On Point on IPR News and News/Studio One

  • 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.

With Ben Brock Johnson.

We hit the gas pedal on classic moments of the family road trip. We’ll talk with the author of the new book “Don’t Make Me Pull Over!”

What We're Watching In The Week Ahead

Jul 9, 2018

With Ben Brock Johnson

Top reporters open their notebooks share what they’re watching for in the week ahead.

Guests

Michael Warren, senior writer at The Weekly Standard. (@MichaelRWarren)

Advice Columns: An American Love Affair

Jul 6, 2018

This program originally broadcast on April 11, 2018. 

With guest host David Folkenflik.

America has a love affair with advice columns. We’ll tour the rich history and racy questions from a new generation.

Guests: 

This program originally broadcast on June 10, 2016.

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper remixes Miles Davis  with modern hip-hop, soul and R&B. He joins us.

This program originally broadcast on May 14, 2018.

A 100-thousand mile journey across America in a single prop plane. Writers James and Deborah Fallows found a country busy remaking itself. We’ll discuss their new book, “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America“.

This program originally broadcast on September 15, 2016.

With guest host Jane Clayson

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas joins us for a frank conversation about her battle with alcoholism.

This program originally broadcast on January 03, 2018.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What happens when opioids ravage the lives of mothers and fathers? More foster children who need homes and families. Opioids and the crisis in foster care.

Guests:

Sherry Lachman, founder and executive director of Foster America.

Best Summer Books: 2018

Jun 29, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

From “The Great Believers” to “Calypso” and more, we’ve got your hot summer reads.

Guests:

David Canfield, writer and reporter at Entertainment Weekly, where he contributes book reviews, and also reports and comments on the publishing industry. (@davidcanfield97)

With Anthony Brooks

A shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper. Trump to Putin: See you in Helsinki. Supreme Court shakeup. Sarah Sanders and civility. Harley Davidson and tariffs. Family reunification deadline. The roundtable takes it all onboard.

With Anthony Brooks

Christian recording artist Vicky Beeching was a poster girl for the evangelical movement. But then she came out as gay. She tells her story.

With John Harwood

The best green thumbs on the planet answer all your gardening questions from the soil on up.

Guests:

Melinda Myers, nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist who has written more than 20 gardening books. (@Melindagardens)

Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban

Jun 26, 2018

With John Harwood

The Supreme Court ruled today in one of the most contentious policies of the Trump administration – and it was a big decision. The Court upheld the travel ban that has kept most people from five Muslim-majority countries out of the United States. Reaction is fast and in some cases furious. We’re taking it all onboard.

With John Harwood

We look at MS-13, the criminal gang that’s become central to the immigration debate.

Guests:

Hannah Dreier, immigration reporter at ProPublica. Spent the last 12 months reporting on the MS13 gang’s activities in the Greater New York area. (@hannahdreier)

With John Harwood

Toward the end of our show that looked at a Massachusetts court case that could change the landscape of the criminal justice system, J.J. from Nashville, Tennessee called in and told us of the complexities behind addiction, relapsing, and probation.

(Transcript lightly edited for clarity): 

Looking At The Week Ahead In The News

Jun 25, 2018

With John Harwood

Top reporters open their notebooks and share what they’re watching for in the week ahead.

Guests:

Nancy Cordes, chief congressional correspondent for CBS News. (@nancycordes)

With Anthony Brooks

How can classic rock survive when its stars are aging and dying?

With Anthony Brooks

The art of provocation from White House advisor and immigration enforcer Stephen Miller – who’s calling the shots on the forced family separations at the border.

Mapping Out Recreational Marijuana

Jun 20, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Recreational pot is legal in many states, now comes the battle over where it can be sold. Cities and towns want their say.

Guests:

Tony Mecia, senior writer at The Weekly Standard. His June 18th cover story is titled “Reefer Madness.” (@tonymecia)

With Jane Clayson

Family separation and stricter asylum laws are “immoral,” says Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He joins us as we talk about the situation at the border.

Guests:

Angela Kocherga, border correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal. (@AKochergaBorder)

With Jane Clayson

Science is under attack from quack experts and self-appointed activists, warns a top doctor who has been caught in the crossfires. He makes the case.

What We're Watching In The Week Ahead

Jun 18, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Top reporters open their notebooks and share what they’re working on and watching for in the week ahead.

Guests:

Paula Reid, Justice Department and legal affairs correspondent for CBS News. (@PaulaReidCBS

Kicking Off The World Cup

Jun 15, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

The World Cup kicks off in Russia. The U.S. team didn’t make the cut but there are plenty of teams to watch and politics to unpack.

Guests:

Tariq Panja, global sports reporter for The New York Times, who covers FIFA extensively, and is in now Moscow covering the World Cup. (@tariqpanja)

With Anthony Brooks

Comey and the Clinton email report. Implied verification and North Korea. The Supreme Court and voter registration. The news roundtable weighs in.

Guests:

Margaret Talev, senior White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. (@margarettalev

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.

With David Folkenflik

The flow of information to the public in the Age of Trump. What do we know about what the government is doing in our name and with our tax dollars?

Guests

Solomon Lartey, worked for over 29 years as a records management analyst at the White House’s Office of Records Management.

With David Folkenflik

Netflix now makes more television than any network in history and the hits keep coming. What’s the secret sauce?

Guests:

Joe Adalian, west coast editor of New York Magazine’s Vulture.com. (@TVMoJoe)

What's To Come This Week In The News

Jun 11, 2018

With Ray Suarez

Fallout from the G-7. The North Korea summit. The GOP’s immigration feud, top reporters open their notebooks and share what to look for in the week ahead.

Guests:

Jeff Pegues, Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent CBS News. (@jeffpeguescbs)

Miss America's Makeover

Jun 8, 2018

With Robert Siegel

There she is, but no longer in a swimsuit. We’ll look at Miss America’s makeover and new message.

Guests:

Jessica Bennett, gender editor of The New York Times, where she covers women, gender and society. (@jessicabennett

With Robert Siegel

We’ll talk with Timothy Snyder about his warning on the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to Europe and America.

With Robert Siegel

Fashion icon Kate Spade’s death by suicide has launched a new conversation about women’s mental health.

Guests:

Matthew Schneier, styles reporter for The New York Times. (@MatthewSchneier)

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