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 Meghna Chakrabarti

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico’s “monkey island.” The surviving primates have a lot to teach us about surviving trauma.

Guests

Luke Dittrich, contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. Author of “Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The quest to find and move water has always been essential to the California dream. We talk with Mark Arax, author of “The Dreamt Land.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

U.S. unemployment is at the lowest level in nearly 50 years. We look at who wins and who loses in a strong labor market.

Guests

Scott Horsley, NPR chief economic correspondent. (@HorsleyScott)

With David Folkenflik

“CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King opens up about her explosive R. Kelly interview, #MeToo, TV news and more.

Guests

Gayle King, “CBS This Morning” co-anchor. Editor at large of O, The Oprah Magazine. (@GayleKing)

With David Folkenflik

The White House’s new immigration plan. Alabama’s abortion bill. Don Jr. to testify. U.S.-Iran tensions rise. Clashes over tariffs with China. The roundtable is here.

Guests

Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg News reporter covering the 2020 Democratic campaign trail. (@jeneps)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

San Francisco bans facial recognition surveillance technology. We look at the tech-savvy city’s message for the rest of the country.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

In love and living apart. Long-distance relationships are getting a helping hand from technology to keep the flame burning bright.

Guests

Joe Pinsker, staff writer at The Atlantic covering families and education. (@jpinsk)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Mike Pence tells Liberty University graduates to prepare to be “shunned” and “ridiculed” for being Christian. Is he right?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The saber-rattling out of the White House on Iran is getting a lot louder. Saudi oil ships mysteriously attacked. What’s actually going on, and what exactly is the White House plan?

Guests

Nancy Youssef, national security correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. (@nancyayoussef)

With Jane Clayson

It’s that time of year when tired college seniors across the country turn in their theses. We’ve got a great group sharing their labors of love.

Guests

Hannah Newcombe, senior geology major at Salem State University. Her thesis is titled “Late Pleistocene to Middle Holocene Paleolimnological Variability Preserved in the Sediments at Walden Pond.”

With Jane Clayson

Facebook’s co-founder Chris Hughes and more say it’s time to break up the company. We break down the case for and against.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

In police shootings and controversial arrests, law enforcement usually tells the first story. But what happens when more video is released long after the incident?

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

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Four years ago, same-sex couples couldn’t get married in Tampa, Florida. This spring, the city elected its first lesbian mayor. We talk with Mayor Jane Castor.

Guest

Jane Castor, mayor of Tampa, Florida. Former Tampa chief of police. (@JaneCastor)

Find our buildout from this hour, featuring a conversation with one striking Uber driver, here.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Uber’s IPO is about to hit the market. Ride-hail drivers head out on strike for better wages and working conditions. We look at the gig economy now.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Now 150 years after the two halves of the first transcontinental railroad were united, the Chinese workers who did some of the most difficult work get their due.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A massive new United Nations assessment reports that humans are transforming the Earth so much that 1 million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction. And the greatest threat could be to ourselves.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Marvel Comics’ favorite superhero group, the Avengers, is back. “Avengers: Endgame” closes out the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 11-year, 22-film saga. We take a look at how Marvel has changed movie-making, why the MCU is so beloved by fans and what’s next for the universe.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The United States intelligence community is warning that China is ramping up its espionage and that the country could become the U.S.’s biggest security threat, more so than any other nation. We look at challenges posed to the U.S. in the new age of espionage.

With David Folkenflik

The NRA in crisis. Infighting among its top officials, red ink and a burst of government investigations. We discuss the fallout and the future of the NRA.

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With Meghna Chakrabarti

Before “The Canterbury Tales,” Geoffrey Chaucer was a teenage fashion plate, prisoner of war, a traveler. We dig into a new biography.

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With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump and Democratic leaders say they’ll champion a $2 trillion infrastructure package. It’s purely aspirational for now. But let’s think big — how would you spend it?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A presidential candidate and a Utah commencement speaker have both explained their sexuality by saying, “God made me this way.” We look at faith, politics and the LGBTQ community.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The profound joys of moving through the world on your own two feet. Explorer and philosopher Erling Kagge on the wonders of walking.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s student loan relief plan could help 95 percent of people burdened by student debt. So why are some critics on the right and the left calling it unfair?

Guests

Emily Wilkins, education reporter for Bloomberg Government. (@emrwilkins)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

To save the American chestnut tree, researchers want to release genetically engineered trees into the wild to reproduce. It would be a first — a possible breakthrough and an irreversible experiment.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump says he’ll “fight all subpoenas” from House Democrats and urges aides to stonewall, too. Is there an impending constitutional crisis?

With David Folkenflik

We kick off this year’s Tribeca Film Festival with the festival’s co-creator, Hollywood producer Jane Rosenthal.

Guests

Jane Rosenthal, film and TV producer, and co-founder and CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival. (@janetribeca)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Navy SEALs turned in their leader for war crimes. He faces murder charges. We go inside the secret culture of America’s elite warriors.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The legendary O’Jays are back with a new album, and they’re raising their voices in protest.

Guests

Eddie Levert and Walter Williams Sr., founding members of the celebrated R&B group The O’Jays, which was formed in 1958. (@EddieLevertSr)

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