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.
Young Author Finds Success 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'
Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — "Among the Ten Thousand Things" — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.
Obama, America And Africa Today
The United States and Africa. What we see in and beyond President Obama's big visit.
The Very Best Of Barbecue
From secret sauces and rubs to hickory and folklore, we will celebrate and sample the best barbecue in the land. Bring napkins!
Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina And The 2016 Election
Sixteen Republicans are running for president. Two of them — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina — join us.
Exercising The Aging Brain
From forgetting the keys to real dementia, the exercises – body and mind – that can actually help the aging brain.
Week In The News: Sandra Bland, Cuban Embassy, Obama In Kenya
The traffic stop and Sandra Bland. The Cuban flag flies in Washington. A Trump tizzy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Why Thousands Of Rape Kits Are Going Untested
More than 70,000 untested rape kits in more than 1,000 police departments across the country. We'll ask why.
Documenting California's Epic Drought
A reporter and photographer on a road trip across California, looking at how the drought has reshaped lives there.
Ashley Madison, Gawker, Reddit And The Internet Shame Spiral
Privacy and free speech on the Internet. We look at the troubles at Reddit and Gawker, and the hacking of cheating website Ashley Madison.
For years in office, he was "No-Drama Obama." That's changing. We'll look at the new, more candid, more free-wheeling Obama presidency. Plus, a look at the arrest and death of Sandra Bland.
The Iranian View On The Nuclear Deal
We go inside Iran and the Iran nuclear with scholar-reporter Robin Wright's on how Iranians see us now.
Detroit Vs. Silicon Valley: The Future Of The Driverless Car
A new test city for driverless cars in Michigan. We'll look from there to Silicon Valley and ask who's in the driver's seat for automotive innovation
Voting Rights On Trial, Again
A voting rights showdown in North Carolina. We'll look at the local politics and the national implications.
Germany, Greece And A Tough European Future
Germany and the charge of "bully" after a tough Greek bailout deal.
Hey Look: It's Pluto!
Beautiful Pluto. From three billion miles out. Pictures and science are pouring in!
Week In The News: Iran Deal, Scott Walker, 'El Chapo' Escapes
The Iran deal. Obama's prison push. Harper Lee. El Chapo's escape. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Managing The Artificial Intelligence Risk
Making artificial intelligence work for, not against, humanity. We'll look at a big new push to get it right.
New Science On Old Methods For Cholesterol Reduction
A lot more people should be on statins to lower cholesterol, according to new studies. We'll look at the science and risks.
The Mysteries Of Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman'
Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set A Watchman." We'll read between the lines of the highly anticipated sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird".
China's Big Economic Hiccup
China's stock market melts down and its economy on shaky ground. A bubble correction or signs of something more serious?