On Point

  • Hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti, David Folkenflik

Weekdays at 9 a.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One

Go behind the headlines: From the economy and healthcare to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point talks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.

This program originally broadcast June 14, 2018, with David Folkenflik. 

Three decades of “The Simpsons.” We turn our eye on Springfield with a top writer who has been in the mix since day one.

Your New Prescription: Empathy

Aug 16, 2018

This program originally broadcast May 1, 2018, with David Folkenflik. 

Compassion may be the cure. Dr. David Rakel shares his guide to healing through empathy and listening.

Inspiration Through Procrastination

Aug 15, 2018

This program originally broadcast on March 13, 2018 with Meghna Chakrabarti.

From da Vinci to Darwin, how great minds put things off, but changed the world anyway. We’ll talk to two procrastinators: Andrew Santella, the writer of a new book about procrastination, and Tim Urban, whose TED talk on procrastination was one of the most viewed of 2016.

With Budd Mishkin

Washington slaps tariffs on Turkey. The Trump administration’s trade fights, using national security as the justification. We’ll dig in.

Guests

Piotr Zalewski, Turkey correspondent for The Economist. (@p_zalewski)

With Budd Mishkin

American hate. We talk with a human rights lawyer about the powerful stories of hate crime survivors.

Guests

Arjun Singh Sethi, editor of “American Hate: Survivors Speak Out.” (@arjunsethi81)

“In general, quoting the scriptures is okay by me, but you should always quote it in context. Surrounding that particular passage is ‘owe nothing to any man except to love one another.” In the paragraph before, in Paul’s letter to the Romans, the end of chapter twelve, he says ‘practice hospitality.’ To my mind, there are gradations in law.

With Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr)

You might not know it from the craft brew pubs everywhere, but Americans are drinking more wine and spirits — slowly pushing aside beer. We’ll find out why.

With Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr)

The way forward for the Democratic Party. Jon Favreau’s popular new podcast, “The Wilderness,” explores how the Democrats lost their way and how to bounce back.

With Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr)

The inside story behind the long quest to build an artificial human heart.

With Eric Westervelt

Celebrating 20 years of the groundbreaking album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

Guests

Joan Morgan, author of “She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” (@milfinainteasy)

Are Millennials Really So On The Move?

Aug 6, 2018

With Eric Westervelt

Millennials by the numbers. Do all those assumptions about their wanderlust and fear of commitment hold up? Are they really so different from everyone else?

Guests

Lyman Stone, advisor at Democratic Intelligence. Adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Columnist for Vox. (@lymanstoneky)

The Summer Of Documentaries

Aug 3, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Documentaries are making a splash this summer at the movie box office. From “RBG” to “Three Identical Strangers,” we’ve got your front-row seat.

Guests

Anne Thompson, editor at large at the online journal IndieWire.com. Founder of the column “Thompson on Hollywood.” (@akstanwyck)

Another Look At Fat's Bad Rap

Aug 2, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

The Big Mac is turning 50, and fat is still getting a bad rap. But the right mix of high-fat foods might be the ticket to a healthy diet. We’ll weigh the evidence and options.

Guests

Candice Choi, Associated Press reporter covering the food industry. (@candicechoi)

Why We Need Bees

Aug 1, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

What’s the buzz? We’ll look at the wonders of bees and worries they’re at risk of disappearing.

Guests

Thor Hanson, author of “Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees.” Conservation biologist and Guggenheim Fellow.

The Facts And Future Of Trump's Economy

Aug 1, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

The Trump administration weighs a big tax cut for the rich, with no vote in Congress. We’ll add it all up.

Guests

Naomi Jagoda, reporter who covers tax policy for The Hill. (@njagoda)

A Failure To Solve Black Homicides

Jul 31, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

The victims of the vast majority of unsolved murders are African-American. We’ll look at roadblocks and efforts to change that.

Guests

Kimbriell Kelly, investigative reporter for The Washington Post. (@kimbriellwapo)

With Anthony Brooks

A president like no other has changed the way the media covers the White House. Is it dangerous? Is it fair?

Guests

David Folkenflik, media correspondent for NPR, co-host of On Point. (@davidfolkenflik)

With Anthony Brooks

What’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos been up to lately? The correct answer is: plenty. We’ll look at the report card.

Guests

Michelle Hackman, reporter for the Wall Street Journal who covers the Department of Education and national education policy. (@MHackman)

Living And Writing The American South

Jul 27, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Life and culture in the American South. We’ll talk with native daughter and author Julia Reed about her new book “South Toward Home.

Extreme Heat Wave Sweeps The Globe

Jul 26, 2018

With Jane Clayson

A dangerous and deadly heat wave grips the globe. We’ll look at where and why it’s happening.

Guests

Jeff Ray, meteorologist at CBS News in Dallas/Fort Worth. (@cbs11jeffrey)

Paolo Ruti, chief of the World Meteorological Organization’s World Weather Research Programme.

With Anthony Brooks

Maria Butina is the latest accused Russian spy to infiltrate an American university. Investigative journalist Daniel Golden, author of “Spy Schools,” has the story.

The Age Of The 3D-Printed Gun

Jul 25, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

Coming soon — printing your own gun on a 3D printer. Is it the end of gun control?

Guests

Andy Greenberg, senior writer for Wired who has been following this story since 2013. (@a_greenberg)

With Budd Mishkin

Is your baby a boy or a girl? Maybe, it’s a “theyby.” We’ll look at raising children without a gender designation.

Guests

Alex Morris, contributing editor to New York Magazine. (@AlexMorrisNY)

Nate Sharpe, father raising twin theybies, Zyler and Kadyn.

With Budd Mishkin

An intimate look at cancer from a doctor deep in the trenches. The soulful memoir is called “Cancerland.”

With Jane Clayson

A novel idea that started in Cleveland to bringing people together through book clubs. It’s gone global.

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With Anthony Brooks

Disturbing stories this summer about white people calling the police on black people for cutting the grass or using the swimming pool. What’s going on?

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With Anthony Brooks

So, here we are. How are political strategists from both parties advising their candidates in this highly charged political moment?

Guests

Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of “The Cook Political Report.” (@CharlieCookDC)

With Anthony Brooks

We just can’t wait until Friday. Trump and Putin, the latest on the special counsel’s investigation, Maria Butina charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation. Join us for a special midweek edition of the news roundtable.

Reopening The Case Of Emmett Till

Jul 17, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

Something in Timothy Tyson’s 2017 book “The Blood of Emmett Till” led the Justice Department to reopen its probe into the 1955 lynching.

Iowa's Poor Water Quality Goes South

Jul 16, 2018

With Harry Smith

Iowa’s water pollution problem is getting worse and the impact is felt all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Guests

Chris Jones, research engineer at the University of Iowa’s Institute of Hydraulic Research Hydroscience and Engineering Center. Author of a recent study about nitrogen pollution flowing out of Iowa and into the Gulf of Mexico

Cheryl Johnson, farmer who grows corn, soybeans, and alfalfa, and raises purebred cattle

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