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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

Art And Life Of America's Plains Indians

Friday, April 24 2015 03:00 PM

Artists of earth and sky. Rawhide, bear claw, eagle feathers and the glory of America's Plans Indians, on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Week In The News: Drone Deaths, Migrant Crisis, No Answers For Freddie Gray

Friday, April 24 2015 02:00 PM

Loretta Lynch gets a vote. Race and anger in Baltimore. Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Petraeus, sentenced. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Armenian Genocide Story At 100

Thursday, April 23 2015 03:00 PM

One hundred years after the genocide, Armenians are still working through the story. Writers Litty Mathew and Eric Bogosian join us.

Service Not Included – But Should It Be?

Thursday, April 23 2015 02:00 PM

The tipping economy in America. It's huge. It's being challenged. It may be changing.

'Rain,' Rain, (Don't) Go Away

Wednesday, April 22 2015 03:00 PM

All about rain. From poems and paintings to parched earth. We'll hear a natural and cultural history of rain.

Bird Flu Flare-Up On Midwest Farms; Big Blue Bell Recall

Wednesday, April 22 2015 02:00 PM

A major American outbreak of bird flu. Millions of hens and turkeys are being destroyed in the Midwest to stop the spread. We'll look at what's at stake. Plus: the latest in a big recall for Blue Bell Creamery

'Spinster' – And Loving It

Tuesday, April 21 2015 03:00 PM

With over 50% of American women unmarried— we'll look at the push to reclaim the word "spinster" – to be single and proud of it.

A Fast Track For The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tuesday, April 21 2015 02:00 PM

TPP. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is headed onto the fast track for a vote now. We'll look at the big trade-pact and big debate around it. Plus, the latest on the boat migrant crisis in Europe.

It's A Question Of 'Character'

Monday, April 20 2015 03:00 PM

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

Money In Politics: The Gyrocopter's Complaint

Monday, April 20 2015 02:00 PM

We'll take up the gyrocopter pilot's complaint. Big money politics in America, on the road to 2016. And what to do about it.

The Women Of Flor De Toloache

Friday, April 17 2015 03:00 PM

An all-female band takes mariachi to old places and new. We'll talk with the women of Flor de Toloache.

Week In The News: Hillary Is In, Iran Deal Details, Blackwater Sentencing

Friday, April 17 2015 02:00 PM

Hillary and Rubio, in for 2016. Congress, in on the Iran Deal. And a Gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Killer Robots: Be Prepared

Thursday, April 16 2015 03:00 PM

Lethal weapons – killer robots – are coming. Now the UN is looking at how to respond. We'll get the latest.

Stark Realities Of Autistic Adulthood

Thursday, April 16 2015 02:00 PM

You don't outgrow autism. But a wave of autistic children is growing into adulthood. What's going to happen then?

Fake Meat Is Very Real

Wednesday, April 15 2015 03:00 PM

The big push for fake meat. Bill Gates is in on it. To cut back on livestock production. To, maybe, save the planet.

Covering The World With John Burns

Wednesday, April 15 2015 02:00 PM

Famed correspondent John Burns has covered the world for 40 years for the New York Times. He's hanging up his notebook. He joins us.

'Cadillac Plans' Get Obamacare Cut Back

Tuesday, April 14 2015 03:00 PM

Big employers, cutting back on full-coverage health care as Obamacare's 'Cadillac Tax' begins to bite.

An Iranian View On The Nuclear Framework Agreement

Tuesday, April 14 2015 02:00 PM

How the nuclear deal looks from Iran, from the Ayatollah to the men and women on the street.

Economic Inequality Goes To College

Monday, April 13 2015 03:00 PM

American colleges cutting gut the middle, the poor and the push to turn that around.

Hillary Clinton's Campaign Takes Off

Monday, April 13 2015 02:00 PM

Hillary Clinton formally announces she's running for president. We'll look at candidate Clinton and the way ahead.

A Library For Your Seeds

Friday, April 10 2015 03:00 PM

Seed libraries sprouting all over. We'll dig into the populist push to preserve diversity – and flavor — in our gardens and diets.

Week In The News: North Charleston Shooting, Marathon Verdict, Rand Paul 2016

Friday, April 10 2015 02:00 PM

A police murder charge in South Carolina. Russia hacks the White House. Rand Paul will run. Marathon bombing verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Cameras, Cops And South Carolina

Thursday, April 09 2015 03:00 PM

We'll look at the South Carolina shooting – a policeman charged with murder – and the unfinished push to put cameras on cops.

A Guilty Verdict In The Tsarnaev Trial

Thursday, April 09 2015 02:00 PM

The Boston Marathon bomber—guilty. Now, a life or death decision, and what we've learned from the trial.

Fracking And Earthquakes In Middle America

Wednesday, April 08 2015 03:00 PM

The earthquakes of Oklahoma. There's a sharp increase. Big oil, lots of water, pressure, fracking. We'll look at what lies beneath.

