On Point

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

 

A hybrid of a talk program and a news-magazine, "On Point" puts each day's news into context and provides a lively forum for discussion and debate. Topics chosen for the program are often taken from the biggest news stories of the day while others have a direct connection to issues that are at the core of what is urgent and important in the world at the moment. Interwoven are programs containing interviews with personalities, politicians, musicians, writers, and journalists.

Millions of Americans are getting sucked into multi-level-marketing schemes – selling from home. We ask how that’s going.

America’s local news-gathering operations are in trouble. We’ll look at efforts to save and strengthen local news.

Confronting Modern Mass Shootings

Oct 3, 2017

Terror in the streets of Las Vegas. How should Americans understand and confront the now-drumbeat of mass killings in this country.

How Totalitarianism Took Over Russia

Oct 2, 2017

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen on how modern Russia took a wrong turn on the road to democracy and its march, now, to totalitarianism.

A gunman opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas Sunday night, making it the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, according to police.

Hellish gunfire in Las Vegas last night. Raining down on a concert crowd with nowhere to hide. Worst mass shooting in American history. We will go to Vegas in this hour to recreate the terrible scene and first response to it. This hour, On Point: The Las Vegas massacre, as it unfolded. –Tom Ashbrook.

As Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War” documentary wraps up, we look at those memories, lessons learned and lost, and Afghanistan right now.

The Supreme Court readies to weigh in on gerrymandering, digital privacy, and the gay marriage wedding cake. We’ll look at the docket for the new term.

The president and Congress share more pieces of a tax overhaul. What’s it add up to? We’ll ask.

On The Road With America's Nomadic Seniors

Sep 27, 2017

Older Americans, on the road. Looking for work, for a living. Out of campervans and trailers. We’ll talk with the author of “Nomadland.”

Alabama’s U.S. Senate primary. Moore vs Strange. Bannon vs Trump. We’ll unpack the results from Alabama’s special election.

A flattened Puerto Rico and how Washington is looking out—or not—for the U.S. territory.

Puerto Rico has taken a devastating hit in the path of Hurricane Maria. Homes and infrastructure flattened. Electrical grid, flattened. Now water and food and gas, all in short supply. People really in trouble. Puerto Ricans are Americans. Are they getting the kind of backup we’ve seen after hurricanes hit Houston and Florida? The kind of support? This hour, On Point: We are turning to Puerto Rico in its hour of need to ask what’s being delivered. — Tom Ashbrook.

Tom Ashbrook is in Spokane, Washington for On Point’s national listening tour talking with locals about this tough wildfire season and our changing climate.

The Colin Kaepernick Effect

Sep 22, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who took a knee during the national anthem, remains shunned by football. We’ll toss around why.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What it’s like to be a dog. We talk with animal neuroscientist Gregory Berns.

Does Our Constitution Hold Up Today?

Sep 20, 2017

Was our Constitution made for this much economic inequality? One big thinker says no.

Facebook under new pressure and scrutiny from many sides as it ends up in the middle of national, international politics.

Taking Stock Of The American Family Farm

Sep 19, 2017

US farmers up against it from shifting trade policies to a changing climate. We’ll look at the state of the US frontier now.

The Caribbean after Irma. We’ll look at devastated islands and the way forward.

This hour, we also look at how snowbirds are expected to reconsider wintering in Florida after Irma.

With North Korean missiles zooming overhead, how does Japan prepare, defend and respond? Japan’s tough challenges, military and diplomatic.

Throwback TV And More Coming This Fall

Sep 15, 2017

We’ll look at the new fall TV season. There’s a lot coming out.

Whatever TV means these days — broadcast, cable, streaming, in your car, on your wall, on your phone — there is a lot of it. The fall offerings are tumbling out right now. David Simon of the The Wire is back with The Deuce, Times Square and 1970s New York. Ken Burns is back with The Vietnam War. Will & Grace is back. Stranger Things, Better Things, SEAL Team, Transparent and the Menendez Murders, all queued up. Up next, On Point: We’re looking at fall TV. — Tom Ashbrook

Democrats Unveil Single Payer Plan

Sep 14, 2017

Democrats are now lining up for and against single payer health care. Big push. Big battle. We’re on it.

The Cincinnati Enquirer sent reporters into the field for seven days to report on the heroin crisis. They returned with an alarming snapshot of a national epidemic.

The new iPhone’s out, and it unlocks not with a fingerprint, but with your face. We’ll take a look and see where mobile phone technology and competition are.

Equifax Hack: Assessing The Data Breach

Sep 13, 2017

The huge hack at Equifax. Millions of Americans’ most sensitive personal information is now out there for sale to thieves and governments. What do we do to fix this?

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos thinks students accused of campus sexual assault aren’t getting a fair shake. And she’s going to change that.

Hurricane Irma's Wrath

Sep 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma. How we’re dealing and what we’re learning from an Atlantic monster.

Irma, moving on north today. Leaving records in her wake. The highest, longest wind speeds of any hurricane on record on Earth. More “accumulated cyclone energy,” experts call it, than any storm ever before. Caribbean islands, devastated. Miami, spared the worst. Florida’s west coast, in the water. And six million evacuees now start to turn home. This hour, On Point: What we saw, what we feared, what we got. And what we’ve learned from Irma. — Tom Ashbrook

Updated at 11:50 p.m. ET

Irma, once a powerful and longrunning hurricane, weakened to a tropical depression as it moved through Georgia on its way to Alabama. It continues to dump heavy rain but all surge warnings have been canceled.

Irma has left behind dangerous floodwaters, power outages for millions of people and the debris it has made of human possessions across Florida.

The huge storm remained a Category 1 hurricane through early Monday, before finally being downgraded to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos thinks students accused of campus sexual assault aren’t getting a fair shake. And she’s going to change that.

Mexican-American country star Rick Trevino brings his Texas guitar and his take on this Latino moment in America.

The “Godmother of Punk Rock,” Patti Smith, on creativity and invention. She’s with us.

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