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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.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defends and deflects from the White House. Is she just doing her job? We’re taking a look inside the briefing room with people who are there every day.

Guests:

Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS News. (@MajorCBS)

The 2018 Grammy nominations are out. Rap and hip hop dominate. We talk about everything from classical to Albita’s Cuban big band sound to Jay-Z, who — with his album 4:44 — led all musicians with eight nominations.

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

Guests:

Dee Lockett, associate editor at Vulture. (@Dee_Lockett)

Slaves on the auction block in 2017 in North Africa. We’re joined by CNN reporters who helped expose it in Libya, and a New Yorker writer who’s also chronicled migrant exploitation.

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

Guests:

Nima Elbagir, senior international correspondent for CNN. (@NimaCNN)

Raja Razek, CNN journalist. (@rajarazek)

Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier now says VR could be the “evilest invention of all time.” He’ll join our show to make the case.

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

Guest:

Jaron Lanier, virtual reality pioneer, author and musician, author of “Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality.”

Is this the end for net neutrality? President Trump’s FCC chief moves to eliminate it.  What could your Internet look like when the net isn’t neutral?

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

Guests:

Klint Finley, senior writer for Wired. (@klintron)

The Benefits Of Silence

Nov 27, 2017

In this high-volume world, do we need more stillness in our lives?  We’ll tag along with Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge’s quest to find silence in the middle of New York City all the way to Antarctica.

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

Guest:

Erling Kagge, explorer, lawyer, art collector and author of “Silence, In The Age Of Noise.”

Vanilla, chili, garlic, soy. We’ll taste the “Eight Flavors” that writer Sarah Lohman says now define American cuisine and culture.

This show originally broadcast on December 15, 2016.

'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

Nov 22, 2017

Why Bob Dylan matters. We’re joined by Richard F. Thomas, a “Dylanologist” and Harvard professor, to make the case.

You can listen along with this episode by checking out our Spotify playlist.

With guest host Anthony Brooks. This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST. 

With faith in institutions at historic lows and technology changing the way we live, who can you trust? We talk to an author who wrote a book that explored the question.

With guest host Jane Clayson. This show airs Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.

Sam Sifton and Melissa Clark of the New York Times join the program to share recipes and talk about how to make a great Thanksgiving feast.

With guest host Jane Clayson. This show airs Monday at 11 a.m. EST. 

Guests:

Sam Sifton, food editor of The New York Times. (@samsifton)

Our roundtable — Margaret Brennan of CBS, Aaron Blake of the Washington Post and On Point news analyst Jack Beatty — take on the week’s news: Women accuse Roy Moore and Sen. Al Franken. Tax bill looks to gut Obamacare. Jeff Sessions talks Russia.

Guests:

Margaret Brennan, White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News. (@margbrennan)

A purge and palace intrigue in Saudi Arabia. Lebanon’s prime minister resigns. We’ll try to pull back the curtain on what’s really going on in the Middle East.

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

On the heels of the Las Vegas and Texas massacres, Newtown families want gun makers held liable. They’re in court again. Could this be the way?

This hour will air Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.

The floodgates have opened on calling out sexual abuse and harassment. Comedian Louis C.K. and Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama are the latest powerful men to face disturbing accusations. We’ll talk Naomi Alderman, Erin Gloria Ryan and Elizabeth Tippett about whether we’re at a tipping point.

We will also get an update on the Roy Moore allegations from a reporter in Alabama.

This hour will air at 11 a.m. EST.

We’re in Ames, Iowa, the last stop on our year-long national listening tour. We’ll be talking with Iowans about the way ahead for America.

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