On Point

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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.

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.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions under fire over Russia contacts.  President Trump before Congress. SpaceX and moon travel. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

Economist Tyler Cowen says Americans have become risk-averse, and it’s going to cost us. He’s calling out American complacency.

Anti-Semitic Threats And Sectarian Splits

Mar 2, 2017

Jewish cemeteries vandalized. Community centers threatened. The shooting in Kansas City. What’s going on?

Are you fighting the flu? You’re not alone. Flu cases are up nationwide. We’ll look at who it’s hitting hardest and why.

President Trump’s Address To Congress

Mar 1, 2017

President Trump’s address to Congress. We’ll unpack the speech and look at Trump’s struggle to revamp American healthcare.

Mexico Weighs The ‘Trump Effect'

Feb 27, 2017

President Trump’s strong statements on trade and immigration are straining the US relationship with Mexico. We’ll hear reaction from our southern neighbor.

The 2017 Academy Awards Cheatsheet

Feb 24, 2017

With guest host Ray Suarez.

The Oscars this weekend. “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight,” “La La Land?” We’ll look at this year’s showdown.

With guest host Ray Suarez.

If man and machine really do become one, will data destroy democracy, humanism, and our souls? One historian’s view of the future.

With guest host Ray Suarez.

Democrats hold leadership elections Saturday for the party’s national committee. After Trump’s election, how do they rebuild and start winning again?

President Trump Could Ramp Up Deportation

Feb 22, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

New guidelines from the Trump Administration give more power to U.S. officials to deport immigrants in the country illegally . The new, tough rules are causing alarm and fear in immigrant communities.

Gene-Editing Gets A Go-Ahead

Feb 22, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Growing support for human gene-editing. We’ll look at new breakthroughs and the ethical debate.

President Trump And A Worried Europe

Feb 21, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

America in Europe.  The president’s envoys try to reassure Europe and NATO that we’re all still on the same team, but Europe wonders.

Reinventing Your Life, Your Career

Feb 20, 2017

This program was originally broadcast on March 17, 2016.

Second acts in life. We’ll look at what it takes to reinvent yourself, your career – early, mid-life, and late.

We are in Detroit on our national listening tour, talking about the American economy in the age of Trump.

Tax Reform And Your Shopping Cart

Feb 16, 2017

This program is part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight

Tax reform — American retailers, importers, are warning of big price hikes. American exporters are celebrating. Plus: Warren Buffet dumps 90% of his shares in Wal-Mart.

Gospel star Kirk Franklin took home two Grammys. Played with Chance the Rapper. Plays with Kanye. He’s with us.

Gospel music can sound like the rock of ages. Old, grand, beloved, familiar. Unless it’s the gospel music of new gospel great Kirk Franklin. He’s won 12 Grammys taking gospel to new places. He won his two latest Sunday night. Was at the Grammys performing with Chance the Rapper.  His latest album is “Losing my Religion,” a funny title for a gospel man. But he’s serious. This hour On Point, gospel Grammy giant Kirk Franklin — Tom Ashbrook

Depression On The Rise For Teenage Girls

Feb 14, 2017

Depression is up among teenage girls. We’ll look at the latest research and how to help.

Israel-U.S. Relations At A Reset

Feb 14, 2017

This program is part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to visit President Trump. We’ll look at the agenda, from settlements to Iran. Plus: the latest on the resignation of the President’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.

New Moves On American Wind Power

Feb 13, 2017

Big new offshore wind farms are opening up, with a lot of muscle. We’ll look at wind, oil and the future of energy in America.

This broadcast is a part of the#OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, warns Americans not to let their leaders go down the path of Vladimir Putin. He joins us.

Americans are moving at record low numbers. Why? Are they staying put? And what does it mean for our economy?

Can American Cities Go Their Own Way?

Feb 7, 2017

American cities in tension with state governments and Donald Trump’s Washington. Can cities go their own way?

American Allies In A Time Of Trump

Feb 6, 2017

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

The U.S. and its allies when Donald Trump promises to put America first. Provocative diplomacy and the new administration.

How Aging Athletes Continue To Win Big

Feb 3, 2017

Tom Brady at 39 in his seventh Super Bowl. Roger Federer and Serena Williams win the Australian Open at 35. Age-defying athletes, and what they can teach us.

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

Uproar over Trump’s immigration ban.  A Supreme Court pick. A Trump blowup with Australia. New fighting in Ukraine. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc in a new film on the creation of McDonald’s. We’ll talk with the director of “The Founder.”

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

President Obama’s EPA chief Gina McCarthy joins us to look at President Trump’s early moves on the environment.

President Trump's SCOTUS Pick

Feb 1, 2017

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

In our 100-Day Spotlight on the Trump Administration: The President announces his pick for the Supreme Court. We’ll look at the nominee and confirmation battle ahead.

This broadcast is a part of the #OnPoint100 Day Spotlight.

Abortion and abortion rights front and center in Washington, as President Trump prepares to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice.

American Geography As A Political Reality

Jan 27, 2017

Big geopolitical thinker Robert Kaplan on rooting American policy in the reality of American geography.

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