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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Howard Levy, Harmonica's Main Man

Friday, July 03 2015 04:00 PM

Harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy tears it up with us. From Bach to the blues.

Week In The News: Greek Crisis, Cuban Embassy, Overtime Expansion

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.

Are You There, America? It's Her, Judy Blume

Thursday, July 02 2015 04:00 PM

Beloved children's author Judy Blume is writing for adults again – on disaster. Judy Blume joins us.

ISIS Is Winning The Internet Game

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.

Infants And Inmates

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.

Redefining American Overtime

Wednesday, July 01 2015 03:00 PM

Five million workers may qualify for overtime pay. We'll look at the plan and the pushback.

The Worldwide Space Race

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.

Greek Debt Crisis Spirals Toward Default

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.

How Your Gut Bacteria Influences Your Emotions

Monday, June 29 2015 04:00 PM

Can bacteria in your gut influence your brain? Your mood? Your emotions? Top scientists say yes.

The Supreme Court: What To Make Of The Rulings, And What's Next

Monday, June 29 2015 03:00 PM

Same-sex marriage. Obamacare. Lethal injection. Voting rights. Redistricting. A big look at the Supreme Court term.

Supreme Court Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide

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.

Week In The News: Obamacare Lives, Confederate Flag Falls, Same-Sex Marriage Becomes A Right

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.

SCOTUS Upholds State Healthcare Subsidies

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.

Russia, NATO And A New 'Cold War'

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.

Nina Simone, Again And Always

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.

Home Sales – And Optimism — Rise

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.

A Poet Laureate's Life: Juan Felipe Herrera

Tuesday, June 23 2015 04:00 PM

We sit down with Juan Felipe Herrera, the newly minted – and first Latino – U.S. poet laureate.

Apple Music Opens New Front In Streaming Debate

Tuesday, June 23 2015 03:00 PM

Taylor Swift takes on Apple over royalties and wins. We'll look at the latest battles in music streaming – the players, the artists, and the music itself.

Low-Cost Clothes Wage High-Stakes Battle

Monday, June 22 2015 04:00 PM

The battle to sell you clothes. J. Crew, Abercrombie, GAP are in trouble. New ways, new retailers, piling in.

Race And Violence In America

Monday, June 22 2015 03:00 PM

After Charleston. So much progress in this country, but race and hate and guns still haunt us. Where do we go from here?

Best Summer Books: 2015

Friday, June 19 2015 04:00 PM

"The Fall of the Princes," "Eileen," "Hold Still," — we're talking best summer reads of 2015.

Week In The News: Charleston Shooting, TPA Shuffle, Jeb Jumps In

Friday, June 19 2015 03:00 PM

Nine dead in a hate crime shooting in Charleston. Trade fight in Congress. Jeb is running for President. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Computer Will (Literally) See You Now

Thursday, June 18 2015 04:00 PM

Facial recognition technology is suddenly all over. The government's push to rein it in has just blown up. What happens to your privacy?

Charleston Shaken By Deadly Church Shooting

Thursday, June 18 2015 03:00 PM

Nine killed in a church in Charleston. We go to South Carolina for the latest on what the FBI is calling a hate crime.

Zen And The Art Of The Free Throw

Wednesday, June 17 2015 04:00 PM

George Mumford, meditation master to the NBA's stars – Kobe, Shaquille, Jordan – brings us his zen.

Pope Francis Calls For Global Climate Action

Wednesday, June 17 2015 03:00 PM

The Pope and climate change. We'll look at the urgent call for action from Pope Francis.

Alice And The True Story Behind A Popular Fantasy

Tuesday, June 16 2015 04:00 PM

One-hundred-and-fifty-years after Alice fell down the rabbit hole, we look again at "Alice in Wonderland," and the girl who inspired its author, Lewis Carroll.

Jeb Bush Takes Aim At The White House

Tuesday, June 16 2015 03:00 PM

Jeb Bush formally announces he's running for president. We'll look at candidate Bush and the way ahead.

Can Team USA Go All The Way In Canada?

Monday, June 15 2015 04:00 PM

Getting to know the women, the soccer stars, of Team USA at the Women's World Cup.

