On Point - Evenings

Weekdays at 7 p.m. on IPR News

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. This second hour of On Point features unique content that is not aired in the first hour of the program, which can be heard weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. on Iowa Public Radio News and Studio One.

LGBTQ Rights In Question

Jul 31, 2017

The LGBTQ uproar as the Justice Department says sexual orientation isn’t protected under civil rights law and the president tweets a military transgender ban.

Raising The Roof On Home Renovation

Jul 28, 2017

Home renovation is booming. We’ll de-construct the reasons why and look at the hot new trends.

The Senate gets back to health care. Trump’s Transgender ban. Jeff Sessions drama. Jared Kushner says he didn’t collude. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Interracial Relationships On Screen

Jul 28, 2017

From “The Big Sick” to “Master of None” to “The Bachelorette” — Hollywood’s depiction of interracial relationships is changing.

Health Care Bill Advances

Jul 26, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence breaks a tie in the Senate vote to proceed with debate on a health care bill. So now what?

Migrants Die In A Tractor-Trailer

Jul 25, 2017

The human smuggling tragedy in the Walmart parking lot. We’ll look at illegal border crossing now. And the latest on the wall.

Cleaning Up The Carbon In Our Skies

Jul 24, 2017

When a cleaner footprint is no longer enough on climate change. Scientists now say we need negative CO2 emissions. Cleaning carbon from our skies.

Sen. Al Franken On Washington Today

Jul 21, 2017

Minnesota Senator Al Franken joins us. The one time comedian shares his view of Washington now.

Black Motherhood In The Spotlight

Jul 20, 2017

Beyoncé’s out front with new twins. A pregnant Serena Williams is nude on the cover of Vanity Fair. We’ll look at American images of black motherhood.

Privatizing The War In Afghanistan

Jul 20, 2017

Talk in the West Wing about using a private army of mercenaries to take over the war in Afghanistan. Blackwater founder Erik Prince is with us.

The Cost Of Steel Tariffs

Jul 20, 2017

The Trump administration is talking tough tariffs on imported steel. Will that make America great again?

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

The Yellowstone Grizzly has been taken off the threatened species list. Many conservationists say that’s a big mistake.

Is The Health Care Overhaul Over?

Jul 18, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

With the collapse of the current GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, what’s next?

The Trump Administration And Human Rights

Jul 17, 2017

With the death of China’s Nobel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, we look at human rights under the Trump administration.

Take Two On The Senate Health Care Bill

Jul 17, 2017

The Senate GOP’s revised health care bill. We’ll unpack what’s in it, and where it goes from here.

With guest host John Harwood.

What’s the media’s responsibility to vulnerable audiences? The new Netflix film about anorexia stirs the pot.

Who Wants The Olympics?

Jul 13, 2017

With guest host John Harwood.

Paris and Los Angeles are vying for the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics. But a lot of other cities won’t touch the Games. We look at what’s up, what’s wrong and what’s next.

Trump's Government Regulation Rollbacks

Jul 13, 2017

With guest host John Harwood.

A ProPublica and New York Times investigation of President Trump’s regulatory rollbacks raises red flags. We’ll dig in.

Donald Trump Jr.'s Transparency

Jul 12, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez.

Donald Trump Jr.’s stunning email chain. What has the president’s son has now revealed to the nation? And now what?

Tensions Rise In America's Gun Debate

Jul 11, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez.

After the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, some lawmakers want to loosen gun laws. We’ll look at America’s new “gun battle.”

With guest host Ray Suarez.

The Senate health care bill would leave millions of disabled children without Medicaid. We’ll dig into that.

Republican Senators assured reporters, protestors and whoever would listen that their bill to replace Obamacare didn’t cut Medicaid — it just slowed the rate of growth of what was already one of the most expensive federal programs. Disabled people, and families of children with special needs, say GOP plans for Medicaid slash the supports that give them quality of life. — Ray Suarez

America's Minimum Wage Showdown

Jul 10, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

While some states raise the minimum wage, Missouri’s rolling it back. We’ll dive into the nation’s wage battle.

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Are sanctions on China the way to send a message to North Korea? We’ll hear the case and pushback.

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

President Trump at the G20. North Korea on notice. State budget battles. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

Have Faith, Millennials

Jul 7, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez.

A rabbi, imam, Episcopal priest and a Catholic priest. Millennial clergy on the challenges of reaching out to a country that’s redefining what faith means.

Our Hamstrung Health Care System

Jul 7, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez.

The most expensive, least efficient health care model in the developed world is ours. How did we get here?

The Vast Voice Of Sarah Vaughan

Jul 5, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez. 

Race, jazz and the incredible voice of Sarah Vaughan, Queen of Bebop.

It was a golden age for American music — the war was over, there was a burst of affluence, creativity, and change. One of the most distinctive voices of postwar decades belonged to Sarah Vaughan. She crossed genres — a black artist who pushed back against the constrictions and rigidities of the color line. We’ll talk with the author of a new biography. This hour On Point: The Queen of BeBop, Sarah Vaughan. — Ray Suarez

At The G20, Heavy Topics On The Table

Jul 5, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez. 

We look ahead to this week’s G20 summit in Germany. Global trade, climate change, security, and – maybe – the future of the West, all there.

Vanishing Summer Jobs For Teens

Jul 3, 2017

That rite of passage: the teen summer job is disappearing. We’ll ask why and probe the costs beyond the missing paycheck.

Best Summer Books: 2017

Jun 30, 2017

Just in time for the fourth of July, we’ve got your hot summer reading list — from “The Hate U Give” to “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” — all cued up.