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
Last updated: Sunday, March 29 2015 12:17 AM
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, March 24 2015 03:00 PM
The new battle over American coal, before the Supreme Court and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, March 20 2015 03:00 PM
Another spate of awful headlines from college fraternities this week. What is going on with 'Greek life?
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.
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.
Thursday, March 19 2015 02:00 PM
South America in turmoil. Brazil. Argentina. Venezuela and more. Going volatile right now. We'll ask why.
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.
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.
Tuesday, March 17 2015 03:00 PM
Music, copyright and the "Blurred Lines" verdict. How it may lock the music industry, and songwriting.
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.
Monday, March 16 2015 03:00 PM
Cinderella is back again, Disney-style. We'll look at the origins of the Cinderella story.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Tuesday, March 10 2015 02:00 PM
China's sweeping anti-corruption campaign expands. We'll look at who it's hitting, and why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, March 04 2015 04:00 PM
Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They're hot. Americans are downsizing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, February 27 2015 04:00 PM
Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.