On Point on AM 870 NewsTalk

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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 guest host Anthony Brooks.

We look back at 2017. Trump’s first year. Washington politics to North Korea jitters. This year’s big news stories and where they’re headed next.

This show airs Friday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. EST. 

With guest host Tom Gjelten. 

The new film “The Post,” with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, puts the Pentagon Papers back on the front page. The massive leak of government documents helped shed light on the Vietnam War, and the lies the government was telling about it.

Among others, we’re talking to Leslie Gelb, a former Department of Defense official who will tell us exactly how leaker Daniel Ellsberg got away with the documents.

We’re digging in and consider its impact on journalism, now.

With guest host Tom Gjelten.

Grammy-nominated saxophonist Miguel Zenón talks jazz and his native Puerto Rico.

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

Guest:

Miguel Zenón, saxophonist and composer with multiple Grammy nominations, including best Latin jazz album for his latest album “Tipico.” (@miguelzenon)

With guest host Tom Gjelten.

The Divisions In Christianity Over Sex

Dec 19, 2017

With guest host Tom Gjelten. 

Five hundred years after the church was split by the Protestant Reformation, there’s a new division in Christianity. Now, it’s all about sex. Can the fissure be healed? We’ll be joined by three members of the clergy to discuss.

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

With guest host Meghna Chakrabarti. 

Independent contractors are delivering your Amazon holiday packages. Are they being exploited?

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

Guests:

Bryan Menegussenior reporter for Gizmodo. (@bryandisagrees)

Doug Jones beats Roy Moore in Alabama. Republicans near final passage of a tax bill. A bomb goes off in New York. We’re talking to Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post, Molly Ball of Time magazine and On Point news analyst Jack Beatty about the week that was.

 

Guests:

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post. (@ktumulty)

Exploring 3,000 Years Of Jerusalem History

Dec 14, 2017

With guest host Tom Gjelten. 

Now that President Trump formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, we’re exploring the city’s 3,000 years of multicultural history.

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

With guest host Tom Gjelten.

Twenty-plus years after the whack heard ’round the world, we’re talking with Craig Gillespie, the director of the new Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya.” We’ll also talk to sports reporters who covered the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.

Guests:

Craig Gillespiedirector of the 2017 biopic “I, Tonya.”

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

The House passes a bill that would let people with concealed carry permits take their guns into states where it’s currently illegal.

Lois Beckett, a reporter for The Guardian, says the bill doesn’t have much of a chance of passing the U.S. Senate, even though it passed the House of Representatives. Still, she says, it’s been a National Rifle Association priority.

Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are in the homestretch of their race for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. We’re talking to people on the ground about the race, and whether Moore will win despite allegations of improper sexual contact with underage girls when he was in his 30s.

Guests:

Leada Gore, reporter at the Alabama Media Group. (@LeadaGore)

Troy Turner, editor of the Opelika-Auburn News. (@troyturnernews)

Time magazine’s Person of the Year is the #MeToo silence breakers. They spoke out and held powerful men accountable, from Matt Lauer to Harvey Weinstein and more. Where does the movement go?

In the midst of our show, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat of Minnesota, said he was resigning from office after allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct.

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

Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea Winter Olympics for a systematic and state-sponsored doping scheme that gave its athletes a competitive advantage.

We’re joined by a panel of sports and foreign affairs writers, plus Richard McLaren, the author of the “McLaren Report” — he helped investigate the allegations fro the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in the case of the baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a gay couple — Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The court’s ruling could change the boundaries of free speech and have huge ramifications for religion and gay rights.

We’re joined by advocates on both sides of this First Amendment dispute.

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

We’re talking to Henry Louis Gates Jr. and folklore scholar Maria Tatar about their groundbreaking new book, “The Annotated African American Folktales.”

Also be sure to check the “Circle Round” podcast, a storytelling show for kids.

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

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