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.

Impacts And Infrastructure In Extreme Heat

22 hours ago

Commuter planes that can’t fly. Door handles too hot to touch. The heat dome crushing the southwestern U.S. This week puts other heatwaves to shame. We’ll look at dealing with heat in abnormal new normal.

Can Startups Share Their Big City Success?

22 hours ago

The unaffordable urban paradise. Richard Florida says that startups are now tearing cities apart.

Hoarding The American Dream

Jun 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.”

With guest host Jane Clayson.

“Alexa, I want to order a pound of kale.” We’ll unpack Amazon’s deal for Whole Foods and the future of retail.

Betsy DeVos' Vision For American Education

Jun 19, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos suspends the crackdown on for-profit college abuses. What else is she up to?

Civil Society Under Fire

Jun 15, 2017

After the baseball field shooting, we’ll look at civil society under fire. Are we coming undone?

Art And Politics Collide In 'Julius Caesar'

Jun 14, 2017

A New York staging of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” sparks hot controversy in the age of Donald Trump. We’ll go to the play, and its politics.

The worst tick season ever is here, and experts warn that there’s a disease deadlier than Lyme lurking in the woods. What you need to know.

Political Upheaval In The U.K. And France

Jun 12, 2017

What now for Britain and France, after stunning election losses by Theresa May and a likely parliamentary majority for Emmanuel Macron?

Do We Know If Trump Obstructed Justice?

Jun 12, 2017

Legal minds and the press parse the Comey testimony and Russia investigation.

Former director of the FBI, fired by Donald Trump, James Comey grabbed the full attention of the country yesterday in much-awaited testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. There was the packed hearing room. The mob of photographers. Comey, ramrod straight, Boy Scout clear, but savvy. And then, a load of testimony. Told like a story. Earnest. And tough. This hour On Point: the implications of the Senate testimony of former FBI director, James Comey. — Tom Ashbrook

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Former NATO top commander Adm. James Stavridis on the geopolitics playing out now on the world’s oceans – and on land.

Comey To Testify In Senate Tomorrow

Jun 7, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Getting ready for Comey: A primer. We look at the key players, the unanswered questions about Russia, and what’s at stake.

Arundhati Roy's Return To Fiction

Jun 6, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

20 years after her smashing debut, novelist Arundhati Roy’s back with a shattering mosaic of modern India.

The Science Of Lying

Jun 5, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Why we lie. We’ll explore the science behind our deceptive ways

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Theresa May says the internet must be regulated following the London Bridge attack.  So, how do you regulate cyberspace and should we?

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer.

President Trump pulls out of the Paris Climate Accord. What that withdrawal means for climate change and American standing in the world.

Got Back Pain? Join The Club

Jun 1, 2017

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer

Tiger Woods and Golden State coach Steve Kerr and so many of the rest of us know the curse of back pain. We look at cures, from cutting-edge to tried-and-true.

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” gets remixed for its 50th anniversary. We’ll listen.

Stabbings And A Surge of Hate

May 31, 2017

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer

The stabbings in Portland, Oregon and on the University of Maryland campus. We’ll look at the rise of hate in America.

Cattle, Cowboys And Change In The Old West

May 30, 2017

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer.

Cattle drives, range wars and the hidden history of the American west during the 19th century.

With guest host Jessica Yellin.

Alabama’s tuberculosis epidemic and what it shows us about rural healthcare in America.

Cautioning Against Future Catastrophes

May 23, 2017

With guest host Jessica Yellin.

Former top White House counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke joins us to talk Russia, cyber security, more threats headed our way – and what we can do to stop them.

Terror Strikes in Manchester

May 23, 2017

With guest host Jessica Yellin.

At least 22 dead after an attack at a concert venue in Britain. An alleged assailant dead in the blast. Britain calling it a ‘terrorist incident.’

Media Titan Roger Ailes, Dead At 77

May 19, 2017

Roger Ailes, the man, who, more than any other, created Fox News and a new kind of politics in America, died this morning at 77. He lost his job last summer as a series of sexual harassment scandals hammered him and his network. Brian Stelter, senior media correspondent for CNN and host of the network’s Reliable Sources, and Hadas Gold, media reporter for POLITICO, joined us today to discuss Ailes’ death, legacy and impact.

“Ailes’ life changed dramatically 10 months ago,” Stelter told us. “Ailes was relatively isolated in recent months.”

Justice Department Names Special Counsel

May 19, 2017

With guest host Tom Gjelten.

The Justice Department establishes a special counsel to investigate the President. Roger Ailes, dead at 77.

Your Search History Shows Your Secret Side

May 19, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What our Google searches reveal about us. It’s not always the face we show to the world.

Old-Timey Tunes With One Pokey LaFarge

May 16, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

We go to St. Louis to hear Pokey LaFarge and his band –from their manic retro best to their no-joke take on America’s streets today.

Oh, Behave! ‘Austin Powers’ At 20

May 12, 2017

“Austin Powers” turns 20. We’ll take a shagalicious walk down memory lane. Groovy, baby.

Please, Let’s Make It ‘Awkward’

May 12, 2017

The psychology and science of social awkwardness. How to embrace your own quirks and idiosyncrasies to become the best version of yourself.

Gruesome Spotlight On College Hazing

May 10, 2017

One Penn State pledge is dead, and 18 of his fraternity brothers are charged. We’ll look at what’s happened with hazing.

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