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.

Middle-Aged Men Need More Friends

Mar 23, 2017

Men and friendship. By middle age, many have too little of it. And it’s a threat to men’s health.

As the House votes on the American Health Care Act we’ll dig deep into what’s in the bill, what’s not. Who would win. Who would lose.

Reliving The Poetry Of Derek Walcott

Mar 22, 2017

We’ll dive once more into the dazzling literary legacy of Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean poet and playwright Derek Walcott.

The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, and what his appointment would mean.

The House Intelligence Committee, the FBI chief, and what we’ve learned about Russia, Trump and the homefront.

How To Be A Better Boss

Mar 20, 2017

What makes a great boss. One Silicon Valley boss says she did it all wrong. She’s found a better way.

Dialing Back On U.S. Emissions Standards

Mar 16, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

President Trump takes aim at federal auto-emission regulations. We’ll look at what’s on the line for the US auto industry, cars and climate change.

Where Federal Food Research Funds Really Go

Mar 16, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Washington spends millions on agriculture research. But most of that spending doesn’t go toward fruits, vegetables, what we actually eat. We’ll peel back why. Plus: new safety concerns about Monsanto’s weed killer.

NPR's Embedded: Filming American Police

Mar 15, 2017

Police interactions caught on camera. The NPR podcast “Embedded” digs into what three different videos reveal about policing in America.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

House Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But the devil’s in the details. We’ll dig in.

Trump's New Travel Ban: Global Response

Mar 9, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What to expect with President Trump’s new executive order on immigration and will it stand up in court? We’re on it.

Prescribing New Solutions To Homelessness

Mar 9, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

A radical proposal from Hawaii: Let doctors prescribe housing to cure homelessness. We’ll hear the case from Honolulu.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions under fire over Russia contacts.  President Trump before Congress. SpaceX and moon travel. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

Economist Tyler Cowen says Americans have become risk-averse, and it’s going to cost us. He’s calling out American complacency.

Anti-Semitic Threats And Sectarian Splits

Mar 2, 2017

Jewish cemeteries vandalized. Community centers threatened. The shooting in Kansas City. What’s going on?

Are you fighting the flu? You’re not alone. Flu cases are up nationwide. We’ll look at who it’s hitting hardest and why.

President Trump’s Address To Congress

Mar 1, 2017

President Trump’s address to Congress. We’ll unpack the speech and look at Trump’s struggle to revamp American healthcare.

Mexico Weighs The ‘Trump Effect'

Feb 27, 2017

President Trump’s strong statements on trade and immigration are straining the US relationship with Mexico. We’ll hear reaction from our southern neighbor.

The 2017 Academy Awards Cheatsheet

Feb 24, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez.

The Oscars this weekend. “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight,” “La La Land?” We’ll look at this year’s showdown.

With guest host Ray Suarez.

If man and machine really do become one, will data destroy democracy, humanism, and our souls? One historian’s view of the future.

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