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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.

How To Be A Better Boss

1 hour ago

What makes a great boss. One Silicon Valley boss says she did it all wrong. She’s found a better way.

Where Federal Food Research Funds Really Go

Mar 16, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Washington spends millions on agriculture research. But most of that spending doesn’t go toward fruits, vegetables, what we actually eat. We’ll peel back why. Plus: new safety concerns about Monsanto’s weed killer.

Dialing Back On U.S. Emissions Standards

Mar 16, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

President Trump takes aim at federal auto-emission regulations. We’ll look at what’s on the line for the US auto industry, cars and climate change.

NPR's Embedded: Filming American Police

Mar 15, 2017

Police interactions caught on camera. The NPR podcast “Embedded” digs into what three different videos reveal about policing in America.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

House Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But the devil’s in the details. We’ll dig in.

Trump's New Travel Ban: Global Response

Mar 9, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What to expect with President Trump’s new executive order on immigration and will it stand up in court? We’re on it.

Prescribing New Solutions To Homelessness

Mar 9, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

A radical proposal from Hawaii: Let doctors prescribe housing to cure homelessness. We’ll hear the case from Honolulu.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions under fire over Russia contacts.  President Trump before Congress. SpaceX and moon travel. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

Economist Tyler Cowen says Americans have become risk-averse, and it’s going to cost us. He’s calling out American complacency.

Anti-Semitic Threats And Sectarian Splits

Mar 2, 2017

Jewish cemeteries vandalized. Community centers threatened. The shooting in Kansas City. What’s going on?

Are you fighting the flu? You’re not alone. Flu cases are up nationwide. We’ll look at who it’s hitting hardest and why.

President Trump’s Address To Congress

Mar 1, 2017

President Trump’s address to Congress. We’ll unpack the speech and look at Trump’s struggle to revamp American healthcare.

Mexico Weighs The ‘Trump Effect'

Feb 27, 2017

President Trump’s strong statements on trade and immigration are straining the US relationship with Mexico. We’ll hear reaction from our southern neighbor.

The 2017 Academy Awards Cheatsheet

Feb 24, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez.

The Oscars this weekend. “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight,” “La La Land?” We’ll look at this year’s showdown.

With guest host Ray Suarez.

If man and machine really do become one, will data destroy democracy, humanism, and our souls? One historian’s view of the future.

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