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  • Hosted by Tom Ashbrook

Hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, On Point is broadcast for two hours daily across the country on NPR. The show’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.

Broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon ET, with listener call-in, from WBUR in Boston, the show airs on more than 210 NPR stations coast to coast. 

Tom Ashbrook is On Point’s host and managing editor. Jack Beatty, On Point’s news analyst, appears each Friday on our Week in the News roundtable and on other shows throughout the week.

On Point’s senior producer is Karen Shiffman. Our team of producers includes Julie DiopPien HuangStefano KotsonisAlex Kingsbury, and Sam Gale Rosen.  On Point’s director is Eileen Imada and our technical director is James Ross.

Justice Department Names Special Counsel

14 hours ago

With guest host Tom Gjelten.

The Justice Department establishes a special counsel to investigate the President. Roger Ailes, dead at 77.

Your Search History Shows Your Secret Side

14 hours ago

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What our Google searches reveal about us. It’s not always the face we show to the world.

Media Titan Roger Ailes, Dead At 77

14 hours ago

Roger Ailes, the man, who, more than any other, created Fox News and a new kind of politics in America, died this morning at 77. He lost his job last summer as a series of sexual harassment scandals hammered him and his network. Brian Stelter, senior media correspondent for CNN and host of the network’s Reliable Sources, and Hadas Gold, media reporter for POLITICO, joined us today to discuss Ailes’ death, legacy and impact.

“Ailes’ life changed dramatically 10 months ago,” Stelter told us. “Ailes was relatively isolated in recent months.”

Old-Timey Tunes With One Pokey LaFarge

May 16, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

We go to St. Louis to hear Pokey LaFarge and his band –from their manic retro best to their no-joke take on America’s streets today.

Oh, Behave! ‘Austin Powers’ At 20

May 12, 2017

“Austin Powers” turns 20. We’ll take a shagalicious walk down memory lane. Groovy, baby.

Please, Let’s Make It ‘Awkward’

May 12, 2017

The psychology and science of social awkwardness. How to embrace your own quirks and idiosyncrasies to become the best version of yourself.

Gruesome Spotlight On College Hazing

May 10, 2017

One Penn State pledge is dead, and 18 of his fraternity brothers are charged. We’ll look at what’s happened with hazing.

President Trump Fires FBI Director Comey

May 10, 2017

President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. We’ll look at the news from all angles.

A prominent Christian conservative says it’s time for Christians to withdraw from modern, secular American life.

Sally Yates testifies on General Michael Flynn. We’ll look at the latest on the Russia connection.

Robots And Our Automated Future

May 8, 2017

Will your next home be built by robots? We’ll look at the growing robot boom and American jobs.

Guests

Charlie Wood, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor. (@walkingthedot)

Howie Choset, professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.

What's Next For American Health Care

May 8, 2017

American health care goes to the Senate after the big House vote. We’ll ask what’s coming.

The power of the ring in myth and story from all over the world. Love, sex, fidelity, betrayal — and the ring.

A Prescription To Reduce Our Prescriptions

May 4, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Alternative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil says we take too much medication, and it’s hurting us more than we know. He says there are better options.

President Trump’s Affection For Despots

May 4, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

President Trump continues to praise strongmen and dictators across the globe, and his embrace of these despots sets off alarm bells at home and abroad.

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