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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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Last updated: Sunday, March 29 2015 12:17 AM

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.

What's Wrong With College Greek Life?

Friday, March 20 2015 03:00 PM

Another spate of awful headlines from college fraternities this week. What is going on with 'Greek life?

Week In The News: Bibi Wins, GOP Budget, Millionaire 'Killed Them All'

Friday, March 20 2015 02:00 PM

Netanyahu's controversial victory. The GOP budget. Museum massacre in Tunisia. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Growing Allure – And Ease — Of Unbundling Cable TV

Thursday, March 19 2015 03:00 PM

The Internet "unbundles" cable TV. We'll look at big new deals and what they mean for cost, content and you.

A Shaky State Of Affairs In South America

Thursday, March 19 2015 02:00 PM

South America in turmoil. Brazil. Argentina. Venezuela and more. Going volatile right now. We'll ask why.

The Death Penalty: How And Why We Kill Now

Wednesday, March 18 2015 03:00 PM

Capital punishment by lethal injection may soon be impossible because of drug shortages. Firing squads are back on the table. We'll look at how the way we execute affects our thinking about the death penalty.

Getting Your Due In Social Security Benefits

Wednesday, March 18 2015 02:00 PM

Many Americans never collect thousands they're due in Social Security. We'll look at why and how to get what – under current, confusing law – is yours.

'Blurred Lines' In Music Copyright Fight

Tuesday, March 17 2015 03:00 PM

Music, copyright and the "Blurred Lines" verdict. How it may lock the music industry, and songwriting.

The Global Strength Of The Super Dollar

Tuesday, March 17 2015 02:00 PM

The almighty dollar. It is at big highs right now against currencies all over the world. We'll look at why, and what it means for the US economy.

Cinderella, Ever After (And After, And After, And After)

Monday, March 16 2015 03:00 PM

Cinderella is back again, Disney-style. We'll look at the origins of the Cinderella story.

The Realities Of The American Sex Trade

Monday, March 16 2015 02:00 PM

A former prostitute is trying to help young women escape the sex trade in the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota. We'll talk to her, and look at the big picture of sex trafficking in the USA.

Crime And Vengeance With Boston's Own Dennis Lehane

Friday, March 13 2015 03:00 PM

Best-selling author Dennis Lehane takes blood, crime and vengeance to Tampa in his newest novel, "World Gone By."

Week In The News: Clinton 'Convenience,' GOP And Iran, Ferguson On Edge

Friday, March 13 2015 02:00 PM

The GOP's Iran letter. Shocking video out of the University of Oklahoma. Hillary Clinton goes on defense. More Ferguson. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

John Ridley's 'American Crime'

Thursday, March 12 2015 03:00 PM

"12 Years a Slave" screenwriter John Ridley joins us on his new TV show "American Crime," and a big new look at race relations.

The Death – And Life – Of The American Mall

Thursday, March 12 2015 02:00 PM

Malls in motion. Once the supertankers of America's retail economy, now shutting down or going luxury. Where malls –and our economy—are going.

Why "Our Kids" Aren't Still Winning Today

Wednesday, March 11 2015 03:00 PM

When the doors of opportunity close on America's children. How and why it's happened, with Robert Putnam and his new book, "Our Kids."

Reforming The American Intelligence System

Wednesday, March 11 2015 02:00 PM

A big, new restructuring at the CIA. We'll look at the future of the US intelligence agency.

The Singular Sound Of Nico Muhly

Tuesday, March 10 2015 03:00 PM

Thirty-three year-old composer Nico Muhly has turned the classical music world on its head with the sound of drones, the web, the world right now. He joins us.

Corruption And Xi Jinping's China

Tuesday, March 10 2015 02:00 PM

China's sweeping anti-corruption campaign expands. We'll look at who it's hitting, and why.

What You Really Find When You Look For Atlantis

Monday, March 09 2015 03:00 PM

Following the clues to find the lost city of Atlantis. It's a real life Indiana Jones adventure. Plus: a skeletal new link in the human evolution chain.

