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Go behind the headlines: From the economy and healthcare to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point talks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.

Go behind the headlines: From the economy and healthcare to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point talks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.


Boston, MA





Go behind the headlines: From the economy and healthcare to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point talks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.




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How To Fix The Local News Crisis

Local newspapers have steadily gone out of business throughout the digital age. We’ll dig into the fate of local journalism and what can be done to save it. John Thornton, Mary Ellen Klas and Mi-Ai Parrish join David Folkenflik.


Week In The News: Democrats Debate, Trump's Pardons, Calls For AG Barr's Resignation

Democrats take the debate stage. President Trump issues a round of pardons. Former DOJ prosecutors call for AG Barr’s resignation. The roundtable is here. Astead Herndon, Betsy Woodruff Swan and Amanda Terkel join David Folkenflik.


David Brooks Says The Nuclear Family Was A Mistake. Is He Right?

David Brooks wants Americans to ditch the idea of the nuclear family. In his latest piece for The Atlantic, Brooks declares the end of the era of mom, dad and two and a half kids. We'll hear why. David Brooks and Dr. Andrea Hunter join Robert Siegel.


What Happened In Vegas: Mike Bloomberg's Debate Debut

Just three days ahead of the Nevada Caucus, six Democrats took to the debate stage in Las Vegas. But there was one notable newcomer on the stage. We’ll talk Michael Bloomberg's first debate performance. Michael Kranish, Mara Gay and Michael Beckel join Robert Siegel.


As FBI Tackles Chinese Espionage, Some Fear A New Red Scare

Chinese espionage is a real problem for this country. But is the FBI overreacting to Chinese theft of intellectual property, and creating a new red scare? Peter Waldman, Larry Diamond and Xi Xiaoxing join Robert Siegel.


Amid A Flood Of Sex Abuse Lawsuits, Boy Scouts of America Files For Bankruptcy

Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy after years of declining enrollment and mounting allegations of widespread sexual abuse. Is this the death knell for the organization? Cara Kelly, Marci Hamilton, Alvin Townley and Col. Randy Rizor join Robert Siegel.


Indie Bookstores, Once On The Verge Of Disappearing, Are Making A Comeback

Independent bookstores aren’t just back, they’re thriving. As other small retailers struggle to compete with big box stores and online shoppers, how do indie booksellers continue to attract and maintain a loyal base of customers? Ryan Raffaelli and Jamie Fiocco join Robert Siegel.


Walter Shaub Wants You To Fight For An Ethical Democracy

For decades, Walter Shaub advised presidential candidates about transparency, ethics and how to avoid conflicts of interest. We talk to Shaub about the future of ethics in government. Walter Shaub joins Robert Siegel.


On Presidents Day, Understanding The Evolution Of The Office Itself

On Presidents Day, taking stock of the evolution of the office itself. What has the presidency become? Where is it headed? What does it say about us? Barbara Perry, Saikrishna Prakash and Jon Michaels join Robert Siegel.


Week Ahead: Nevada Caucus, State Of The Democratic Party, Legacy Of Impeachment

Looking to the week ahead in news. The Nevada caucus is next as Democrats fight for the soul of their party. Plus, the latest from Washington and the legacy of impeachment. Jon Ralston, Jack Beatty and Abby Livingston join Robert Siegel.


'Little America' Depicts The Immigrant Experience Not Seen In The Headlines

“Little America” is the new Apple TV + series that documents the complexity of the immigrant experience. Kumail Nanjiani and Joshuah Bearman join David Folkenflik to discuss the stories not seen in the daily headlines.


Week In The News: 2020 Election Latest, Trump's DOJ, Barr Responds To Trump Tweets

On to Nevada and South Carolina for the Democrats. The heavy hand of Trump’s Justice Department. And a whole lot more in our week in review roundtable. Susan Glasser, Molly Ball and Gerald Seib join David Folkenflik.


Is It Time For A New U.S. Strategy In The Middle East?

Former U.S. diplomat Martin Indyk, who has spent his career trying to fix problems in the Middle East, says it’s time to rein in our grandiose vision for the region in exchange for something more attainable. Martin Indyk joins Meghna Chakrabarti.


Unpacking Why Federal Prosecutors Quit The Roger Stone Case

Four federal prosecutors in the case of former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone have pulled out of the legal proceedings, after the Department of Justice undercut their sentencing recommendations. We’ll look at the mix of politics and justice that brought us to this unprecedented point. Paula Reid, Donald Ayer and Jill Hasday join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Why A New Wave Of Economists Are Championing Slow Economic Growth

A thriving nation needs a growing economy ... or does it? A lot of economists say maximum growth is bad for society and the planet, and they’re preaching slow-growth -- or even no-growth -- economics. Dietrich Vollrath and Kate Raworth join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Road Map To 2020: Looking Ahead To Nevada, South Carolina And Beyond

With the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary in the rear view mirror, we’ll take a look at strategies Democratic hopefuls will turn to ahead of contests in Nevada, South Carolina, and beyond. How could the race for the Democratic nomination change as the rest of America gets its say? Lily Adams, Gavin Jackson, Antjuan Seawright and Mark Longabaugh join Meghna Chakrabarti.


How New Hampshire Got Its Primary And Held On Tight

As N.H. voters head to the polls, we look back at the history of the state's outsized influence in presidential elections and whether it’s time to loosen the Granite State's grasp on primary politics. Lauren Chooljian, Jack Beatty and Megan Messerly join Meghna Chakrabarti.


It's Primary Day In New Hampshire. Who Will Come Out A Winner In The Granite State?

We're broadcasting from the Granite State as voters head to the polls. We'll bring you the candidates’ final arguments and the last minute decisions voters are wrestling with. Anthony Brooks and Holly Shulman join Meghna Chakrabarti.


In 'Imperfect Union,' Steve Inskeep Traces The History Of America's First Celebrity Political Couple

NPR’s Steve Inskeep tells the story of one of America’s first celebrity political couples and their impact on history in his new book "Imperfect Union." Steve Inskeep joins Meghna Chakrabarti.


Week Ahead: N.H. Primary, Post-Impeachment Politics, 2020 Election Latest

Getting ready in New Hampshire after Iowa’s wobbly start. We’ll look ahead to what’s happening on the ground in the first-in-the-nation primary. Anthony Brooks, Jack Beatty, Yamiche Alcindor and Janet Hook join Meghna Chakrabarti.