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  • Hosted by Tom Ashbrook

Hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, On Point is broadcast for two hours daily across the country on NPR. The show’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.

Broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon ET, with listener call-in, from WBUR in Boston, the show airs on more than 210 NPR stations coast to coast. 

Tom Ashbrook is On Point’s host and managing editor. Jack Beatty, On Point’s news analyst, appears each Friday on our Week in the News roundtable and on other shows throughout the week.

On Point’s senior producer is Karen Shiffman. Our team of producers includes Julie DiopPien HuangStefano KotsonisAlex Kingsbury, and Sam Gale Rosen.  On Point’s director is Eileen Imada and our technical director is James Ross.

This program originally broadcast June 14, 2018, with David Folkenflik. 

Three decades of “The Simpsons.” We turn our eye on Springfield with a top writer who has been in the mix since day one.

Your New Prescription: Empathy

Aug 16, 2018

This program originally broadcast May 1, 2018, with David Folkenflik. 

Compassion may be the cure. Dr. David Rakel shares his guide to healing through empathy and listening.

Inspiration Through Procrastination

Aug 15, 2018

This program originally broadcast on March 13, 2018 with Meghna Chakrabarti.

From da Vinci to Darwin, how great minds put things off, but changed the world anyway. We’ll talk to two procrastinators: Andrew Santella, the writer of a new book about procrastination, and Tim Urban, whose TED talk on procrastination was one of the most viewed of 2016.

With Budd Mishkin

Washington slaps tariffs on Turkey. The Trump administration’s trade fights, using national security as the justification. We’ll dig in.

Guests

Piotr Zalewski, Turkey correspondent for The Economist. (@p_zalewski)

With Budd Mishkin

American hate. We talk with a human rights lawyer about the powerful stories of hate crime survivors.

Guests

Arjun Singh Sethi, editor of “American Hate: Survivors Speak Out.” (@arjunsethi81)

With Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr)

You might not know it from the craft brew pubs everywhere, but Americans are drinking more wine and spirits — slowly pushing aside beer. We’ll find out why.

“In general, quoting the scriptures is okay by me, but you should always quote it in context. Surrounding that particular passage is ‘owe nothing to any man except to love one another.” In the paragraph before, in Paul’s letter to the Romans, the end of chapter twelve, he says ‘practice hospitality.’ To my mind, there are gradations in law.

With Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr)

The way forward for the Democratic Party. Jon Favreau’s popular new podcast, “The Wilderness,” explores how the Democrats lost their way and how to bounce back.

With Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr)

The inside story behind the long quest to build an artificial human heart.

With Eric Westervelt

Celebrating 20 years of the groundbreaking album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

Guests

Joan Morgan, author of “She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” (@milfinainteasy)

Are Millennials Really So On The Move?

Aug 6, 2018

With Eric Westervelt

Millennials by the numbers. Do all those assumptions about their wanderlust and fear of commitment hold up? Are they really so different from everyone else?

Guests

Lyman Stone, advisor at Democratic Intelligence. Adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Columnist for Vox. (@lymanstoneky)

The Summer Of Documentaries

Aug 3, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Documentaries are making a splash this summer at the movie box office. From “RBG” to “Three Identical Strangers,” we’ve got your front-row seat.

Guests

Anne Thompson, editor at large at the online journal IndieWire.com. Founder of the column “Thompson on Hollywood.” (@akstanwyck)

Another Look At Fat's Bad Rap

Aug 2, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

The Big Mac is turning 50, and fat is still getting a bad rap. But the right mix of high-fat foods might be the ticket to a healthy diet. We’ll weigh the evidence and options.

Guests

Candice Choi, Associated Press reporter covering the food industry. (@candicechoi)

Why We Need Bees

Aug 1, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

What’s the buzz? We’ll look at the wonders of bees and worries they’re at risk of disappearing.

Guests

Thor Hanson, author of “Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees.” Conservation biologist and Guggenheim Fellow.

The Facts And Future Of Trump's Economy

Aug 1, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

The Trump administration weighs a big tax cut for the rich, with no vote in Congress. We’ll add it all up.

Guests

Naomi Jagoda, reporter who covers tax policy for The Hill. (@njagoda)

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