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On Point

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Go behind the headlines: From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point hosts Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik speak with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.

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What We Learn From FDR's New Deal

July 6th, 2020

46:39

Lessons from the New Deal. It wasn’t one big package wrapped in political consensus. We look at the real, messy process that pulled the U.S. out of …

What We Learn From Pandemic Lit

July 6th, 2020

46:38

Can pandemic literature serve as a tool to understand this pandemic? Authors Tom Perrotta, Geraldine Brooks and Lawrence Wright tell us what they …

Looking Back To The 1930s: Lessons From The Great Depression

July 3rd, 2020

47:33

Looking back to 1930, the year after the start of the Great Depression. What lessons did we learn about how best to move forward with a suffering economy? We look at our current crisis now through the lens of American …

Astronaut Christina Koch On Her Journey From Space To A Nation In Lockdown

July 3rd, 2020

46:33

Astronaut Christina Koch spent a record 11 months in space, the longest spaceflight of any woman. She returned to Earth in February and is just completing her NASA-mandated readjustment period. What’s life like when you …

In The Age Of Trump, Republicans Have Divergent Visions For Their Party

July 2nd, 2020

46:25

The Republican Party is falling into dangerous traps that could cost the party elections for a generation. At least, that’s the premise of Harvard …

Summer Blockbuster Season Is Here — Minus The Movie Theaters

July 2nd, 2020

45:44

The summer blockbuster movie season will be a bit different this year during the coronavirus pandemic. Theaters are out, streaming is in, and the drive-in has come back into vogue. We’ll go behind the curtain and help …

Checking In On The Battle For The Senate

July 1st, 2020

46:42

The presidency is not the only election this year. In the Senate, just a few seats could tip the majority from red to blue come November. We’ll check …

Environmental Regulations Are Under Attack. In A Pandemic, What Does That Mean For Public Health?

July 1st, 2020

46:10

The Trump Administration has rolled back, or attempted to roll back, dozens of environmental rules, including regulations on emissions and air …

The Short List: What We Know About Joe Biden's VP Search

June 30th, 2020

46:47

Who will Joe Biden select as his running mate? We assess his short list of candidates. Christopher Devine, Rep. Wendy Brawley, Milton Kent and Steve Phillips join Anthony Brooks.

The Future Of Home Health Care

June 30th, 2020

46:14

We look at the experience of domestic and home health care workers who are among the most vulnerable during the pandemic. Ai-jen Poo and Rep. Ro …

Political Roundtable: State Of The 2020 Presidential Election

June 29th, 2020

46:58

The pandemic and the protests for racial justice will certainly have an impact on the November election. We dig into what the next few months of unconventional campaigning will look like. Whit Ayres, Joel Payne and …

Author Jacqueline Woodson On The Power Of Storytelling

June 29th, 2020

45:58

Children’s book author Jacqueline Woodson has written over 30 books, often focused on race and identity in America. We get her take on the current moment and talk about the never-ending power of story. Jacqueline …

Week In The News: COVID-19 Surge, DOJ Hearing, Police Reform Bill

June 26th, 2020

47:31

It’s the week in review. Justice Department officials testify in Congress, the House passes a police reform bill and COVID-19 cases spike in the …

How Coronavirus Will Change City Life

June 26th, 2020

47:32

Past pandemics changed the way of life in cities around the world. We look at how city features were inspired by history's worst disease outbreaks. Brian Melican and Kimberly Dowdell join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Police Training In America: How Can We Fix A Broken System?

June 25th, 2020

47:30

The Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks had just completed a course in de-escalation. Why was his instinct to shoot? We have an in-depth …

Lingering Symptoms, Long-Term Damage: For Some, It's A COVID-19 Recovery Reality

June 25th, 2020

47:31

Recovering from COVID-19. Millions of Americans have had the disease. Some people suffer from long-term medical conditions. So what does recovery actually look like? Ed Yong and Dr. Mafuzur Rahman join Meghna …

The Lessons And Missed Opportunities Of The Kerner Report

June 24th, 2020

47:37

More than 50 years ago, the Kerner Commission Report laid bare the racism that led to uprisings in the 1960s. We look back at the lessons of that moment and the missed opportunities since. Fred Harris …

