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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 Wright

Writer Michael Pollan turns his attention to psychedelic mushrooms and the new science of psychedelics. He joins us.

The 'Last Cowboys' Of The New American West

May 15, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Behind the most successful rodeo family in history is a story of grit, family, and faith. Meet “The Last Cowboys.”

The Week Ahead In World Affairs

May 14, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Top reporters open their notebooks and look ahead to the week in Washington and around the globe.


Susan Glasser, staff writer for The New Yorker. Former chief international affairs columnist for Politico and former editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine. (@sbg1)

With Jane Clayson 

A 100-thousand mile journey across America in a single prop plane. Writers James and Deborah Fallows found a country busy remaking itself. We’ll discuss their new book, “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America“.

With Jane Clayson 

In his commencement speech at Rice Univerisity on Saturday, Michael Bloomberg told Rice graduates they have a special obligation to carry their own honor code forward into their communities — and into the voting booths.

The greatest threat to American democracy, he said, is “our own willingness to tolerate dishonesty in service of party and in pursuit of power.”

With Ray Suarez

If current trends continue, there will be more than one job opening for every unemployed person in the U.S. We’ll look behind the numbers.


Howard Schneider, Federal Reserve correspondent at Reuters. (@hpschneider)

The Complexities Behind Domestic Violence

May 11, 2018

With Ray Suarez

Why do women go back to men who hit them? One woman tells her story in the week New York’s Attorney General is forced to resign.

With Ray Suarez

Trump scraps nuclear deal. High stakes CIA hearing. Jeff Sessions calls for zero tolerance at the border. The news roundtable dives in.


Naftali Bendavid, Washington editor for the Wall Street Journal. (@NaftaliBendavid)

When Robots Cook Your Food

May 9, 2018

With Anthony Brooks 

Writer Devra First had her lunch cooked by robots. And she liked it. We’ll talk with her about the tangled web of technology and humanity — in the kitchen.


Devra First, restaurant critic/food writer at The Boston Globe. (@devrafirst)

With Jane Clayson

What’s in a name? Plenty, for the Boy Scouts. They’re changing theirs and welcoming girls.


Michael Surbaugh, CEO of the Boy Scouts of America. (@BSAchief)

The Week Ahead In Washington

May 7, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Top political reporters open their notebooks and look ahead to the week in Washington.


Jeff Pegues, justice and homeland security correspondent, CBS News. Author of the forthcoming book: “Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy” (July 2018) (@jeffpeguescbs)

Molly Ball, national political correspondent for TIME Magazine. (@mollyesque)

With Anthony Brooks

Another twist in the Stormy Daniels’ payment saga. Mueller’s questions for Trump. Cambridge Analytica to file for bankruptcy. The roundtable digs in.


Kimberly Atkins, Washington bureau chief and columnist for the Boston Herald and attorney. (@KimberlyEAtkins)

Aaron Blake, senior political reporter for The Washington Post. (@AaronBlake)

With Anthony Brooks

More than a million Americans are sharing their DNA with ancestry websites. That helped the cops find the Golden State Killer. Good police work, but troubling implications for privacy.


Sam Stanton, senior writer for the Sacramento Bee. He’s been covering the story of the arrest of the Golden State Killer. (@StantonSam)

How Did Housing Become So Expensive?

May 2, 2018

With David Folkenflik

From San Francisco, to Seattle, to San Antonio — we’re looking at the crisis of affordability in the country’s hottest housing markets.


Paul Roberts, journalist who covers technology, economics, business, and “social disruption.” (@Pauledroberts)

With David Folkenflik

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Alabama, Thursday. We’ll look at how the museum reckons with America’s history of white supremacy and its victims.


Bro Krift, executive editor, the Montgomery Advertiser. (@BroKrift)