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.
Impartial Juries In A Media-Soaked Age
The Marathon bombing, the Aurora movie theater shootings, and the challenges of picking an impartial jury.
Week In The News: State Of The Union, Yemen Crisis, 'DeflateGate'
President Obama comes out swinging in his State of the Union. High level talks in Cuba. Japanese hostages. "American Sniper" controversy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
New Stories Of Beautiful, Broken Appalachia
Appalachia now. Celebrated stories from coal country and beyond with writer Ron Rash. He joins us.
The Legal Logic Of Same-Sex Marriage
The Supreme Court may soon rule up or down on same-sex marriage for the whole nation. We'll look at the legal battle shaping up before the high court.
Beauty, Art And Millions Of Dollars: The Life And Power Of Helena Rubinstein
Cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein, and her story of women, beauty, wealth and power.
The State Of The Union: A Defiant Lame-Duck
The State of the Union. President Obama's telling. His push. And the GOP reply.
The Grateful Dead Comes Back
The Grateful Dead, reuniting. We look at the long strange trip of one of the most successful bands in history.
Tax Reform And The Middle Class
The president will propose new taxes on the very wealthy and tax breaks for the middle class. We'll lay out the plan and the pushback.
A Diverse Europe, On Edge
The New York Times' Roger Cohen and Oxford University's Tariq Ramadan on terrorism, Jews and Muslims in Europe, displacement, immigration and the way forward.
Taking The Temperature On US Race Relations
#BlackLivesMatter, "white privilege," Michael Brown and Eric Garner. On MLK Day, we'll talk truths about race-relations in America now.
A 'Golden Age' Of Audio Podcasts
The rise of the podcast. What's hot, what's out there and how they're changing what's in our ears.
Week In The News: French Fall Out, Immigration Reform On Deck, Oscar Nomination Surprises
Paris terror attack fall out. Congress takes on Obama over immigration. Mitt Romney in 2016? Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
The Way Of Spontaneity
The art and power of spontaneity, in ancient philosophy, in jazz, in everyday life. We'll look at "Trying Not To Try," the Chinese concept of "Wu-wei", and the completely focused mental state of "flow."
Free To Speak, Free To Blaspheme? Islam And Blasphemy
Islam and blasphemy. What it is and how it's used and abused, from Charlie Hebdo in France to Saudi Arabia and beyond.
How Bats Can Help And Hurt You
What bats can carry when they fly - measles, mumps, SARS, Ebola. We'll get the latest.
Cybersecurity And National Security
Cybersecurity reaches the Presidential address level. From the Pentagon to identity theft to your bank account. We'll dig in.
Full-Time Congressman, Part-Time Novelist
Congressman, now novelist, Steve Israel turns a satirical eye at Congress and the war on terror in his new book. He's with us. Plus: could Mitt Romney really run for President a third time? And will Jeb Bush run, too?
How Can We Make The Economy Work Again?
Jobs numbers are up. Wages are not. It's time for some serious thinking about how our economy is working. We'll do it.
From Marches To Movies, The 'Selma' Story Today
The new movie "Selma," out this weekend. Its depiction, and your reaction, to civil rights on the march, from Selma to Montgomery.
The Terrorist Attack Down The Street: New Soft Target Threats
The Paris attack and the new face of terror: small, soft targets. The coffee shop. The office. If this is it, what do we do?