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.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

We look at the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people. Is this the beginning of dark times in Sri Lanka?

Guests

Anusha Ondaatjie, Colombo bureau chief for Bloomberg News.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Art and artificial intelligence. How humans and machines are collaborating on paintings, music compositions and more.

Guests

Dan Tepfer, pianist, composer and coder. (@tepferdan)

With David Folkenflik

We talk to Ramy Youssef about his new Hulu comedy series that deals with living life as a faithful Muslim in today’s America.

With David Folkenflik

The Mueller report — a day later. What we’ve learned from the newly released and redacted version and what it means. And, all the rest of the week’s news.

Guests

Paula Reid, CBS News White House correspondent. (@PaulaReidCBS)

Sahil Kapur, national political reporter for Bloomberg Politics. (@sahilkapur)

With Kimberly Atkins

The Mueller report is out. Redacted by the Justice Department, shipped up to Congress and released to the public. We break it down in a special live evening broadcast.

Guests

Josh Gerstein, senior legal affairs contributor to Politico. (@joshgerstein)

The Redacted Mueller Report In Focus

Apr 18, 2019

With Kimberly Atkins

What will the redacted Mueller report from Attorney General William Barr tell us about the two-year investigation?

Guests

Ginger Gibson, national political correspondent for Reuters. (@GingerGibson)

With David Folkenflik

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is running for president. Has Trump’s team already put roadblocks in place to make any challenge impossible?

With David Folkenflik

Child marriage, drug addiction, incarceration. Inside the stories of ordinary folks in the throes of life’s toughest challenges.

Was 1999 The Best Year Ever For Movies?

Apr 15, 2019

With David Folkenflik

“Fight Club.” “American Beauty.” “The Matrix.” 1999 was a blockbuster year for movies. But was it the best ever year in film?


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With David Folkenflik

Former CNN White House correspondent Jessica Yellin sends up the TV news business in a novel way.


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With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump wants his allies Stephen Moore and Herman Cain to join the Federal Reserve. Are politics and monetary policy on a collision course?


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With Meghna Chakrabarti

Illinois joins a growing list of states adopting “Tobacco 21” policies to combat teen vaping. Will it curb usage?


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With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Department of Homeland Security is facing major staffing shakeups with the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and removal of Secret Service Director Randolph Alles. This, as President Trump pushes for tougher border security.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Not all calories are the same, so why are we still using them as the measure for nutrition?


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With Jane Clayson

Her road from Chicago to the White House — our conversation with Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.


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With Jane Clayson

#MeToo, “personal space” and Joe Biden. Democrats target Trump’s taxes. White House whistleblower calls out security clearances. The roundtable is here.


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With Meghna Chakrabarti

Music and the human brain. A neuroscientist and opera singer guides us through the science of how and why music moves us.


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Find our buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.


Editor’s Note: A gentle warning to listeners across the country. This hour addresses mature subject matter that some may find sexually explicit.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

#MeToo And Boundaries In The Office

Apr 2, 2019

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Joe Biden faces accusations of an unwanted kiss. What are the boundaries and best practices in the workplace in the era of #MeToo?


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With Meghna Chakrabarti

As the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing approaches, we’ll take a fresh look at one of humankind’s most audacious efforts, and whether a 21st century moonshot is worth aiming for.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

NATO turns 70. A long time foreign policy and security analyst say President Trump might be right — and that it’s time to rethink one of America’s oldest international alliances.

With David Folkenflik

Supreme Court biographer Joan Biskupic discusses her book on Chief Justice John Roberts, and his agenda for the court.


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With David Folkenflik

The main findings of the Mueller inquiry are known. But the details remain hidden — and Democrats say their work is not over. The administration once more seeks to kill “Obamacare.” Chicago is ablaze over Jussie Smollet. The roundtable is here.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Cyclone Idai is one of the worst weather-related catastrophes in the history of Africa. We look at the forecast for a region under the threat of climate change.


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With Meghna Chakrabarti

Algorithms influence everything we do now. Who’s creating them? Understanding coders and why how they think is changing how we live.


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With Jane Clayson

Postpartum depression can be life-threatening. We look at a new drug just approved by the FDA and other efforts to help new mothers in distress.


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Part 4: A Closer Look At Small-Town Living

Mar 25, 2019

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With Meghna Chakrabarti

Our special series “Where We Call Home,” on small towns. All the focus is on booming urban centers, but some small towns are experiencing a “brain gain” too. We find out why.

Find our buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller report says there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to affect the outcome of the 2016 election. We dig in.

With David Folkenflik

Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney on his HBO documentary “The Inventor” — a tale about Silicon Valley, Elizabeth Holmes and the collapse of her blood-testing company Theranos.

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