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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Pitch Perfect Plus

Friday, May 22 2015 06:20 PM

Pitch Perfect 2 is the number one movie in the country, and it's over the top on a capella.

Week In The News: ISIS, Airbags, Goodbye Letterman

Friday, May 22 2015 06:13 PM

ISIS rolls on. A TPP vote. Biggest recall ever – airbags. And Letterman's last bow. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Arctic Rush

Thursday, May 21 2015 06:55 PM

The Arctic Circle is opening up at a gallop as the ice disappears. Oil, gold, armies, spies. Big opportunities and fear of the consequences.

Free College?

Thursday, May 21 2015 06:22 PM

With student debt topping $1 trillion, a renewed call for radical change – maybe even free public university tuition. We'll hear more about it.

Where Advertising Is Looking For You

Wednesday, May 20 2015 07:10 PM

David Letterman is leaving television. So are advertising dollars. We'll look at the changes in TV and how today's industry tries to reach you.

Ramadi Falls. Is Iraq Over?

Wednesday, May 20 2015 07:06 PM

The ISIS flag now flies over Ramadi. US and Iraqi forces are mobilizing to take it back. But can they? And what if they can't?

Chinese Rail In South America

Tuesday, May 19 2015 07:26 PM

As the US struggles with infrastructure, China moves to build a brand new railway across South America. We'll get the story.

The Biker Gangs Of Texas

Tuesday, May 19 2015 07:25 PM

A look at the bloody shoot-out in Waco. We'll look at what blew up at the Twin Peaks Sports Bar. Plus, the latest on Jade Helm.

Where Does America Fit In The World?

Monday, May 18 2015 03:00 PM

Choices to be made about America's future place in the world, from large and in charge to walking softly and fixing our own problems first. Global strategist Ian Bremmer joins us.

Learning How To Say 'I Do'

Friday, May 15 2015 04:00 PM

Beyond the cake, the dress and the "I do's." Ellen McCarthy tells us what she learned about marriage as the Washington Post's wedding reporter. Plus: looking back at the life of blues legend B.B. King.

Week In The News: Amtrak Crash, TPP Snags In Senate, Camp David Summit

Friday, May 15 2015 03:00 PM

The deadly train derailment. Democrats tangle over trade. Jeb Bush's Iraq War fumble. A Gulf State summit. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

What Michelle Obama Can Tell Us About Race In America

Thursday, May 14 2015 04:00 PM

Michelle Obama opened up about race in a powerful commencement speech. We ask black women for reaction and personal reflection.

Global Migrant Crisis Grows

Thursday, May 14 2015 03:00 PM

The migrant crisis spills into Southeast Asia. Desperate people on the move. Blocked. Abandoned at sea. Europe's still reeling from its own influx. What's to be done?

Costs And Viability For Extremely Premature Babies

Wednesday, May 13 2015 04:00 PM

Saving extremely premature babies. A new study shows many can survive as early as 22 weeks. We'll look at the techniques, the ethics and the life-long impact.

Topsy-Turvy Global Trade Politics

Wednesday, May 13 2015 03:00 PM

We'll look at the white-hot politics of trade as President Obama and Congress go to the mat on the TPP.

Upset Now? Chris Hedges Thinks Tomorrow Could Be Even Worse

Tuesday, May 12 2015 04:00 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, now peace activist Chris Hedges says revolutions come in waves and cycles. And the world is ripe for a new one.

NSA Bulk Surveillance Debate Gets New Heat

Tuesday, May 12 2015 03:00 PM

A federal appeals court rules NSA bulk surveillance illegal just as the Patriot Act is up for renewal in Congress. We'll have the debate.

The Blistering Satire Of Jonathan Swift

Monday, May 11 2015 04:00 PM

Jonathan Swift wrote "Gulliver's Travels" and blistering satire on human nature. He's relevant again. We'll bring back Jonathan Swift.

How EDM Vaulted Out Of The Underground And Into The Mainstream

Friday, May 08 2015 04:00 PM

Everyone on the dance floor. How electronic dance music conquered America.

Week In The News: 2016 Announcement Season, Shooting In Texas, Deflategate Blows Up

Friday, May 08 2015 03:00 PM

Terrorism and Muhammad cartoons. The GOP 2016 field widens. The Senate votes on Iran deal. Deflategate. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Ty Cobb: 'That Man Could Hit'

Thursday, May 07 2015 04:00 PM

Ty Cobb's back in the batter's box, in a new biography. We'll go deep on one of baseball's most controversial stars.

A Growing HIV Crisis In Rural Indiana

Thursday, May 07 2015 03:00 PM

Dirty needles, and the HIV crisis in rural Indiana. We'll look at needle exchange programs and root causes behind the skyrocketing numbers.

The Extra-Special Expertise Of A College Senior Thesis

Wednesday, May 06 2015 04:00 PM

It's that time of year – when tired college seniors across the country turn in their theses. We've got a great group sharing their labors of love.

Testing The Line Between Free Speech And Hate

Wednesday, May 06 2015 03:00 PM

An art show featuring cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. Two would-be killers gunned down. Free speech – hate speech – where's the line?

