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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.

Ways to Connect

With Meghna Chakrabarti

So how did Ukraine find itself in the center of a U.S. political storm? We take a deep look at corruption and internal politics in Kyiv.

Guests

Jeanine Santucci, Politics NOW reporter for USA Today, covering breaking news and trending politics. (@JeanineSantucci)

You can find a buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

The whistleblower, the president and the Democrats’ next moves on impeachment. We have all the latest twists and turns.

With David Folkenflik

Brian Cox plays a ruthless patriarch and media titan on HBO’s hit show “Succession.” His next role is LBJ on Broadway. He joins us.

Guest

Brian Cox, actor who stars in HBO’s “Succession” as Logan Roy, the aging patriarch of a global media conglomerate. He also stars as President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play “The Great Society,” which opens Oct. 1.

Watch on YouTube.

 

You can find a buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.


With Anthony Brooks

The Republicans’ reaction to the impeachment inquiry. How will they react to the Democrats and to Trump? We ask.

With Anthony Brooks

America’s homeless crisis. The Trump administration’s controversial plan to fix it starts in California. We take it up.

Guests

Ben Carson, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. (@SecretaryCarson)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Planet Earth is in trouble: superbugs, a warming planet, communities in crisis. But there’s a way forward. We look at the world through “The Optimist’s Telescope.”

Series: Closing the Achievement Gap | Take Our Survey


With Meghna Chakrabarti

The latest in our series on the achievement gap. Could the problem be the nation’s focus on teaching skills rather than actual knowledge?

With David Folkenflik

“The Good Place” is an Emmy-nominated comedy about the afterlife. We’re joined by the hit show’s creator.

Guests

Michael Schur, creator of NBC’s “The Good Place,” a comedy about the afterlife and the path to becoming a better person. The fourth and final season begins next week. Co-creator of “Parks and Recreation” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Proudcer and writer for the “The Office.” (@KenTremendous)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

On the other side of cancer treatment, survivors can face new challenges and fears. We look at ways to help.

You can find a buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Nostalgia TV makes a comeback. We look at reboots, reunions, revivals and why, 25 years on, we want to hang with “Friends.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

We unpack the financial and psychological toll of paying for soaring college costs with the author of the new book “Indebted.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

MSNBC’s Katy Tur blasts lack of federal paid family leave upon her return to work. She’s with us.

Guests

Katy Tur, NBC News correspondent and anchor on MSNBC. She is also a new mom, giving birth in April to a boy named Teddy. (@KatyTurNBC)

Dr. Kimberly Montez, pediatrician practicing in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Series: Closing the Achievement Gap | Take Our Survey


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

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

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

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.

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