On Point

Weekdays 9-11AM

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 Meghna Chakrabarti

The Cosby actor, job-shaming and the dignity of work. The photo that went viral sparked an emotional debate. We’ll hear it.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Trump administration wants to end limits on how long they can hold migrant children in custody. Instead of 20 days, they now want to hold them indefinitely.

Guests

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

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Twenty-five years ago, the card game Magic: The Gathering hit store shelves. More than 30 million people are still playing in this fantasy battle world.

Guests

Neima Jahromi, editorial staff member and contributing writer at The New Yorker. (@NeimaJahromi)

With David Folkenflik

From Vietnam warrior to peace advocate, from defeated presidential candidate to the nation’s top diplomat, John Kerry tells his story in a new memoir.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

From hacking to terrorism, and our polarized world, it’s going to take a radical rethink of everything to survive this century, says historian and best-selling author Yuval Harari. He’s with us.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed Wednesday afternoon from a senior official in the Trump administration who claims to be working with others to thwart the president’s agenda. We dig in.

Guests

Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent. (@kwelkernbc)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Some colleges say they’ll match tuition at rival schools. We’ll add up the dollars and costs.

Guests

Melissa Korn, higher education reporter for The Wall Street Journal. (@melissakorn)

Larry Schall, president of Oglethorpe University.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Political correctness on college campuses. Are so-called “trigger warnings” and intellectual “safe spaces” creating a generation of students who can’t cope? Authors of a new book say “yes.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Black men make up less than 7 percent of students enrolled in U.S. medical schools. Why?

Guests

Dr. Shamard Charles, physician-journalist for NBC News. (@DrCharles_NBC)

With David Folkenflik

What about all those norms being busted in Washington? Among our guests: two guys named Norm.

Guests

Judi McLean Parks, professor of organizational behavior at Washington University’s Olin School of Business.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Detroit remembers the Queen of Soul and her relationship with the Motor City.

Guests

Quinn Klinefelter, reporter and senior news editor for WDET, Detroit Public Radio. (@QKlinefelter)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Electric scooters are the new biggest thing on two wheels. They’re popping up in cities across the country, but not without controversy.

Guests

Callum Borchers, reporter covering the innovation economy in Boston for member station WBUR. (@callumborchers)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Serena Williams, that catsuit and testing the lines of tennis traditions.

Guests

Caitlin Thompson, co-founder and publisher of Racquet Magazine. (@caitlin_thomps)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Africa’s remaining wild lions could be wiped out by 2050. We’ll look at the reasons for the catastrophic decline and efforts to save them.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A company called FedLoan services one-third of all federal student debt. But flawed paperwork and botched processing are stopping many students from receiving loan forgiveness they’re entitled to. We’ll find out why.

Guests

Ryann Liebenthal, freelance writer and editor. (@ryannliebenthal)

The Life And Legacy Of John McCain

Aug 27, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Tributes from around the country and the world are pouring in for Sen. John McCain. We’ll look at his remarkable life, courage and message for America.

Guests

McKay Coppins, staff writer for The Atlantic. (@mckaycoppins)

With David Folkenflik

The big social media platforms silence Alex Jones. What does this mean for free speech, for American democracy? We’ll dive in.

Guests

Adrian Chen, writer who has covered technology and internet culture for a number of outlets including The New Yorker, The New York Times and Wired Magazine. (@AdrianChen)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Are online shopping and all those deals turning us into a nation of hoarders? What you should know before clicking buy.

Guests

Alana Semuels, staff writer at The Atlantic. (@AlanaSemuels)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Prisoners go on a nationwide strike to protest what they call “modern-day slavery.” We’ll unpack the fury and the facts.

Guests

Amani Sawari, prison strike organizer and spokesperson for Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. (@SawariMi)

The Role Of The U.S. In Yemen

Aug 22, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

After a reportedly American-made bomb killed dozens of children in Yemen, we’ll take a hard look at U.S. interests, actions and responsibilities in Yemen.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen strikes a plea deal. We’ll get the big picture on what this means for the Mueller investigation and the president. Also, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is found guilty of eight charges.

Guests

Paula Reid, White House, justice and legal affairs correspondent for CBS News. (@PaulaReidCBS)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Hours and hours of screen time. How much are digital distractions changing the way kids think, and even read?

The Origin Story Of The Gig Economy

Aug 20, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

How the American dream became temporary. We explore the origins of the gig economy, and what these gigs mean for workers now.

What's To Come In The Week Ahead

Aug 20, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

We’ll kick off the week with a look at what’s to come in Washington and around the globe.

Guests

Julie Pace, Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press. (@jpaceDC)

This program originally broadcast June 14, 2018, 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.

Your New Prescription: Empathy

Aug 16, 2018

This program originally broadcast May 1, 2018, with David Folkenflik. 

Compassion may be the cure. Dr. David Rakel shares his guide to healing through empathy and listening.

Inspiration Through Procrastination

Aug 15, 2018

This program originally broadcast on March 13, 2018 with Meghna Chakrabarti.

From da Vinci to Darwin, how great minds put things off, but changed the world anyway. We’ll talk to two procrastinators: Andrew Santella, the writer of a new book about procrastination, and Tim Urban, whose TED talk on procrastination was one of the most viewed of 2016.

With Budd Mishkin

Washington slaps tariffs on Turkey. The Trump administration’s trade fights, using national security as the justification. We’ll dig in.

Guests

Piotr Zalewski, Turkey correspondent for The Economist. (@p_zalewski)

With Budd Mishkin

American hate. We talk with a human rights lawyer about the powerful stories of hate crime survivors.

Guests

Arjun Singh Sethi, editor of “American Hate: Survivors Speak Out.” (@arjunsethi81)

With Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr)

You might not know it from the craft brew pubs everywhere, but Americans are drinking more wine and spirits — slowly pushing aside beer. We’ll find out why.

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