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
Tuesday, October 06 2015 04:00 PM
American addiction. From prescription painkillers to heroin. The numbers are staggering. Why?
Tuesday, October 06 2015 03:00 PM
American gun policy front and center in the 2016 campaigns after the shootings in Oregon. We'll look at who stands where on guns.
Monday, October 05 2015 04:00 PM
Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles goes fully confessional in her new memoir, "Sounds Like Me." She joins us.
Monday, October 05 2015 03:00 PM
Are ad–blocking, bots, and mobile gutting economic viability of the internet? We'll take a close look.
Friday, October 02 2015 04:00 PM
The software of hit songs now. We'll look at the algorithms, computer generated beats and producers making it happen for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and more.
Friday, October 02 2015 03:00 PM
A deadly shooting at an Oregon community college. Putin and Obama at the UN. The capture of Kunduz. Water on Mars. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Thursday, October 01 2015 04:00 PM
The end of sitting at work. A new call to get up off our chairs. To stand and move! We'll look at how that works.
Thursday, October 01 2015 03:00 PM
Senator Bernie Sanders joins us to make the case for why he should be the next President of the United States. We will "Feel the Bern" with Bernie Sanders.
Thursday, October 01 2015 03:00 PM
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves in the 2016 Presidential race, and he joined us today from the US Capitol to explain how his campaign message is connecting with voters around the country.
Wednesday, September 30 2015 04:00 PM
Asians are now number one in immigration to the USA. We'll look at who's coming, where they're going and their imprint on the country.
Wednesday, September 30 2015 03:00 PM
The Taliban takes an Afghan city, Kunduz. What's going in Afghanistan?
Tuesday, September 29 2015 04:00 PM
Legendary journalist and critic Renata Adler on American culture now. She's not a happy camper.
Tuesday, September 29 2015 03:00 PM
The Russia factor, with Syria, ISIS, Iraq, Iran. Obama and Putin sit down. We dive in.
Monday, September 28 2015 04:00 PM
Big thinker and working mom Anne-Marie Slaughter sparked debate when she wrote "Why Women Still Can't Have it All." She's back talking about a toxic work world.
Monday, September 28 2015 03:00 PM
The GOP after John Boehner. We'll talk with Republicans on Capitol Hill and beyond.
Friday, September 25 2015 04:00 PM
The world of FBI informants, from "Black Mass" and Whitey Bulger to the thousands out there right now.
Friday, September 25 2015 03:00 PM
Pope Francis and China's President in the US. Volkswagen meltdown. The Saudi stampede. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Thursday, September 24 2015 04:00 PM
Volkswagen's CEO steps down as the emissions scandal snowballs. We'll look at the bumpy road ahead.
Thursday, September 24 2015 03:00 PM
The Internet and the world's poor. Billions still have no access to the Web –though it's become key to prosperity. So what now?
Wednesday, September 23 2015 04:00 PM
From the campaign trail to a Texas high school, the United States wrestles with Islamophobia.
Wednesday, September 23 2015 03:00 PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping, in the United States with a big, tough agenda: cybersecurity, military ambition and the future of US-China relations.
Tuesday, September 22 2015 04:00 PM
Singer-songwriter Jewel asked "who will save your soul"? Now she's talking about saving her own. We'll talk to Jewel.
Tuesday, September 22 2015 03:00 PM
The drug industry, and "sales over science." Muckracker journalist Steven Brill goes after Johnson & Johnson and more. He's with us.
Monday, September 21 2015 04:00 PM
The new documentary "Racing Extinction" goes undercover to the edge of mass extinction in the world's darkest black markets.
Monday, September 21 2015 03:00 PM
The tax reform that Obama and Trump agree on. We'll look at closing the hedge funds' favorite loophole on carried interest.
Friday, September 18 2015 04:00 PM
A look at the good and bad of the new fall television season. And a preview of the Emmys on Sunday.
Friday, September 18 2015 03:00 PM
The GOP debate. Congress and government shutdown. Clashes as Hungarian troops confront migrants on the border. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Thursday, September 17 2015 04:00 PM
Journalist Mark Luckie opens up about being a black employee at Twitter. We'll look at tech's diversity problem.
Thursday, September 17 2015 03:00 PM
Pope Francis has been taking stands on everything from the environment to Wall Street. How will he preach to America when he comes next week?
Wednesday, September 16 2015 04:00 PM
We'll take a look at the history of populism in our country and how presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are carrying on that tradition.
Wednesday, September 16 2015 03:00 PM
A deep look inside Syria: Russia's military steps up. Hundreds of thousands of migrants flee: who's leaving? Who's staying?
Tuesday, September 15 2015 04:00 PM
We'll meet the makers of 'Meet the Patels,' a documentary about an Indian-American who finally lets his parents find him a wife.
Tuesday, September 15 2015 03:00 PM
Job openings at a record high, but many unemployed are still stranded on the sidelines. We'll take a big look at the American job market, American wages and more.
Monday, September 14 2015 04:00 PM
How intelligence lives beyond the brain. In your body. Intelligence, in the flesh.
Monday, September 14 2015 03:00 PM
Russian grand chessmaster Garry Kasparov is a critic of Vladimir Putin, and now of President Obama's foreign policy too. We'll hear his argument and the pushback.
Friday, September 11 2015 04:00 PM
Stephen Colbert's big first week as host of "The Late Show." Will this zany subversive change mainstream TV?
Friday, September 11 2015 03:00 PM
Decision time on the Iran Deal. Kentucky clerk, out of jail. The US looks at the refugees of Syria. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Thursday, September 10 2015 04:00 PM
We'll look at the embattled NFL, and the modern-day gladiators who pay the price for football's glory.
Thursday, September 10 2015 03:00 PM
Environmental leader California says no to an ambitious goal: to cut gasoline use in half by 2030. We look at the implications for California and the world.
Wednesday, September 09 2015 04:00 PM
"Don Quixote," and why the 17th Century mock epic of Cervantes still gets under our skin.
Wednesday, September 09 2015 03:00 PM
Migrant meltdown out of the Middle East. Who would take these people? Should the US help? And how to stop a global problem at its source.
Tuesday, September 08 2015 04:00 PM
We'll look at a soaring demand for mental health services on college campuses, and colleges grappling with how to respond.
Tuesday, September 08 2015 03:00 PM
Congress is back with a full fall schedule: Iran deal, budget and debt ceiling, the Pope's visit and more. We'll dig in.
Monday, September 07 2015 04:00 PM
Acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie joins us on his latest novel where the worlds of genies and mortal humans collide.
Monday, September 07 2015 03:00 PM
People want jobs, and then more. Fulfillment, challenges, meaningful work. Give that, studies show, and the bottom line grows.
Friday, September 04 2015 04:00 PM
Serena Williams. The undisputed queen of tennis, and what she's meant in sports and beyond.
Friday, September 04 2015 03:00 PM
Migrant crisis in Europe. The Iran deal, cleared. A Kentucky clerk and gay marriage. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Thursday, September 03 2015 04:00 PM
Three Vice News journalists arrested in Turkey. A wave of journalists in prison. In graves. We'll look at journalists worldwide under pressure.
Thursday, September 03 2015 03:00 PM
Should the Fed finally raise interest rates? In spite of the stock market roller coaster? We'll dig into the Fed weighing the end of free money.
Wednesday, September 02 2015 04:00 PM
A new Netflix series "Narcos" takes on the story of the rise of the "King of Cocaine" — Pablo Escobar. We'll look at drug trafficking then and now.