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.

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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With Jane Clayson

Big Tobacco lied about cigarettes. Is Big Wireless lying about cell phones? We’ll look at the cancer-cell phone connection.

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

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Before he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered what was to be the last public address of his life to a crowd of sanitation workers, who were about to strike for a living wage. On Wednesday — the 50th anniversary of King’s death — we discussed his legacy and economic justice.

'2001: A Space Odyssey' 50 Years Later

Apr 3, 2018

With Jennifer Glasse

It’s been 50 years since Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece premiered on the big screen, forever changing cinema as we know it. The making of the movie itself, however, was its own incredibly odyssey. We’ll discuss the legacy and making of one the most influential films of all time.

Guests:

Michael Benson: author of “Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece.”

Free Range Parenting Gets A Boost In Utah

Apr 2, 2018

Biking with friends, playing in the park, walking to the corner store to pick up milk. Normal childhood stuff, right? Well, not in today’s world of handheld helicopter parenting. Moms and dads who let their kids roam around unsupervised are called a few different things — “free range parents” by some and “neglectful parents” by others. Some have been hauled into court on neglect charges.

A new law in Utah seeks to restore the rights of parents to let kids roam free. Our guests discuss the balancing act of letting kids explore without getting charged with neglect or abuse.

Watching 'Roseanne,' Again

Mar 30, 2018

The 90’s sitcom “Roseanne” is back with huge ratings and a message from Trump’s America.

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

Guests:

Joanna Weiss, author, journalist and former TV critic for the Boston Globe. (@joannaweiss)

Bob Thompson, founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, where he is also a professor.

With Ray Suarez

A freezer failure at the University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio has made more than 4,000 eggs and embryos unviable, affecting more than 900 families. This is after another San Francisco fertility center lost eggs and embryos in a similar storage tank malfunction. We’ll wade through the heartache and discuss how this could have happened.

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

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What Comes After The March For Our Lives?

Mar 26, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of people marched on Washington and around the country to demand stricter gun control this weekend.

But that’s just the first step, David Hogg, a survivor of the February Parkland, Florida school shooting, told us Monday.

The students are already planning another school walkout on April 20, and on April 7, they’re calling for every member of Congress to hold a town hall.

Stormy Daniels Speaks Out

Mar 26, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

Adult film star Stormy Daniels talks to 60 Minutes about her alleged affair with President Trump before he was in office. We’re looking at why it matters.

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

Guests:

David Folkenflik, NPR media correspondent. (@davidfolkenflik)

Meredith Blake, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. (@MeredithBlake)

A #MeToo Moment For Low-Wage Workers

Mar 22, 2018

With Kimberly Atkins

Far away from Hollywood, we’ll look at the #MeToo moment for low wages workers. It’s happening.

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Facebook Under Fire

Mar 21, 2018

Facebook has had a difficult week.

Whistleblower reports have alleged that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained people’s personal Facebook data. Facebook responded by calling Cambridge Analytica’s actions a “scam” and a “fraud” and suspending the service. 

Life With ALS

Mar 20, 2018

With Kimberly Atkins

Neuroscientist turned novelist Lisa Genova’s first book “Still Alice” was a bestseller and a movie. Her new book, “Every Note Played,” is about ALS. We’re reading through it. We’re also talking with Nancy Frates, the mother of Ice Bucket Challenge pioneer Peter Frates, and a doctor who treats ALS patients.

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

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Trump's Troubled Cabinet

Mar 19, 2018

With Kimberly Atkins

From accusations of lavish spending to job insecurity, we got the latest twists and turns from President Donald Trump’s cabinet. Housing secretary Ben Carson’s taste in dining room furniture; a pricey soundproof booth installed by EPA chief Scott Pruitt; Rex Tillerson’s out and H.R. McMaster may be next.

Guests:

Eliana Johnson, White House reporter, Politico. (@elianayjohnson)

From novel to now the big screen, we’ll unpack “A Wrinkle in Time’s” message for a new generation of girls.

Guests:

Aramide Tinubu, film critic. (@midnightrami)

Soccer Mommy — also known as Sophie Allison — will join us from SXSW to talk about her music, the self-described “chill but kinda sad” sound of her new album “Clean.”

We’ll also talk to Alicia Bognanno, the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the band “Bully.”

In addition to their music, we’ll hear about how women are charting a new direction for indie rock.

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

Physicist Stephen Hawking Dead At 76

Mar 14, 2018

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has died at 76, leaving in his wake incredible contributions to science and countless inspired souls.

The British scientist contributed to the sum of human knowledge about the universe’s greatest mysteries, from black holes to time travel and quantum mechanics. Hawking’s life was depicted in the 2014 film “The Theory of Everything,” and his own books, like “A Brief History Of Time,” popularized his subjects for a lay audience.   

A Reality Check In Puerto Rico

Mar 12, 2018

Six months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles on. What’s it going to take to fix it? Who will do it?

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

Guests:

Bianca Padró Ocasio, breaking news reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. (@BiancaJoanie)

Omaya Sosa Pascual, journalist and founder of Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism. (@omayasosa)

Love, Hate And 'The Bachelor'

Mar 9, 2018

After the most dramatic finale ever, we’ll ask: Why do we love and loathe “The Bachelor”? We’ll talk about Arie Luyendyk, Lauren Burnham and Becca Kufrin with the author of a dishy new book about the show, “Bachelor Nation,” and two other card-carrying members.

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

Are Trade Wars Good And Winnable?

Mar 6, 2018

The president goes full steam ahead on tariffs. We’ll take a look at whether trade wars are as good and winnable as he says.

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

Guests:

Sarah McGregor, U.S. economics editor for Bloomberg News. (@sarahinamerica)

Leo Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers. (@steelworkers)

Rape Kits Often Go Untested For Decades

Mar 5, 2018

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of rape kits never get tested. Albuquerque, New Mexico has a plan to fix that. We’re hearing it.

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

Guests:

Mayor Tim Keller, mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico. (@MayorKeller)

Jessica Contrera, features reporter for the Washington Post. (@mjcontrera)

Can An Immigration Deal Get Done?

Mar 5, 2018

Gun control is in the spotlight, but what about an immigration deal? Is there the political will to get it done?

Guests:

Fernando Pizarro, Univision correspondent covering Congress, the White House and immigration. (@FPizarro_DC)

Stephen Lee, professor of law at the University of California Irvine School of Law.

Korina Iribe Romo, 28-year-old with DACA status. Advocacy director at the student organization Undocumented Students for Education Equity.

The 90th Academy Awards take place this Sunday night, and a number of films stood out amida scandal-ridden year for Hollywood. From the controversy surrounding “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” to the dreamlike romance with a fish-man seen in “The Shape of Water,” there’s no a lack of opinions about who deserves to win, and who got snubbed.

The Kerner Commission Report on racial inequality in America. Fifty years after riots rocked America, they’re taking another look at what’s changed, and what hasn’t.

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

Guests:

Alan Curtis, president and CEO of the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation who co-edited the foundation’s report, “Healing Our Divided Society.”

Jared Kushner, son-and-law and adviser to President Donald Trump, lost his top-level security clearance this week, putting in jeopardy a broad portfolio that includes peace in the Middle East and trade with China and Mexico.

What’s his future in the White House? And, given his marriage to President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, did he belong there at all?

Keeping the elderly in their own homes. Most of us want to. But who will care for them? And what about the costs? The crisis in home health care.

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

Guests:

E. Tammy Kim, writer and fellow at the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.  (@etammykim)

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