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 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.

President Trump Fires FBI Director Comey

May 10, 2017

President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. We’ll look at the news from all angles.

A prominent Christian conservative says it’s time for Christians to withdraw from modern, secular American life.

Sally Yates testifies on General Michael Flynn. We’ll look at the latest on the Russia connection.

Robots And Our Automated Future

May 8, 2017

Will your next home be built by robots? We’ll look at the growing robot boom and American jobs.

Guests

Charlie Wood, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor. (@walkingthedot)

Howie Choset, professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.

What's Next For American Health Care

May 8, 2017

American health care goes to the Senate after the big House vote. We’ll ask what’s coming.

The power of the ring in myth and story from all over the world. Love, sex, fidelity, betrayal — and the ring.

A Prescription To Reduce Our Prescriptions

May 4, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Alternative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil says we take too much medication, and it’s hurting us more than we know. He says there are better options.

President Trump’s Affection For Despots

May 4, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

President Trump continues to praise strongmen and dictators across the globe, and his embrace of these despots sets off alarm bells at home and abroad.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has cosmic questions about space and time. He’ll bring it all down to earth for us.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Twenty-five years after Rodney King and the Los Angeles riots, and in the wake of Ferguson and more, America is still asking: Can we all get along?

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