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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.

With Anthony Brooks

We just can’t wait until Friday. Trump and Putin, the latest on the special counsel’s investigation, Maria Butina charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation. Join us for a special midweek edition of the news roundtable.

Reopening The Case Of Emmett Till

Jul 17, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

Something in Timothy Tyson’s 2017 book “The Blood of Emmett Till” led the Justice Department to reopen its probe into the 1955 lynching.

Iowa's Poor Water Quality Goes South

Jul 16, 2018

With Harry Smith

Iowa’s water pollution problem is getting worse and the impact is felt all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Guests

Chris Jones, research engineer at the University of Iowa’s Institute of Hydraulic Research Hydroscience and Engineering Center. Author of a recent study about nitrogen pollution flowing out of Iowa and into the Gulf of Mexico

Cheryl Johnson, farmer who grows corn, soybeans, and alfalfa, and raises purebred cattle

Can Gentrification Be A Good Thing?

Jul 13, 2018

With Linda Wertheimer

Gentrification, is a dirty word for a lot of people, but there are some upsides when the better-off newcomers come in. Is there a way to make it work for everyone?

Guests

Idrees Kahloon, U.S. policy correspondent for The Economist (@ikahloon)

With Linda Wertheimer

A Supreme Court nominee. Trump at NATO. Daring rescue of the Thai soccer

team. The roundtable dives in.

Guests

Michael Crowley, national security editor and senior foreign affairs correspondent for Politico (@michaelcrowley)

The Promise And Mystery Of The Grand Canyon

Jul 12, 2018

With Linda Wertheimer

Rafting the Grand Canyon is a wondrous adventure, but the first time, 150 years ago, no one knew what the canyon was like.

Guests

John F. Ross, historian and journalist. Author of “The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell’s Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West

'All The Single Ladies' Living Alone

Jul 11, 2018

With Linda Wertheimer

Women living alone. The numbers are up and so is their happiness. We’ll unpack reasons why and why they’re liking it.

Guests

Ashley Fetters, staff writer for The Atlantic. (@AshleyFetters)

What To Expect From The NATO Summit

Jul 11, 2018

With Linda Wertheimer

Uneasy allies on the edge await President Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels. We’ll look at the high stakes.

Guests

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

How Russia Undermined American Democracy

Jul 10, 2018

With Ben Brock Johnson

The depth of Russian interference in U.S. elections is deeper and darker than you know. A top reporter who has covered it all, reveals the chilling facts.

With Ben Brock Johnson.

We hit the gas pedal on classic moments of the family road trip. We’ll talk with the author of the new book “Don’t Make Me Pull Over!”

What We're Watching In The Week Ahead

Jul 9, 2018

With Ben Brock Johnson

Top reporters open their notebooks share what they’re watching for in the week ahead.

Guests

Michael Warren, senior writer at The Weekly Standard. (@MichaelRWarren)

Advice Columns: An American Love Affair

Jul 6, 2018

This program originally broadcast on April 11, 2018. 

With guest host David Folkenflik.

America has a love affair with advice columns. We’ll tour the rich history and racy questions from a new generation.

Guests: 

This program originally broadcast on June 10, 2016.

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper remixes Miles Davis  with modern hip-hop, soul and R&B. He joins us.

This program originally broadcast on May 14, 2018.

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“.

This program originally broadcast on September 15, 2016.

With guest host Jane Clayson

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas joins us for a frank conversation about her battle with alcoholism.

This program originally broadcast on January 03, 2018.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What happens when opioids ravage the lives of mothers and fathers? More foster children who need homes and families. Opioids and the crisis in foster care.

Guests:

Sherry Lachman, founder and executive director of Foster America.

Best Summer Books: 2018

Jun 29, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

From “The Great Believers” to “Calypso” and more, we’ve got your hot summer reads.

Guests:

David Canfield, writer and reporter at Entertainment Weekly, where he contributes book reviews, and also reports and comments on the publishing industry. (@davidcanfield97)

With Anthony Brooks

A shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper. Trump to Putin: See you in Helsinki. Supreme Court shakeup. Sarah Sanders and civility. Harley Davidson and tariffs. Family reunification deadline. The roundtable takes it all onboard.

With Anthony Brooks

Christian recording artist Vicky Beeching was a poster girl for the evangelical movement. But then she came out as gay. She tells her story.

With John Harwood

The best green thumbs on the planet answer all your gardening questions from the soil on up.

Guests:

Melinda Myers, nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist who has written more than 20 gardening books. (@Melindagardens)

Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban

Jun 26, 2018

With John Harwood

The Supreme Court ruled today in one of the most contentious policies of the Trump administration – and it was a big decision. The Court upheld the travel ban that has kept most people from five Muslim-majority countries out of the United States. Reaction is fast and in some cases furious. We’re taking it all onboard.

With John Harwood

We look at MS-13, the criminal gang that’s become central to the immigration debate.

Guests:

Hannah Dreier, immigration reporter at ProPublica. Spent the last 12 months reporting on the MS13 gang’s activities in the Greater New York area. (@hannahdreier)

With John Harwood

Toward the end of our show that looked at a Massachusetts court case that could change the landscape of the criminal justice system, J.J. from Nashville, Tennessee called in and told us of the complexities behind addiction, relapsing, and probation.

(Transcript lightly edited for clarity): 

Looking At The Week Ahead In The News

Jun 25, 2018

With John Harwood

Top reporters open their notebooks and share what they’re watching for in the week ahead.

Guests:

Nancy Cordes, chief congressional correspondent for CBS News. (@nancycordes)

With Anthony Brooks

How can classic rock survive when its stars are aging and dying?

With Anthony Brooks

The art of provocation from White House advisor and immigration enforcer Stephen Miller – who’s calling the shots on the forced family separations at the border.

Mapping Out Recreational Marijuana

Jun 20, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Recreational pot is legal in many states, now comes the battle over where it can be sold. Cities and towns want their say.

Guests:

Tony Mecia, senior writer at The Weekly Standard. His June 18th cover story is titled “Reefer Madness.” (@tonymecia)

With Jane Clayson

Family separation and stricter asylum laws are “immoral,” says Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He joins us as we talk about the situation at the border.

Guests:

Angela Kocherga, border correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal. (@AKochergaBorder)

With Jane Clayson

Science is under attack from quack experts and self-appointed activists, warns a top doctor who has been caught in the crossfires. He makes the case.

What We're Watching In The Week Ahead

Jun 18, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Top reporters open their notebooks and share what they’re working on and watching for in the week ahead.

Guests:

Paula Reid, Justice Department and legal affairs correspondent for CBS News. (@PaulaReidCBS

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