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.
The Path To Scrabble V-I-C-T-O-R-Y
From the living room to world championships, Scrabble is fun—and fiercely competitive. We'll dig in.
Greeks Say 'No' To Debt Deal And 'Yes' To An Uncertain Future
Greeks spoke and said no to the European ultimatum. Folly or bravery, these are uncharted waters for Europe and Greece.
Foster Children, Disjointed Families
An intimate look at the foster care system from the perspective of two families struggling to reunite with their children.
Politics, Tragedy And Religion In The Public Sphere
How should we talk about faith and God in these uncertain times? We put that tough question—and more---to a roundtable of religious thinkers.
Howard Levy, Harmonica's Main Man
Harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy tears it up with us. From Bach to the blues.
Week In The News: Greek Crisis, Cuban Embassy, Overtime Expansion
Overtime pay. Diplomatic ties with Cuba. Greece defaults. Iran deadline missed. Chris Christie jumps in. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Are You There, America? It's Her, Judy Blume
Beloved children's author Judy Blume is writing for adults again – on disaster. Judy Blume joins us.
ISIS Is Winning The Internet Game
A big, provocative look at the sophisticated online efforts of ISIS to recruit and lure Westerners to their cause.
Infants And Inmates
Babies born in prison. The numbers are growing. What's best for baby? We'll take a closer look.
Redefining American Overtime
Five million workers may qualify for overtime pay. We'll look at the plan and the pushback.
The Worldwide Space Race
Global plans for outer space. We'll look around the world at who has what agendas for out there.
Greek Debt Crisis Spirals Toward Default
Greece closes its banks as debt negotiations reach a crisis point. We hear the latest on the debt crisis and its threat to the Eurozone.
How Your Gut Bacteria Influences Your Emotions
Can bacteria in your gut influence your brain? Your mood? Your emotions? Top scientists say yes.
The Supreme Court: What To Make Of The Rulings, And What's Next
Same-sex marriage. Obamacare. Lethal injection. Voting rights. Redistricting. A big look at the Supreme Court term.
Supreme Court Makes Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide
The Supreme Court decides in a 5-4 ruling: same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.
Week In The News: Obamacare Lives, Confederate Flag Falls, Same-Sex Marriage Becomes A Right
The Confederate Flag and funerals in Charleston. The Marathon bomber speaks. All eyes on the Supreme Court. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
SCOTUS Upholds State Healthcare Subsidies
The Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act's state subsides. We'll hear reactions from politicians and health policy experts.
Russia, NATO And A New 'Cold War'
Are we looking at a "new" Cold War? Russian bombers in the air. US tanks to Eastern Europe. We'll look at the new shivers of a bad old time.
Nina Simone, Again And Always
Singer/composer Nina Simone, voice of brilliant black artistry, is back in a new documentary. We'll dive in.
Home Sales – And Optimism — Rise
More Americans are now fleeing rent and buying homes. We'll look at the housing market, where to rent, and where to buy.