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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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Last updated: Monday, March 02 2015 08:49 PM

The Universal Attraction Of Black Holes

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.

Iran Nuclear Negotiations And The Netanyahu Speech

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.

Tuning In To The Lead Belly Sound

Friday, February 27 2015 04:00 PM

Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.

Week In The News: DHS Shutdown Risk, Net Neutrality Win, Snowy South

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.

A Guide To A Godless Morality

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.

Allergy Solutions Take New Forms

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?

Wage Inequality And The Gender Gap

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.

The Real Costs Of Managing Your Retirement

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.

Wendy Whelan Just Keeps Dancing

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.

Political Pressures Weigh On Homeland Security Funding

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.

All-American Drones

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.

What Putin Wants, Putin (Usually) Gets

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.

Handicapping The 2015 Academy Award Ballot

Friday, February 20 2015 04:00 PM

Oscars this weekend. "Birdman," "Boyhood," "American Sniper"? We'll talk who should win, and why.

Week In The News: ISIS And Radical Islam, Immigration Reform Hits Snag

Friday, February 20 2015 03:00 PM

Immigration showdown. ISIS killings. A ceasefire mockery in Ukraine. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Life Forever Young? It's Here Sooner Than You Think

Thursday, February 19 2015 04:00 PM

We're sorting through the science of living a longer, healthier life with the author of "Spring Chicken."

Testing The 'Wisconsin Idea' Of Public Higher Education

Thursday, February 19 2015 03:00 PM

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker — Republican Presidential hopeful — wants to cut deep into his state's prized public university system, and maybe its vision. We'll hear the debate.

The YouTube Decade

Wednesday, February 18 2015 04:00 PM

YouTube turns ten. We'll look at how it has changed music, culture, and the media.

ISIS Takes Aim At Europe

Wednesday, February 18 2015 03:00 PM

Twenty-one Egyptians beheaded on the shores of Libya by ISIS. On to Rome, they say. We'll look at North Africa, Europe and the ISIS threat.

Sleater-Kinney Is Back

Tuesday, February 17 2015 04:00 PM

Feminist punk-rockers, the band Sleater-Kinney, is with us. Reunited. Hotter than ever.

Democratic Soul-Searching In 2016

Tuesday, February 17 2015 03:00 PM

The Democrats' internal battle over what to stand for in 2016. Hard Left or Center Left, Warren or Clinton?

Humor And Solace In Muslim-America With Maz Jobrani

Monday, February 16 2015 04:00 PM

After the murder of three young Muslim-Americans in Chapel Hill, we'll open the phone lines for some serious talk with Muslim-American comedian Maz Jobrani.

The New Science Of Exhaustion

Monday, February 16 2015 03:00 PM

Chronic fatigue syndrome has been renamed: systemic exertion intolerance disease. We'll look at a new name and new diagnosis.

Brian Williams, Jon Stewart And Modern Media Trust

Friday, February 13 2015 04:00 PM

Our wild media moment. Brian Williams, off air. Jon Stewart, headed off. David Carr and Bob Simon, gone. We'll look at lines crossed and new realities in the media turmoil.

Week In The News: Another AUMF Request, Another Ukrainian Ceasefire, Alabama Same-Sex Marriage

Friday, February 13 2015 03:00 PM

War powers and ISIS. Eyeball to eyeball over Ukraine. Alabama, defiant on gay marriage. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Tallying Up The High Costs Of Extreme Weather

Thursday, February 12 2015 04:00 PM

Winter storms, now costing the economy billions. Summer storms, too. And spring. And fall. And drought. We'll look at the economics of extreme weather.

A Formal U.S. War On The Islamic State

Thursday, February 12 2015 03:00 PM

The President asks Congress for war powers to fight ISIS. Should he get the green light? We'll hear the debate.

'Holy Cow,' It's David Duchovny!

Wednesday, February 11 2015 04:00 PM

Golden Globe-winning actor David Duchovny steps off the screen to write a debut novel about a sassy cow. He's with us.

Jeb: The Next National Bush?

Wednesday, February 11 2015 03:00 PM

Jeb Bush is ready to run. Raising money and staff, releasing emails and an e-book. We'll look at the next Bush up, and his record.

A Loeb Library For Indian Literature

Tuesday, February 10 2015 04:00 PM

The stunning poetry, prose, history and philosophy of classical Indian literature. Emerging in a huge new collection. We'll dip in.

