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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.

Your New Prescription: Empathy

May 1, 2018

With David Folkenflik 

Compassion may be the cure. Dr. David Rakel shares his guide to healing through empathy and listening.

The Impossibility Of The Presidency

May 1, 2018

With David Folkenflik 

How the presidency became impossible—we’ll talk to John Dickerson about why he thinks the job is simply too much for anyone.

Guests:

John Dickerson, co-anchor of CBS This Morning and contributing editor to The Atlantic. (@jdickerson)

The Right To Asylum In The U.S.

Apr 30, 2018

With David Folkenflik

A caravan of Central American migrants, requesting asylum in the United States. The Trump administration says fraudulent claims will be prosecuted. Setting up a clash over the right to asylum in America.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The suspect in the Toronto van attack embraced a misogynist ideology. We’ll look at so-called “incels,” and how the internet is inflaming toxic masculinity.

Guests

Jennifer Yang, identity and inequality reporter for the Toronto Star. (@jyangstar)

'Us Vs. Them': Inside Globalism

Apr 26, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

He was a booster for globalism. Now Ian Bremmer says it’s failed — and he sees trouble ahead. We speak with the author about his new book, “Us Vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism.

The Deeper Challenges Facing The VA

Apr 26, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration. Fixing the VA won’t be easy for whoever ends up running it. There’s a political battle going on, but we’ll look at the deeper systemic challenges still facing the VA.

When Algorithms Replace Tastemakers

Apr 25, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

You think you’ve got style? Actually, algorithms are the new tastemakers now. How does machine learning influence what we watch, wear and listen to?

Guests:

Kyle Chayka, writer who has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Blooomberg. His story “Style Is an Algorithm” on the beauty and style website Racked explores taste in the age algorithm recommendations. (@chaykak)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright turns a keen eye to his home state of Texas. The new book is “God Save Texas.”

How Clean Is Our Air?

Apr 23, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Two big reports on air pollution. One looks at the world and the other zeroes in on California. We’ll look at the big takeaways, and more.

Ledge King, USA Today reporter covering the EPA. (@LedgeKing)

Daniel Greenbaum, President of the Health Effects Institute.

With Melissa Block

Kendrick Lamar scores a Pulitzer. Beyoncé stuns us with her performance at Coachella. We’ll talk about what a big week it’s been for black musicians.

Guests: 

David Hajdu, Music critic for The Nation and 2018 Pulitzer music juror. The jury unanimously selected Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music. (@davidhajdu_)

Cuba After Castro

Apr 19, 2018

With Melissa Block

It’s the end of an era in Cuba, as President Raúl Castro steps down. After Cuba’s National Assembly nominated Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Castro, we’ll look at what’s next for the country.

Guests:

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

With Melissa Block

Author Barbara Ehrenreich is out with a new book, “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer.” We’ll look at her bold new arguments.

Guests:

Barbara Ehrenreich, author, journalist and political activist, author of “Natural Causes.” (@B_Ehrenreich)

Outrage grows over the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. The CEO apologizes but the video has gone viral.

James Comey Speaks Out

Apr 16, 2018

For the first time since being fired as FBI director, James Comey speaks out. We’ll unpack what his revelations could mean for the Trump presidency.

Guests:

Susan Hennessey, fellow at in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, executive editor of Lawfare. (@Susan_Hennessey)

Michael Warren, senior writer at The Weekly Standard. (@michaelrwarren)

With David Folkenflik

The Denver Post calls out its hedge fund owners for cutting jobs. We’ll look at the future of local newspapers. It isn’t pretty.

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

Guests:

Chuck Plunkett, editorial page editor of the Denver Post. (@chuckplunkett)

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