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.
Muckraking journalist Matt Taibbi sees a huge and growing divide in the US justice system, where big money buys innocence and poverty means guilt. He joins us.
One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, we look at national and local security on the terrorism front now, and what we've learned.
Everyone hates hypocrisy. But, hold on, says one philosopher, we're all hypocrites. It's part of being human.
An urgent call to act on climate. A top UN panel says we have just 15 years to avoid calamity.
The HBO series "Veep" is back for a third season. We talk to Armando Iannucci, the show's creator about politicians real and satirical.
School stabbings. Ukrainian consequences. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigns. Computer heartbleed vulnerability. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
New trends in eco-friendly funerals and burials--how they reflect how we're dealing with death.
Hillary Clinton and Sheryl Sandberg's success suggests growing opportunity for women but our guests say the reality for most women is much less rosy.
Cats and dogs as family members. Pet parenthood. Our relationship with our pets is changing - we take a look.
Ukraine's hot, the Mideast is a mess. Is this White House shrewdly realigning American foreign policy or frittering away its powers?
Sunshine and fly balls. It's baseball season again and we're going minor - to the grit and gamble of the minor leagues.
The future of the GOP from Obamacare to 2016. We'll talk to Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
The voting for a new President in Afghanistan, and where the country stands now.
Africa's wrestling with a new Ebola outbreak. We'll look at what's happening, and the efforts to keep this from going global.
Fort Hood shooting, again. GM's CEO in the hot seat. Money politics. Obamacare signup. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
"Guns, Germs and Steel" author Jared Diamond on how a rising generation may handle a world of environmental challenge.
The Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on personal political campaign contributions. We'll look at the court's vision of wide-open, big-money politics.
GM's CEO in the hot seat on Capitol Hill over messy recalls and maybe a cover up. We'll look at what happened in the so-called "New Detroit." Plus, a look at the popular electric car company Tesla Motors.
The United States and Saudi Arabia — longtime allies now divided on some big issues. We look at how they're both engaging with a reshaped Middle East.
A deep history of maps and navigation, from the ancient Polynesians to the pinpoint GPS on your smart phone now and the pinpoint tracking to come.