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On Point : About

Airs weekdays at 8pm on AM 820

A hybrid of a talk program and a newsmagazine, On Point puts each day's news into context and provides a lively forum for discussion and debate. Topics chosen for the program are often taken from the biggest news stories of the day while others have a direct connection to issues that are at the core of what is urgent and important in the world at the moment. Interwoven are programs containing interviews with personalities, politicians, musicians, writers, and journalists. On Point deliberately seeks out distinct and provocative voices that may be new to public radio or that may not have been heard in quite the same context before. Debriefs, discussions and radio diaries are designed not just to stimulate the intellect of the listeners but also to elicit emotion and passion about the state of national and international affairs.

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Latest Stories from On Point

Listening Back To Our Conversation With Oliver Sacks

Tuesday, September 01 2015 04:00 PM

Oliver Sacks, celebrated neurologist and best-selling author, has died at 82. We'll listen back to our remarkable 2013 interview with Oliver Sacks on life and aging.

Competition For Resources In The Arctic

Tuesday, September 01 2015 03:00 PM

The scramble for the Arctic. President Obama's in Alaska. We'll look at the stakes.

Re-Examining The Legal Definition Of Sexual Assault

Monday, August 31 2015 04:00 PM

A verdict in the New Hampshire prep school rape trial. And calls for changing sexual assault laws.

Looking Past A Shooting At American Gun Culture

Monday, August 31 2015 03:00 PM

Lessons from the Roanoke TV shootings. We'll look at the way forward with the New York Times' Nick Kristof and other top thinkers.

The World's Disappearing Natural Sound

Friday, August 28 2015 04:00 PM

A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We'll listen in.

Week In The News: On Air Shooting, Wall Street Roller Coaster, Joe Biden's Rationale

Friday, August 28 2015 03:00 PM

A deadly shooting on live TV. Wall Street's roller coaster ride. Biden considers a White House bid. 10 years since Katrina.

Amy Seek's 'Confessions of a Birth Mother'

Thursday, August 27 2015 04:00 PM

Open adoption. How one birth mother gave up her child for adoption and stayed in his life.

Why Don't We Have Mental Health Parity?

Thursday, August 27 2015 03:00 PM

Insurance companies are required by law to cover mental health the same as physical health. So why don't they?

'A Window Opens': Elisabeth Egan's Amazon Tell All

Wednesday, August 26 2015 04:00 PM

Author Elisabeth Egan's new novel is a kind of kiss and tell on life inside Amazon. She takes us there.

New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

Wednesday, August 26 2015 03:00 PM

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. We'll look at how the city struggled, rebuilt, recovered — and where it stands now.

Democratic Party Looks Further Afield

Tuesday, August 25 2015 04:00 PM

The Democrats and their 2016 options. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, maybe Joe Biden. Who do Democrats want?

Shaky Stocks And A Global Correction

Tuesday, August 25 2015 03:00 PM

The message in global stock markets – about China, the US and the whole world economy. We'll dive in.

Nabokov, 'Lolita' And The American Effect

Monday, August 24 2015 04:00 PM

He brought us "Lolita" and "Pale Fire." We'll look at Russian-born author Vladimir Nabokov and how his most famous work was shaped by his time in America.

New Science On Same-Sex Attraction

Monday, August 24 2015 03:00 PM

What makes people gay? Evidence is mounting for nature over nurture. We'll look at the latest research on human sexuality.

Women On The Front Lines

Friday, August 21 2015 04:00 PM

Two women, graduating from the Army's Ranger School. First time ever. A real achievement. Should American women fight our toughest battles?

Week In The News: Hillary's Email, Trump's Wall, Carter's Cancer

Friday, August 21 2015 03:00 PM

Iowa politics. Hillary's email. A Bangkok blast. Protests in St. Louis. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Hip-Hop And Politics

Thursday, August 20 2015 04:00 PM

From "Straight Outta Compton" to rap right now, we'll look at the evolving politics of hip hop.

Methane Emissions Draw EPA Limits

Thursday, August 20 2015 03:00 PM

The EPA says methane may be more dangerous than CO2 for global warming. Wants to clean up drilling wellheads. There's a fight on.

Amazon And The Future Of American Work

Wednesday, August 19 2015 04:00 PM

The brutally demanding, competitive work culture at Amazon and the future of American work.

Trump's Turn On Immigration Policy

Wednesday, August 19 2015 03:00 PM

Candidate Trump has got the GOP squirming with his hot talk on immigration. A full wall. Mass deportation. We'll look at the fallout from Trump's attacks.

Rose McGowan Is Sick Of Hollywood's Double Standards

Tuesday, August 18 2015 04:00 PM

Actress and feminist Rose McGowan on sexism in Hollywood and how to fix it.

Iran Deal Lobbying From All Sides

Tuesday, August 18 2015 03:00 PM

The great debate over the Iran deal – who is coming down where, and why.

Black Lives Matter And The 2016 Election

Monday, August 17 2015 04:00 PM

Black Lives Matter protesters have confronted Democratic candidates over attitudes on race and criminal justice. We'll hear them out, and look at African-Americans and the Democratic Party.

Are We Fighting Wildfires The Wrong Way?

Monday, August 17 2015 03:00 PM

Thousands of acres are ablaze in the West and there could be more wildfires to come. Is it time to change the way we fight these fires?

