On Point

Weekdays 9-11 a.m.

Hear provocative voices and passionate discussion of the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

 

With David Folkenflik

You say we have to tackle climate change. Fine. But can you do it without nuclear power? It’s a hot-button issue for environmentalists. And the Green New Deal sidesteps it.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ll talk with Daniel Jones, editor of the New York Times column “Modern Love.” A lot has changed since it debuted in 2004.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Lip smacking, turning pages and scratching — they’re all part of a phenomenon called ASMR. We look at why millions are captivated by these “brain tingles.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, on why he’s building a presidential run on what he calls “intergenerational justice.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump rallies for his Wall in El Paso, Texas. We’ll hear the nuanced view a city inextricably linked to the southern border.

Guests

Julián Aguilar, immigration and border security reporter for the Texas Tribune. (@nachoaguilar)

With David Folkenflik

Plessy v. Ferguson, the historic Supreme Court decision that endorsed “separate but equal” —which is to say racial segregation. A fresh look at how it came to be and how it echoes today.

With David Folkenflik

The State of the Union? Divided. Virginia politics? Upended. Trump inauguration records? Subpoenaed. Green New Deal? Unveiled. The roundtable unpacks the week that was.

Guests

Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent. (@Yamiche)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The State of the Union. President Trump’s telling, his push and the Democrats’ reply.

“We must choose greatness or gridlock,” President Trump said before the joint session of Congress Tuesday night. “Tonight, I ask you to choose greatness.”

Guests

Shawna Thomas, Washington bureau chief for Vice News. (@Shawna)

With Jane Clayson

Regina King, on bringing James Baldwin’s novel to the big screen in her Oscar-nominated performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

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Find our buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

The founder of the nonprofit Girls Who Code makes the case for women and girls to fear less, fail more and live bolder.

With Jane Clayson

A 71-year-old psychologist has a message for women of her generation: “Happiness is a choice and a set of skills.” She lays out the road map.

Guest

Mary Pipher, psychologist specializing in women, trauma and the effects of our culture on mental health. Author of several New York Times bestsellers, including “Reviving Ophelia,” “The Shelter of Each Other” and “Another Country.”

Find our buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Former Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz prepares a 2020 run as an independent. Others have tried before him. Are any of them really independents, or just partisans in disguise?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Understanding the crisis in Venezuela. A fight for power, new U.S. sanctions and a catastrophe for the nation’s poor.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

5G, the next generation of high-speed wireless, could change everything about mobile computing. But there are also national security concerns. We’ll explore what 5G actually is and what it will bring.

Guests

Klint Finley, contributing writer for Wired, where he covers telecommunication, net neutrality, software development, privacy. (@klintron)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

African-American writer Emily Bernard was stabbed by a white man. She tells the story of how it transformed her in the new memoir, “Black is the Body.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Another airport is shut down after an apparent drone sighting. We’ll unpack drone disruption and what to do about it.

Guests

Alan Levin, reporter for Bloomberg News covering aviation and drones. (@AlanLevin1)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The president has endorsed a bipartisan deal to temporarily end the government shutdown. Still, federal employees are feeling the effects and more uncertainty is on the horizon. We’ll look at the political and economic storylines.

With David Folkenflik

A new DNA machine could help solve crimes more quickly and more easily. It’s also a new frontier without much in the way of rules.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Are freedom and equality always at odds? Philosopher Elizabeth Anderson makes the case that we’re thinking about this wrong, and lays out how to have more of both.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Some private college are slashing tuition. We’ll look behind the numbers and add up the risks and rewards.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

What really happened between students from a Kentucky Catholic school and a Native American elder? And what does it say about us? Do we dare slow down to think in a world filled with both terrible hot takes and righteous social media outrage?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Beauty. Politics. Inequality. Gender. Money. Familiar themes endlessly discussed. But are we hearing every essential voice? Rhetorical question, because the answer is obviously no.

Editor’s Note: This hour discusses sexual abuse and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.


With David Folkenflik

Allegations against R&B singer R. Kelly have been circulating for decades. Why did it take a TV documentary to get people to pay attention?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A South Carolina ministry’s Christian-only foster care policy is the latest flashpoint in the debate over religious freedom and government social services. We’ll take it up.

Guests

Laura Meckler, Washington Post reporter. (@laurameckler)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Teachers on strike, this time in Los Angeles, the country’s second-largest school district. We’ll hear the debate on both sides.

Guests

Howard Blume, education reporter at the Los Angeles Times. (@howardblume)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Debt, uncertain work, unrealistic expectations — are millennials turning into the burnout generation?

Guests

Anne Helen Petersen, senior culture writer for BuzzFeed News. (@annehelen)

With David Folkenflik

The government shutdown drags on, President Trump digs in deeper on the border wall and new Russia revelations. The roundtable dives in.

Guests

David Nakamura, White House reporter for the Washington Post. (@DavidNakamura)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

There is growing chaos at the southern border, as some officials say the Trump administration’s focus on deterrence at the border has left them unable to handle and properly house thousands of families. We’ll get a reality check on the ground.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

More athletes are refusing to be exploited, from high school, to college, to the pros. It’ll be a big trend in 2019, and we’ll dive in.

Guests

Kevin Blackistone, ESPN panelist and professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Sports columnist at the Washington Post. (@ProfBlackistone)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump makes his case for a crisis at the southern border. We’ll examine his prime-time address to the nation and the extent of his executive powers.

Guests

Eliana Johnson, White House reporter for Politico. (@elianayjohnson)

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