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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.

The 'Whiplash' Of Artistic Success

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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

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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

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#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.

Understanding Our Wild World Markets

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Afraid of snakes? Heights? Ebola? We'll unpack the science of fear.

American Presidents Aren't All That Great

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Greatness and the American Presidency. Aaron David Miller says aim for good. Really good.

Regina Carter's Jazz Goes Almost Everywhere

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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

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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

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The Catholic Church signals a new openness towards gays, the divorced, and more. We'll ask American Catholics what they think.

The US Health System Vs. Ebola

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A second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola. At least 76 in her hosptial, exposed. We'll look at the American medical system racing for Ebola readiness.

Russell Brand Says He Wants A 'Revolution'

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The wild, funny, blithely offensive comedian Russell Brand takes on the world's woes with us. He says he's got the answer.

Hello, Havana? Re-Examining The Cuban Embargo

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The US embargo against Cuba is 54 years old next week and there are new calls --and maybe new reasons - to end it. We'll hear the fresh debate.

How Goya Interprets Our Modern Moment

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Goya. Francisco Goya. The Spanish painter of war and upheaval. He's relevant right now, again. We'll go to Goya.

The New Blue Collar Jobs Of Tomorrow

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The new blue collar jobs. We'll look at where they are and what it will take to get one.

From Homeless To Nashville Hit

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Country singer Doug Seegers was homeless for years in New York and Nashville. He's out with a new album and will break your heart.

American Muslims And ISIS

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A young American, arrested at O'Hare airport, allegedly on his way to join ISIS. Who is drawn to this? And why?

There Is An Orchestra In Spanish Harlem

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The Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Salsa, jazz and a lot of great energy. We'll hear their sound.