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On Point

On Point offers a lively conversation on everything from breaking news to ancient poetry. It creates a different kind of conversation about the country and world we live in. Maybe it's the kind of national conversation you've always wanted: fast, fun, serious, surprising. Open to everyone. And above all, unflinchingly honest.

This show no longer airs on our station.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The largest Protestant denomination in the United States is apologizing for its dark history of racism.

Read the Report on Slavery and Racism in the History of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

With David Folkenflik

Freedom of the press. Reporters face jail, violence or worse — how can they be safe? And how can the truth get out? We’ll speak with journalists who have been in the arena.

With David Folkenflik

Top Democrats go face-to-face with Trump. Prison time for Michael Cohen. Trump’s border wall and U.S.-Mexico talks. Our roundtable on the week’s news.

Guests

Vivian Salama, White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal. (@vmsalama)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Five years ago Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg told women to “lean in.” Now, many women, including Michelle Obama, say it just doesn’t work. We look at the pushback against lean in.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Sounding the alarm on index funds. How their runaway success has reshaped power and accountability in boardrooms and on Wall Street.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

France rocked by violent demonstrations against a fuel tax hike and economic woes. Will President Emmanuel Macron’s promise of relief be enough?

Guests

Richard Lough, deputy Paris bureau chief for Reuters. (@loughrichard)

With Jane Clayson

We talk with the director of a new documentary about the life of Maria Callas, to this day one of the most electrifying singers in opera.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

There’s now an app to hail a self-driving taxi. We’ll look behind the wheel at the technology and safety concerns.

With David Folkenflik

Inside the mind of Robert Mueller. We’ll unpack the latest news from the Mueller investigation and explore what makes the special prosecutor tick with his biographer, Garrett Graff.

With Jane Clayson

Sperm donations are creating genetic families around the world. And there’s a new push for those siblings to meet.

Guests

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

With Sacha Pfeiffer

It’s looking like a lot of Democrats will be running for president in 2020. What will it take to win back the White House?

Guests

Elana Schor, politics reporter for the Associated Press who’s covering the 2020 Democratic candidates. (@eschor)

With Sacha Pfeiffer

George H.W. Bush has been called by many the country’s best foreign policy president ever. We’ll look at his legacy on the world stage.

With Jane Clayson

“Fortnite” — some call the popular video game addictive. It’s got everyone from kids to professional athletes hooked.

Guests

Chris Palmeri, LA bureau chief for Bloomberg News. (@chrispalmeri)

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.


With Anthony Brooks

Americans are dying younger and death by suicide is a big reason why. We’ll look behind the rising numbers and talk about how to save lives.

With David Folkenflik

New films and TV shows take on abuse of power. We talk with the women who directed two of them — one on Bill Clinton, and one on Roger Ailes.

With David Folkenflik

Cohen pleads guilty. Deep job cuts at GM. Lies and Paul Manafort. Russia and Ukraine skirmishes at sea. The roundtable swims in choppy waters.

Guests

Kimberly Atkins, Washington bureau chief for the Boston Herald. (@KimberlyEAtkins)

With Jane Clayson

People you know are getting paid to push products on social media. We’ll look at the rise of nano-influencers.

Guests

Sapna Maheshwari, business and advertising reporter for The New York Times. (@sapna)

With Jane Clayson

NASA’s InSight lander is settling in for the long assignment of exploring the geology of Mars. Will its findings one day rock our world?

Guests

Tariq J. Malik, managing editor of Space.com. (@tariqjmalik)

With Anthony Brooks

The Beatles’ “White Album” turns 50. We’ll return to Abbey Road.

With Anthony Brooks

Facebook in the hot seat — again. Lawmakers from around the world grill a top executive over its role in election meddling and spreading disinformation.

Guests

Alex Hern, tech reporter for the Guardian UK. (@alexhern)

With Jane Clayson

Your college student came home for Thanksgiving and didn’t go back to campus. We’ll look at when college students come home to stay.

With David Folkenflik

The best reads of 2018. We’ll hear picks from book critics and an independent bookseller.

We also have a list of the year’s best books chosen by … you! The listeners. Read through the picks here.

This program originally broadcast on October 19, 2018 with David Folkenflik.

A black teenager sees a friend killed by a white police officer. That’s the storyline of the new film “The Hate U Give.” The director and young activists tell their stories.

This program originally broadcast on September 17, 2018 with Meghna Chakrabarti.

Violinist Lucia Micarelli defies the limits of what music can be played on a violin. She’s with us.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’ll look at the science of gratitude and the evidence that it really does improve our lives.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Our global roundtable returns, with the top news you need to know from around the world.

Guests

Rob Watson, BBC World Service U.K. political correspondent. (@robwatsonbbc)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Why do we dream? To defrag the brain? Unbound our unconscious? There’s new science on the purpose of our nightly journeys.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Cold, alone and at the bottom of the world. We’ll hear the stories of the men who’ve sought to walk, unaided, across Antarctica.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump throws his support behind a rewrite of federal sentencing laws. What’s brought us to this point where politicians from both sides of the aisle are pushing for criminal justice reform?

Guests

Ojmarrh Mitchell, criminologist and associate professor at the University of South Florida.

With David Folkenflik

A major doctors’ group demands immediate action on gun violence, calling it a public health crisis. The National Rifle Association demands doctors “stay in their lane.”

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