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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.

Intel Chiefs’ Russia warning. FBI contradicts White House on Porter. Deadly school shooting. Immigration gridlock. Our weekly new round table goes behind the headlines.

This show airs Friday at 10 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Michael Crowley, senior foreign affairs correspondent for Politico. (@michaelcrowley)

We have some news to share with you. Yesterday, Boston University, which owns WBUR, dismissed Tom Ashbrook from his role as host of On Point. BU reached this decision after an independent review verified claims that Tom had created an abusive work environment.

We talked to NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik about the dismissal of the longtime host.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

A new exhibit at the National Museum of American Indians takes visitors from the Trail of Tears to Native Americans in pop culture. We’ll talk with the curators of “Americans.”

This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST.

Is John Kelly's Time Up As Chief Of Staff?

Feb 12, 2018

With guest host Jane Clayson. 

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is facing blowback again, this time after standing by a top aide, Rob Porter, accused of domestic violence. The aide is now gone, but not after significant controversy. Is it time for John Kelly to go?

This show airs Monday at 10 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today. (@SusanPage)

With guest host Indira Lakshmanan. 

Let the games begin. The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea. From athletes to watch to politics behind the scenes, we’ll take you there.

This show airs Friday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Rory Carroll, sports correspondent for Reuters covering the Olympics in South Korea. (@rorydcarroll)

With guest host Indira Lakshmanan.

From Oprah and Gayle to you and your BFF, we’ll explore the joys and complications of female friendships.

This show airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

F. Diane Barth, psychotherapist and author of “I Know How You Feel: The Joy And Heartbreak Of Friendship In Women’s Lives.” (@fdbarthlcsw)

With guest host Indira Lakshmanan. 

Senator Bob Menendez sees his bribery case dismissed after a hung jury and a judge’s decision. A former Virginia governor, meanwhile, saw his charges vacated at the Supreme Court, leading to a domino effect from Louisiana to New York. We’ll ask if it’s gotten too hard now to prosecute politicians for corruption.

This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST.

A Living Will For Alzheimer's

Feb 5, 2018

With guest host Indira Lakshmanan. 

While you’re still of sound mind, should you lay out the medical care you want if you’re diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Now, you can.

Dr. Barak Gaster’s dementia-specific advance directive can be found at this link.

This show airs Monday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Dr. Barak Gaster, professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

With guest host Anthony Brooks. 

The Super Bowl matchup between the juggernaut New England Patriots and underdog Philadelphia Eagles kicks off on Sunday. But it’s a down year for the NFL, with news about concussions and political fights prompting boycotts and low ratings.

We’ll go to Minnesota to ask about America’s most popular sport — and whether it will stay that way.

This show airs Friday at 11 a.m. EST.

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

America’s war in Afghanistan has been raging for 16 years, and a new spate of violence could deal a blow to peace prospects there. Is there any way to win or get out?

This show airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Pamela Constable, Pakistan and Afghanistan bureau chief for the Washington Post. (@pamconstable1)

The Latest Millennial Trend: Farming

Jan 31, 2018

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

The next generation of farmers coming from cities. We’ll look at why millennial professionals are ditching suits for pitchforks.

This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Caitlin Dewey, food and agriculture reporter for the Washington Post. (@caitlindewey)

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Family time versus screen time. Anya Kamenetz, NPR’s digital reporter and mother of two, says they really can co-exist. Can they?

Highlight from this show: One caller’s brilliant suggestion for limiting screen time: Only one charge per week

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

President Trump unveils a new immigration framework, including a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. We’ll unpack it, and consider its prospects in Congress.

This show airs Monday at 10 a.m. EST.

Guests:

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

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Dunkirk, the sweeping World War II epic nabs eight Academy Award nominations. We’ll look at the film and the real life, heroic mission.

This show airs Friday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Cara Buckley, writer for the New York Times. (@caraNYT)

John Broich, associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University. (@johnbroich)

With guest host Jane Clayson. 

The story of USA Gymnastics, Michigan State, serial sexual abuser Dr. Larry Nassar and the female athletes who spoke out to bring him to justice — life in prison.

This show airs Thursday at 10 a.m. EST. 

Guests:

Kate Wells, reporter with Michigan Radio. (@KateLouiseWells)

Katie Strang, managing editor at The Athletic Detroit. (@KatieJStrang)

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