A New American Military Push In Iraq

Monday, June 15 2015 03:00 PM

The new US military push in Iraq against ISIS. More advisers. More arms. Is it enough? Too much? Is it mission creep?

On Point LIVE! With Cheryl Strayed: A 'Wild' Journey To Self-Discovery

Friday, June 12 2015 04:00 PM

Feminist thinker, tough-love advice giver and best-selling author of "Wild" Cheryl Strayed joins us.

Week In The News: Prison Break, Boots In Iraq, McKinney Pool Party

Friday, June 12 2015 03:00 PM

The New York prison break. More US boots on the ground for Iraq. Police and a Texas pool party. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Abortion Restrictions In Texas

Thursday, June 11 2015 04:00 PM

Texas squeezes abortion clinics almost entirely out of the state. We'll look at the Texas crackdown on abortion.

Inside America's Prison System

Thursday, June 11 2015 03:00 PM

America's prisons in the spotlight –from a big escape to the mounting calls for prison and sentencing reform.

'The Fellowship' Of Four Literary Legends

Wednesday, June 10 2015 04:00 PM

The fellowship of the old masters of fantasy. C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and their literary club, "The Inklings."

Low-Price Airfare Is One Big Hassle

Wednesday, June 10 2015 03:00 PM

The web was supposed to make buying cheap airline tickets easier. So, why isn't it? We'll look at the tricky tangle of air travel.

How Your 'Pedigree' Prejudices Your Employer

Tuesday, June 09 2015 04:00 PM

Who gets the top jobs in America? A new book says people who look like the people who already have them. We'll investigate.

DC Sets Up Environmental Law Showdown

Tuesday, June 09 2015 03:00 PM

Clean air, clean water. Endangered nature and the battles ahead this summer in Washington over the US environment.

The Real And Ongoing Story Of SEAL Team 6

Monday, June 08 2015 04:00 PM

The US Navy's SEAL Team 6 took down Osama Bin Laden. A big new investigative report reveals the full extent of their global mission.

A 'Female Viagra' And Female Sexuality

Monday, June 08 2015 03:00 PM

A little pink pill to lift female sex drive gets a green light. The so-called 'Viagra for Women.' We'll check it out.

A Summer Of Sequels, And More

Friday, June 05 2015 04:00 PM

"Jurassic World," "Terminator: Genisys," Pixar's "Inside Out," and Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck." We'll preview this summer at the movies.

Week In The News: USA FREEDOM Act, Boston Terror, Four More For President

Friday, June 05 2015 03:00 PM

New curbs on NSA spying. A terror suspect shot dead in Boston. Tragedy on the Yangtze. The 2016 field grows. Caitlyn Jenner. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A Quiet Life Among The Sheep

Thursday, June 04 2015 04:00 PM

The shepherd's life. James Rebanks on the ancient and new life of the shepherd.

How $2 Billion Created A Big Clinton Headache

Thursday, June 04 2015 03:00 PM

Top political reporters go deep inside the inner workings of the Clinton Foundation: the billions, the global influence, and what it could all mean for Hillary Clinton.

Global Hunger Rates Drop

Wednesday, June 03 2015 04:00 PM

A new UN report on world hunger says there's less of it. We look at what the world did right and the food challenge ahead.

Secrets And Realities Of US Child Sex Abuse

Wednesday, June 03 2015 03:00 PM

Beau Biden fought it. Josh Duggar did it. Dennis Hastert allegedly tried to bury it. We'll look at child sex abuse.

Whatever Happened To Peace, Love And Summer Vacation?

Tuesday, June 02 2015 04:00 PM

Summer vacation, and how the US became the no-vacation nation. We'll look at who's stepped down, and who's taking off this summer.

High Tensions In The South China Sea

Tuesday, June 02 2015 03:00 PM

Showdown in the South China Sea as China pushes its claims and the US pushes back. We'll ask where this goes.

Why Can't Congress Just Get Along?

Monday, June 01 2015 04:00 PM

Former Indiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar spent 36 years in office. Now he's judging the current Congress and US policy. He joins us.

Uber, But For Everything

Monday, June 01 2015 03:00 PM

We look at the "Uber-fication" of the marketplace. On-demand services for almost anything, everything, are catching on. Changing our economy and our lives.