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.
Soylent Isn't People; But Is It The End Of Food?
Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?
Why Homeownership Isn't Catching Up With The Rest Of The Economy
Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren't buying. We'll look at what American's think now about owning a home.
Reading Dylan Thomas At 100
A century after his birth, poet and writer Dylan Thomas lives on. We look at his exuberant work and short life.
A Public Lands Controversy In The Great American West
A big debate in the West over transferring Federal public lands to states. We'll hear from both sides.
The Life And Times Of Rock n' Roll's 'Killer'
Southern storyteller Rick Bragg's big, new biography of "The Killer"--Jerry Lee Lewis.
A Brief History Of Medical Quarantine
The history of quarantines, from the Spanish Flu to polio to Ebola and the challenge of fighting an epidemic and fear of the epidemic.
The Digitized, Home-Delivered Future Of Our Food Supply
Will going to the grocery store be history? How the online order and delivery business is reshaping our food economy.
A Student Massacre In Mexico
What really happened in that massacre of students in Mexico? Forty three missing. Mexico laid bare. We'll investigate.
The 'Whiplash' Of Artistic Success
The new movie "Whiplash". The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts...sports.
Week In The News: Terror In Canada, Midterm Horse Races, Remembering Ben Bradlee
Gunfire in Canada's capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
#GamerGate And A Culture Clash In The Making
#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.
Understanding Our Wild World Markets
The global economic wobble. Europe weakness. China fears. Wild markets. We'll lay out the global economy now.
The Country At The Epicenter Of The Ebola Outbreak
We'll go to Liberia, and hear from a pastor and a physician at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis.
Where We're Going, We'll Probably Still Need Cars
The future of the car: from the fuels they'll run on, to the materials they'll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.
The 2014 Midterms: What Voters Really Care About
Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We'll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.
Be Afraid: We Have Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself
Afraid of snakes? Heights? Ebola? We'll unpack the science of fear.
American Presidents Aren't All That Great
Greatness and the American Presidency. Aaron David Miller says aim for good. Really good.
Regina Carter's Jazz Goes Almost Everywhere
Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album "Southern Comfort."
Week In The News: Market Mess, Ebola Alarm, Election Hits The Home Stretch
The CDC in the hot seat on Ebola. Markets reeling. Mid-term fireworks. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Weighing A Catholic Change For LGBT And Divorcees
The Catholic Church signals a new openness towards gays, the divorced, and more. We'll ask American Catholics what they think.