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

Making Black Lives - And Black Homicides - Matter

Thursday, January 29 2015 04:00 PM

The author of "Ghettoside" takes us deep into murder and law enforcement in minority neighborhoods. We want your story.

The Surprising Science Behind Your Favorite Flavors

Wednesday, January 28 2015 04:00 PM

Did our sense of taste make us human? From evolution to culture, a new book explores the science and perception of flavor.

What 'Free Community College' Means — And What It Could Cost

Wednesday, January 28 2015 03:00 PM

The promise of free community college. What it might mean for our economy and our fraying social contract.

Building A Smarter Team

Tuesday, January 27 2015 04:00 PM

From Silicon Valley to your office, some teams work better - and smarter - than others. We'll look at the surprising reasons why.

Anti-Austerity Gains Steam In Europe

Tuesday, January 27 2015 03:00 PM

A leftist victory in Greece, and anti-austerity pushback across Europe. We'll ask where this goes.

How To Live Like A Victorian, Right Now

Monday, January 26 2015 04:00 PM

Brush your teeth with soot, stay away from water, wear a steel corset. We'll talk with the author of "How to be a Victorian." Strange ways from another age.

Transition And Unease In The Arabian Peninsula

Monday, January 26 2015 03:00 PM

Yemen in turmoil, a new king in Saudi Arabia. We'll look at what's next for the Arabian Peninsula. Plus: the President's trip to the Indian subcontinent.

Impartial Juries In A Media-Soaked Age

Friday, January 23 2015 08:33 PM

The Marathon bombing, the Aurora movie theater shootings, and the challenges of picking an impartial jury.

Week In The News: State Of The Union, Yemen Crisis, 'DeflateGate'

Friday, January 23 2015 08:33 PM

President Obama comes out swinging in his State of the Union. High level talks in Cuba. Japanese hostages. "American Sniper" controversy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

New Stories Of Beautiful, Broken Appalachia

Thursday, January 22 2015 08:33 PM

Appalachia now. Celebrated stories from coal country and beyond with writer Ron Rash. He joins us.