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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.

Young Author Finds Success 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

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Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — "Among the Ten Thousand Things" — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.

Obama, America And Africa Today

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The United States and Africa. What we see in and beyond President Obama's big visit.

The Very Best Of Barbecue

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From secret sauces and rubs to hickory and folklore, we will celebrate and sample the best barbecue in the land. Bring napkins!

Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina And The 2016 Election

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Sixteen Republicans are running for president. Two of them — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina — join us.

Exercising The Aging Brain

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From forgetting the keys to real dementia, the exercises – body and mind – that can actually help the aging brain.

Week In The News: Sandra Bland, Cuban Embassy, Obama In Kenya

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The traffic stop and Sandra Bland. The Cuban flag flies in Washington. A Trump tizzy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Why Thousands Of Rape Kits Are Going Untested

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More than 70,000 untested rape kits in more than 1,000 police departments across the country. We'll ask why.

Documenting California's Epic Drought

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A reporter and photographer on a road trip across California, looking at how the drought has reshaped lives there.

Ashley Madison, Gawker, Reddit And The Internet Shame Spiral

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Privacy and free speech on the Internet. We look at the troubles at Reddit and Gawker, and the hacking of cheating website Ashley Madison.

Off-Script Obama

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For years in office, he was "No-Drama Obama." That's changing. We'll look at the new, more candid, more free-wheeling Obama presidency. Plus, a look at the arrest and death of Sandra Bland.

The Iranian View On The Nuclear Deal

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We go inside Iran and the Iran nuclear with scholar-reporter Robin Wright's on how Iranians see us now.

Detroit Vs. Silicon Valley: The Future Of The Driverless Car

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A new test city for driverless cars in Michigan. We'll look from there to Silicon Valley and ask who's in the driver's seat for automotive innovation

Voting Rights On Trial, Again

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A voting rights showdown in North Carolina. We'll look at the local politics and the national implications.

Germany, Greece And A Tough European Future

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Germany and the charge of "bully" after a tough Greek bailout deal.

Hey Look: It's Pluto!

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Beautiful Pluto. From three billion miles out. Pictures and science are pouring in!

Week In The News: Iran Deal, Scott Walker, 'El Chapo' Escapes

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The Iran deal. Obama's prison push. Harper Lee. El Chapo's escape. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Managing The Artificial Intelligence Risk

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Making artificial intelligence work for, not against, humanity. We'll look at a big new push to get it right.

New Science On Old Methods For Cholesterol Reduction

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A lot more people should be on statins to lower cholesterol, according to new studies. We'll look at the science and risks.

The Mysteries Of Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman'

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Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set A Watchman." We'll read between the lines of the highly anticipated sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird".

China's Big Economic Hiccup

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China's stock market melts down and its economy on shaky ground. A bubble correction or signs of something more serious?