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.

Sen. Al Franken On Washington Today

Jul 21, 2017

Minnesota Senator Al Franken joins us. The one time comedian shares his view of Washington now.

Black Motherhood In The Spotlight

Jul 20, 2017

Beyoncé’s out front with new twins. A pregnant Serena Williams is nude on the cover of Vanity Fair. We’ll look at American images of black motherhood.

Privatizing The War In Afghanistan

Jul 20, 2017

Talk in the West Wing about using a private army of mercenaries to take over the war in Afghanistan. Blackwater founder Erik Prince is with us.

The Cost Of Steel Tariffs

Jul 20, 2017

The Trump administration is talking tough tariffs on imported steel. Will that make America great again?

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

The Yellowstone Grizzly has been taken off the threatened species list. Many conservationists say that’s a big mistake.

Is The Health Care Overhaul Over?

Jul 18, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

With the collapse of the current GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, what’s next?

The Trump Administration And Human Rights

Jul 17, 2017

With the death of China’s Nobel Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, we look at human rights under the Trump administration.

Take Two On The Senate Health Care Bill

Jul 17, 2017

The Senate GOP’s revised health care bill. We’ll unpack what’s in it, and where it goes from here.

With guest host John Harwood.

What’s the media’s responsibility to vulnerable audiences? The new Netflix film about anorexia stirs the pot.

Who Wants The Olympics?

Jul 13, 2017

With guest host John Harwood.

Paris and Los Angeles are vying for the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics. But a lot of other cities won’t touch the Games. We look at what’s up, what’s wrong and what’s next.

Trump's Government Regulation Rollbacks

Jul 13, 2017

With guest host John Harwood.

A ProPublica and New York Times investigation of President Trump’s regulatory rollbacks raises red flags. We’ll dig in.

Donald Trump Jr.'s Transparency

Jul 12, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez.

Donald Trump Jr.’s stunning email chain. What has the president’s son has now revealed to the nation? And now what?

Tensions Rise In America's Gun Debate

Jul 11, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez.

After the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, some lawmakers want to loosen gun laws. We’ll look at America’s new “gun battle.”

With guest host Ray Suarez.

The Senate health care bill would leave millions of disabled children without Medicaid. We’ll dig into that.

Republican Senators assured reporters, protestors and whoever would listen that their bill to replace Obamacare didn’t cut Medicaid — it just slowed the rate of growth of what was already one of the most expensive federal programs. Disabled people, and families of children with special needs, say GOP plans for Medicaid slash the supports that give them quality of life. — Ray Suarez

America's Minimum Wage Showdown

Jul 10, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

While some states raise the minimum wage, Missouri’s rolling it back. We’ll dive into the nation’s wage battle.

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