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.
Biden in Beijing. Public pensions under the gun. A train goes off the rails - our Weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Mexican-American essayist and big thinker Richard Rodriguez joins us on identity, immigration and the human spirit.
Gary Gensler is a hero to those who call for crackdown on Wall Street. "Arch-enemy" to those who don't. He's leaving his top watchdog job, and with us for an exit interview.
A new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York explores the power of poison to harm and to help.
The battle over Ukraine. The reach of the West. Russia's sphere of influence. Ukrainians in the streets.
They see you when you're sleeping. They know when you're awake. Employers move to digital assessment in hiring, firing and promotion. We'll check in.
Solving America's low wage conundrum. Looking for a way up and out of the poverty wage trap. Plus, Pope Francis on contemporary capitalism.
Healthcare.gov. It's December. We'll look at what's working, what's not, and the path now for health care reform.
For Thanksgiving, turkey plus or minus all kinds of things. Multicultural America giving Thanksgiving menus a multicultural kick.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on protest, reform, Teddy Roosevelt and America then and now.
We talk with top film critics about this holiday season's gusher of new movies, from Disney's "Frozen,' to "The Wolf of Wall Street" to "American Hustle.'"
China's ten-year plan. Economic changes. Social changes. And the planned new face of modern China.
Norman Mailer called it "a comic strip for intellectuals." Best-selling author Neil Gaiman joins us with his dark, new series on the origins of "The Sandman."
Historic nuclear deal reached with Iran. There are vast implications. We'll have world-wide reaction.
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we remember the day, the man and the nation before and after.
Midwest destruction, Afghan troop talks, a big fine for J.P. Morgan and gay marriage and the Cheney sisters. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Rebecca Sugar is a 26-year-old cartooning pioneer. First with "Adventure Time." Now with "Steven Universe." Rebecca Sugar is with us.
Colorado is pushing a lot of boundaries and buttons lately. On fracking, gun law, marijuana, secession. We catch up with Colorado
Big jazz thinker Stanley Crouch on the wild, young mind and music of early "Bird," Charlie Parker.
Bitcoin and virtual currencies in the spotlight on Capitol Hill. We'll look at the new world of digital money and the issues that come with it.