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Hear provocative voices and passionate discussion of 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.

 

A Nation Engaged

Jan 17, 2017

What do you want the new president to know about your community ahead of his inauguration? On Point and NPR turn to you for answers.

Forget Your Troubles, Come On, Get Hygge

Jan 17, 2017

Danes are the happiest people in the world. They say they get there with hygge – coziness. We’ll ask how that works.

Guests

Penelope Green, style reporter for the New York Times. (@greenpnyt)

Abstinence, HIV And Blood Donation

Jan 12, 2017

A 21 year-old gay man abstains from sex for a year so he can donate blood. That’s the law, but is that what it takes to keep the blood supply safe?  We’ll look at science, fear and blood.

Trump faces the press as Russian allegations swirl.  Rex Tillerson goes before Congress. We’ll cover it all.

One More 'Case Against Sugar'

Jan 11, 2017

Still coming to grips with sugar. Author Gary Taubes says we're still in denial.

We know too much sugar is a bad idea. But we are surrounded by sugar. American diets swim in it. Everyone knows how hard it can be to pull away. My guest today Gary Taubes says we are paying a terrible price. In obesity and diabetes, but also, he says, in heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's. Sugar, he says, may have prematurely killed more people than tobacco. This hour On Point, I'll pass on the cookies. We hear the case against sugar. — Tom Ashbrook

Ethical Quandaries In The Trump Cabinet

Jan 10, 2017

Ethics and the Trump Cabinet. Confirmations hearings for Trump’s nominees begin before ethics reviews are completed. It’s unprecedented. We’re on it.

Golden Globe Awards Turn Political

Jan 9, 2017

Last night, Hollywood gathered to celebrate the 74th Golden Globe Awards. “La La Land” broke the record with seven Golden Globes. Viola Davis, Donald Glover and Casey Affleck were some of the winners. Hollywood went political, too. With Meryl Streep speaking about the importance of art and artists in the age of Donald Trump. Daniel Fienberg, television critic for The Hollywood Reporter, was watching.

The Jeff Sessions battle ahead. On the eve of his confirmation hearing, we look at the record, and questions for Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General.

Obamacare showdown. Russian hacking hearing. Terror in Istanbul. Mariah Carey’s  New Year’s meltdown. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

Megyn Kelly Moves To NBC

Jan 5, 2017

Fox news host Megyn Kelly has made plenty of news herself in recent months, going toe-to-toe with Donald Trump on the campaign trail. Accusing FOX News Chief Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Now she’s leaving FOX for NBC. That’s interesting. Hadas Gold, media reporter for POLITICO, joins us to discuss the implications of the cable host’s big move.

Manufacturing In America: Fact And Fiction

Jan 5, 2017

Ford nixes a Mexico plant and promises 700 U.S. jobs.  Can Trump’s arm-twisting bring manufacturing jobs back home in a big way?

The fight over Obamacare. The President’s on the Hill. Republicans are ready to act. What will survive?

This program was originally broadcast on February 1, 2016.

Comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen joins us. The wild imagination behind Borat, Bruno and Ali G is back.

T.S. Eliot And The Birth Of The Modern Poet

Dec 30, 2016

This program was originally broadcast on December 15, 2015.

The great Christopher Ricks on the great T.S. Eliot. Practical cats and the way the world ends.

This program was originally broadcast on August 9, 2016.

Taking care of your kids’ needs after a divorce. Psychologist, divorce expert Robert Emery on his new book “Two Homes, One Childhood.”

Hope Jahren, The ‘Lab Girl’

Dec 28, 2016

This program was originally broadcast on April 5, 2016.

“Lab Girl”, the powerful new memoir of a female scientist — geobiologist Hope Jahren — on life and love.

This program was originally broadcast on September 13, 2016.

Linguist John McWhorter explores how the meaning of words change dramatically over time, and why we should embrace this.

Your Christmas Stories, For All To Hear

Dec 28, 2016

We asked, and you answered. Your memorable Christmas stories. Sweet, solemn, spirited. We’ll listen.

Holidays make stories. And Christmas is the Big One. Stories of dreams and plans gone awry. Of surprises and shocks. Stories of connections made and missed. Of children’s wonder. Of love and joy and, sometimes, sorrow. We asked for yours, and you shared. For the holidays. This hour On Point, good tape, open lines, and your Christmas stories. — Tom Ashbrook

Tom Ashbrook in the studio
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On Point host Tom Ashbrook’s wife, Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, died of cancer Wednesday evening. Tom and his family have been by Danielle’s side throughout this difficult time.

Tom and Danielle were high school sweethearts from Illinois, lived in India, Tokyo and Hong Kong.  They settled and raised their family in Newton, Mass.

Danielle was an associate dean at MIT, and served as Director of the International Students office. She is survived by Tom, their three children and one granddaughter.

Tom Asbrook Taking Family Leave

Nov 6, 2014
Tom Ashbrook in the studio
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For all of our On Point listeners, who I very much think of as a kind of community – an important community – there is something personal I have to share.  It’s hard, and it’s as intimate as anything on Earth.

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