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.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Top reporters help us look ahead to the week’s news.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Reporting from WHYY in Philadelphia, Meghna and her guests will discuss redistricting in Pennsylvania ahead of the midterms.

Guests

Lindsay Lazarksi, multimedia journalist for WHYY and Keystone Crossroads. (@llazarski)

With David Folkenflik

The irrepressible Ellie Kemper on her journey from a seemingly ordinary Midwestern childhood to starring in the unusual dark comedy, the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Guest

Ellie Kemper, Emmy-nominated actor. Star of the Netflix original series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Author of “My Squirrel Days.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

College drinking culture today. Students talk about their habits and attitudes around alcohol.

Guests

Madeleine D’Angelo, 21-year-old senior at Boston College. Intern at On Point. From Chevy Chase, Maryland. (@mads_805)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The obesity epidemic is getting worse. But what if presumptions about the causes and consequences of obesity are wrong?

Guests

Michael Hobbes, staff writer at Huffington Post. (@RottenInDenmark)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Globe-trotting adventurer Bear Grylls wants to get you off the couch and awaken your inner wild child. He shares his ultimate survival tips.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Could the Kavanaugh nomination controversy damage the Supreme Court itself? We’ll look at the effect ever-deeper politicization is having on the high court.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Sheila Bair was the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) during the 2008 financial crisis. She warns that American democracy may not be able to withstand another bank bailout.

With David Folkenflik

The media’s coverage of the Kavanaugh nomination and the allegations against him.

Guests

Jane Mayer, chief Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. Her piece published on Sunday (co-written by Ronan Farrow) detailed claims of sexual assault from a second woman against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (@JaneMayerNYer)

With David Folkenflik

Kavanaugh and Ford under oath. President Trump at the U.N. Our roundtable is all over the news.

Guests

Kimberly Atkins, chief Washington reporter and columnist for the Boston Herald. (@KimberlyEAtkins)

Breaking Down The Kavanaugh Hearings

Sep 28, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A special live broadcast with analysis following the testimonies of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford.

Guests

David Savage, Supreme Court correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. (@DavidGSavage)

This program originally broadcast on August 21, 2018 with Meghna Chakrabarti.

Hours and hours of screen time. How much are digital distractions changing the way kids think, and even read?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A true crime story 70 million years in the making. We’ll go inside the perilous and riveting world of fossil hunters.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Teens and the Kavanaugh hearings. What do they think about how Washington is handling this moment? What lessons are they learning? We’ll ask teenagers from around the country.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

So why is Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review and the son of immigrants calling for tighter restrictions on immigration? We’ll ask him.

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