Our Dating Demographic Dilemma

Friday, August 14 2015 04:00 PM

The numbers that rule the dating game. We look at how demographics are making it much harder for women and changing the way we date today.

Week In The News: Trump On Top, China's Currency Flux, A River Runs Orange

Friday, August 14 2015 03:00 PM

Jeb attacks Hillary. Trump attacks FOX. Ferguson after a year. China devalues its currency. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A More Militant Japan, 70 Years After WWII

Thursday, August 13 2015 04:00 PM

Seventy years after Japan's World War II surrender, Japan is making moves to give its military more room to fight again. We'll look at what that could mean in Asia and beyond.

What Decriminalizing Sex Work Would Mean

Thursday, August 13 2015 03:00 PM

Amnesty International votes to support decriminalizing sex work. Prostitution. We'll dig into why, and the reaction.

Farming Goes High-Tech

Wednesday, August 12 2015 04:00 PM

As populations rise, arable land shrinks and the Earth grows warmer, we look at how technology and big data are coming deep into American farming.

Turkey, The Kurds And ISIS

Wednesday, August 12 2015 03:00 PM

Turkey joins the fight against ISIS, the Islamic State. We'll look at the politics and strategic implications for the US and the region.

Wanted: New American Teachers

Tuesday, August 11 2015 04:00 PM

With a new school year right in front of us, many schools across the country are still desperate to fill teaching positions. We'll look at the teacher shortage.

Planned Parenthood And Modern Reproductive Health

Tuesday, August 11 2015 03:00 PM

We look at the battle over Planned Parenthood, women's reproductive rights, fetal tissue and the future of women's health services in America.

Race In America, From Watts To Ferguson And Beyond

Monday, August 10 2015 04:00 PM

The 50th anniversary of the Watts riots, and the 1 year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown. What we have and haven't figured out about race.

The Rise And Risks Of Synthetic Marijuana

Monday, August 10 2015 03:00 PM

It's called "Spice", "synthetic marijuana. We'll look at a cheap, potent, and ambiguously legal synthetic drug that's causing overdoses and flooding the streets.

The Jon Stewart Effect

Friday, August 07 2015 04:00 PM

After more than 16 years as America's funny, biting and fake newsman, Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show. We'll look back.

Week In The News: GOP Presidential Debate, Malaysia Airlines Debris, Clean Power Plan

Friday, August 07 2015 03:00 PM

The GOP presidential debates. Planned Parenthood keeps its funding. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 debris identified. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

'Amazing Grace,' Amazing Origin Story

Thursday, August 06 2015 04:00 PM

"Amazing Grace" on Broadway. We'll hear the music and remarkable story of the composer who went from slave trader to abolitionist.

U.S. Wireless Competition Expands

Thursday, August 06 2015 03:00 PM

A price battle among wireless carriers, and new players, like Google, stepping in. We'll find out how this could benefit you.

Fail, Quit, Lose: The Danger In Glorifying Failure

Wednesday, August 05 2015 04:00 PM

"Fail fast, fail often" goes the zeitgeist . But should we have such optimism for failure?

Doctors Say High Cancer Costs Can't Continue

Wednesday, August 05 2015 03:00 PM

After the diagnosis of cancer, another blow – the often-crippling costs of treatment. We look at the soaring price of cancer drugs.

Jason Segel's 'Tour' Is Only Just Beginning

Tuesday, August 04 2015 04:00 PM

Comedic actor Jason Segel gets serious and takes on author David Foster Wallace in the new film, "The End of the Tour. " He's with us.

The President's Hard Carbon Emissions Push

Tuesday, August 04 2015 03:00 PM

Tough new carbon restrictions. What the president is proposing, Germany's already doing. Will the American people buy in?

The Next World War Will Be Digital

Monday, August 03 2015 04:00 PM

P.W. Singer and August Cole imagine World War III in a new novel where the battlefront goes deeply cyber.

European Migrant Crisis Strains All Borders

Monday, August 03 2015 03:00 PM

The migrant crush at the Chunnel, linking France and England, puts a spotlight on Europe's migration crisis. We'll go there.

Big Game, Bigger Controversy

Friday, July 31 2015 04:00 PM

Canned lion hunts and the fate of big game in Africa, after the outrage over Cecil.

Week In The News: Cincinnati Police Indictment, Bye-Bye Boston 2024, RIP Cecil The Lion

Friday, July 31 2015 03:00 PM

A new police murder charge and a black man dead in Ohio. Iran Deal heat and Huckabee. Malaysia Air. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Stop Us If You've Heard The One About Copyrighted Humor

Thursday, July 30 2015 04:00 PM

Who owns jokes? Seriously. In the age of social media, the lines are murky.

Coding Camps Climb Professional Ranks

Thursday, July 30 2015 03:00 PM

From barista to tech wiz. Computer coding boot camps are hot. Vaulting their graduates in just months into high-paying jobs. We'll look at the surge.

The Good, The Bad And The LaGuardia: Modern Airport Design

Wednesday, July 29 2015 04:00 PM

New York City's LaGuardia Airport to be torn down and rebuilt. We'll consider what makes a great airport now, and how the US stacks up to the global competition.

Do Background Checks For Gun Sales Really Work?

Wednesday, July 29 2015 03:00 PM

Guns, background checks, and mass shootings. A new outcry over the system that decide who gets a gun and who doesn't.