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On Point

Weekdays, 9am - 10am
  • Hosted by 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.

Kicking Off The World Cup

Jun 15, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

The World Cup kicks off in Russia. The U.S. team didn’t make the cut but there are plenty of teams to watch and politics to unpack.

Guests:

Tariq Panja, global sports reporter for The New York Times, who covers FIFA extensively, and is in now Moscow covering the World Cup. (@tariqpanja)

With Anthony Brooks

Comey and the Clinton email report. Implied verification and North Korea. The Supreme Court and voter registration. The news roundtable weighs in.

Guests:

Margaret Talev, senior White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. (@margarettalev

With David Folkenflik

Three decades of “The Simpsons.” We turn our eye on Springfield with a top writer who has been in the mix since day one.

With David Folkenflik

The flow of information to the public in the Age of Trump. What do we know about what the government is doing in our name and with our tax dollars?

Guests

Solomon Lartey, worked for over 29 years as a records management analyst at the White House’s Office of Records Management.

With David Folkenflik

Netflix now makes more television than any network in history and the hits keep coming. What’s the secret sauce?

Guests:

Joe Adalian, west coast editor of New York Magazine’s Vulture.com. (@TVMoJoe)

What's To Come This Week In The News

Jun 11, 2018

With Ray Suarez

Fallout from the G-7. The North Korea summit. The GOP’s immigration feud, top reporters open their notebooks and share what to look for in the week ahead.

Guests:

Jeff Pegues, Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent CBS News. (@jeffpeguescbs)

Miss America's Makeover

Jun 8, 2018

With Robert Siegel

There she is, but no longer in a swimsuit. We’ll look at Miss America’s makeover and new message.

Guests:

Jessica Bennett, gender editor of The New York Times, where she covers women, gender and society. (@jessicabennett

With Robert Siegel

We’ll talk with Timothy Snyder about his warning on the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to Europe and America.

With Robert Siegel

Fashion icon Kate Spade’s death by suicide has launched a new conversation about women’s mental health.

Guests:

Matthew Schneier, styles reporter for The New York Times. (@MatthewSchneier)

Behind The Latest Breast Cancer Research

Jun 6, 2018

With Robert Siegel

Two new breast cancer studies out this week. One shows that women who receive chemo might not actually need it. The other looks at immunotherapy. We’ll discuss.

Guest:

Dr. Ned Sharpless, director, National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. (@NCIDirector)

With Robert Siegel

Oh, Canada. Trudeau and Trump spar ahead of the big G-7 summit. We’ll look at it through the lens of Canada.

Guests:

Daniel Dale, Washington bureau chief for the Toronto Star. (@ddale8)

What It Means To Be 'Middle-Aged'

Jun 1, 2018

With Kimberly Atkins

So you’re middle-aged now, but does that mean you’re really a grown-up? Maybe not.

With Kimberly Atkins

The Warriors and the Cavaliers meet in the NBA finals for the fourth year in a row. Is this time any different?

Guests:

Ben Cohen, sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal. (@bzcohen)

Migrant Children At The Border

May 30, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Did the U.S. really lose some 1500 migrant children? We’ll look at that and the administration’s new policy on separating families.

Guests:

Alan Gomez, immigration reporter for USA Today. (@alangomez)

With Jane Clayson

In a speech delivered at Harvard Law School’s 2018 Class Day last Wednesday, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) criticized President Trump and Congress, saying the presidency has been “debased.”

Find a video and transcript of Senator Flake’s remarks below:

With GPS, Are We 'Never Lost Again'?

May 29, 2018

With Jane Clayson 

How we navigate the world, now. The inside story of the Google mapping revolution. Turn left, at the roundabout.

The Evolution Of Prom

May 25, 2018

With Ray Suarez

We’re going to the prom. The corsages endure, but a lot has changed. Shall we dance?

Guests:

Amy Best, professor of sociology at George Mason University. Author of: “Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture”

With Ray Suarez

On Wednesday, the NFL announced it would fine teams if their football players protest during the National Anthem.

But, according to the new policy, players can skip the pregame ceremonies altogether, and stay in the locker room. President Trump praised the decision, stirring up the controversy yet again.

With Ray Suarez

An 1899 expedition to Alaska found wild beauty and coming environmental calamity. What about now? Best-selling author Mark Adams retraced the trek to find out.

Europe's Response To Pompeo's Iran Speech

May 22, 2018

With Ray Suarez

New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered his first major foreign policy address Monday, strongly criticizing Iran and its behavior on the world stage.

Guest:

David Herszenhorn, chief Brussels correspondent for Politico Europe. (@herszenhorn)

Abby Wambach delivered the keynote address at Barnard College last week. She told the 2018 graduating class — the “wolfpack” — to make failure their fuel.
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Getting Ready For The Royal Wedding

May 18, 2018

With David Wright

As Meghan Markle gets ready to marry the most eligible bachelor in the world, beyond the fairy tale, there’s a real life conversation to be had about racism and the culture of celebrity. We’ll discuss.

With David Wright

A year after President Trump said coal is back, NPR’s Kelly McEvers goes deep inside coal country for the podcast “Embedded.”

Guests:

Kelly McEvers, host of the NPR podcast “Embedded,” which is in the midst of a new season called “Coal Stories.” (@kellymcevers)

With David Wright

Writer Michael Pollan turns his attention to psychedelic mushrooms and the new science of psychedelics. He joins us.

The 'Last Cowboys' Of The New American West

May 15, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Behind the most successful rodeo family in history is a story of grit, family, and faith. Meet “The Last Cowboys.”

With Jane Clayson 

A 100-thousand mile journey across America in a single prop plane. Writers James and Deborah Fallows found a country busy remaking itself. We’ll discuss their new book, “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America“.

With Jane Clayson 

In his commencement speech at Rice Univerisity on Saturday, Michael Bloomberg told Rice graduates they have a special obligation to carry their own honor code forward into their communities — and into the voting booths.

The greatest threat to American democracy, he said, is “our own willingness to tolerate dishonesty in service of party and in pursuit of power.”

The Week Ahead In World Affairs

May 14, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Top reporters open their notebooks and look ahead to the week in Washington and around the globe.

Guests:

Susan Glasser, staff writer for The New Yorker. Former chief international affairs columnist for Politico and former editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine. (@sbg1)

With Ray Suarez

If current trends continue, there will be more than one job opening for every unemployed person in the U.S. We’ll look behind the numbers.

Guests:

Howard Schneider, Federal Reserve correspondent at Reuters. (@hpschneider)

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