Staking Out A Broad 2016 GOP Field

Wednesday, April 08 2015 02:00 PM

The GOP and 2016. Rand Paul's in now. We'll survey the field, Paul, Walker, Bush and beyond.

Real Italian Cooking With The 'Nonnas' Who Know It Best

Tuesday, April 07 2015 03:00 PM

Italian cooking with the nonnas who know it best. They join us with stories and recipes.

As Employment Growth Slows, Where Are American Jobs?

Tuesday, April 07 2015 02:00 PM

The jobs pothole. The latest numbers were half what was predicted. Where are American jobs?

The Comma Queen Will See You, Now

Monday, April 06 2015 03:00 PM

They call her the Comma Queen. Lessons on life and language with the New Yorker's ultimate grammar editor, Mary Norris.

Tracing The Outlines Of The Iran Deal

Monday, April 06 2015 02:00 PM

The Iran nuclear deal outline, and how it fits into a region in turmoil.

The Music Streaming Wars Are Already Here

Friday, April 03 2015 03:00 PM

The music streaming wars, from Beats to Spotify to now Jay Z. And a chat with graphic memoirist Allison Bechdel.

Week In The News: Indiana's Religious Freedom Law, Hazy Iran Deal, Thirsty California

Friday, April 03 2015 02:00 PM

Gay rights, religious freedom and Indiana. All eyes on the Iran talks. Mandatory water restrictions in California. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Shame: What Is It Good For? (Probably Nothing)

Thursday, April 02 2015 03:00 PM

Public shaming. In the age of social media, it happens fast and furious. We'll look at shaming takedowns and what they tell us.

Inside Your Herbal Supplements

Thursday, April 02 2015 02:00 PM

What's really in your herbal supplements? Americans spend billions on supplements. What are they getting?

TV For Toddlers? It's Happening

Wednesday, April 01 2015 03:00 PM

TV and screen time for babies. Toddlers. It's so tempting. So available. But is it a good idea?

Sinking Oil Prices And American Energy Production

Wednesday, April 01 2015 02:00 PM

American energy production at a time of low oil prices. Oil, gas, wind, solar. And what the changed oil price landscape means.

Shedding New Light On Lady Day

Tuesday, March 31 2015 03:00 PM

A meditation on the life and music of Billie Holiday. The lady who sang the blues.

Gay Rights And Religious Freedom In Indiana

Tuesday, March 31 2015 02:00 PM

Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Critics call it anti-gay. Business leaders say bad for the economy. The governor's not backing down. We'll dive in.

The Enduring Value Of A Liberal Arts Degree

Monday, March 30 2015 03:00 PM

Fareed Zakaria weighs the value of a liberal arts education in our technology-driven time.

Pilot Psychology And Flight Safety

Monday, March 30 2015 02:00 PM

The pilot who crashed his plane in the Alps. What we know now. And what to do about pilots' psychological health.

How To Get Fit, For Less

Friday, March 27 2015 03:00 PM

Spring training. From easy-access yoga to outdoor exercise meet-ups, exercise plans you'll want to do.

Week In The News: Germanwings Crash, Ted Cruz 2016, Yemen Unravels

Friday, March 27 2015 02:00 PM

The co-pilot and the plane in the Alps? Ted Cruz announces 2016 bid. Heinz buys Kraft. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Hey Kids! Go Outside, Already

Thursday, March 26 2015 03:00 PM

American kids today spend only four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors. We hear a new call to raise the "wild child."

Our Protest-Free New Gilded Age

Thursday, March 26 2015 02:00 PM

In our age of hyper-inequality, historian Steve Fraser asks when the little guy stands up and says "enough." He's with us.

Wallet-To-Wallet, Peer-To-Peer: A Digital Payments Boomlet

Wednesday, March 25 2015 03:00 PM

"Tap and pay": mobile money, peer-to-peer, all over now. SnapChat, Venmo, now Facebook Messenger. We'll look at security and the new anthropology of digital money.

America, Versus Itself

Wednesday, March 25 2015 02:00 PM

Is America now its own worst enemy? Blowing a future that should be good? Harvard's Joseph Nye and the New Yorker's John Cassidy join us.

Coal And American Energy Futures

Tuesday, March 24 2015 03:00 PM

The new battle over American coal, before the Supreme Court and beyond.

Yemen Verges On Multi-Front Civil Conflict

Tuesday, March 24 2015 02:00 PM

Yemen on the brink. US Special Operations forces have pulled out. Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are leaning in. A counter-terrorism vacuum looms. We'll go there.

The Sweet Memphis Sound Of 'Beale Street'

Monday, March 23 2015 03:00 PM

Walkin' in Memphis. We'll look at the history of Beale Street and how the Memphis Sound came to be.

New Solutions For Dire California Drought

Monday, March 23 2015 02:00 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown, and his billion-dollar emergency drought plan. We'll look at dry California's options, including turning to the sea.