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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.

Tax Reform And Your Shopping Cart

14 hours ago

This program is part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight

Tax reform — American retailers, importers, are warning of big price hikes. American exporters are celebrating. Plus: Warren Buffet dumps 90% of his shares in Wal-Mart.

Gospel star Kirk Franklin took home two Grammys. Played with Chance the Rapper. Plays with Kanye. He’s with us.

Gospel music can sound like the rock of ages. Old, grand, beloved, familiar. Unless it’s the gospel music of new gospel great Kirk Franklin. He’s won 12 Grammys taking gospel to new places. He won his two latest Sunday night. Was at the Grammys performing with Chance the Rapper.  His latest album is “Losing my Religion,” a funny title for a gospel man. But he’s serious. This hour On Point, gospel Grammy giant Kirk Franklin — Tom Ashbrook

Depression On The Rise For Teenage Girls

Feb 14, 2017

Depression is up among teenage girls. We’ll look at the latest research and how to help.

Israel-U.S. Relations At A Reset

Feb 14, 2017

This program is part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to visit President Trump. We’ll look at the agenda, from settlements to Iran. Plus: the latest on the resignation of the President’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.

New Moves On American Wind Power

Feb 13, 2017

Big new offshore wind farms are opening up, with a lot of muscle. We’ll look at wind, oil and the future of energy in America.

This broadcast is a part of the#OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, warns Americans not to let their leaders go down the path of Vladimir Putin. He joins us.

Americans are moving at record low numbers. Why? Are they staying put? And what does it mean for our economy?

Can American Cities Go Their Own Way?

Feb 7, 2017

American cities in tension with state governments and Donald Trump’s Washington. Can cities go their own way?

American Allies In A Time Of Trump

Feb 6, 2017

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

The U.S. and its allies when Donald Trump promises to put America first. Provocative diplomacy and the new administration.

How Aging Athletes Continue To Win Big

Feb 3, 2017

Tom Brady at 39 in his seventh Super Bowl. Roger Federer and Serena Williams win the Australian Open at 35. Age-defying athletes, and what they can teach us.

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

Uproar over Trump’s immigration ban.  A Supreme Court pick. A Trump blowup with Australia. New fighting in Ukraine. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc in a new film on the creation of McDonald’s. We’ll talk with the director of “The Founder.”

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

President Obama’s EPA chief Gina McCarthy joins us to look at President Trump’s early moves on the environment.

President Trump's SCOTUS Pick

Feb 1, 2017

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

In our 100-Day Spotlight on the Trump Administration: The President announces his pick for the Supreme Court. We’ll look at the nominee and confirmation battle ahead.

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

Abortion and abortion rights front and center in Washington, as President Trump prepares to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice.

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