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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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‘Tis the season for Hallmark Christmas movies. We look at surging ratings and the growing need for feel-good TV.

Guests

Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming and network publicity for Crown Media Family Networks, which includes the Hallmark Channel. (@MichelleVicary)

Boeing’s CEO faces lawmakers and grieving families. What needs to change to prevent systemic failures in the future?

Guests

Natalie Kitroeff, reporter for The New York Times covering Boeing and aviation safety. (@Nataliekitro)

The gospel according to Kanye. He’s turned to God for inspiration and a new image. We take a listen.

Guests

Craig Jenkins, music critic at Vulture. (@CraigSJ)

A roundtable of Kurds in the U.S. tell us what they think of the president’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria and protect the oil fields instead of them.

Guests

Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent for NBC News. Host of “On Assignment with Richard Engel.” (@RichardEngel)

Fires have now torched more than 74,000 acres in Northern California. At least 180,000 residents have evacuated. Millions of residents plunged into darkness from mandatory power shutoffs.

We have the latest from the frontlines and look at disaster response at the brink.

Guests

Amy Harrington, mayor of Sonoma, California.

President Trump says that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and leader of the Islamic State, has been killed. We have the latest, and look ahead to impeachment and Brexit developments.

Guests

Lisa Desjardins, correspondent for PBS NewsHour. (@LisaDNews)

Natasha Bertrand, national security correspondent for Politico. (@natashabertrand)

The musical duo Tegan and Sara return to high school. They join for a conversation about music ⁠— and growing up.

The secret sauce and spices of Sichuanese cooking. Get ready for a master class. Recipes included.

President Trump likens the impeachment inquiry to a lynching. We talk about the political weaponization of one of the darkest parts of American history.

Guests

Rep. James Clyburn, Democratic congressman from South Carolina and the House Majority Whip. He’s the highest ranking African American in the U.S. House of Representatives. (@WhipClyburn)

What Americans Think Of A Wealth Tax

Oct 23, 2019

Should the richest Americans pay more taxes, not just on what they earn, but on everything they own? We examine the case for and against a wealth tax.

From the 1920s to 1950, babies were sold on the black market from a Memphis children’s home. We unspool the sordid story and talk with survivor families.

On “Face the Nation,” moderator Margaret Brennan asks the tough questions about Beltway politics and world affairs. We turn the tables and put those questions to her.

Guest

“Face The Nation” moderator and senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, Margaret Brennan (@margbrennan).

Interview Highlights

On the decision-making process when sitting down to interview someone

The latest on Brexit: leaders in the United Kingdom insist that it will happen one way or another by the Oct. 31 deadline, despite requests to the European Union for an extension.

Guest

Rob Watson, BBC World Service U.K. political correspondent. (@robwatsonbbc)

Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and reporting on powerful men with a lot at stake. A conversation with Ronan Farrow.

Guest

Ronan Farrow, investigative journalist and contributing writer to The New Yorker. Author of “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.”(@RonanFarrow)

For decades, Rick McIntyre has been one of Yellowstone’s most dedicated and passionate wolf-watchers. And in his new book, he tells the remarkable story of Wolf 8, one of the first wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone in the mid-’90s, and how the pup went from being runt of the litter to alpha male.

Should juveniles convicted of murder ever receive life in prison without the possibility of parole? The Supreme Court looks at the case of the D.C. Sniper, and raises the question of sentencing reform in juvenile justice.

A big rethink of the fall of the Roman Empire. Was it actually an opportunity, rather than a tragedy? Our guest says Rome’s demise cleared the economic path for Europe and the creation of the modern age.

50 Years (And Counting) For 'Sesame Street'

Oct 15, 2019

Fifty years of “Sesame Street.” From Kermit to Elmo, Oscar and Big Bird, we celebrate the show that’s taught children around the world to read, laugh and love to learn.

Guests

Lloyd Morrisett, co-founder of “Sesame Street,” which first aired on Nov. 10, 1969. Co-founder of Children’s Television Workshop (since renamed Sesame Workshop), which created the show.

Editor’s Note: This hour discusses suicide, anxiety and other mental health issues.

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.

A meditation on character and leadership from former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO James Stavridis. The new book is “Sailing True North.”

Ambassador Susan Rice on lessons learned serving in the Obama administration.

Guest

Susan Rice, former national security adviser and U.S ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama. Author of “Tough Love: My Story Of The Things Worth Fighting For.” (@AmbassadorRice)

Multiple whistleblowers come forward. The White House refuses to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry. Turkey invades Syria with Trump’s green light. The roundtable is here.

Guests

Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR. (@MaraLiasson)

An NBA executive’s Hong Kong tweet tips off fierce backlash from China. Why does the NBA care? We follow the bouncing ball and dollars.

Guests

Jeff Zillgitt, NBA reporter for USA Today Sports. He’s covered 10 NBA Finals and seven Olympics. (@JeffZillgitt)

Is it legal to fire workers because they’re LGBTQ? The Supreme Court takes it up. So do we.

Guests

Amy Howe, founder and reporter, SCOTUS Blog. Served as counsel in over two dozen merits cases at the Supreme Court and argued two cases there. Taught Supreme Court litigation courses at Stanford Law School and Harvard Law School. (@AHoweBlogger)

Just How Hard Is It To Quit Vaping?

Oct 8, 2019

Vaping deaths and injuries are getting attention. Kicking the habit isn’t so easy. What works?

Guests

Luka Kinard, 16-year-old high school junior. In 2018, he spent 39 days at an inpatient treatment center for a severe vaping addiction.

Check out more photos from our trip to South Carolina and live taping here.


On Point Live! travels to South Carolina to hear what’s on the minds of voters in the Palmetto State.

The role of the conservative media at the outset of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

With Sacha Pfeiffer

California becomes the first state to let college athletes make money. It’s a game-changer.

Guests

Master Tesfatsion, senior writer at Bleacher Report and host of “Untold Stories.” (@MasterTes)

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

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Who belongs in America? NPR correspondent Aarti Namdev Shahani asks the question in a new memoir about her immigrant experience.

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