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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.  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.

Ways to Connect

What’s next for the impeachment inquiry? We’ll discuss the latest developments and look at new evidence still surfacing.


John Bresnahan, congressional bureau chief for Politico. (@BresPolitico)

Baseball’s sign-stealing scandal. We look at what’s fair and what’s foul in the state of baseball and sport.


Jeremy Schaap, host of the ESPN newsmagazines “Outside the Lines” and “E:60.” (@JeremySchaap)

Impeachment heads to the Senate. Democrats debate electability and gender. The U.S. and China strike a deal. The entire Russian government quits. The roundtable is here.


Kimberly Atkins, senior news correspondent for WBUR. (@KimberlyEAtkins)

Darlene Superville, White House reporter, Associated Press. (@dsupervilleap)

Pulitzer prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith spent a year traveling the country as U.S. poet laureate. Who did she meet — and what did she learn — about a nation that seems at odds with itself?

Boeing used to have high safety standards. One recently revealed employee email said the company now has a “culture of ‘good enough.'” What will it take to turn Boeing around?

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The latest news on the U.S.-Iran crisis. Democrats debate in Iowa. Impeachment trial developments. We look ahead to a busy week in the news.


Amna Nawaz, senior national correspondent and primary substitute anchor for PBS NewsHour. (@IAmAmnaNawaz)

The media’s coverage of Hollywood and lessons from press coverage of Harvey Weinstein.


Radhika Jones, editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. She formerly served as the editorial director for the books department at The New York Times, deputy managing editor of Time and the managing editor of The Paris Review.  (@radhikajones)

How is the economy really doing? We put the noise of politics aside and break down the numbers, right down to your wallet.


Greg Ip, chief economics commentator for The Wall Street Journal. (@greg_ip)

Iran strikes back. Now what? We have the latest regional analysis, from top military and diplomatic voices.


Bryan Bender, defense editor for Politico Pro. (@BryanDBender)

Twenty percent of confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage in the first trimester. More women are talking about it to destigmatize the loss. We join the conversation.


Sunita Osborn, licensed clinical psychologist. Author of “The Miscarriage Map: What To Expect When You Are No Longer Expecting.” Therapist and director of operations at Modern Therapy, a group practice in Houston.

Yola was a young black British girl who grew up loving American country music. Now, she’s taking over Nashville, and singing at the Grand Ole Opry. We talk with her.


Yola, British singer and songwriter. She released her debut LP “Through the Fire” in February 2019. Nominated for four Grammy Awards, including best new artist. (@iamyola)

Watch on YouTube.

What does Mark Galli, the now retired editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, make of the response to his call for Trump’s removal from office? We ask him.


Mark Galli, former editor-in-chief of Christianity Today. (@markgalli)

Richard Landexecutive editor of The Christian Post. President of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College. (@ChristianPost)

The latest developments in U.S.-Iran tensions. Lawmakers return to Washington to wrangle over details of the impeachment trial. We look ahead to a busy week in the news.


Gideon Roseeditor of Foreign Affairs Magazine. (@ForeignAffairs)

Kids, manners and the holidays. We have expert advice on how to expect and encourage behavior that makes for great family memories.


Katherine Reynolds Lewis, author of “The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever-And What to Do About It.” Certified parent educator and award-winning journalist. (@KatherineLewis)

Members of this health plan pay nothing for doctor’s visits, lab tests or hospitalizations. Could this be a model for the rest of the country?


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

Donald Trump becomes only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. He rallies his loyalists in Michigan. The 2020 Democrats debate. The roundtable is here.


Juana Summers, political reporter for NPR. (@jmsummers)

Katie Rogers, White House correspondent for The New York Times. (@katierogers)

The storied band Los Lobos is out with a new album, “Llegó Navidad.” They join us to celebrate.


David Hidalgo, songwriter and musician. Member of Los Lobos (@LosLobosBand) since the band formed in 1973.

Steve Berlin, musician and producer. Saxophonist and keyboardist for Los Lobos.

The Washington Post’s massive investigation that U.S. officials misled the public about the Afghanistan War for almost 20 years. We talk with one of those same officials on what they said then, and what they think now.


Craig Whitlock, investigative reporter focusing on national security for the Washington Post. (@CraigMWhitlock)

Jay-Z at 50. We look at his evolution as a cultural icon.


Michael Eric Dyson, sociology professor at Georgetown University. Author of “Jay-Z: Made in America.” (@MichaelEDyson)

Interview Highlights

On what separates Jay-Z from the core and beginnings of hip-hop 

President Trump’s executive order to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses triggers strong feelings among American Jews. We’re listening.


Michael Brenner, professor of Israel Studies at American University. Professor of Jewish history at University of Munich. Author of “In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea.”

Editor’s note: This hour discusses domestic abuse.

Resources: The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Acclaimed writer Carmen Maria Machado. Her memoir explores the gray areas of an abusive relationship, and the confusion of falling from soaring happiness to emotional pain.

The Week Ahead In Impeachment

Dec 16, 2019

Final steps in the impeachment process. Top reporters look ahead to what’s sure to be a historic week.


Paula Reid, CBS News White House correspondent focusing on the Justice Department and legal affairs. (@PaulaReidCBS)

We talk about the Fox News harassment scandals, the movie “Bombshell” and the aftermath.


Jay Roach, director of the new movie “Bombshell,” about Roger Ailes’ downfall at Fox News and the women who spoke out against him.

Machine learning is everywhere, but is it actual intelligence? A computer scientist wrestles with the ethical questions demanded by the rise of AI.

Underground LGBTQ ballroom competitions started in the 1970s as a safe haven for black and brown young people. We look at how the culture has grown.


Marlon Bailey, professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University School of Social Transformation. Author of “Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit.”

The impossible cost of health care in Appalachia: $40,000 for a single ambulance ride. We take a look at the cost of health care consolidation in rural America.

The Florida Naval Air Station shooting. The upcoming U.K. general election. North Korea says it’s preparing a “Christmas gift” for the U.S. A roundtable of top reporters look ahead to a busy week in news.


Jennifer Williams, senior foreign editor for Vox. Co-host of the weekly international podcast “Worldly.” (@jenn_ruth)

Richard Jewell was front page news after he was suspected to have planted a bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. A new book and movie unpack his ordeal and innocence.

The impeachment spotlight shifts to the Judiciary Committee. Trump at a strained NATO summit. Kamala Harris drops out of the presidential race. The roundtable weighs in on the week that was.


Seung Min Kim, White House reporter for The Washington Post, covering Capitol Hill. (@seungminkim)

Life, loss, and laughter. We talk with comedian Jenny Slate on finding her voice through tough times.