On Point

Monday - Friday 10am to 12pm, and Monday - Friday at 9pm on WMRA
  • Hosted by Tom Ashbrook

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 news makers, thinkers, and callers, and closes with compelling personal reactions to news and important issues, including radio diaries, excerpts from speeches, or special series segments.

Host Tom Ashbrook combines his journalistic instincts with a listener's openness and curiosity, focusing on the relevant topics and deconstructing issues along with the audience. News analyst Jack Beatty, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly, also guides the program by providing his own unique perspective to the conversation.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What it’s like to be a dog. We talk with animal neuroscientist Gregory Berns.

Does Our Constitution Hold Up Today?

Sep 20, 2017

Was our Constitution made for this much economic inequality? One big thinker says no.

Taking Stock Of The American Family Farm

Sep 19, 2017

US farmers up against it from shifting trade policies to a changing climate. We’ll look at the state of the US frontier now.

Facebook under new pressure and scrutiny from many sides as it ends up in the middle of national, international politics.

The Caribbean after Irma. We’ll look at devastated islands and the way forward.

This hour, we also look at how snowbirds are expected to reconsider wintering in Florida after Irma.

With North Korean missiles zooming overhead, how does Japan prepare, defend and respond? Japan’s tough challenges, military and diplomatic.

Throwback TV And More Coming This Fall

Sep 15, 2017

We’ll look at the new fall TV season. There’s a lot coming out.

Whatever TV means these days — broadcast, cable, streaming, in your car, on your wall, on your phone — there is a lot of it. The fall offerings are tumbling out right now. David Simon of the The Wire is back with The Deuce, Times Square and 1970s New York. Ken Burns is back with The Vietnam War. Will & Grace is back. Stranger Things, Better Things, SEAL Team, Transparent and the Menendez Murders, all queued up. Up next, On Point: We’re looking at fall TV. — Tom Ashbrook

Democrats Unveil Single Payer Plan

Sep 14, 2017

Democrats are now lining up for and against single payer health care. Big push. Big battle. We’re on it.

The Cincinnati Enquirer sent reporters into the field for seven days to report on the heroin crisis. They returned with an alarming snapshot of a national epidemic.

The new iPhone’s out, and it unlocks not with a fingerprint, but with your face. We’ll take a look and see where mobile phone technology and competition are.

Equifax Hack: Assessing The Data Breach

Sep 13, 2017

The huge hack at Equifax. Millions of Americans’ most sensitive personal information is now out there for sale to thieves and governments. What do we do to fix this?

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos thinks students accused of campus sexual assault aren’t getting a fair shake. And she’s going to change that.

Hurricane Irma's Wrath

Sep 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma. How we’re dealing and what we’re learning from an Atlantic monster.

Irma, moving on north today. Leaving records in her wake. The highest, longest wind speeds of any hurricane on record on Earth. More “accumulated cyclone energy,” experts call it, than any storm ever before. Caribbean islands, devastated. Miami, spared the worst. Florida’s west coast, in the water. And six million evacuees now start to turn home. This hour, On Point: What we saw, what we feared, what we got. And what we’ve learned from Irma. — Tom Ashbrook

Mexican-American country star Rick Trevino brings his Texas guitar and his take on this Latino moment in America.

The “Godmother of Punk Rock,” Patti Smith, on creativity and invention. She’s with us.

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