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On Point

Weekdays 9:00-11:00am, and 9:00-11:00pm


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 The Petunia Knows

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We'll look at the new science of what plants feel, smell, see - and remember.

Juvenile Prisons; Plus, Former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton

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The cold hard facts about juvenile prisons. And the case for shutting them all down. Plus: former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is with us.

The Inscrutable, Ubiquitous Wallace Shawn

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From "The Princess Bride" to "My Dinner with Andre "and "A Master Builder," actor and writer Wallace Shawn joins us.

Why Come North? A Panel Discussion On US Immigration Policy

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Crisis at the US border. What do Latinos on this side of the border have to say? We'll ask our special roundtable.

The 'Elephant Whisperer' Of World War II

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We'll travel to the jungles of Burma for the remarkable true story of Billy Williams--aka "the elephant whisperer"--and his World War II heroism.

A Deeper Look At The Israel-Gaza Conflict

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The escalated Gaza offensive. We'll get the views from both sides and the latest developments.

Week In The News: Middle East Violence, Plane Crash In Ukraine, Immigration At Home

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Turmoil and violence in Israel and Gaza. New Russia sanctions. Immigration battle. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Senator Bernie Sanders: A Real 2016 Contender?

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Will he run for president? We'll ask Vermont's Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

Unpacking The Geo-Politics Of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17

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The United States and Russia after the downed plane. We'll unpack the politics and latest news. Plus: the latest from Gaza.

Juan de Marcos Gonzalez Of The Afro-Cuban All Stars

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The Afro-Cuban All Stars bandleader Juan de Marcos Gonzalez joins us. We'll get the latest hot sounds out of Havana.

Florida Crime Fiction And The New Face Of America

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The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik joins us on the seedy, wacky face of Sunshine State crime fiction.

Who Needs A Life Coach?

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The booming business of life coaches. Everybody seems to have one these days. Therapists are feeling the pinch. We look at the life coach craze.

Why We Lie

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Why we lie. Why we cheat. Psychology has a new theory of the case.

Light Pollution And 'The End Of Night'

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A walk on the dark side with Paul Bogard, passionate critic of artificial light and author of "The End of Night."

Recognizing And Dealing With A Parent's Dementia

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When dementia comes. "Father of the Bride" and "Nashville" star Kimberly Williams-Paisley opens up about facing — dealing with — her mother's dementia.

The 'Emergence' Of One Talented String Quartet

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The Emergence Quartet. Four women. Lots of strings. And a deep serving of music history.

Week In The News: Immigration, Israel-Palestine And NSA Spying

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Immigration crisis on the border. Rockets and bombs in Gaza, Israel. Smallpox found in a storage box. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Innovation Districts: Reshaping Our Cities, Changing Our Economies

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The rise of the "innovation district." Everybody now wants that neighborhood dense with coffee shops, capital and talent. We'll look at what really works.

Can American Democracy Be Saved?

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Former senators Olympia Snowe and Tom Daschle, Republican and Democrat, take on Washington gridlock.

Foreign Buyers In American Real Estate

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Mega-wealthy foreign buyers getting deep into American real estate - shutting out American buyers, scooping up the top of the market and, laundering money.