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On Point

Weekdays, 9am - 10am
  • Hosted by Tom Ashbrook

 

Hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, On Point is broadcast for two hours daily across the country on NPR. The show’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.

Broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon ET, with listener call-in, from WBUR in Boston, the show airs on more than 210 NPR stations coast to coast. 

Tom Ashbrook is On Point’s host and managing editor. Jack Beatty, On Point’s news analyst, appears each Friday on our Week in the News roundtable and on other shows throughout the week.

On Point’s senior producer is Karen Shiffman. Our team of producers includes Julie DiopPien HuangStefano KotsonisAlex Kingsbury, and Sam Gale Rosen.  On Point’s director is Eileen Imada and our technical director is James Ross.

 

Concussions, Kids And Contact Sports

19 hours ago

From the NFL to Pop Warner, we know the danger of concussions now. Should kids play football?

Trump Versus The GOP

19 hours ago

Republicans and the president on Charlottesville, on their bigger agenda. Can this political marriage be saved?

The Opioid Crisis As 'National Emergency'

Aug 14, 2017

The opioid crisis is described now as a “national emergency” by the president. Will this open the floodgates for more funding, more help?

The Male Advantage In Online Dating

Aug 11, 2017

A man books six dates in one night. The women find out. What’s going on with modern dating?

Digging Up A New Dinosaur

Aug 10, 2017

Move over T-Rex, there’s a new heavyweight champion of dinosaurs. Say hello to Patagotitan.

Fake News Bots Are Here

Aug 9, 2017

Russian Twitter bots and more haven’t stopped pumping out propaganda and disinformation since the election. We’ll look at the power and prevalence of social media bots.

High Tensions Over Legal Marijuana

Aug 8, 2017

Reefer madness. Pot’s legal in 29 states but not at the Federal level and Jeff Sessions does not like marijuana. Where does this go?

The Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding Abroad

Aug 7, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Famine. 20 million people now on the brink in Africa and the Middle East. We’ve got reporters on the frontlines.

We are in Portland, Maine on our national listening tour talking about the president now, our divided U.S. economy, and how gentrification is playing out in Portland and beyond.

Trump’s immigration revamp. Scaramucci sacked. North Korea’s missiles. Russia tensions. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The stock market is booming. We’ll look at the high, high Dow and the American economy behind it.

Connecting Across The Digital Divide

Aug 2, 2017

23 million people in rural America don’t have broadband connections. Lots of urban residents simply can’t afford the service. And it’s leaving them behind. We’ll dig in.

American Job Creation, At Home And Abroad

Aug 1, 2017

The offshoring of American tech jobs is slowing. How do companies decide now which jobs stay here, and which ones go abroad?

He made waves going after Paula Deen for using the n-word. Now, black culinary historian Michael Twitty is talking slavery and Southern food.

LGBTQ Rights In Question

Jul 31, 2017

The LGBTQ uproar as the Justice Department says sexual orientation isn’t protected under civil rights law and the president tweets a military transgender ban.

Raising The Roof On Home Renovation

Jul 28, 2017

Home renovation is booming. We’ll de-construct the reasons why and look at the hot new trends.

The Senate gets back to health care. Trump’s Transgender ban. Jeff Sessions drama. Jared Kushner says he didn’t collude. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Interracial Relationships On Screen

Jul 28, 2017

From “The Big Sick” to “Master of None” to “The Bachelorette” — Hollywood’s depiction of interracial relationships is changing.

Health Care Bill Advances

Jul 26, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence breaks a tie in the Senate vote to proceed with debate on a health care bill. So now what?

Migrants Die In A Tractor-Trailer

Jul 25, 2017

The human smuggling tragedy in the Walmart parking lot. We’ll look at illegal border crossing now. And the latest on the wall.

Cleaning Up The Carbon In Our Skies

Jul 24, 2017

When a cleaner footprint is no longer enough on climate change. Scientists now say we need negative CO2 emissions. Cleaning carbon from our skies.

Sen. Al Franken On Washington Today

Jul 21, 2017

Minnesota Senator Al Franken joins us. The one time comedian shares his view of Washington now.

Black Motherhood In The Spotlight

Jul 20, 2017

Beyoncé’s out front with new twins. A pregnant Serena Williams is nude on the cover of Vanity Fair. We’ll look at American images of black motherhood.

Privatizing The War In Afghanistan

Jul 20, 2017

Talk in the West Wing about using a private army of mercenaries to take over the war in Afghanistan. Blackwater founder Erik Prince is with us.

The Cost Of Steel Tariffs

Jul 20, 2017

The Trump administration is talking tough tariffs on imported steel. Will that make America great again?

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

The Yellowstone Grizzly has been taken off the threatened species list. Many conservationists say that’s a big mistake.

Is The Health Care Overhaul Over?

Jul 18, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

With the collapse of the current GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, what’s next?

The Trump Administration And Human Rights

Jul 17, 2017

With the death of China’s Nobel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, we look at human rights under the Trump administration.

Take Two On The Senate Health Care Bill

Jul 17, 2017

The Senate GOP’s revised health care bill. We’ll unpack what’s in it, and where it goes from here.

With guest host John Harwood.

What’s the media’s responsibility to vulnerable audiences? The new Netflix film about anorexia stirs the pot.

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