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On Point

Weekdays 9:00-11:00am


A hybrid of a talk program and a news-magazine, On Point puts each day’s news into context and provides a lively forum for discussion and debate. Topics chosen for the program are often taken from the biggest news stories of the day while others have a direct connection to issues that are at the core of what is urgent and important in the world at the moment.

What Serena Williams — Queen Of Tennis — Means To The Sports World

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Serena Williams. The undisputed queen of tennis, and what she's meant in sports and beyond.

Week In The News: Europe's Migrant Crisis, Kentucky Clerk Gets Jail Time, Deflategate

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Migrant crisis in Europe. The Iran deal, cleared. A Kentucky clerk and gay marriage. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Journalists Under Pressure

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Three Vice News journalists arrested in Turkey. A wave of journalists in prison. In graves. We'll look at journalists worldwide under pressure.

Will The Fed Finally Raise Interest Rates?

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Should the fed finally raise interest rates? In spite of the stock market roller coaster? We'll dig into the fed weighing the end of free money.

Netflix's 'Narcos' Takes On The Story Of The 'King Of Cocaine'

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A new Netflix series "Narcos" takes on the story of the rise of the "King of Cocaine" — Pablo Escobar. We'll look at drug trafficking then and now.

Martin O'Malley And The Race To 2016

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We talk to Martin O'Malley, former Maryland governor and now Democratic candidate for the presidency. He's been tough on Trump – and on his fellow Democrats.

Listening Back To Our Conversation With Oliver Sacks

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Oliver Sacks, celebrated neurologist and best-selling author, has died at 82. We'll listen back to our remarkable 2013 interview with Oliver Sacks on life and aging.

Competition For Resources In The Arctic

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The scramble for the Arctic. President Obama's in Alaska. We'll look at the stakes.

Re-Examining The Legal Definition Of Sexual Assault

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A verdict in the New Hampshire prep school rape trial. And calls for changing sexual assault laws.

Looking Past A Shooting At American Gun Culture

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Lessons from the Roanoke TV shootings. We'll look at the way forward with the New York Times' Nick Kristof and other top thinkers.

The World's Disappearing Natural Sound

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A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We'll listen in.

Week In The News: On Air Shooting, Wall Street Roller Coaster, Joe Biden's Rationale

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A deadly shooting on live TV. Wall Street's roller coaster ride. Biden considers a White House bid. 10 years since Katrina.

Amy Seek's 'Confessions of a Birth Mother'

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Open adoption. How one birth mother gave up her child for adoption and stayed in his life.

Why Don't We Have Mental Health Parity?

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Insurance companies are required by law to cover mental health the same as physical health. So why don't they?

'A Window Opens': Elisabeth Egan's Amazon Tell All

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Author Elisabeth Egan's new novel is a kind of kiss and tell on life inside Amazon. She takes us there.

New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

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Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. We'll look at how the city struggled, rebuilt, recovered — and where it stands now.

Democratic Party Looks Further Afield

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The Democrats and their 2016 options. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, maybe Joe Biden. Who do Democrats want?

Shaky Stocks And A Global Correction

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The message in global stock markets – about China, the US and the whole world economy. We'll dive in.

Nabokov, 'Lolita' And The American Effect

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He brought us "Lolita" and "Pale Fire." We'll look at Russian-born author Vladimir Nabokov and how his most famous work was shaped by his time in America.

New Science On Same-Sex Attraction

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What makes people gay? Evidence is mounting for nature over nurture. We'll look at the latest research on human sexuality.