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Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.

Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.

Location:

Boston, MA

Networks:

WBUR

Description:

Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.

Language:

English

Contact:

On Point Radio 890 Commonwealth Avenue, 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02215 1 800 423 8255


Episodes

The history of the price of free speech

8/19/2022
Author Salman Rushdie remains in critical condition after a brutal knife attack last week. We'll look at the long history of the price people pay to defend free speech. Jacob Mchangama joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:49:04

Pod extra: Revisiting a 2013 interview with Salman Rushdie

8/19/2022
In 2013, Meghna Chakrabarti spoke with Salman Rushdie, on the tail end of his book tour for Joseph Anton. Today, in this podcast special, we're resurfacing the 2013 Radio Boston interview with Rushdie.

Duration:00:21:36

The wage myths of the modern economy

8/18/2022
Why are wages what they are? We talk about the myths that help set wages in the modern economy. Jake Rosenfeld and Larry Mishel join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:47:21

The Ohio primary and what it means for the general election

8/17/2022
We look closely at swing state Ohio, and what the midterms Senate race there says about the appeal of Trumpism nationwide. Gary Abernathy, Haley BeMiller and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:47:21

A new study says you might need to exercise twice as much. But who's got the time?

8/16/2022
A new study finds that the standard recommendation of two-and-a-half hours a week of exercise may not be enough. You might need twice as much exercise to live a long, healthy life. NiCole Keith and Dr. Eddie Phillips join Meghna Chakrabarti.

How a U.S. Marine and an Afghan interpreter forged a bond of friendship in Afghanistan

8/15/2022
Zac Zaki and Tom Schueman join Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about the friendship they forged in Afghanistan, and what it took to get Zaki out of Kabul.

Duration:00:49:35

How Trump’s generals fought back

8/12/2022
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley had written a letter of resignation. In it, he accused former President Donald Trump of betraying the country. But Milley never sent the letter. That's according to a stunning report in the New Yorker magazine. Susan Glasser and Peter Baker join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:48:47

How the meatpacking industry skirted COVID safety regulations with the help of the White House

8/11/2022
The nation's meatpacking companies skirted COVID safety regulations. And they did it with the White House's help, according to a little known Congressional report. So how’d they get away with it? Michael Grabell and Debbie Berkowitz join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:48:55

Understanding China's military might, and whether Beijing will use it

8/10/2022
1996. The last Taiwan Straights crisis. China's was badly outmatched by the U.S. So what's the Chinese military capable of now? Oriana Skylar Mastro and Bonny Lin join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:49:15

Behind the government-backed effort to create a national EV charging network

8/9/2022
The federal government is spending big to usher in an electric vehicle future. What ideas can make sure the money is well spent? Samantha Houston and Alexander Laska join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:49:35

Remembering the legacies of Black pioneers Nichelle Nichols and Bill Russell

8/8/2022
From the deck of the Starship Enterprise, to the storied parquet of the NBA -- Nichelle Nichols and Bill Russell changed how the world saw Black Americans. We remember the legacies of these two pioneers. Angelique Fawcette and Marc J. Spears join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:50:05

The paradox: How democracy can lead to liberalism — or fascism

8/5/2022
In a truly open society, all ideas can flourish -- even those that tear down democracies. New technologies help those ideas spread. So, are fragile democracies the norm? Zac Gershberg, Sean Illing and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:46:41

Rebroadcast: The mental health crisis among American children of color

8/4/2022
Youth suicide has been on the rise across the United States. And for young people between the ages of 5 and 12, the suicide rate for Black children is nearly double that of white children. Tami Charles and Kevin Simon join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:49:24

What happens when American teens get more sleep

8/3/2022
The typical teen body clock and the typical school start time are out of synch. California is pushing back the start of the high school day. Other districts already have. Did it work? Lisa L. Lewis joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:49:29

First person: Thinking globally, acting locally to save the monarch butterfly

8/2/2022
First person: Jose Luis Alvarez, co-founder of Forests for Monarchs, and Martha Askins, a retired lawyer, discuss the beauty of the monarch butterfly and conservation efforts to save them.

Duration:00:11:39

How to save the endangered monarch butterfly

8/2/2022
Every year, migratory monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles. But for decades, their population has been declining. Now, the monarchs are endangered. We discuss how to save the endangered monarch butterfly. Orley “Chip” Taylor and Wendy Caldwell join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:47:46

Behind the new study changing how doctors view depression

8/1/2022
You’ve seen the pharma ads saying depression may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. But for years, doctors have known that's not entirely true. A big new study confirms that, and it’s come as a shock to patients. Daniel Carlat joins us.

Duration:00:49:05

Unpacking bipartisan efforts to reform the Electoral Count Act

7/29/2022
A new bill proposes critical updates to the Electoral Count Act of 1887, but is it enough to prevent another Jan. 6th? Matthew Seligman, Derek Muller and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:49:22

'On Point Live' from KPCC: A conversation with The Black List founder Franklin Leonard

7/29/2022
Franklin Leonard is founder of The Black List, a company and production studio that searches for the best screenplays that aren't getting attention from Hollywood execs. In a pod exclusive, Leonard joins Meghna Chakrabarti for a special live event at KPCC's Public Radio Palooza series in Pasadena, California.

Duration:01:08:17

The COVID lessons we didn't learn for the monkeypox outbreak

7/28/2022
Monkeypox is spreading across the country, with numbers rising. COVID was supposed to be a wake up call for American public health. So how did this happen? Aaron Gettinger and Dr. Ali Khan join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:48:30