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.
Latest Stories from On Point
Tuesday, July 28 2015 04:00 PM
Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — "Among the Ten Thousand Things" — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.
Tuesday, July 28 2015 03:00 PM
The United States and Africa. What we see in and beyond President Obama's big visit.
Monday, July 27 2015 04:00 PM
From secret sauces and rubs to hickory and folklore, we will celebrate and sample the best barbecue in the land. Bring napkins!
Monday, July 27 2015 03:00 PM
Sixteen Republicans are running for president. Two of them — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina — join us.
Friday, July 24 2015 03:00 PM
From forgetting the keys to real dementia, the exercises – body and mind – that can actually help the aging brain.
Friday, July 24 2015 03:00 PM
The traffic stop and Sandra Bland. The Cuban flag flies in Washington. A Trump tizzy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Thursday, July 23 2015 04:00 PM
More than 70,000 untested rape kits in more than 1,000 police departments across the country. We'll ask why.
Thursday, July 23 2015 03:00 PM
A reporter and photographer on a road trip across California, looking at how the drought has reshaped lives there.
Wednesday, July 22 2015 04:00 PM
Privacy and free speech on the Internet. We look at the troubles at Reddit and Gawker, and the hacking of cheating website Ashley Madison.
Wednesday, July 22 2015 03:00 PM
For years in office, he was "No-Drama Obama." That's changing. We'll look at the new, more candid, more free-wheeling Obama presidency. Plus, a look at the arrest and death of Sandra Bland.
Tuesday, July 21 2015 04:00 PM
We go inside Iran and the Iran nuclear with scholar-reporter Robin Wright's on how Iranians see us now.
Tuesday, July 21 2015 03:00 PM
A new test city for driverless cars in Michigan. We'll look from there to Silicon Valley and ask who's in the driver's seat for automotive innovation
Monday, July 20 2015 04:00 PM
A voting rights showdown in North Carolina. We'll look at the local politics and the national implications.
Monday, July 20 2015 03:00 PM
Germany and the charge of "bully" after a tough Greek bailout deal.
Friday, July 17 2015 04:00 PM
Beautiful Pluto. From three billion miles out. Pictures and science are pouring in!
Friday, July 17 2015 03:00 PM
The Iran deal. Obama's prison push. Harper Lee. El Chapo's escape. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Thursday, July 16 2015 04:00 PM
Making artificial intelligence work for, not against, humanity. We'll look at a big new push to get it right.
Thursday, July 16 2015 03:00 PM
A lot more people should be on statins to lower cholesterol, according to new studies. We'll look at the science and risks.
Wednesday, July 15 2015 04:00 PM
Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set A Watchman." We'll read between the lines of the highly anticipated sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird".
Wednesday, July 15 2015 03:00 PM
China's stock market melts down and its economy on shaky ground. A bubble correction or signs of something more serious?
Tuesday, July 14 2015 04:00 PM
And Walker makes it 15. Fifteen Republicans running for the White House. We look at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's record and his prospects. Plus, a close read of Hillary Clinton's big economic policy speech.
Tuesday, July 14 2015 03:00 PM
A landmark six-nation deal with Iran over nuclear weapons. We'll pore over the deal and look at what comes next.
Monday, July 13 2015 04:00 PM
Boot-camp style rehabilitation centers in China to treat Internet addiction, and the problem here in the US.
Monday, July 13 2015 03:00 PM
The Obama Administration just announced controversial rules to address segregation, almost fifty years after the Fair Housing Act. Critics call it "social engineering."
Friday, July 10 2015 04:00 PM
The winner and two finalists of the big Caine Prize for African Writing.
Friday, July 10 2015 03:00 PM
The Confederate Flag to come down in South Carolina. Greece hangs in the balance. Glitches halt trading and flights. Bill Cosby admitted to drugging women. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Thursday, July 09 2015 04:00 PM
South Carolina votes to take down the Confederate flag. Is it a new day in the South?
Thursday, July 09 2015 03:00 PM
A fatal shooting in San Francisco by an undocumented man – a 7-time felon, deported 5 times – has re-ignited the immigration debate.
Wednesday, July 08 2015 04:00 PM
Pack your sleeping bag. Leave your iPhone at home. We're heading off to summer camp. Our midsummer salute to an American tradition.
Wednesday, July 08 2015 03:00 PM
The end of No Child Left Behind. Lawmakers debate an all-new federal education policy. We'll look at the proposals and pushback
Tuesday, July 07 2015 04:00 PM
From the living room to world championships, Scrabble is fun—and fiercely competitive. We'll dig in.
Tuesday, July 07 2015 03:00 PM
Greeks spoke and said no to the European ultimatum. Folly or bravery, these are uncharted waters for Europe and Greece.
Monday, July 06 2015 04:00 PM
An intimate look at the foster care system from the perspective of two families struggling to reunite with their children.
Monday, July 06 2015 03:00 PM
How should we talk about faith and God in these uncertain times? We put that tough question—and more---to a roundtable of religious thinkers.
Friday, July 03 2015 04:00 PM
Harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy tears it up with us. From Bach to the blues.
Friday, July 03 2015 03:00 PM
Overtime pay. Diplomatic ties with Cuba. Greece defaults. Iran deadline missed. Chris Christie jumps in. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Thursday, July 02 2015 04:00 PM
Beloved children's author Judy Blume is writing for adults again – on disaster. Judy Blume joins us.
Thursday, July 02 2015 03:00 PM
A big, provocative look at the sophisticated online efforts of ISIS to recruit and lure Westerners to their cause.
Wednesday, July 01 2015 04:00 PM
Babies born in prison. The numbers are growing. What's best for baby? We'll take a closer look.
Wednesday, July 01 2015 03:00 PM
Five million workers may qualify for overtime pay. We'll look at the plan and the pushback.
Tuesday, June 30 2015 04:00 PM
Global plans for outer space. We'll look around the world at who has what agendas for out there.
Tuesday, June 30 2015 03:00 PM
Greece closes its banks as debt negotiations reach a crisis point. We hear the latest on the debt crisis and its threat to the Eurozone.
Monday, June 29 2015 04:00 PM
Can bacteria in your gut influence your brain? Your mood? Your emotions? Top scientists say yes.
Monday, June 29 2015 03:00 PM
Same-sex marriage. Obamacare. Lethal injection. Voting rights. Redistricting. A big look at the Supreme Court term.
Friday, June 26 2015 04:00 PM
The Supreme Court decides in a 5-4 ruling: same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.
Friday, June 26 2015 03:00 PM
The Confederate Flag and funerals in Charleston. The Marathon bomber speaks. All eyes on the Supreme Court. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Thursday, June 25 2015 04:00 PM
The Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act's state subsides. We'll hear reactions from politicians and health policy experts.
Thursday, June 25 2015 03:00 PM
Are we looking at a "new" Cold War? Russian bombers in the air. US tanks to Eastern Europe. We'll look at the new shivers of a bad old time.
Wednesday, June 24 2015 04:00 PM
Singer/composer Nina Simone, voice of brilliant black artistry, is back in a new documentary. We'll dive in.
Wednesday, June 24 2015 03:00 PM
More Americans are now fleeing rent and buying homes. We'll look at the housing market, where to rent, and where to buy.