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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American Opioid Addiction Keeps Growing

Tuesday, October 06 2015 04:00 PM

American addiction. From prescription painkillers to heroin. The numbers are staggering. Why?

Gun Policy Intrudes On 2016 Campaign Trail

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.

Sara Bareilles Probably Still Won't Write You A Love Song

Monday, October 05 2015 04:00 PM

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles goes fully confessional in her new memoir, "Sounds Like Me." She joins us.

Ad Blockers And The Internet Of Tomorrow

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.

The Scandinavian Secret Behind All Your Favorite Songs

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.

Week In The News: Shooting In Oregon, Russia In Syria, United Nations Diplomacy

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.

Stand Up. Right Now.

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.

Election 2016 Is 'Feeling The Bern'

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.

Interview With Sen. Bernie Sanders: 'Count Me As A Radical'

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.

New Trends In American Immigration

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.

Afghanistan And The Taliban, Again

Wednesday, September 30 2015 03:00 PM

The Taliban takes an Afghan city, Kunduz. What's going in Afghanistan?

Renata Adler, Queen Of The Culture Wars

Tuesday, September 29 2015 04:00 PM

Legendary journalist and critic Renata Adler on American culture now. She's not a happy camper.

Russia, Syria And The Assad End Game

Tuesday, September 29 2015 03:00 PM

The Russia factor, with Syria, ISIS, Iraq, Iran. Obama and Putin sit down. We dive in.

Making Our Workplaces Work For Everyone

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.

The Republican Party After Boehner Bows Out

Monday, September 28 2015 03:00 PM

The GOP after John Boehner. We'll talk with Republicans on Capitol Hill and beyond.

The Murky World Of FBI Informants

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.

Week In The News: Pope In DC, Volkswagen Scandal, Death On The Hajj

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.

Amid Emissions Scandal, A Bumpy Road Ahead For Volkswagen

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.

Global Internet Access For The Next Four Billion

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?

American Islamophobia

Wednesday, September 23 2015 04:00 PM

From the campaign trail to a Texas high school, the United States wrestles with Islamophobia.

The Business Of Chinese-American Relations

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.

Jewel: Still Singing Strong, Still 'Never Broken'

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.

Johnson & Johnson And The Big Lies Of Big Pharma

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.

Humanity Is 'Racing Extinction' (And We're Losing)

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.

The Tax Reform Obama And Trump Both Support

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.

Flops And Fantasies In A Fall TV Season

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.

Week In The News: GOP Debate, Congressional Stalemate, Refugee Crisis Grows

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.

Trying To Fix Tech's Diversity Problem

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.

Pope Francis In America

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?

A Brief History Of American Populism

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.

Inside War-Torn Syria: Who Is Still There?

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?

One Suprisingly Modern Arranged Marriage

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.

Wage Growth, Job Growth And The Ongoing Unemployment Puzzle

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.

A More Physical Form of Mindfulness

Monday, September 14 2015 04:00 PM

How intelligence lives beyond the brain. In your body. Intelligence, in the flesh.

Obama And The World He Shaped

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.

Colbert Comes (Back) To Late Night

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?

Week In The News: Iran Deal Votes, Refugee Surge, Russia In Syria

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.

Open Season For NFL Scandals

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.

California's Bold Plan To Curb Gas Use

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.

The Enduring Appeal Of The Quixotic Cervantes

Wednesday, September 09 2015 04:00 PM

"Don Quixote," and why the 17th Century mock epic of Cervantes still gets under our skin.

Moral And Legal Quandaries In Migrant Crisis

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.

Colleges Face Soaring Mental Health Demands

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.

Congressional Cheatsheet, Fall 2015

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.

Salman Rushdie On Collision Of Genies And Mortals In 'Two Years'

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.

Why Do We Work?

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.

What Serena Williams — Queen Of Tennis — Means To The Sports World

Friday, September 04 2015 04:00 PM

Serena Williams. The undisputed queen of tennis, and what she's meant in sports and beyond.

Week In The News: Europe's Migrant Crisis, Kentucky Clerk Gets Jail Time, Deflategate

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.

Journalists Under Pressure

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.

Should The Fed Raise Interest Rates?

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.

Netflix's 'Narcos': The Drug Trade Then And Now

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.