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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 fight over Obamacare. The President’s on the Hill. Republicans are ready to act. What will survive?

This program was originally broadcast on February 1, 2016.

Comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen joins us. The wild imagination behind Borat, Bruno and Ali G is back.

T.S. Eliot And The Birth Of The Modern Poet

Dec 30, 2016

This program was originally broadcast on December 15, 2015.

The great Christopher Ricks on the great T.S. Eliot. Practical cats and the way the world ends.

This program was originally broadcast on August 9, 2016.

Taking care of your kids’ needs after a divorce. Psychologist, divorce expert Robert Emery on his new book “Two Homes, One Childhood.”

Hope Jahren, The ‘Lab Girl’

Dec 28, 2016

This program was originally broadcast on April 5, 2016.

“Lab Girl”, the powerful new memoir of a female scientist — geobiologist Hope Jahren — on life and love.

This program was originally broadcast on September 13, 2016.

Linguist John McWhorter explores how the meaning of words change dramatically over time, and why we should embrace this.

Your Christmas Stories, For All To Hear

Dec 28, 2016

We asked, and you answered. Your memorable Christmas stories. Sweet, solemn, spirited. We’ll listen.

Holidays make stories. And Christmas is the Big One. Stories of dreams and plans gone awry. Of surprises and shocks. Stories of connections made and missed. Of children’s wonder. Of love and joy and, sometimes, sorrow. We asked for yours, and you shared. For the holidays. This hour On Point, good tape, open lines, and your Christmas stories. — Tom Ashbrook

Tom Ashbrook in the studio
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On Point host Tom Ashbrook’s wife, Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, died of cancer Wednesday evening. Tom and his family have been by Danielle’s side throughout this difficult time.

Tom and Danielle were high school sweethearts from Illinois, lived in India, Tokyo and Hong Kong.  They settled and raised their family in Newton, Mass.

Danielle was an associate dean at MIT, and served as Director of the International Students office. She is survived by Tom, their three children and one granddaughter.

Tom Asbrook Taking Family Leave

Nov 6, 2014
Tom Ashbrook in the studio
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For all of our On Point listeners, who I very much think of as a kind of community – an important community – there is something personal I have to share.  It’s hard, and it’s as intimate as anything on Earth.

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