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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.

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)

Behind The Latest Breast Cancer Research

Jun 6, 2018

With Robert Siegel

Two new breast cancer studies out this week. One shows that women who receive chemo might not actually need it. The other looks at immunotherapy. We’ll discuss.

Guest:

Dr. Ned Sharpless, director, National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. (@NCIDirector)

With Robert Siegel

Oh, Canada. Trudeau and Trump spar ahead of the big G-7 summit. We’ll look at it through the lens of Canada.

Guests:

Daniel Dale, Washington bureau chief for the Toronto Star. (@ddale8)

What It Means To Be 'Middle-Aged'

Jun 1, 2018

With Kimberly Atkins

So you’re middle-aged now, but does that mean you’re really a grown-up? Maybe not.

With Kimberly Atkins

The Warriors and the Cavaliers meet in the NBA finals for the fourth year in a row. Is this time any different?

Guests:

Ben Cohen, sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal. (@bzcohen)

Migrant Children At The Border

May 30, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Did the U.S. really lose some 1500 migrant children? We’ll look at that and the administration’s new policy on separating families.

Guests:

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

With Jane Clayson

In a speech delivered at Harvard Law School’s 2018 Class Day last Wednesday, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) criticized President Trump and Congress, saying the presidency has been “debased.”

Find a video and transcript of Senator Flake’s remarks below:

With GPS, Are We 'Never Lost Again'?

May 29, 2018

With Jane Clayson 

How we navigate the world, now. The inside story of the Google mapping revolution. Turn left, at the roundabout.

The Evolution Of Prom

May 25, 2018

With Ray Suarez

We’re going to the prom. The corsages endure, but a lot has changed. Shall we dance?

Guests:

Amy Best, professor of sociology at George Mason University. Author of: “Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture”

With Ray Suarez

On Wednesday, the NFL announced it would fine teams if their football players protest during the National Anthem.

But, according to the new policy, players can skip the pregame ceremonies altogether, and stay in the locker room. President Trump praised the decision, stirring up the controversy yet again.

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