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 Sacha Pfeiffer

Dollar stores are popping up across the country and raking in the profits. Critics say it all comes with a cost to the nation’s poor. We’re on it.

Guests

Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business retail reporter. (@nmeyersohn)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Trump administration moves to end the Flores agreement. They say it’s to keep families together in detention, but now they could be detained indefinitely.

Guests

Molly O’Toole, immigration and security reporter for the Los Angeles Times. (@mollymotoole)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Love or detest it, the semicolon is the most divisive punctuation mark of the modern era. Should we even care?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The illicit market for pot is hot in some states where weed is legal. We look at why.

Guests

Natalie Fertig, federal cannabis policy reporter for Politico. (@natsfert)

With Nancy Cordes

SOS for moms and dads. How to nurture your child by caring for yourself. Self-compassion for parents.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Five years after Ferguson, the national conversation about race and policing is still ongoing – and residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are still searching for answers.

With David Folkenflik

In the Arctic, a warming planet is accelerating the loss of sea ice and raising the stakes for the region.

What The Future Holds For Labor Unions

Aug 14, 2019

With Meghna Chakrabarti

“Beaten Down, Worked Up” — longtime labor reporter Steven Greenhouse on the future of unions.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino explores modern culture through her experience as a millennial, and how social media shapes identity.

Editor’s Note: This hour discusses suicide, and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Editor’s note: Just after broadcast, the Trump administration announced a broad set of changes to how the Endangered Species Act is enforced. Wildlife advocates warn that the changes will make it easier for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ignore imperiled species and their habitat.

More information here.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

With David Folkenflik

A roundtable of Latina analysts on the shooting in El Paso, racism and domestic terrorism in America now.

Guests

Alexa Ura, demographics reporter for the Texas Tribune. She covers the intersection of politics and race. (@alexazura)

This show originally aired March 21, 2019.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Women of country music are raising their voices against the old boys’ network in Nashville they say discriminates against them.

With David Folkenflik

Toni Morrison looms large over any conversation of American literature of the past half-century. Morrison, who has died at 88, was a Nobel laureate, Pultizer Prize-winner and champion of other African American authors.

With David Folkenflik

Americans who have health insurance are increasingly being forced to turn to charity for help paying medical bills, despite having coverage, so reports the Los Angeles Times. We unpack what’s happening.

Guest

Noam Levey, writes about national health care policy out of Washington, D.C., for the Los Angeles Times. (@NoamLevey)

With David Folkenflik

Mosquitoes are among civilization’s most influential yet underappreciated killers. We unearth the uneasy truth about their outsized impact on human history.

With David Folkenflik

Bestselling crime novelist Laura Lippman discusses her new novel, and her city: Baltimore.

With David Folkenflik

Fifty years ago this week, Elvis revived his career and reinvented the Vegas show when he took to the stage on the Strip.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

We check in on the second night of Democratic presidential debates, with a focus on health care policy.

Guests

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

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Private developers and colleges are teaming up to build luxury dorms. At what price to the college experience?

Guests

Deirdre Fernandes, Boston Globe correspondent covering the education economy. (@fernandesglobe)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Supreme Court hands the Trump Administration a win on the border wall. ICE gets expanded power to deport undocumented immigrants without a hearing. We have the latest on the administration’s immigration policy.

Guests

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

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Why do some many people care about celebrities? Our guest says the obsession took hold in the 19th century, and she has the scrapbooks to prove it.

You can find a buildout from this hour, featuring on-air commentary, here.


With John Harwood

It’s been a summer of free agency frenzy for the NBA. Now the league says it will investigate potential tampering.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A special broadcast to unpack Robert Mueller's testimony: what he said, what lawmakers asked and what happens next.

Guests

Steve Dennis, congressional correspondent for Bloomberg. (@StevenTDennis)

This show originally aired Nov. 13, 2018.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Frederick Douglass was a fierce critic of America, a radical patriot and an abolitionist who was formerly enslaved. A new biography sheds light on the lesser-known corners of Douglass’ life.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

One-third of Americans over 12 listen to podcasts. But just as the business gets booming, are there already too many podcasts?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Disney’s box-office domination continues with its remake of “The Lion King.” The modern CGI looks beautiful, but does the story fall flat?

Guests

Aramide Tinubu, entertainment editor at Stylecaster. Film writer with bylines at outlets including Shadow and Act, The A.V. Club, Essence and NBC. (@wordwitharamide)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Have you used FaceApp? The hugely popular app that let’s you age your face? Made by Russian developers, members of Congress say the app could be a national security threat.

Guests

Brian Barrett, news editor at Wired Magazine covering security and consumer technology. (@brbarrett)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

What does it take to predict tomorrow’s weather today? We take a look at the fascinating story behind the history and science of the weather forecast.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

High deductibles and medical bills are feeding resentment and political alienation of the middle class, reports the Los Angeles Times. We unpack.

Guests

Noam Levey, writes about national health care policy out of Washington, D.C., for the Los Angeles Times. (@NoamLevey)

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