On Point on IPR News and News/Studio One

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.

Bluegrass Icon Ricky Skaggs

Sep 4, 2017

This program originally broadcast on April 5, 2017. 

Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs brings his mandolin and a lifetime of stories.

Another “Game of Thrones” season down. What drives us to Westeros?

Harvey’s toll. A pardon for Arpaio. Sanctuary cities. North Korea’s missile over Japan. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Big Business Of Youth Sports

Aug 31, 2017

School and town youth sports leagues are being replaced by privatized, professionalized club teams. We ask what it means when youth sports go pro.

Will Congress Buy The President's Tax Plan?

Aug 31, 2017

The president’s pushing a big tax overhaul – says he wants to “un-rig” the American economy. We’ll ask what he has in mind.

Journalist and former Democratic strategist Sidney Blumenthal dives deep into Abraham Lincoln and lessons for America now.

When Grown-Ups Reread Children’s Classics

Aug 29, 2017

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer.

From “Goodnight Moon” to “Charlotte’s Web,” how children’s literature can still speak to adults.

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer.

Donald Trump’s whiplash rhetoric. From somber commander-in-chief to angry campaigner, we dissect the president’s speeches.

Harvey And The Hazards Of Huge Storms

Aug 28, 2017

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer.

Harvey wreaks havoc on the Texas Gulf Coast. We’ll have the latest and talk with top meteorologists about big storms now.

This program originally broadcast on February 10, 2017.

Singer-songwriter Lady Lamb offers a manifesto for Tender Warriors with her latest album. She’s in our studio.

Al Capone, The Original Public Enemy No. 1

Aug 24, 2017

This program originally broadcast on October 27, 2016.

The real Al Capone. From Brooklyn kid to Chicago crime boss, a new biography gives the whole story.

Emotional Support Animals In The Spotlight

Aug 23, 2017

This program originally broadcast on March 28, 2017.

Emotional support animals provide comfort to their owners. How’s the rest of the world dealing with the dog in the next seat?

Hoarding The American Dream

Aug 23, 2017

This program originally broadcast on June 21, 2017.

The top 20 percent of this country, not just the top one percenters, is leaving everyone else behind. We’ll talk with the author of “Dream Hoarders.”

The Buried, Secret Lives Of Trees

Aug 22, 2017

This program originally broadcast on September 14, 2016.

The secret life of trees. They talk to each other, says forester Peter Wohlleben. They have families. We’ll sit down with the tree whisperer.

Middle-Aged Men Need More Friends

Aug 22, 2017

This program originally broadcast on March 23, 2017.

Men and friendship. By middle age, many have too little of it. And it’s a threat to men’s health.

Mo Willems Talks To Children – And Us

Aug 21, 2017

This program originally broadcast on February 16, 2017.

Mo Willems, acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, joins us to talk Knuffle Bunny, Nanette’s baguette and finding empathy in today’s world.

Eclipse mania sweeps the nation. We’ll dig into the science, the history, the culture, and the folklore of the astronomical phenomenon.

Who's Moving In Together, And Why

Aug 16, 2017

With guest host Tom Gjelten. 

Cohabitation nation. More unwed Americans are living together than ever before. We’ll ask who and why.

We used to call it shacking up. But a couple living together before they marry is the new normal. Two out of three couples who’ve married since 2000 started out by living together. For some, it was a good first step. For many, it was just a matter of economic necessity. This hour On Point: Cohabitation Nation. How the living-together trend is remaking relationships and highlighting gender and class divisions.

Concussions, Kids And Contact Sports

Aug 15, 2017

From the NFL to Pop Warner, we know the danger of concussions now. Should kids play football?

Trump Versus The GOP

Aug 15, 2017

Republicans and the president on Charlottesville, on their bigger agenda. Can this political marriage be saved?

The Opioid Crisis As 'National Emergency'

Aug 14, 2017

The opioid crisis is described now as a “national emergency” by the president. Will this open the floodgates for more funding, more help?

The Male Advantage In Online Dating

Aug 11, 2017

A man books six dates in one night. The women find out. What’s going on with modern dating?

Digging Up A New Dinosaur

Aug 10, 2017

Move over T-Rex, there’s a new heavyweight champion of dinosaurs. Say hello to Patagotitan.

Fake News Bots Are Here

Aug 9, 2017

Russian Twitter bots and more haven’t stopped pumping out propaganda and disinformation since the election. We’ll look at the power and prevalence of social media bots.

High Tensions Over Legal Marijuana

Aug 8, 2017

Reefer madness. Pot’s legal in 29 states but not at the Federal level and Jeff Sessions does not like marijuana. Where does this go?

The Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding Abroad

Aug 7, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Famine. 20 million people now on the brink in Africa and the Middle East. We’ve got reporters on the frontlines.

We are in Portland, Maine on our national listening tour talking about the president now, our divided U.S. economy, and how gentrification is playing out in Portland and beyond.

Trump’s immigration revamp. Scaramucci sacked. North Korea’s missiles. Russia tensions. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The stock market is booming. We’ll look at the high, high Dow and the American economy behind it.

Connecting Across The Digital Divide

Aug 2, 2017

23 million people in rural America don’t have broadband connections. Lots of urban residents simply can’t afford the service. And it’s leaving them behind. We’ll dig in.