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.

Our roundtable — Margaret Brennan of CBS, Aaron Blake of the Washington Post and On Point news analyst Jack Beatty — take on the week’s news: Women accuse Roy Moore and Sen. Al Franken. Tax bill looks to gut Obamacare. Jeff Sessions talks Russia.

Guests:

Margaret Brennan, White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News. (@margbrennan)

A purge and palace intrigue in Saudi Arabia. Lebanon’s prime minister resigns. We’ll try to pull back the curtain on what’s really going on in the Middle East.

This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST.

On the heels of the Las Vegas and Texas massacres, Newtown families want gun makers held liable. They’re in court again. Could this be the way?

This hour will air Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.

The floodgates have opened on calling out sexual abuse and harassment. Comedian Louis C.K. and Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama are the latest powerful men to face disturbing accusations. We’ll talk Naomi Alderman, Erin Gloria Ryan and Elizabeth Tippett about whether we’re at a tipping point.

We will also get an update on the Roy Moore allegations from a reporter in Alabama.

This hour will air at 11 a.m. EST.

We’re in Ames, Iowa, the last stop on our year-long national listening tour. We’ll be talking with Iowans about the way ahead for America.

With guest host Jane Clayson. 

Florida State comes down hard after a fraternity death. We’ll look at the ongoing problems with Greek life.

This show airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST. 

Renowned food writer Mark Bittman gives us his vegetarian best. Food for a green planet. He’s with us.

Plus, we’ll talk with New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan. 

This show will air Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST. 

Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius on the President in Asia, the Russia investigation and his new thriller, “The Quantum Spy.” He joins us.

This show will air Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST. 

You might not know it, but open enrollment for Obamacare has begun. We’ll look at how to pick best options, under and outside the Affordable Care Act.

This show will air Monday at 11 a.m. EST.

New York terror attack. Mueller’s first charges and a guilty plea. GOP tax plan. Social media giants grilled by Congress. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

This show will air Friday at 10 a.m. EST. 

Embracing The Word 'Witch'

Nov 1, 2017

This Halloween season and beyond, some women are embracing the word “witch.” We’ll ask why.

Wolves Of Yellowstone Are Back

Nov 1, 2017

The wolves of Yellowstone. They’re back. They’re still wolves. It’s complicated.

On Point In Atlanta On The Middle Class

Oct 27, 2017

We’re in Atlanta on our national listening tour, taking stock of what it means to be middle class today and how the middle class fares under President Trump.

This hour will air Friday at 11 a.m. EST.

Bush Twins On Life In The Public Eye

Oct 26, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson. 

Presidential daughters and granddaughters Barbara and Jenna Bush join the program to talk about their new book, “Sisters First.”

The book explores the stories behind the headlines, from a childhood in Texas to a young adulthood in the White House — and in the public eye.

This hour will air Thursday at 11 a.m. EST.

Bill O’Reilly’s $32 million sex settlement shocker. Harvey Weinstein. A reckoning for non-disclosure agreements. Is it time to stop buying silence?

Gretchen Carlson joins us to discuss.

One Family Reaped Billions From Opioids

Oct 24, 2017

The untold story of the family that made billions off of America’s opioid flood, knowing the risks and pushing the product.

A chemical industry insider now has a top job at the EPA and is rolling back rules on toxic chemicals. Is safety being compromised?

Reining In The Tech Giants

Oct 23, 2017

Congressional calls for more regulation, oversight of Facebook. Google, Amazon, Apple also getting scrutiny. Is it time?

Teen Anxiety On The Rise

Oct 19, 2017

American teens are suffering record anxiety. We’ll look at why. And what helps?

Astronaut Scott Kelly's View From Space

Oct 18, 2017

Former astronaut Scott Kelly joins us to talk his out-of-this-world year in space, and where we might be headed next – think Mars.

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History’s most creative genius — Leonardo da Vinci. Walter Isaacson explores the life of the great Renaissance genius of art and science.

On Point Live hits Boston. Van Jones, Celeste Ng and Josh Ritter joined us Friday night at the city’s historic Faneuil Hall.

Do Politics Have A Place In The NFL?

Oct 13, 2017

Freedom, respect and “taking a knee” in the NFL. The VP walks out. Trump threatens. What’s right here?

Smartphones and our brains. New research says the little computer in our hand is changing our minds.

More and more women are coming out with stories of harassment and assault from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. We look at the Weinstein scandal, and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Steve Bannon Goes Another Round

Oct 10, 2017

Steve Bannon unloads to The American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner, again—this time on his grand design to blow up the Republican Party and more. Kuttner joins us.

The EPA scraps the Clean Power Plan intended to curb global warming. We’ll hear the facts and fury.

From Jimmy Kimmel on health care to Trevor Noah on police shootings, late -night comedy is getting serious.

Trevor Noah railing against police shootings. Jimmy Kimmel breaking down about Las Vegas. And everyone—from Seth Meyers to Stephen Colbert to John Oliver—having a field day skewering Trump. Johnny Carson’s Amazing Kreskin? So quaint. Today’s late night comedy is whacking at heavy social and political issues with sharp-edged satire. And, sometimes, tears. This hour, On Point: Late night comedy gets serious. — Jane Clayson.

The Squeeze On Florida's Orange Crops

Oct 9, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson

Florida’s orange industry is feeling the squeeze from disease, hurricanes, and climate change. Can it be saved?

The Real Cost Of Low Homeownership Rates

Oct 9, 2017

When big investment money moves into mass home ownership. How private equity funds are changing the real estate market and rentals.

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