On Point

Monday - Friday 7:00PM-8:00PM

On Point

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

Each hour of the broadcast opens with a news brief analyzing the day's biggest stories, followed by an in-depth conversation decoding a single topic with newsmakers, thinkers, and callers, and closes with compelling personal reactions to news and important issues, including radio diaries, excerpts from speeches, or special series segments.

Host Tom Ashbrook combines his journalistic instincts with a listener's openness and curiosity -- focusing on the relevant topics and deconstructing issues along with the audience. News analyst Jack Beatty, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly, also guides the program by providing his own unique perspective to the conversation.

Parents On The Hook For Student Loans

Apr 26, 2017

Parents drowning in college debt. Unable to pay back loans. They’re getting a tough lesson in college debt economics.

A wrong-way Armada and tough talk on North Korea. Georgia runoff. Bill O’Reilly’s future. Turkey’s more powerful president. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Guests

David Haynes, editorial page editor for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. (@DavidDHaynes)

Grief, Recovery And Personal Treatment

Apr 20, 2017

With Guest Host Anthony Books.

Prince Harry says he finally got therapy to help him deal with grief over the death of his mother, Diana. We’re talking about grief and recovery.

With Guest Host Anthony Books.

France readies for a high-stakes election that could lead to the end of the European Union itself. We’ll look at the populist wave and France.

A new book tells the secret history of the federal government’s long investigation into mental telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition – for defense. The author’s with us.

Tax Day Protests, Tax Plan Progress

Apr 19, 2017

On Tax Day, we’ll look at what a Trump tax overhaul could look like for the country and for you.

How having every kind of food year-round could one day – maybe now – imperil our food supply.

Black Bodies, Green Spaces

Apr 17, 2017

When a young African-American woman headed out solo along the Appalachian Trail, she learned a lot about the politics of race in the great outdoors.

Misty Copeland Choreographs Her Own Way

Apr 14, 2017

Prima ballerina Misty Copeland on challenging beauty norms and loving yourself as you are.

Big Worries In Vermont’s Dairy Industry

Apr 13, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Fears on the farm. How President Trump’s immigration crackdown could impact Vermont’s dairy industry.

Arkansas Rushes Death Penalty For 7 Inmates

Apr 13, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Arkansas says it will execute seven death row inmates by the end of the month. Why the rush? The lethal injection drugs are set to expire. We’ll look at the controversy.

'Wait, What?' (And Other Big Questions)

Apr 12, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

We talk to a college dean whose graduation speech on asking the right questions and living a full life has gone viral way beyond campus.

When Alabama drew auto jobs south, it also got low wages and lots of injuries. We’ll look at the message for American manufacturing.

From Bill O’Reilly to Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad, advertisers are taking heat and responding. We’ll look at the new consumer power over advertisers.

Guests

David Griner, digital managing editor of Adweek, where he leads news coverage. (@griner)

Fresh tensions as Secretary of State Tillerson readies to visit Moscow –from the Syria strikes to the investigations into Trump’s Russia ties. Where is this relationship headed?

Hearing The ‘Poetry Of Pop’

Apr 7, 2017

The poetry of Top 40 classic hits, from “Shake it Off” to “Hey Jude.”

Pop music is irresistible. That’s what makes it popular. My guest today says it’s also poetry. Not every time.  Not every song. But the lyrics within the music work on us. Sometimes powerfully. Sometimes subtly. And often in a tradition of poetic rhythm that stretches from Beowulf to Biggie Smalls. From Cole Porter to Bob Dylan and Taylor Swift and Pharrell. This hour On Point, the poetry of pop music. — Tom Ashbrook

President Trump has predicted a “very difficult” meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. We’ll unpack what’s on the table and at stake for both countries.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

The stories of women pirates, legendary and real, who took to the seas for plunder, power, freedom!

Do We Really Want To Live Forever Young?

Mar 31, 2017

Silicon Valley is throwing big money and brainpower into the quest to live forever. We’ll dig in.

The Senate own Russia probe. Trump and Coal. Sanctuary cities on notice. Brexit gets real. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Climate Change Threats, Managed Retreats

Mar 30, 2017

As President Trump dismantles climate change protections, some coastal communities are now planning a “managed retreat” from sea rise. We’ll look at what that means.

Hearing From #BlackWomenAtWork

Mar 30, 2017

When Sean Spicer said “stop shaking your head” to a black female reporter, it struck a wider nerve. We’ll listen to #BlackWomenAtWork.

Internet Privacy And You

Mar 29, 2017

Congress is striking down internet privacy rules from the Obama years. We’ll look at why and what it means for your life online.

Emotional Support Animals In The Spotlight

Mar 28, 2017

Emotional support animals provide comfort to their owners. How’s the rest of the world dealing with the dog in the next seat?

Keystone XL And The Environment

Mar 27, 2017

President Trump is making a lot of big moves on the energy and environment front.  Last week, he green-lighted the Keystone XL Pipeline out of Canada after it was stopped by the Obama administration.  Tomorrow, he is slated to sign a big executive order pushing domestic oil, coal and gas and reversing the Obama Clean Power Plan.  We want to look at where Trump energy policy is going.

The aftermath of the health care battle in Washington. What’s next?

As the House votes on the American Health Care Act we’ll dig deep into what’s in the bill, what’s not. Who would win. Who would lose.

Middle-Aged Men Need More Friends

Mar 23, 2017

Men and friendship. By middle age, many have too little of it. And it’s a threat to men’s health.

Reliving The Poetry Of Derek Walcott

Mar 22, 2017

We’ll dive once more into the dazzling literary legacy of Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean poet and playwright Derek Walcott.

The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, and what his appointment would mean.

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