Justice, Race And Municipal Courts

Tuesday, February 10 2015 03:00 PM

American justice when municipal courts become gateways to modern day debtors' prison. Six months after the death of Michael Brown, we investigate.

The 'Sapiens' Story

Monday, February 09 2015 04:00 PM

A new history of us --Homo Sapiens — and why fiction - stories - let us rule the world.

Measles Outbreak Prompts Vaccine Policy Debate

Monday, February 09 2015 03:00 PM

The growing rash of measles cases and new calls to make vaccination mandatory.

TV's Surprising, Thriving 'Empire'

Friday, February 06 2015 04:00 PM

TV's "Dallas" for the hip-hop age. We'll look at "Empire," and the FOX take on a hip-hop dynasty.

Week In The News: ISIS, Measles And A New Harper Lee Novel

Friday, February 06 2015 03:00 PM

Jordan vows revenge on ISIS. Measles anger. Arms for Ukraine. Harper Lee's new novel. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Get It While It's Hot: A Show About Soup

Thursday, February 05 2015 04:00 PM

Is it soup yet? Grab your big spoons. Bone broth and more. We have the latest in hot soups for a cold winter.

Finding The Funds For Infrastructure Improvement

Thursday, February 05 2015 03:00 PM

American roads, rails and bridges are in need of massive repair. President Obama wants to tax American companies' overseas profits to pay the bill. Is that the way to go?

One Big Dig In Nicaragua

Wednesday, February 04 2015 04:00 PM

Nicaragua breaks ground on a massive new Atlantic-to-Pacific canal. Big Chinese money - and big environmental concerns - in Central America.

US Weighs Ukrainian Military Aid

Wednesday, February 04 2015 03:00 PM

Arming Ukraine. Should the US do it? Russia is backing a new offensive and economic sanctions aren't stopping it. We'll hear the debate.

America's College Culture At A Crossroads

Tuesday, February 03 2015 04:00 PM

Hot on campus. Binge drinking. Sexual assault. Greek life trouble. And a lot of youthful courage. We're checking in with college newspaper editors.

Tough Times For The Golden Arches

Tuesday, February 03 2015 03:00 PM

Mighty McDonald's is in big trouble. Sales are plummeting. We look at the future of a fast food legend, and what Americans eat.

One Singer's 'Winter Journey' To Obsession

Monday, February 02 2015 04:00 PM

We'll explore Franz Schubert's Winterreise, or Winter Journey - the late great, strange song cycle with tenor Ian Bostridge. Plus: a fresh look at contemporary German pop music.

Promise And Problems In Personalized Medicine

Monday, February 02 2015 03:00 PM

Precision medicine, tailored to your genes. President Obama announces a big push. We'll take a look at the track record and potential. Plus: we'll look at the growing measles outbreak around the United States.

What 'American Sniper' Gets Right - And Wrong - About War

Friday, January 30 2015 04:00 PM

"American Sniper." Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper's war film keeps crushing at the box office and stirring more controversy. We'll go to it.

Week In The News: Northeast Blizzard, Greek Shakeup, GOP Preps For 2016

Friday, January 30 2015 03:00 PM

Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Making Black Lives - And Black Homicides - Matter

Thursday, January 29 2015 04:00 PM

The author of "Ghettoside" takes us deep into murder and law enforcement in minority neighborhoods. We want your story.

The Surprising Science Behind Your Favorite Flavors

Wednesday, January 28 2015 04:00 PM

Did our sense of taste make us human? From evolution to culture, a new book explores the science and perception of flavor.

What 'Free Community College' Means — And What It Could Cost

Wednesday, January 28 2015 03:00 PM

The promise of free community college. What it might mean for our economy and our fraying social contract.

Building A Smarter Team

Tuesday, January 27 2015 04:00 PM

From Silicon Valley to your office, some teams work better - and smarter - than others. We'll look at the surprising reasons why.

Anti-Austerity Gains Steam In Europe

Tuesday, January 27 2015 03:00 PM

A leftist victory in Greece, and anti-austerity pushback across Europe. We'll ask where this goes.

How To Live Like A Victorian, Right Now

Monday, January 26 2015 04:00 PM

Brush your teeth with soot, stay away from water, wear a steel corset. We'll talk with the author of "How to be a Victorian." Strange ways from another age.