'All The Light' Prize-Winning Author Anthony Doerr Can Now See

Tuesday, May 05 2015 04:00 PM

Anthony Doerr just won the Pulitzer Prize for his bestselling book "All the Light We Cannot See." He joins us.

Iraq Upheaval Spurs Migrant Crisis

Tuesday, May 05 2015 03:00 PM

Fresh upheaval in Iraq. Millions now displaced. Warnings of crisis and worse to come.

With Pressure To Succeed, High School Suicides Rise

Monday, May 04 2015 04:00 PM

After clusters of high school suicides in California, Virginia, and Massachusetts, we look at the pressure parents put on teenagers to succeed.

Charges For Cops In A Charged Baltimore

Monday, May 04 2015 03:00 PM

Second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, assault and more. We'll look at the charges announced for six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

Updates On Nepal's Earthquake Disaster

Friday, May 01 2015 04:00 PM

Nepal and Kathmandu after the devastating earthquake. We'll look at the geology, geo-politics, rescue and the hard way ahead.

Week In The News: Baltimore Erupts, Nepal Disaster, Same-Sex Marriage At SCOTUS

Friday, May 01 2015 03:00 PM

Protests, big questions in Baltimore. Gay Marriage at the Supreme Court. Bernie Sanders runs for President. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

WikiLeaks Verges On Gossip Territory

Thursday, April 30 2015 04:00 PM

WikiLeaks was instrumental on NSA spying and Iraq War scandal. Has it now gone to gossip?

'Clinton Cash' Controversy Hits The Campaign

Thursday, April 30 2015 03:00 PM

The author of the new book "Clinton Cash" on Clinton Foundation money and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

How The Vietnam War Resonates 40 Years After The Fall Of Saigon

Wednesday, April 29 2015 04:00 PM

On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, we'll look back on the end of the Vietnam War.

Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage Hits Supreme Court

Wednesday, April 29 2015 05:00 AM

The Supreme Court hears arguments in the fight surrounding same-sex marriage across the nation.

Re-Engineering Human Embryos

Tuesday, April 28 2015 04:00 PM

Chinese scientists re-engineer human embryo genes, and set off a global moral debate. We'll dig in.

Violence And Outrage In Baltimore Protests

Tuesday, April 28 2015 03:00 PM

State of Emergency in Baltimore. We're turning to Baltimore voices on the uproar in the streets.

Bruce Jenner And Transgender Issues In America

Monday, April 27 2015 04:00 PM

Bruce Jenner opens up about his gender journey. We'll look at the big picture of transgender life in America now.

The Evolution Of Secret Strikes: Exploring The Unknowns About Drones

Monday, April 27 2015 03:00 PM

American drone policy and consequences. We'll look at secret strikes and the evolution of drone war.

Art And Life Of America's Plains Indians

Friday, April 24 2015 04:00 PM

Artists of earth and sky. Rawhide, bear claw, eagle feathers and the glory of America's Plans Indians, on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Week In The News: Drone Deaths, Migrant Crisis, No Answers For Freddie Gray

Friday, April 24 2015 03:00 PM

Loretta Lynch gets a vote. Race and anger in Baltimore. Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Petraeus, sentenced. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Armenian Genocide Story At 100

Thursday, April 23 2015 04:00 PM

One hundred years after the genocide, Armenians are still working through the story. Writers Litty Mathew and Eric Bogosian join us.

Service Not Included – But Should It Be?

Thursday, April 23 2015 03:00 PM

The tipping economy in America. It's huge. It's being challenged. It may be changing.

'Rain,' Rain, (Don't) Go Away

Wednesday, April 22 2015 04:00 PM

All about rain. From poems and paintings to parched earth. We'll hear a natural and cultural history of rain.

Bird Flu Flare-Up On Midwest Farms; Big Blue Bell Recall

Wednesday, April 22 2015 03:00 PM

A major American outbreak of bird flu. Millions of hens and turkeys are being destroyed in the Midwest to stop the spread. We'll look at what's at stake. Plus: the latest in a big recall for Blue Bell Creamery

'Spinster' – And Loving It

Tuesday, April 21 2015 04:00 PM

With over 50% of American women unmarried— we'll look at the push to reclaim the word "spinster" – to be single and proud of it.

A Fast Track For The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tuesday, April 21 2015 03:00 PM

TPP. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is headed onto the fast track for a vote now. We'll look at the big trade-pact and big debate around it. Plus, the latest on the boat migrant crisis in Europe.

It's A Question Of 'Character'

Monday, April 20 2015 04:00 PM

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

Money In Politics: The Gyrocopter's Complaint

Monday, April 20 2015 03:00 PM

We'll take up the gyrocopter pilot's complaint. Big money politics in America, on the road to 2016. And what to do about it.

The Women Of Flor De Toloache

Friday, April 17 2015 04:00 PM

An all-female band takes mariachi to old places and new. We'll talk with the women of Flor de Toloache.

Week In The News: Hillary Is In, Iran Deal Details, Blackwater Sentencing

Friday, April 17 2015 03:00 PM

Hillary and Rubio, in for 2016. Congress, in on the Iran Deal. And a Gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.