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.
It's A Question Of 'Character'
New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.
Money In Politics: The Gyrocopter's Complaint
We'll take up the gyrocopter pilot's complaint. Big money politics in America, on the road to 2016. And what to do about it.
The Women Of Flor De Toloache
An all-female band takes mariachi to old places and new. We'll talk with the women of Flor de Toloache.
Week In The News: Hillary Is In, Iran Deal Details, Blackwater Sentencing
Hillary and Rubio, in for 2016. Congress, in on the Iran Deal. And a Gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Killer Robots: Be Prepared
Lethal weapons – killer robots – are coming. Now the UN is looking at how to respond. We'll get the latest.
Stark Realities Of Autistic Adulthood
You don't outgrow autism. But a wave of autistic children is growing into adulthood. What's going to happen then?
Fake Meat Is Very Real
The big push for fake meat. Bill Gates is in on it. To cut back on livestock production. To, maybe, save the planet.
Covering The World With John Burns
Famed correspondent John Burns has covered the world for 40 years for the New York Times. He's hanging up his notebook. He joins us.
'Cadillac Plans' Get Obamacare Cut Back
Big employers, cutting back on full-coverage health care as Obamacare's 'Cadillac Tax' begins to bite.
An Iranian View On The Nuclear Framework Agreement
How the nuclear deal looks from Iran, from the Ayatollah to the men and women on the street.
Economic Inequality Goes To College
American colleges cutting gut the middle, the poor and the push to turn that around.
Hillary Clinton's Campaign Takes Off
Hillary Clinton formally announces she's running for president. We'll look at candidate Clinton and the way ahead.
A Library For Your Seeds
Seed libraries sprouting all over. We'll dig into the populist push to preserve diversity – and flavor — in our gardens and diets.
Week In The News: North Charleston Shooting, Marathon Verdict, Rand Paul 2016
A police murder charge in South Carolina. Russia hacks the White House. Rand Paul will run. Marathon bombing verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Cameras, Cops And South Carolina
We'll look at the South Carolina shooting – a policeman charged with murder – and the unfinished push to put cameras on cops.
A Guilty Verdict In The Tsarnaev Trial
The Boston Marathon bomber—guilty. Now, a life or death decision, and what we've learned from the trial.
Fracking And Earthquakes In Middle America
The earthquakes of Oklahoma. There's a sharp increase. Big oil, lots of water, pressure, fracking. We'll look at what lies beneath.
Staking Out A Broad 2016 GOP Field
The GOP and 2016. Rand Paul's in now. We'll survey the field, Paul, Walker, Bush and beyond.
Real Italian Cooking With The 'Nonnas' Who Know It Best
Italian cooking with the nonnas who know it best. They join us with stories and recipes.
As Employment Growth Slows, Where Are American Jobs?
The jobs pothole. The latest numbers were half what was predicted. Where are American jobs?