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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.

Where We're Going, We'll Probably Still Need Cars

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The future of the car: from the fuels they'll run on, to the materials they'll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

The 2014 Midterms: What Voters Really Care About

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Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We'll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

Be Afraid: We Have Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

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Afraid of snakes? Heights? Ebola? We'll unpack the science of fear.

American Presidents Aren't All That Great

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Greatness and the American Presidency. Aaron David Miller says aim for good. Really good.

Regina Carter's Jazz Goes Almost Everywhere

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Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album "Southern Comfort."

Week In The News: Market Mess, Ebola Alarm, Election Hits The Home Stretch

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The CDC in the hot seat on Ebola. Markets reeling. Mid-term fireworks. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Weighing A Catholic Change For LGBT And Divorcees

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The Catholic Church signals a new openness towards gays, the divorced, and more. We'll ask American Catholics what they think.

The US Health System Vs. Ebola

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A second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola. At least 76 in her hosptial, exposed. We'll look at the American medical system racing for Ebola readiness.

Russell Brand Says He Wants A 'Revolution'

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The wild, funny, blithely offensive comedian Russell Brand takes on the world's woes with us. He says he's got the answer.

Hello, Havana? Re-Examining The Cuban Embargo

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The US embargo against Cuba is 54 years old next week and there are new calls --and maybe new reasons - to end it. We'll hear the fresh debate.

How Goya Interprets Our Modern Moment

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Goya. Francisco Goya. The Spanish painter of war and upheaval. He's relevant right now, again. We'll go to Goya.

The New Blue Collar Jobs Of Tomorrow

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The new blue collar jobs. We'll look at where they are and what it will take to get one.

From Homeless To Nashville Hit

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Country singer Doug Seegers was homeless for years in New York and Nashville. He's out with a new album and will break your heart.

American Muslims And ISIS

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A young American, arrested at O'Hare airport, allegedly on his way to join ISIS. Who is drawn to this? And why?

There Is An Orchestra In Spanish Harlem

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The Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Salsa, jazz and a lot of great energy. We'll hear their sound.

Week In The News: An Ebola Death, Same Sex Marriage Surge, New Tensions In Ferguson

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America's first Ebola death. Leon Panetta blasts the President. US teens and ISIS. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Sonia Sotomayor And The Supreme Court's New Term

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Joan Biskupic on the Supreme Court's first Latina justice, Sonia Sotomayor, and the high court's agenda now.

Cheap Oil At An Energy Inflection Point

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Despite the Middle East crisis and Russian tensions, world oil prices are plummeting. We'll look at why and what it means for rising clean energy.

Mayors On The Future Of America

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We talk with mayors from across the country on going local to find the future. Plus: Jack Beatty on Boston's own Mayor Menino.

What America Must Do To Stop Ebola, Now

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Are we ready for Ebola? The CDC says it will stop Ebola in its tracks in the US. We'll hear what it's really going to take.