 2014 memorial show. 


David Sedaris (New York, 1947)

[Ed. note: Mr. Sedaris is more of a public radio favorite than a public radio host but sometimes you break the rules for the ones you love. Here he is channeling Billie Holiday. Listen next time the news brings you down.]


Tom Ashbrook, On Point (New York 2010)

Nickel Creek plays their song “Rest of My Life" for On Point Radio. (August 13, 2014)

Nickel Creek plays their cover of the Mother Mother song “Hayloft" for On Point Radio.(August 13, 2014)

Nickel Creek plays their song “Destination" for On Point Radio. (August 13, 2014)


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We here at On Point Radio had a pie day Friday today, and it was pretty fantastic. Check out our site for the audio and for recipes for all the pies you see here.