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  • Hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti, Monday – Thursday; David Folkenflik, Friday

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.  Meghna Chakrabarti is your host  Monday – Thursday, and on Friday review the week's news with  David Folkenflik. 

Meghna Chakrabarti is a proven talent, hitting her stride. She’s recognized nationally for her work on Here & Now and the popular podcast Modern Love. Meghna has been the host of WBUR’s award-winning program Radio Boston and has served for the past five years as the permanent fill-in cohost at Here & Now.  She will host On Point Monday-Thursday from Boston.

David Folkenflik is NPR’s media correspondent, covering journalism, the media industry and the intersection between politics and the press. A highly regarded reporter for 15 years at NPR, David has been on top of major ongoing national stories including President Trump’s difficult relationship with the media. Before working at NPR, David was a media correspondent for the Baltimore Sun.  His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Politico Magazine, CBS This Morning among others. David will host On Point each Friday from New York including the popular ‘Week in the News.’ He will continue to cover the media for NPR based at the network’s New York City bureau.

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With Meghna Chakrabarti

High deductibles and medical bills are feeding resentment and political alienation of the middle class, reports the Los Angeles Times. We unpack.

Guests

Noam Levey, writes about national health care policy out of Washington, D.C., for the Los Angeles Times. (@NoamLevey)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Meat-free burgers are sweeping the nation. Are they healthier or better for the planet? We ask.

Editor’s Note: This segment discusses sexual assault and rape, and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

A major investigation by The Atlantic finds that the police are still skeptical of women who report a rape. The reporter says a “subterranean river of chauvinism” is to blame.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Thrillers to memoirs. Great escapes to illumination. We’ve got your hot summer reading list all cued up. The best beach reads of 2019.

With David Folkenflik

We’re discussing the state of play in Major League Baseball with ESPN writer Jeff Passan. Then, former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig steps up to the plate to face questions about his record and his outlook on America’s pastime today. His new memoir is “For the Good of the Game.” 

With David Folkenflik

Acosta stepping down amid Epstein plea deal controversy. Trump’s census fight. The British Ambassador resigns. Pelosi scolds “the squad.” More tensions in the Strait of Hormuz. Immigration chief promises raids, soon. The roundtable weighs in on the week that was.

With Jane Clayson

The $15 dollar minimum wage could boost pay for 17 million but some workers might lose their jobs. We’ll add up the benefits and costs.

Guests

Tsedeye Gebreselassie is a lawyer and the director of work quality at the National Employment Law Project. (@tsedeye).

With Jane Clayson

With organizations asking employees to do more with less, does it pay to be an expert anymore? Maybe not.

Guests

Jerry Useem, contributing editor at the Atlantic magazine.

With Jane Clayson

The best green thumbs on the planet spill the beans on how to grow everything.

With Jane Clayson

The Women’s World Cup broke attendance records across continents and shattered stereotypes. We look at the way forward for women in sports.

With David Folkenflik

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter on what goes on behind the five walls of the Pentagon and what he sees as threats now.

This show originally aired April 24, 2019.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

The legendary O’Jays are back with a new album, and they’re raising their voices in protest.

This hour originally aired Feb. 13, 2019.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Lip smacking, turning pages and scratching — they’re all part of a phenomenon called ASMR. We look at why millions are captivated by these “brain tingles.”

This show originally aired March 19, 2019.

Find our buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Snipping an infant’s tongue can improve breastfeeding. But is the surgery overused or even medically necessary?

This show originally aired Feb. 28, 2019.

Editor’s note: This hour contains language and music that some listeners may find offensive.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Eminem’s “Slim Shady LP” at 20. We look at the legacy of the landmark album that courted as much controversy as record sales.

 

With host Meghna Chakrabarti

America’s taste for fast food tells a story that’s bigger than expanding waistlines. There’s a story to tell about American values. Pass the fries and come for a ride.

With host Meghna Chakrabarti

Economist and mother of two Emily Oster looks at the data behind all that parenting advice and finds some surprises. Her new book is aptly titled “Cribsheet.”

Guest

Emily Oster is an Economics professor at Brown University, and the author of her book “Cribsheet: A data-driven guide to better, more relaxed parenting from birth to pre-school.” (@ProfEmilyOster)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Even some news junkies have had enough. More and more Americans are turning off their screens and unplugging their headphones because the news is too much. Nieman Lab‘s Joshua Benton, and former Chief Political Reporter at CNN, Candy Crowley,  and co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network Tina Rosenberg, join us to discuss news avoidance.

Update: In the hours following air, it was announced Tuesday afternoon that John Sanders, the country’s top border security official, will resign as acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection next month.
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With Meghna Chakrabarti

Germany has a private health care system like the U.S., but even the sickest patients rarely pay more than $11 for a prescription.

Journalist Noam Levey, who writes about national health care policy for the Los Angeles Times, spoke with On Point’s Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the differences — and similarities — between the U.S. and Germany’s health care systems.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Less stress and more inner peace. We walk through the promises of living mindfully.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Tensions ratchet up between Iran and the U.S. Historic hearing on reparations. Trump rallies for a second term. More EPA rollbacks. The roundtable is here.

Guests

Olivier Knox, chief Washington correspondent for Sirius XM radio. (@OKnox)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Those doctored videos of Nancy Pelosi and Mark Zuckerberg highlight the growing threat of deepfake technology. It’s getting harder to know what’s real and what isn’t. How can they be stopped?

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With Meghna Chakrabarti

With about half of American renters spending more than 30% of their incomes on housing, advocates in cities and states across the country are building efforts to revive rent control policies.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

President Trump launches his reelection bid at a rally in Orlando. We look at his campaign strategy to get four more years in the White House.

Guests

Kim Alfano, Republican strategist and president and CEO of Alfano Communications. (@ALFANOCOMM)

Editor’s note: A gentle warning to listeners across the country. This hour will address mature subject matter that some may find sexually explicit.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Hardcore, violent porn is just a click away on even young children’s phones and tablets. Teens are reporting that porn is their primary source of information on sex. One group is trying to change that.

With Kimberly Atkins

President Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that there’s nothing wrong with accepting campaign dirt on political opponents from foreign actors.

Two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. The U.S. released a video purporting to show Iranians removing a mine after the explosion. Iran has disputed the accusations. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke Thursday, but offered no evidence to back up the claim of Iran’s involvement.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

“Let Love Have the Last Word” is a daily commitment for the rapper Common. It’s also the title of his new memoir. He joins us.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Twenty-five years after the O.J. Simpson case began, how did it change our views on justice, celebrity and race?

With Sacha Pfeiffer

Increasing numbers of Americans say they have no religious affiliation. They’re making their voices heard in the public square and at the Supreme Court.

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