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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

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)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Supreme Court hands the Trump Administration a win on the border wall. ICE gets expanded power to deport undocumented immigrants without a hearing. We have the latest on the administration’s immigration policy.

Guests

Alan Gomez, immigration reporter for USA Today. (@alangomez)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Why do some many people care about celebrities? Our guest says the obsession took hold in the 19th century, and she has the scrapbooks to prove it.

You can find a buildout from this hour, featuring on-air commentary, here.


With John Harwood

It’s been a summer of free agency frenzy for the NBA. Now the league says it will investigate potential tampering.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A special broadcast to unpack Robert Mueller's testimony: what he said, what lawmakers asked and what happens next.

Guests

Steve Dennis, congressional correspondent for Bloomberg. (@StevenTDennis)

This show originally aired Nov. 13, 2018.


With Meghna Chakrabarti

Frederick Douglass was a fierce critic of America, a radical patriot and an abolitionist who was formerly enslaved. A new biography sheds light on the lesser-known corners of Douglass’ life.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

One-third of Americans over 12 listen to podcasts. But just as the business gets booming, are there already too many podcasts?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Disney’s box-office domination continues with its remake of “The Lion King.” The modern CGI looks beautiful, but does the story fall flat?

Guests

Aramide Tinubu, entertainment editor at Stylecaster. Film writer with bylines at outlets including Shadow and Act, The A.V. Club, Essence and NBC. (@wordwitharamide)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Have you used FaceApp? The hugely popular app that let’s you age your face? Made by Russian developers, members of Congress say the app could be a national security threat.

Guests

Brian Barrett, news editor at Wired Magazine covering security and consumer technology. (@brbarrett)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

What does it take to predict tomorrow’s weather today? We take a look at the fascinating story behind the history and science of the weather forecast.

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.

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