On Point

Weekdays at 9 a.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One

Go behind the headlines: From the economy and healthcare to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point talks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.

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.

Guests:

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.

Guest:

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.

Guests:

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.

Guests:

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.

Guests:

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.

Guests:

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.

Guests:

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.

Guests

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

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)

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.

'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.

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)

Facebook Faces Congress

Apr 12, 2018

With David Folkenflik

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg faces the wrath of Congress. We’ll unpack the privacy scandal that has overwhelmed the world’s most popular social media network.

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

Guests:

Mary Bruce, congressional reporter for ABC News who covered the Facebook hearing. (@marykbruce)

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED Magazine. (@nxthompson)

Advice Columns: An American Love Affair

Apr 11, 2018

With David Folkenflik

America has a love affair with advice columns. We’ll tour the rich history and racy questions from a new generation.

Guests: 

Meredith Goldstein, advice columnist and author of the Boston Globe’s “Love Letters” column. Author of “Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist.” (@MeredithGoldste)

With Emily Dreyfuss

More chemical attacks in Syria blamed on the government. Scores dead, including children. We’ll look at the options available to President Trump, the United States and the world.

This show airs Tuesday at 10:20 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Eli Lake, Bloomberg View columnist. (@EliLake)

With David Folkenflik

New revelations about settlements Bill O’Reilly paid a lot of money to keep secret. And the new pressures to sweep out non-disclosure agreements.

Guests: 

Emily Steel, reporter on the media industry for the New York Times. (@emilysteel)

It's Senior Thesis Season

Apr 6, 2018

With Jane Clayson

College seniors present the capstone of their academic careers: the senior thesis. We’ll dive in with the Class of 2018, with a few members joining our program to talk about their labors of love.

Guests:

McKay Coppins, senior writer, The Atlantic, graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. (@mckaycoppins)

Vaping is an exploding trend among American teenagers. While the makers of e-cigarettes tout them as a potentially safer alternative to tobacco products, critics worry the fad may lead to a new generation of nicotine addicts.

This show airs Thursday at 11:40 a.m. EST.

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