On Point

Weekdays at 1 and 7 p.m. on 89.7 NPR News

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

Each hour of the broadcast opens with a news brief analyzing the day's biggest stories, followed by an in-depth conversation decoding a single topic with newsmakers, thinkers, and callers, and closes with compelling personal reactions to news and important issues, including radio diaries, excerpts from speeches, or special series segments.

Facebook Under Fire

5 hours ago

Facebook has had a difficult week.

According to a whistleblower, the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used people’s personal data without their permission, or the permission of Facebook itself.

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. 


Trump's Troubled Cabinet

Mar 19, 2018

With Kimberly Atkins

From accusations of lavish spending to job insecurity, we’ll have 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.

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


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


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. 


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.


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.


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

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