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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.

 

On Point Live hits Boston. Van Jones, Celeste Ng and Josh Ritter joined us Friday night at the city’s historic Faneuil Hall.

Do Politics Have A Place In The NFL?

Oct 13, 2017

Freedom, respect and “taking a knee” in the NFL. The VP walks out. Trump threatens. What’s right here?

Smartphones and our brains. New research says the little computer in our hand is changing our minds.

More and more women are coming out with stories of harassment and assault from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. We look at the Weinstein scandal, and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Steve Bannon Goes Another Round

Oct 10, 2017

Steve Bannon unloads to The American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner, again—this time on his grand design to blow up the Republican Party and more. Kuttner joins us.

The EPA scraps the Clean Power Plan intended to curb global warming. We’ll hear the facts and fury.

The Real Cost Of Low Homeownership Rates

Oct 9, 2017

When big investment money moves into mass home ownership. How private equity funds are changing the real estate market and rentals.

From Jimmy Kimmel on health care to Trevor Noah on police shootings, late -night comedy is getting serious.

Trevor Noah railing against police shootings. Jimmy Kimmel breaking down about Las Vegas. And everyone—from Seth Meyers to Stephen Colbert to John Oliver—having a field day skewering Trump. Johnny Carson’s Amazing Kreskin? So quaint. Today’s late night comedy is whacking at heavy social and political issues with sharp-edged satire. And, sometimes, tears. This hour, On Point: Late night comedy gets serious. — Jane Clayson.

The Squeeze On Florida's Orange Crops

Oct 9, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson

Florida’s orange industry is feeling the squeeze from disease, hurricanes, and climate change. Can it be saved?

Millions of Americans are getting sucked into multi-level-marketing schemes – selling from home. We ask how that’s going.

America’s local news-gathering operations are in trouble. We’ll look at efforts to save and strengthen local news.

Confronting Modern Mass Shootings

Oct 3, 2017

Terror in the streets of Las Vegas. How should Americans understand and confront the now-drumbeat of mass killings in this country.

How Totalitarianism Took Over Russia

Oct 2, 2017

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen on how modern Russia took a wrong turn on the road to democracy and its march, now, to totalitarianism.

A gunman opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas Sunday night, making it the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, according to police.

Hellish gunfire in Las Vegas last night. Raining down on a concert crowd with nowhere to hide. Worst mass shooting in American history. We will go to Vegas in this hour to recreate the terrible scene and first response to it. This hour, On Point: The Las Vegas massacre, as it unfolded. –Tom Ashbrook.

As Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War” documentary wraps up, we look at those memories, lessons learned and lost, and Afghanistan right now.

The Supreme Court readies to weigh in on gerrymandering, digital privacy, and the gay marriage wedding cake. We’ll look at the docket for the new term.

The president and Congress share more pieces of a tax overhaul. What’s it add up to? We’ll ask.

On The Road With America's Nomadic Seniors

Sep 27, 2017

Older Americans, on the road. Looking for work, for a living. Out of campervans and trailers. We’ll talk with the author of “Nomadland.”

Alabama’s U.S. Senate primary. Moore vs Strange. Bannon vs Trump. We’ll unpack the results from Alabama’s special election.

A flattened Puerto Rico and how Washington is looking out—or not—for the U.S. territory.

Puerto Rico has taken a devastating hit in the path of Hurricane Maria. Homes and infrastructure flattened. Electrical grid, flattened. Now water and food and gas, all in short supply. People really in trouble. Puerto Ricans are Americans. Are they getting the kind of backup we’ve seen after hurricanes hit Houston and Florida? The kind of support? This hour, On Point: We are turning to Puerto Rico in its hour of need to ask what’s being delivered. — Tom Ashbrook.

Tom Ashbrook is in Spokane, Washington for On Point’s national listening tour talking with locals about this tough wildfire season and our changing climate.

The Colin Kaepernick Effect

Sep 22, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who took a knee during the national anthem, remains shunned by football. We’ll toss around why.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What it’s like to be a dog. We talk with animal neuroscientist Gregory Berns.

Does Our Constitution Hold Up Today?

Sep 20, 2017

Was our Constitution made for this much economic inequality? One big thinker says no.

Facebook under new pressure and scrutiny from many sides as it ends up in the middle of national, international politics.

Taking Stock Of The American Family Farm

Sep 19, 2017

US farmers up against it from shifting trade policies to a changing climate. We’ll look at the state of the US frontier now.

The Caribbean after Irma. We’ll look at devastated islands and the way forward.

This hour, we also look at how snowbirds are expected to reconsider wintering in Florida after Irma.

With North Korean missiles zooming overhead, how does Japan prepare, defend and respond? Japan’s tough challenges, military and diplomatic.

Throwback TV And More Coming This Fall

Sep 15, 2017

We’ll look at the new fall TV season. There’s a lot coming out.

Whatever TV means these days — broadcast, cable, streaming, in your car, on your wall, on your phone — there is a lot of it. The fall offerings are tumbling out right now. David Simon of the The Wire is back with The Deuce, Times Square and 1970s New York. Ken Burns is back with The Vietnam War. Will & Grace is back. Stranger Things, Better Things, SEAL Team, Transparent and the Menendez Murders, all queued up. Up next, On Point: We’re looking at fall TV. — Tom Ashbrook

Democrats Unveil Single Payer Plan

Sep 14, 2017

Democrats are now lining up for and against single payer health care. Big push. Big battle. We’re on it.

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