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

The State Of America's Wine Industry

Thursday, August 28 2014 07:04 PM

Drought in California, earthquake in Napa. We look at broken bottles and the health of the American wine industry.

Legacy And Lessons From Ferguson

Thursday, August 28 2014 07:03 PM

The message that will last out of Ferguson with New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb.

What's Worth Watching This Fall

Thursday, August 28 2014 02:09 PM

This week the Emmys celebrate the best in television. We'll look at what's ahead for the Fall TV season.

Ukraine And Russia At Gunpoint; The US Eyes Syria

Thursday, August 28 2014 02:08 PM

Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's leader meet. We'll look at Russia and the high voltage chess game over Ukraine. Plus, we look at potential US military strikes in Syria and Iraq.

Back To School With The Educational App Boom

Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:43 AM

Educational apps are all over these days. How are they working for the education of our children? Plus: why our kids need more sleep.

Should The Wealthy Worry About Inequality?

Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:43 AM

Multi-millionaire Nick Hanauer says he and his fellow super-rich are killing the goose-the American middle class — that lays the golden eggs.

The Global Legacy Of Yoga's Master Teacher

Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:33 AM

The legacy of Indian yoga master, B.K.S Iyengar, and his influence on yoga in the Western world.

Why Westerners Are Joining The ISIS Ranks

Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:33 AM

Britons, Europeans and Americans are joining the ranks of ISIS. We'll look at what's pulling them in.

Stunt Philanthropy In The Age Of Social Media

Saturday, August 23 2014 12:10 AM

The Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS, viral fundraising and how we give in the age of social media.

Week In The News: Ferguson Simmers, An ISIS Beheading, West Africa's Ebola Crisis

Saturday, August 23 2014 12:10 AM

The National Guard and Eric Holder in Ferguson. ISIS beheads an American journalist. Texas Governor Rick Perry gets a mug shot. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Making Do In A Makeshift Economy

Friday, August 22 2014 12:03 AM

We'll look at workers trying to live and make a living in the age of TaskRabbit and computer-driven work schedules.

The Bloody Extremities Of ISIS

Friday, August 22 2014 12:03 AM

An American is beheaded. We'll look at the ferocity of ISIS, and what to do about it.

Why You Should Worry About The Butterflies

Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:59 PM

This year's monarch butterfly migration is the smallest ever recorded. We'll ask why. It's a big story. Plus: how climate change is creating new hybridized species.

Race, Class And Ferguson

Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:58 PM

A deep read on Ferguson, Missouri and what we're seeing about race, class, hope and fear in America.

The Art And Science Of Living With A Stranger

Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:43 PM

From college dorms and summer camps to RVs and retirement hotels, what it's like to share a room. True stories of roommates.

The Militarization Of America's Local Police Forces

Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:43 PM

"War zones" in America. Local police departments with military grade equipment - how much is too much, and what it would take to de-militarize America's police force.

The Educated Sheep Of The Ivy League

Monday, August 18 2014 11:33 PM

A loud complaint that some top American colleges are turning out "excellent sheep." A sharp critique of the Ivy League.

West Africa's Ebola Epidemic Spreads

Monday, August 18 2014 11:33 PM

Ebola: more than a thousand dead now. An unprecedented spread. We'll look at what it will take to stop it.

Healthy Food, Fast

Friday, August 15 2014 10:53 PM

Quinoa on the run. We test the claims and reality of the healthy fast food movement.

Week In The News: Ferguson, Iraq And Remembering Robin Williams

Friday, August 15 2014 10:53 PM

Clashes in Ferguson, Missouri. The U.S. in Iraq. A Russian convoy, bound for Ukraine. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.