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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.

Does Our Constitution Hold Up Today?

16 hours ago

Was our Constitution made for this much economic inequality? One big thinker says no.

Taking Stock Of The American Family Farm

Sep 19, 2017

US farmers up against it from shifting trade policies to a changing climate. We’ll look at the state of the US frontier now.

Facebook under new pressure and scrutiny from many sides as it ends up in the middle of national, international politics.

The Caribbean after Irma. We’ll look at devastated islands and the way forward.

This hour, we also look at how snowbirds are expected to reconsider wintering in Florida after Irma.

With North Korean missiles zooming overhead, how does Japan prepare, defend and respond? Japan’s tough challenges, military and diplomatic.

Throwback TV And More Coming This Fall

Sep 15, 2017

We’ll look at the new fall TV season. There’s a lot coming out.

Whatever TV means these days — broadcast, cable, streaming, in your car, on your wall, on your phone — there is a lot of it. The fall offerings are tumbling out right now. David Simon of the The Wire is back with The Deuce, Times Square and 1970s New York. Ken Burns is back with The Vietnam War. Will & Grace is back. Stranger Things, Better Things, SEAL Team, Transparent and the Menendez Murders, all queued up. Up next, On Point: We’re looking at fall TV. — Tom Ashbrook

Democrats Unveil Single Payer Plan

Sep 14, 2017

Democrats are now lining up for and against single payer health care. Big push. Big battle. We’re on it.

The Cincinnati Enquirer sent reporters into the field for seven days to report on the heroin crisis. They returned with an alarming snapshot of a national epidemic.

The new iPhone’s out, and it unlocks not with a fingerprint, but with your face. We’ll take a look and see where mobile phone technology and competition are.

Equifax Hack: Assessing The Data Breach

Sep 13, 2017

The huge hack at Equifax. Millions of Americans’ most sensitive personal information is now out there for sale to thieves and governments. What do we do to fix this?

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos thinks students accused of campus sexual assault aren’t getting a fair shake. And she’s going to change that.

Hurricane Irma's Wrath

Sep 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma. How we’re dealing and what we’re learning from an Atlantic monster.

Irma, moving on north today. Leaving records in her wake. The highest, longest wind speeds of any hurricane on record on Earth. More “accumulated cyclone energy,” experts call it, than any storm ever before. Caribbean islands, devastated. Miami, spared the worst. Florida’s west coast, in the water. And six million evacuees now start to turn home. This hour, On Point: What we saw, what we feared, what we got. And what we’ve learned from Irma. — Tom Ashbrook

Mexican-American country star Rick Trevino brings his Texas guitar and his take on this Latino moment in America.

The “Godmother of Punk Rock,” Patti Smith, on creativity and invention. She’s with us.

Two big historians join us for the long view on where the country stands now, within and maybe beyond the American tradition.

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