On Point

Weekdays 9-11AM
  • Hosted by Tom Ashbrook

Hear provocative voices and passionate discussion as Tom confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

 

The power of the ring in myth and story from all over the world. Love, sex, fidelity, betrayal — and the ring.

A Prescription To Reduce Our Prescriptions

May 4, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Alternative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil says we take too much medication, and it’s hurting us more than we know. He says there are better options.

President Trump’s Affection For Despots

May 4, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

President Trump continues to praise strongmen and dictators across the globe, and his embrace of these despots sets off alarm bells at home and abroad.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has cosmic questions about space and time. He’ll bring it all down to earth for us.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Twenty-five years after Rodney King and the Los Angeles riots, and in the wake of Ferguson and more, America is still asking: Can we all get along?

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What might a rewritten NAFTA look like? That’s a loaded question. We’ll ask at home and across the borders.

Parents On The Hook For Student Loans

Apr 26, 2017

Parents drowning in college debt. Unable to pay back loans. They’re getting a tough lesson in college debt economics.

A wrong-way Armada and tough talk on North Korea. Georgia runoff. Bill O’Reilly’s future. Turkey’s more powerful president. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Guests

David Haynes, editorial page editor for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. (@DavidDHaynes)

With Guest Host Anthony Books.

France readies for a high-stakes election that could lead to the end of the European Union itself. We’ll look at the populist wave and France.

Grief, Recovery And Personal Treatment

Apr 20, 2017

With Guest Host Anthony Books.

Prince Harry says he finally got therapy to help him deal with grief over the death of his mother, Diana. We’re talking about grief and recovery.

A new book tells the secret history of the federal government’s long investigation into mental telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition – for defense. The author’s with us.

Tax Day Protests, Tax Plan Progress

Apr 19, 2017

On Tax Day, we’ll look at what a Trump tax overhaul could look like for the country and for you.

How having every kind of food year-round could one day – maybe now – imperil our food supply.

Black Bodies, Green Spaces

Apr 17, 2017

When a young African-American woman headed out solo along the Appalachian Trail, she learned a lot about the politics of race in the great outdoors.

Misty Copeland Choreographs Her Own Way

Apr 14, 2017

Prima ballerina Misty Copeland on challenging beauty norms and loving yourself as you are.

Big Worries In Vermont’s Dairy Industry

Apr 13, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Fears on the farm. How President Trump’s immigration crackdown could impact Vermont’s dairy industry.

Arkansas Rushes Death Penalty For 7 Inmates

Apr 13, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Arkansas says it will execute seven death row inmates by the end of the month. Why the rush? The lethal injection drugs are set to expire. We’ll look at the controversy.

'Wait, What?' (And Other Big Questions)

Apr 12, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

We talk to a college dean whose graduation speech on asking the right questions and living a full life has gone viral way beyond campus.

When Alabama drew auto jobs south, it also got low wages and lots of injuries. We’ll look at the message for American manufacturing.

From Bill O’Reilly to Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad, advertisers are taking heat and responding. We’ll look at the new consumer power over advertisers.

Guests

David Griner, digital managing editor of Adweek, where he leads news coverage. (@griner)

Fresh tensions as Secretary of State Tillerson readies to visit Moscow –from the Syria strikes to the investigations into Trump’s Russia ties. Where is this relationship headed?

Hearing The ‘Poetry Of Pop’

Apr 7, 2017

The poetry of Top 40 classic hits, from “Shake it Off” to “Hey Jude.”

Pop music is irresistible. That’s what makes it popular. My guest today says it’s also poetry. Not every time.  Not every song. But the lyrics within the music work on us. Sometimes powerfully. Sometimes subtly. And often in a tradition of poetic rhythm that stretches from Beowulf to Biggie Smalls. From Cole Porter to Bob Dylan and Taylor Swift and Pharrell. This hour On Point, the poetry of pop music. — Tom Ashbrook

President Trump has predicted a “very difficult” meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. We’ll unpack what’s on the table and at stake for both countries.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

The stories of women pirates, legendary and real, who took to the seas for plunder, power, freedom!

The Senate own Russia probe. Trump and Coal. Sanctuary cities on notice. Brexit gets real. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Do We Really Want To Live Forever Young?

Mar 31, 2017

Silicon Valley is throwing big money and brainpower into the quest to live forever. We’ll dig in.

Climate Change Threats, Managed Retreats

Mar 30, 2017

As President Trump dismantles climate change protections, some coastal communities are now planning a “managed retreat” from sea rise. We’ll look at what that means.

Hearing From #BlackWomenAtWork

Mar 30, 2017

When Sean Spicer said “stop shaking your head” to a black female reporter, it struck a wider nerve. We’ll listen to #BlackWomenAtWork.

Internet Privacy And You

Mar 29, 2017

Congress is striking down internet privacy rules from the Obama years. We’ll look at why and what it means for your life online.

Emotional Support Animals In The Spotlight

Mar 28, 2017

Emotional support animals provide comfort to their owners. How’s the rest of the world dealing with the dog in the next seat?

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