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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.
Do Antibiotics Make Us Fat?
Antibiotics and obesity. Whether it's possible that antibiotics plump up humans the same way they do animals, livestock. Plus, we check in on the third anniversary of Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.
The 'Kansas Revolution' And School Funding Equity
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that underfunded poor schools are unconstitutional. So now what, in Kansas and across the country?
Infants, 'Cures,' And HIV / AIDS Treatment
A second infant seems clear of H.I.V. after a new treatment. We'll look at the latest on the frontlines of A.I.D.S.
Natural Gas Exports: To Counter Russia?
The new push to export American natural gas and fracking technology to undercut Russia. We look at the new Great Game.
Sugaring: Inside The Maple Syrup Industry
It's sugar season in the maple forests of the U.S. and Canada. We'll look at the secrets of the maple syrup industry, and how it's dealing with climate change.
Week In The News: Ukraine, CPAC, Obamacare, SAT
Crisis over Russia and Ukraine. Another delay for Obamacare. Big changes to the SAT. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
The Power Elite And Nepotism In America
Nepotism in America. From the political elite to the boardroom suite, we'll look at the rise of family ties. Plus, we'll look at the new shape of the SAT exam, and what it will mean for young college applicants.
The Safety Of Plastics, Beyond B.P.A.
More scrutiny of plastics. Evidence of potential danger now, even in the kinds that were supposed to be safe. We'll get the latest.
Banjo Maestro Tony Trischka
Tony Trischka, the man who made the banjo bigger, jazzier and more worldly brings his banjo to our studio.
Gary, Indiana's Mayor On Young Men of Color
We'll talk with the mayor of Gary, Indiana - Karen Freeman-Wilson - about schools, jobs, prisons, unemployment, and the President's "My Brother's Keeper" push to help young men of color.
A G.O.P. Plan For Tax Reform
A GOP tax plan would lower rates, repeal big breaks. We'll look at Republican Dave Camp's plan for tax reform.
America's Stake In The Ukrainian Crisis
We'll talk about what the US should do or not do about Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine On The Edge Of International Conflict
The world watches Ukraine. We'll have the latest developments from Kiev, Crimea, Moscow, Washington.
Week In The News: Ukraine Tension, An Arizona Veto, Eyeing The Exits In Afghanistan
A high wire act in Ukraine. A big veto in Arizona. The world's top drug kingpin, nabbed. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Digital Princess St. Vincent On Her Self-Titled Fourth Album
Alt-rock goddess Annie Clark — aka St. Vincent - is with us with her latest album, "St. Vincent."
Headline Nation: Making Sense Of The News
Navigating the news. We live in a torrent of headlines. We'll get a philosopher's guide to sorting it all out.
The 'Gluten-Free' Boom
Gluten-free is hot — diets, cookbooks and even bread. We'll look at the logic and dollar signs behind the boom.
The New Science Of Three-Parent Babies
Mixing DNA from three people to produce one healthy baby. We'll look at the controversial world of mitochondrial manipulation therapies to avoid inherited disease.
Arizonia's Push For Legal Discrimination Against Gays
Arizona, on the cusp of a law allowing businesses to refuse to serve gays. We'll dive in.
Debating Hagel's Call For A Smaller U.S. Military
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants to downsize the military, shrink the US Army to the lowest levels since before World War II. We'll look at what that would mean.