On Point - Evenings

  • Hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti, David Folkenflik

Weekdays at 7 p.m. on IPR News
 

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.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

American truths, not so self-evident. Historian Jill Lepore on why the tension between fact and fiction has been with us since the nation’s founding.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Ethan Hawke on his new film about singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.

Guest

Ethan Hawke, actor, writer, director. He’s the writer, director and producer of the new film “Blaze,” a biopic of country musician Blaze Foley.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas made headlines when he outed himself as undocumented. His new memoir is “Dear America.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Violinist Lucia Micarelli defies the limits of what music can be played on a violin. She’s with us.

Guest

Lucia Micarelli, violinist. Her new album “An Evening With Lucia Micarelli” will be released Sept. 28. (@theloosh)

With David Folkenflik

Race, politics and patriotism. We’re talking about the NFL with superfan and journalist Mark Leibovich. His new book is “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times.”

Guests

Clarence Hill Jr., Dallas Cowboys reporter for the Star-Telegram. (@clarencehilljr)

With David Folkenflik

The wrath of Hurricane Florence. Pence says he’d take a lie detector test in a heartbeat. Moonves out at CBS. The roundtable dives in.

Guests

Jeff Tiberii, capitol bureau chief for WUNC. (@j_tibs)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Former President Richard Nixon’s White House counsel John Dean is back in the spotlight with a warning about unchecked presidential power. He’s with us.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

It’s been 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed and the nightmare of the global financial crisis. The author of the book “Too Big to Fail” takes us back to those frightening days.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Serena Williams firestorm at the U.S. Open started a conversation about women’s anger. We’ll have it with author of the new book “Rage Becomes Her.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the East Coast, is it time for a radical rethink on what it means to be prepared?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Cosby actor, job-shaming and the dignity of work. The photo that went viral sparked an emotional debate. We’ll hear it.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Trump administration wants to end limits on how long they can hold migrant children in custody. Instead of 20 days, they now want to hold them indefinitely.

Guests

Alan Gomez, immigration reporter for USA Today. (@alangomez)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Twenty-five years ago, the card game Magic: The Gathering hit store shelves. More than 30 million people are still playing in this fantasy battle world.

Guests

Neima Jahromi, editorial staff member and contributing writer at The New Yorker. (@NeimaJahromi)

With David Folkenflik

From Vietnam warrior to peace advocate, from defeated presidential candidate to the nation’s top diplomat, John Kerry tells his story in a new memoir.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

From hacking to terrorism, and our polarized world, it’s going to take a radical rethink of everything to survive this century, says historian and best-selling author Yuval Harari. He’s with us.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed Wednesday afternoon from a senior official in the Trump administration who claims to be working with others to thwart the president’s agenda. We dig in.

Guests

Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent. (@kwelkernbc)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Some colleges say they’ll match tuition at rival schools. We’ll add up the dollars and costs.

Guests

Melissa Korn, higher education reporter for The Wall Street Journal. (@melissakorn)

Larry Schall, president of Oglethorpe University.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Political correctness on college campuses. Are so-called “trigger warnings” and intellectual “safe spaces” creating a generation of students who can’t cope? Authors of a new book say “yes.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Black men make up less than 7 percent of students enrolled in U.S. medical schools. Why?

Guests

Dr. Shamard Charles, physician-journalist for NBC News. (@DrCharles_NBC)

With David Folkenflik

What about all those norms being busted in Washington? Among our guests: two guys named Norm.

Guests

Judi McLean Parks, professor of organizational behavior at Washington University’s Olin School of Business.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Detroit remembers the Queen of Soul and her relationship with the Motor City.

Guests

Quinn Klinefelter, reporter and senior news editor for WDET, Detroit Public Radio. (@QKlinefelter)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Electric scooters are the new biggest thing on two wheels. They’re popping up in cities across the country, but not without controversy.

Guests

Callum Borchers, reporter covering the innovation economy in Boston for member station WBUR. (@callumborchers)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Serena Williams, that catsuit and testing the lines of tennis traditions.

Guests

Caitlin Thompson, co-founder and publisher of Racquet Magazine. (@caitlin_thomps)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Africa’s remaining wild lions could be wiped out by 2050. We’ll look at the reasons for the catastrophic decline and efforts to save them.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A company called FedLoan services one-third of all federal student debt. But flawed paperwork and botched processing are stopping many students from receiving loan forgiveness they’re entitled to. We’ll find out why.

Guests

Ryann Liebenthal, freelance writer and editor. (@ryannliebenthal)

The Life And Legacy Of John McCain

Aug 27, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Tributes from around the country and the world are pouring in for Sen. John McCain. We’ll look at his remarkable life, courage and message for America.

Guests

McKay Coppins, staff writer for The Atlantic. (@mckaycoppins)

With David Folkenflik

The big social media platforms silence Alex Jones. What does this mean for free speech, for American democracy? We’ll dive in.

Guests

Adrian Chen, writer who has covered technology and internet culture for a number of outlets including The New Yorker, The New York Times and Wired Magazine. (@AdrianChen)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Are online shopping and all those deals turning us into a nation of hoarders? What you should know before clicking buy.

Guests

Alana Semuels, staff writer at The Atlantic. (@AlanaSemuels)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Prisoners go on a nationwide strike to protest what they call “modern-day slavery.” We’ll unpack the fury and the facts.

Guests

Amani Sawari, prison strike organizer and spokesperson for Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. (@SawariMi)

The Role Of The U.S. In Yemen

Aug 22, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

After a reportedly American-made bomb killed dozens of children in Yemen, we’ll take a hard look at U.S. interests, actions and responsibilities in Yemen.

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