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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

Rapping Shakespeare? Origami in math class? Out-of-the box ideas to get students excited about learning. Our special series, “The Fifty Year Fight: Solutions for Closing the Achievement Gap.”

With David Folkenflik

Populism alone didn’t propel Donald Trump to the White House. The transformation of television played its part. A top TV critic makes the case.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Innovation is the buzzword in our digital era. But our guests say we’d be better off if we slowed down and maintained and improved what we already have.

This is Part II of our “pop-up” series on capitalism. Listen to Part I here.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Capitalism works, says economist Branko Milanovic, but it comes with a price. We look at new models of capitalism that can break the cycles of greed and inequality in the U.S.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

How ideas about free markets and a doodle of an economic curve on a cocktail napkin reshaped the U.S. economy, for better and worse. New York Times economic journalist Binyamin Appelbaum tells the story.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A conversation with bestselling writer Walter Mosley about his hard-boiled character Easy Rawlins and a life in crime writing.

Guest

Walter Mosley, American novelist. He has written more than 50 books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His new book is “Elements of Fiction.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

We take a deep look at the mysterious lung disease associated with vaping.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Iconic journalist Dan Rather reflects on American character and patriotism in this time of polarization. He’s with us.

In his 40-plus years as a newsman, Rather has seen America cleaved and healed, again and again. How do America’s current divides compare? How can we come together?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Her father’s dementia diagnosis led award-winning journalist Nicci Gerrard to investigate what the disease does to those who live with it and to their caregivers. The new book is called “The Last Ocean: A Journey Through Memory and Forgetting.”

This show originally aired January 31,  2019.

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


With Meghna Chakrabarti

With Sacha Pfeiffer

Dollar stores are popping up across the country and raking in the profits. Critics say it all comes with a cost to the nation’s poor. We’re on it.

Guests

Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business retail reporter. (@nmeyersohn)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Trump administration moves to end the Flores agreement. They say it’s to keep families together in detention, but now they could be detained indefinitely.

Guests

Molly O’Toole, immigration and security reporter for the Los Angeles Times. (@mollymotoole)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Love or detest it, the semicolon is the most divisive punctuation mark of the modern era. Should we even care?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The illicit market for pot is hot in some states where weed is legal. We look at why.

Guests

Natalie Fertig, federal cannabis policy reporter for Politico. (@natsfert)

With Nancy Cordes

SOS for moms and dads. How to nurture your child by caring for yourself. Self-compassion for parents.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Five years after Ferguson, the national conversation about race and policing is still ongoing – and residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are still searching for answers.

With David Folkenflik

In the Arctic, a warming planet is accelerating the loss of sea ice and raising the stakes for the region.

What The Future Holds For Labor Unions

Aug 14, 2019

With Meghna Chakrabarti

“Beaten Down, Worked Up” — longtime labor reporter Steven Greenhouse on the future of unions.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino explores modern culture through her experience as a millennial, and how social media shapes identity.

Editor’s Note: This hour discusses suicide, and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Editor’s note: Just after broadcast, the Trump administration announced a broad set of changes to how the Endangered Species Act is enforced. Wildlife advocates warn that the changes will make it easier for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ignore imperiled species and their habitat.

More information here.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

With David Folkenflik

A roundtable of Latina analysts on the shooting in El Paso, racism and domestic terrorism in America now.

Guests

Alexa Ura, demographics reporter for the Texas Tribune. She covers the intersection of politics and race. (@alexazura)

This show originally aired March 21, 2019.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Women of country music are raising their voices against the old boys’ network in Nashville they say discriminates against them.

With David Folkenflik

Americans who have health insurance are increasingly being forced to turn to charity for help paying medical bills, despite having coverage, so reports the Los Angeles Times. We unpack what’s happening.

Guest

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

With David Folkenflik

Toni Morrison looms large over any conversation of American literature of the past half-century. Morrison, who has died at 88, was a Nobel laureate, Pultizer Prize-winner and champion of other African American authors.

With David Folkenflik

Mosquitoes are among civilization’s most influential yet underappreciated killers. We unearth the uneasy truth about their outsized impact on human history.

With David Folkenflik

Bestselling crime novelist Laura Lippman discusses her new novel, and her city: Baltimore.

With David Folkenflik

Fifty years ago this week, Elvis revived his career and reinvented the Vegas show when he took to the stage on the Strip.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

We check in on the second night of Democratic presidential debates, with a focus on health care policy.

Guests

Ginger Gibson, national political correspondent for Reuters. (@GingerGibson)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Private developers and colleges are teaming up to build luxury dorms. At what price to the college experience?

Guests

Deirdre Fernandes, Boston Globe correspondent covering the education economy. (@fernandesglobe)

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