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

Young Author Finds Success 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

Tuesday, July 28 2015 04:00 PM

Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — "Among the Ten Thousand Things" — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.

Obama, America And Africa Today

Tuesday, July 28 2015 03:00 PM

The United States and Africa. What we see in and beyond President Obama's big visit.

The Very Best Of Barbecue

Monday, July 27 2015 04:00 PM

From secret sauces and rubs to hickory and folklore, we will celebrate and sample the best barbecue in the land. Bring napkins!

Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina And The 2016 Election

Monday, July 27 2015 03:00 PM

Sixteen Republicans are running for president. Two of them — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina — join us.

Exercising The Aging Brain

Friday, July 24 2015 03:00 PM

From forgetting the keys to real dementia, the exercises – body and mind – that can actually help the aging brain.

Week In The News: Sandra Bland, Cuban Embassy, Obama In Kenya

Friday, July 24 2015 03:00 PM

The traffic stop and Sandra Bland. The Cuban flag flies in Washington. A Trump tizzy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Why Thousands Of Rape Kits Are Going Untested

Thursday, July 23 2015 04:00 PM

More than 70,000 untested rape kits in more than 1,000 police departments across the country. We'll ask why.

Documenting California's Epic Drought

Thursday, July 23 2015 03:00 PM

A reporter and photographer on a road trip across California, looking at how the drought has reshaped lives there.

Ashley Madison, Gawker, Reddit And The Internet Shame Spiral

Wednesday, July 22 2015 04:00 PM

Privacy and free speech on the Internet. We look at the troubles at Reddit and Gawker, and the hacking of cheating website Ashley Madison.

Off-Script Obama

Wednesday, July 22 2015 03:00 PM

For years in office, he was "No-Drama Obama." That's changing. We'll look at the new, more candid, more free-wheeling Obama presidency. Plus, a look at the arrest and death of Sandra Bland.

The Iranian View On The Nuclear Deal

Tuesday, July 21 2015 04:00 PM

We go inside Iran and the Iran nuclear with scholar-reporter Robin Wright's on how Iranians see us now.

Detroit Vs. Silicon Valley: The Future Of The Driverless Car

Tuesday, July 21 2015 03:00 PM

A new test city for driverless cars in Michigan. We'll look from there to Silicon Valley and ask who's in the driver's seat for automotive innovation

Voting Rights On Trial, Again

Monday, July 20 2015 04:00 PM

A voting rights showdown in North Carolina. We'll look at the local politics and the national implications.

Germany, Greece And A Tough European Future

Monday, July 20 2015 03:00 PM

Germany and the charge of "bully" after a tough Greek bailout deal.

Hey Look: It's Pluto!

Friday, July 17 2015 04:00 PM

Beautiful Pluto. From three billion miles out. Pictures and science are pouring in!

Week In The News: Iran Deal, Scott Walker, 'El Chapo' Escapes

Friday, July 17 2015 03:00 PM

The Iran deal. Obama's prison push. Harper Lee. El Chapo's escape. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Managing The Artificial Intelligence Risk

Thursday, July 16 2015 04:00 PM

Making artificial intelligence work for, not against, humanity. We'll look at a big new push to get it right.

New Science On Old Methods For Cholesterol Reduction

Thursday, July 16 2015 03:00 PM

A lot more people should be on statins to lower cholesterol, according to new studies. We'll look at the science and risks.

The Mysteries Of Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman'

Wednesday, July 15 2015 04:00 PM

Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set A Watchman." We'll read between the lines of the highly anticipated sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird".

China's Big Economic Hiccup

Wednesday, July 15 2015 03:00 PM

China's stock market melts down and its economy on shaky ground. A bubble correction or signs of something more serious?

Wisconsin's Scott Walker Is Running

Tuesday, July 14 2015 04:00 PM

And Walker makes it 15. Fifteen Republicans running for the White House. We look at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's record and his prospects. Plus, a close read of Hillary Clinton's big economic policy speech.

Historic Iranian Nuclear Deal Relies On 'Verification,' Not Trust

Tuesday, July 14 2015 03:00 PM

A landmark six-nation deal with Iran over nuclear weapons. We'll pore over the deal and look at what comes next.

Internet Addiction Is Real

Monday, July 13 2015 04:00 PM

Boot-camp style rehabilitation centers in China to treat Internet addiction, and the problem here in the US.

A New Way To De-Segregate Housing In America

Monday, July 13 2015 03:00 PM

The Obama Administration just announced controversial rules to address segregation, almost fifty years after the Fair Housing Act. Critics call it "social engineering."

The 2015 Caine Prize For African Writing

Friday, July 10 2015 04:00 PM

The winner and two finalists of the big Caine Prize for African Writing.

Week In The News: Greek Stalemate, High Stakes Glitches, SC Takes Down The Flag

Friday, July 10 2015 03:00 PM

The Confederate Flag to come down in South Carolina. Greece hangs in the balance. Glitches halt trading and flights. Bill Cosby admitted to drugging women. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Taking Down The Confederate Flag

Thursday, July 09 2015 04:00 PM

South Carolina votes to take down the Confederate flag. Is it a new day in the South?

Sanctuary Cities And A San Francisco Shooting

Thursday, July 09 2015 03:00 PM

A fatal shooting in San Francisco by an undocumented man – a 7-time felon, deported 5 times – has re-ignited the immigration debate.

Summer Camp (And The Living Is Easy)

Wednesday, July 08 2015 04:00 PM

Pack your sleeping bag. Leave your iPhone at home. We're heading off to summer camp. Our midsummer salute to an American tradition.

No More No Child Left Behind?

Wednesday, July 08 2015 03:00 PM

The end of No Child Left Behind. Lawmakers debate an all-new federal education policy. We'll look at the proposals and pushback

The Path To Scrabble V-I-C-T-O-R-Y

Tuesday, July 07 2015 04:00 PM

From the living room to world championships, Scrabble is fun—and fiercely competitive. We'll dig in.

Greeks Say 'No' To Debt Deal And 'Yes' To An Uncertain Future

Tuesday, July 07 2015 03:00 PM

Greeks spoke and said no to the European ultimatum. Folly or bravery, these are uncharted waters for Europe and Greece.

Foster Children, Disjointed Families

Monday, July 06 2015 04:00 PM

An intimate look at the foster care system from the perspective of two families struggling to reunite with their children.

Politics, Tragedy And Religion In The Public Sphere

Monday, July 06 2015 03:00 PM

How should we talk about faith and God in these uncertain times? We put that tough question—and more---to a roundtable of religious thinkers.

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.