The Battle For Tikrit And The Fight Against ISIS

Monday, March 09 2015 02:00 PM

The battle for Tikrit. The US, Iran, Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and more join forces in Iraq to take back territory from ISIS. But it's no easy alliance.

Weed, Watermelon And 'Post-Racial' America

Friday, March 06 2015 04:00 PM

Author Paul Beatty's novel "The Sellout" is a satirical look at race relations in America. He joins us.

Week In The News: Netanyahu's Speech, Hillary's Email And Obamacare At Court

Friday, March 06 2015 03:00 PM

Netanyahu's speech. Hillary Clinton's email. Obamacare back at the high court. A stunning start to the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Medication And Female Moods

Thursday, March 05 2015 04:00 PM

Are American women being prescribed psychiatric drugs – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics — for normal emotions? We'll hear out one psychiatrist's bold claim.

Racial Bias In Ferguson, And Beyond

Thursday, March 05 2015 03:00 PM

The big Justice Department report finds a pattern of racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department. Now what? We're back in Ferguson – and beyond — for answers.

Big Potential For Tiny Houses

Wednesday, March 04 2015 04:00 PM

Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They're hot. Americans are downsizing.

Trouble At Clinton, Inc.

Wednesday, March 04 2015 03:00 PM

Hillary Clinton's week of bad headlines: about her emails and foreign money going to the Clinton Foundation. We'll dig in.

What We're Really Eating At Breakfast Now

Tuesday, March 03 2015 04:00 PM

Food guidelines are changing. So is what we eat for breakfast. Cereal? Out of favor. Eggs? Maybe OK. And all kinds of new menus. We'll look at Americans and breakfast.

Convicted And Unemployed: How Local Action Is Changing Criminal Job Access

Tuesday, March 03 2015 03:00 PM

Is it time to stop asking job applicants if they've been convicted of a crime? We'll look at employment and unemployment after prison.

The Universal Attraction Of Black Holes

Monday, March 02 2015 04:00 PM

A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We'll peer into the realm of the black hole.

Iran Nuclear Negotiations And The Netanyahu Speech

Monday, March 02 2015 03:00 PM

On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

Tuning In To The Lead Belly Sound

Friday, February 27 2015 04:00 PM

Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.

Week In The News: DHS Shutdown Risk, Net Neutrality Win, Snowy South

Friday, February 27 2015 03:00 PM

A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. "American Sniper" verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A Guide To A Godless Morality

Thursday, February 26 2015 04:00 PM

More Americans are turning away from religion. We'll look at how to live a moral life without it.

Allergy Solutions Take New Forms

Thursday, February 26 2015 03:00 PM

New breakthroughs on peanut allergies – treatment and prevention. And a question: are we too clean for our own good? Plus: did giant gerbils from Asia really bring the bubonic plague to Europe?

Wage Inequality And The Gender Gap

Wednesday, February 25 2015 04:00 PM

Actress Patricia Arquette called for wage equality for women in her passionate Oscar acceptance speech. We'll dig in to the gender wage gap now.

The Real Costs Of Managing Your Retirement

Wednesday, February 25 2015 03:00 PM

President Obama is calling for tougher rules on brokers who manage retirement savings. We'll look at what that could mean for your retirement.

Wendy Whelan Just Keeps Dancing

Tuesday, February 24 2015 04:00 PM

Prima ballerina Wendy Whelan is with us. One of the country's most famous ballerinas looks at dance as she approaches 50.

Political Pressures Weigh On Homeland Security Funding

Tuesday, February 24 2015 03:00 PM

A battle over executive action on immigration, could lead by Friday to a funding cutoff for the Department of Homeland Security. We'll look at the showdown and consequences.

All-American Drones

Monday, February 23 2015 04:00 PM

New rules for drones proposed by the FAA. Amazon's not happy. We'll look at the American drone future.

What Putin Wants, Putin (Usually) Gets

Monday, February 23 2015 03:00 PM

What does Vladimir Putin want, in Ukraine and beyond? We'll unpack a big new biography of the Russian leader.