On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Weekdays at 1 and 7 pm 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.

Emotional Support Animals In The Spotlight

4 hours ago

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

Keystone XL And The Environment

Mar 27, 2017

President Trump is making a lot of big moves on the energy and environment front.  Last week, he green-lighted the Keystone XL Pipeline out of Canada after it was stopped by the Obama administration.  Tomorrow, he is slated to sign a big executive order pushing domestic oil, coal and gas and reversing the Obama Clean Power Plan.  We want to look at where Trump energy policy is going.

The aftermath of the health care battle in Washington. What’s next?

Middle-Aged Men Need More Friends

Mar 23, 2017

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

As the House votes on the American Health Care Act we’ll dig deep into what’s in the bill, what’s not. Who would win. Who would lose.

Reliving The Poetry Of Derek Walcott

Mar 22, 2017

We’ll dive once more into the dazzling literary legacy of Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean poet and playwright Derek Walcott.

The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, and what his appointment would mean.

The House Intelligence Committee, the FBI chief, and what we’ve learned about Russia, Trump and the homefront.

How To Be A Better Boss

Mar 20, 2017

What makes a great boss. One Silicon Valley boss says she did it all wrong. She’s found a better way.

Where Federal Food Research Funds Really Go

Mar 16, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Washington spends millions on agriculture research. But most of that spending doesn’t go toward fruits, vegetables, what we actually eat. We’ll peel back why. Plus: new safety concerns about Monsanto’s weed killer.

Dialing Back On U.S. Emissions Standards

Mar 16, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

President Trump takes aim at federal auto-emission regulations. We’ll look at what’s on the line for the US auto industry, cars and climate change.

NPR's Embedded: Filming American Police

Mar 15, 2017

Police interactions caught on camera. The NPR podcast “Embedded” digs into what three different videos reveal about policing in America.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

House Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But the devil’s in the details. We’ll dig in.

Trump's New Travel Ban: Global Response

Mar 9, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What to expect with President Trump’s new executive order on immigration and will it stand up in court? We’re on it.

Prescribing New Solutions To Homelessness

Mar 9, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

A radical proposal from Hawaii: Let doctors prescribe housing to cure homelessness. We’ll hear the case from Honolulu.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions under fire over Russia contacts.  President Trump before Congress. SpaceX and moon travel. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

Anti-Semitic Threats And Sectarian Splits

Mar 2, 2017

Jewish cemeteries vandalized. Community centers threatened. The shooting in Kansas City. What’s going on?

Economist Tyler Cowen says Americans have become risk-averse, and it’s going to cost us. He’s calling out American complacency.

Are you fighting the flu? You’re not alone. Flu cases are up nationwide. We’ll look at who it’s hitting hardest and why.

President Trump’s Address To Congress

Mar 1, 2017

President Trump’s address to Congress. We’ll unpack the speech and look at Trump’s struggle to revamp American healthcare.

Mexico Weighs The ‘Trump Effect'

Feb 27, 2017

President Trump’s strong statements on trade and immigration are straining the US relationship with Mexico. We’ll hear reaction from our southern neighbor.

The 2017 Academy Awards Cheatsheet

Feb 24, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez.

The Oscars this weekend. “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight,” “La La Land?” We’ll look at this year’s showdown.

With guest host Ray Suarez.

If man and machine really do become one, will data destroy democracy, humanism, and our souls? One historian’s view of the future.

With guest host Ray Suarez.

Democrats hold leadership elections Saturday for the party’s national committee. After Trump’s election, how do they rebuild and start winning again?

Gene-Editing Gets A Go-Ahead

Feb 22, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Growing support for human gene-editing. We’ll look at new breakthroughs and the ethical debate.

President Trump Could Ramp Up Deportation

Feb 22, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

New guidelines from the Trump Administration give more power to U.S. officials to deport immigrants in the country illegally . The new, tough rules are causing alarm and fear in immigrant communities.

President Trump And A Worried Europe

Feb 21, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

America in Europe.  The president’s envoys try to reassure Europe and NATO that we’re all still on the same team, but Europe wonders.

Reinventing Your Life, Your Career

Feb 20, 2017

This program was originally broadcast on March 17, 2016.

Second acts in life. We’ll look at what it takes to reinvent yourself, your career – early, mid-life, and late.

We are in Detroit on our national listening tour, talking about the American economy in the age of Trump.

Tax Reform And Your Shopping Cart

Feb 16, 2017

This program is part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight

Tax reform — American retailers, importers, are warning of big price hikes. American exporters are celebrating. Plus: Warren Buffet dumps 90% of his shares in Wal-Mart.

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