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.
Aristotle And The Invention Of Science
How Aristotle invented science. The great ancient Greek, and life on Earth.
Peter Thiel Thinks We All Can Do Better
Silicon Valley's Peter Thiel; the entrepreneur, investor and the PayPal co-founder's call for deep invention.
The Hard And Soft Rules Of Apple Cider
All about hard cider. It's all over these days. And sweet, fresh apple cider, too. We'll look at the history and comeback.
Week In The News: AG Holder Resigns, UN Tackles Climate, ISIS Advances
Syria airstrikes. Obama at the UN. Climate protests. And Derek Jeter says goodbye. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
The Real Story Of Playwright Tennessee Williams
Great American playwright Tennessee Williams' battle for art and sanity - a big new biography brings his story alive.
Sexual Violence Under ISIS Control
The news is full of beheadings, but ISIS fighters are now infamous for a campaign of sexual violence. We'll look at the Islamic State's war on women.
The Educated Sheep Of The Ivy League
A loud complaint that some top American colleges are turning out "excellent sheep." A sharp critique of the Ivy League.
Does Chess Still Matter?
A young grandmaster just did the impossible at a top chess tournament. No one paid attention. Does chess still matter?
End-of-Life Care Needs An Overhaul
A bipartisan report says medical care at the end of life needs a big overhaul. One bioethicist says, "After 75, no major interventions. Let me go."
Naomi Klein On 'Capitalism Vs. The Climate'
Big climate protests in New York before a big UN summit. Activist and author Naomi Klein says change the economy or die. She's with us.
Will President Obama's Plan Stop ISIS?
A tough, critical examination of US plans to take on ISIS. Strategy in the hot seat.
Author Joseph O'Neill On His New Novel 'The Dog'
Author of "Netherland," novelist Joseph O'Neill is back, with "The Dog," on globalization, capitalism, and self-discovery in Dubai.
Week In The News: Arming Syrian Rebels, Ebola, Scotland Stays In
ISIS and arming Syrian fighters. Scotland rejects independence. NFL turmoil. US troops and Ebola. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
How Billionaires Are Remaking The World
Billionaires. We'll look at the super super rich, and their global shaping of our world.
The Future Of Liberal Zionism
After a summer of deadly clashes between Gaza and Israel, we talk to Jews on the left and right about the future of liberal Zionism. Some say it's over.
An Insider's View Of The Bob Dylan Story
A new take on the life and music of Bob Dylan, from way inside the Dylan story. "Another Side of Bob Dylan."
Kids, Discipline, And The Adrian Peterson Debate
The NFL's Adrian Peterson and the emotional debate underway about how far is too far to go when it comes to disciplining children.
'Rich Hill' And Growing Up Poor in Rural America
"Rich Hill," a new documentary on growing up poor, now, in rural America. The dreams and the desperation.
Redshirting: Holding Kids Back For An Edge
More parents are "red-shirting" their children in kindergarten--holding them back for a year, hoping they'll have an edge. Does it work? We look.
The Grand Canyon: Threatened By Development?
Uproar over development plans for the Grand Canyon. We go to the Navajo Nation and the Canyon floor to see what's at stake.