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.


The musical duo Tegan and Sara return to high school. They join for a conversation about music ⁠— and growing up.

The secret sauce and spices of Sichuanese cooking. Get ready for a master class. Recipes included.

President Trump likens the impeachment inquiry to a lynching. We talk about the political weaponization of one of the darkest parts of American history.


Rep. James Clyburn, Democratic congressman from South Carolina and the House Majority Whip. He’s the highest ranking African American in the U.S. House of Representatives. (@WhipClyburn)

What Americans Think Of A Wealth Tax

Oct 23, 2019

Should the richest Americans pay more taxes, not just on what they earn, but on everything they own? We examine the case for and against a wealth tax.

From the 1920s to 1950, babies were sold on the black market from a Memphis children’s home. We unspool the sordid story and talk with survivor families.

On “Face the Nation,” moderator Margaret Brennan asks the tough questions about Beltway politics and world affairs. We turn the tables and put those questions to her.


“Face The Nation” moderator and senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, Margaret Brennan (@margbrennan).

Interview Highlights

On the decision-making process when sitting down to interview someone

The latest on Brexit: leaders in the United Kingdom insist that it will happen one way or another by the Oct. 31 deadline, despite requests to the European Union for an extension.


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

Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and reporting on powerful men with a lot at stake. A conversation with Ronan Farrow.


Ronan Farrow, investigative journalist and contributing writer to The New Yorker. Author of “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.”(@RonanFarrow)

For decades, Rick McIntyre has been one of Yellowstone’s most dedicated and passionate wolf-watchers. And in his new book, he tells the remarkable story of Wolf 8, one of the first wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone in the mid-’90s, and how the pup went from being runt of the litter to alpha male.

Should juveniles convicted of murder ever receive life in prison without the possibility of parole? The Supreme Court looks at the case of the D.C. Sniper, and raises the question of sentencing reform in juvenile justice.

A big rethink of the fall of the Roman Empire. Was it actually an opportunity, rather than a tragedy? Our guest says Rome’s demise cleared the economic path for Europe and the creation of the modern age.

50 Years (And Counting) For 'Sesame Street'

Oct 15, 2019

Fifty years of “Sesame Street.” From Kermit to Elmo, Oscar and Big Bird, we celebrate the show that’s taught children around the world to read, laugh and love to learn.


Lloyd Morrisett, co-founder of “Sesame Street,” which first aired on Nov. 10, 1969. Co-founder of Children’s Television Workshop (since renamed Sesame Workshop), which created the show.

A meditation on character and leadership from former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO James Stavridis. The new book is “Sailing True North.”

Editor’s Note: This hour discusses suicide, anxiety and other mental health issues.

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.

Ambassador Susan Rice on lessons learned serving in the Obama administration.


Susan Rice, former national security adviser and U.S ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama. Author of “Tough Love: My Story Of The Things Worth Fighting For.” (@AmbassadorRice)

Multiple whistleblowers come forward. The White House refuses to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry. Turkey invades Syria with Trump’s green light. The roundtable is here.


Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR. (@MaraLiasson)

An NBA executive’s Hong Kong tweet tips off fierce backlash from China. Why does the NBA care? We follow the bouncing ball and dollars.


Jeff Zillgitt, NBA reporter for USA Today Sports. He’s covered 10 NBA Finals and seven Olympics. (@JeffZillgitt)

Is it legal to fire workers because they’re LGBTQ? The Supreme Court takes it up. So do we.


Amy Howe, founder and reporter, SCOTUS Blog. Served as counsel in over two dozen merits cases at the Supreme Court and argued two cases there. Taught Supreme Court litigation courses at Stanford Law School and Harvard Law School. (@AHoweBlogger)

Just How Hard Is It To Quit Vaping?

Oct 8, 2019

Vaping deaths and injuries are getting attention. Kicking the habit isn’t so easy. What works?


Luka Kinard, 16-year-old high school junior. In 2018, he spent 39 days at an inpatient treatment center for a severe vaping addiction.

Check out more photos from our trip to South Carolina and live taping here.

On Point Live! travels to South Carolina to hear what’s on the minds of voters in the Palmetto State.

The role of the conservative media at the outset of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

With Sacha Pfeiffer

California becomes the first state to let college athletes make money. It’s a game-changer.


Master Tesfatsion, senior writer at Bleacher Report and host of “Untold Stories.” (@MasterTes)

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

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Who belongs in America? NPR correspondent Aarti Namdev Shahani asks the question in a new memoir about her immigrant experience.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

So how did Ukraine find itself in the center of a U.S. political storm? We take a deep look at corruption and internal politics in Kyiv.


Jeanine Santucci, Politics NOW reporter for USA Today, covering breaking news and trending politics. (@JeanineSantucci)

You can find a buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The whistleblower, the president and the Democrats’ next moves on impeachment. We have all the latest twists and turns.

With David Folkenflik

Brian Cox plays a ruthless patriarch and media titan on HBO’s hit show “Succession.” His next role is LBJ on Broadway. He joins us.


Brian Cox, actor who stars in HBO’s “Succession” as Logan Roy, the aging patriarch of a global media conglomerate. He also stars as President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play “The Great Society,” which opens Oct. 1.

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You can find a buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.

With Anthony Brooks

The Republicans’ reaction to the impeachment inquiry. How will they react to the Democrats and to Trump? We ask.

With Anthony Brooks

America’s homeless crisis. The Trump administration’s controversial plan to fix it starts in California. We take it up.


Ben Carson, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. (@SecretaryCarson)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Planet Earth is in trouble: superbugs, a warming planet, communities in crisis. But there’s a way forward. We look at the world through “The Optimist’s Telescope.”