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.

President Trump And A Worried Europe

8 hours ago

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

America in Europe.  The president’s envoys try to reassure Europe and NATO that we’re all still on the same team, but Europe wonders.

Reinventing Your Life, Your Career

Feb 20, 2017

This program was originally broadcast on March 17, 2016.

Second acts in life. We’ll look at what it takes to reinvent yourself, your career – early, mid-life, and late.

We are in Detroit on our national listening tour, talking about the American economy in the age of Trump.

Tax Reform And Your Shopping Cart

Feb 16, 2017

This program is part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight

Tax reform — American retailers, importers, are warning of big price hikes. American exporters are celebrating. Plus: Warren Buffet dumps 90% of his shares in Wal-Mart.

Gospel star Kirk Franklin took home two Grammys. Played with Chance the Rapper. Plays with Kanye. He’s with us.

Gospel music can sound like the rock of ages. Old, grand, beloved, familiar. Unless it’s the gospel music of new gospel great Kirk Franklin. He’s won 12 Grammys taking gospel to new places. He won his two latest Sunday night. Was at the Grammys performing with Chance the Rapper.  His latest album is “Losing my Religion,” a funny title for a gospel man. But he’s serious. This hour On Point, gospel Grammy giant Kirk Franklin — Tom Ashbrook

Depression On The Rise For Teenage Girls

Feb 14, 2017

Depression is up among teenage girls. We’ll look at the latest research and how to help.

Israel-U.S. Relations At A Reset

Feb 14, 2017

This program is part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to visit President Trump. We’ll look at the agenda, from settlements to Iran. Plus: the latest on the resignation of the President’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.

New Moves On American Wind Power

Feb 13, 2017

Big new offshore wind farms are opening up, with a lot of muscle. We’ll look at wind, oil and the future of energy in America.

This broadcast is a part of the#OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, warns Americans not to let their leaders go down the path of Vladimir Putin. He joins us.

Americans are moving at record low numbers. Why? Are they staying put? And what does it mean for our economy?

Can American Cities Go Their Own Way?

Feb 7, 2017

American cities in tension with state governments and Donald Trump’s Washington. Can cities go their own way?

American Allies In A Time Of Trump

Feb 6, 2017

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

The U.S. and its allies when Donald Trump promises to put America first. Provocative diplomacy and the new administration.

How Aging Athletes Continue To Win Big

Feb 3, 2017

Tom Brady at 39 in his seventh Super Bowl. Roger Federer and Serena Williams win the Australian Open at 35. Age-defying athletes, and what they can teach us.

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

Uproar over Trump’s immigration ban.  A Supreme Court pick. A Trump blowup with Australia. New fighting in Ukraine. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc in a new film on the creation of McDonald’s. We’ll talk with the director of “The Founder.”

President Trump's SCOTUS Pick

Feb 1, 2017

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

In our 100-Day Spotlight on the Trump Administration: The President announces his pick for the Supreme Court. We’ll look at the nominee and confirmation battle ahead.

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

President Obama’s EPA chief Gina McCarthy joins us to look at President Trump’s early moves on the environment.

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

Abortion and abortion rights front and center in Washington, as President Trump prepares to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice.

American Geography As A Political Reality

Jan 27, 2017

Big geopolitical thinker Robert Kaplan on rooting American policy in the reality of American geography.

Sanctuary Cities, Immigration And The Wall

Jan 27, 2017

Sanctuary cities after President Trump’s moves on immigration and wall.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised hard, sweeping changes in American immigration policy. Yesterday, President Trump began to deliver. Ordering immediate construction of a wall facing Mexico. Beginning a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants. Blocking refugees. Threatening sanctuary cities with a cutoff in federal funds. This hour in our On Point 100-Day Spotlight on the new administration, the Trump immigration squeeze, and how sanctuary cities will respond. — Tom Ashbrook

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