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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.

The Loneliness Epidemic

Jan 24, 2018

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Loneliness is now an epidemic , and as bad for us as smoking. We’re looking at the high costs of emotional isolation.

Guests:

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University. (@jholtlunstad)

Is It Time To Radically Rethink Retirement?

Jan 23, 2018

With guest host Jane Clayson.

We’re talking to Teresa Ghilarducci, an economics professor, about her bold plan to rescue retirement for people who haven’t saved enough.

Ted Benna, called the “father of the 401(k),” will also join us.

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

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Psychologist Enrico Gnaulati is on a mission: to save talk therapy. His new book explores the ways, as the subtitle says, “health insurers, big Pharma, and slanted science are ruining good mental health care.”

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

Congress Scrambles To Avoid Shutdown

Jan 18, 2018

With guest host John Harwood.

The shutdown showdown — as a DACA deal fades, Republicans are scrambling for a strategy to keep the government open even if it’s for only one month.

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

Guests:

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Washington correspondent for the New York Times. (@SherylNYT)

'The Appalachian Ballad Tradition'

Jan 17, 2018

With guest host John Harwood.

A Grammy-nominated album celebrates Appalachia’s rich legacy of story songs. We’ll listen to how the ballad resonates today.

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

Guests:

Ted Olson, music historian and professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, producer of the album “Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition.”

With guest host John Harwood. 

Hawaii has a scary false alarm about incoming missiles. President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un hit “pause” on threats. But according to reports, the U.S. military is quietly preparing for war.

We’re taking stock.

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

Guests:

Helene Cooper, Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times. (@helenecooper)

'So You Want To Talk About Race'

Jan 15, 2018

With guest host John Harwood.

Is there a better way to talk about race and social justice? On Martin Luther King, Jr Day, we’ll try. We’re talking to Ijeoma Oluo, author of a new book called “So You Want To Talk About Race.”

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

With guest host Ray Suarez.

President Trump reportedly calls Haiti and African countries “s***holes,” sparking condemnation. Deadly California mudslides. 7-Eleven immigration raids. Bannon out at Breitbart. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

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

With guest host Ray Suarez.

A speech at the Golden Globes by Oprah Winfrey leads to speculation that she might run for president.

Could 2020’s presidential election be a reality TV figure against a talk show host-media mogul? Trump v. Winfrey?

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

Guests:

Angela Rye, political strategist, commentator. (@angela_rye)

With guest host Ray Suarez.

Homelessness in America is rising. More and more cities are putting their homeless on buses with one-way tickets out of town. We’ll dig in.

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

Guests:

Alastair Gee, homelessness editor for The Guardian. (@alastairgee)

With guest host Ray Suarez. 

Pot in America now—California legalizes recreational marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions changes federal policy. We’ll read the smoke signals.

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

Guests:

Evan Halper, reporter at the Los Angeles Times. (@evanhalper)

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Trump and Bannon feud. Manafort sues. Iran protests. Hot talk about nuclear buttons. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Guests:

Yochi Dreazen, deputy managing editor and foreign editor for Vox. (@yochidreazen)

Kimberly Atkins, chief Washington reporter for the Boston Herald. (@KimberlyEAtkins)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What happens when opioids ravage the lives of mothers and fathers? More foster children who need homes and families. Opioids and the crisis in foster care.

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

Guests:

Sherry Lachman, founder and executive director of Foster America.

Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services for Montgomery County, Ohio.

Author Ann Patchett's Year Of No Shopping

Jan 3, 2018

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer

Rethinking what we need versus what we want. Author Ann Patchett took up the challenge.

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

Guests:

Ann Patchett, author of seven novels and three works of non-fiction, co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer.

As we start off 2018, we’re looking at how innovators are changing the world, from healthcare to food production to renewable energy.

Guests:

Mark Stevenson, futurologist and author of “We Do Things Differently: The Outsiders Rebooting Our World.” (@Optimistontour)

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