Reimagining Democracy For The 21st Century

June 24th, 2020

47:19

From political polarization, to rising inequality, to the immediate crisis of the pandemic and police violence, faith in our civic institutions is …

Tackling The Racial Wealth Gap: William Darity's Plan For Reparations

June 23rd, 2020

47:18

A newly energized push for reparations for descendants of enslaved people. We dig into specific proposals and examples of reparations already in place. William Darity and Carlous Hall join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Comedian Patton Oswalt On Parenting, Loss And Keeping Humor Alive

June 23rd, 2020

47:30

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt joins us for a chat about parenting, loss, his many projects and keeping humor alive through a pandemic. Patton Oswalt joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Political Roundup: Firing Of Geoffrey Berman, Trump's Tulsa Rally

June 22nd, 2020

47:36

We discuss the controversy surrounding the firing of Geoffrey Berman, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Plus, we break down …

America Reckons With Racism: A Conversation With Michael Eric Dyson

June 22nd, 2020

47:02

Professor, author and preacher Michael Eric Dyson has spent his life’s work grappling with the concept of race in America. And he says he’s more …

Week In The News: Trump Executive Order, DACA Ruling, Police Reform Bills

June 19th, 2020

47:08

Dueling police reform bills in Congress, an executive order from President Trump and John Bolton’s new book. We discuss these top stories and more in …

The History And Hope Of Juneteenth

June 19th, 2020

46:51

Celebrating Juneteenth. We talk about the push to observe and understand the deeper story of the holiday. Mary Elliott, Michael Twitty and Mark …

Banned On The Battlefield: The History And Future Of Tear Gas

June 18th, 2020

46:59

Tear gas can't be used by soldiers on the battlefield, so why is it used by police on American streets? We discuss the history and possible future of …

Journalist Eduardo Porter On Why Racial Hostility Is An 'American Poison'

June 18th, 2020

47:14

New York Times business writer Eduardo Porter talks about how racial hostility is impoverishing all Americans. Eduardo Porter and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Police Reform: The View From The White House

June 17th, 2020

47:30

President Trump signs an executive order on policing. We take a look at the order and discuss the administration’s response to a national reckoning …

George The Poet's Genre-Bending Call For Change

June 17th, 2020

47:33

George Mpanga, better known as George the Poet, is a 29-year-old British spoken word artist. His new podcast is a genre-defying mix of music, poetry, …

Amid Coronavirus Surge, Protests For Racial Justice: Checking In Across The Country

June 16th, 2020

46:59

Some states are reopening, while others have reversed course, as protests for racial justice continue across America. We check in around the country. Rose Scott, Luis Hernandez, Lauren Gilger, Casey Martin and Alex …

LGBTQ Workplace Protections: Analyzing The Supreme Court's Landmark Ruling

June 16th, 2020

47:04

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on workplace protection for LGBTQ workers. The justices ruled 6-3 that portions of the Civil Rights Act extend to …

Economic Roundtable: Pandemic, Protests And A Troubled Economy

June 15th, 2020

47:11

We talk about personal finances in the pandemic economy and hear what the protests for racial justice say about economic inequality in America. Rana Foroohar and Michelle Singletary join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Is The Virtual Workplace Here To Stay?

June 15th, 2020

46:40

Working from home has become the norm for some these last few months, but will it endure after the pandemic? We explore the future of the virtual …

Week In The News: George Floyd Funeral, Georgia Elections, Pandemic Recession

June 12th, 2020

47:25

We take stock of the week’s biggest stories. George Floyd laid to rest, the Georgia elections mess, the COVID economy and the latest headlines out of the White House. Maria Reeve, Greg Bluestein and Jane Coaston join …

The Strategic National Stockpile: What Is It, Where Is It And What Should It Be Used For?

June 12th, 2020

46:39

A look at the Strategic National Stockpile. Where is it, what is it? What should it be used for? We talk with the man who was once in charge of the …

Portrait Of Police Reform: How Camden, New Jersey Rebuilt Its Police Department

June 11th, 2020

47:25

In 2013, the city of Camden, New Jersey fired all of its police officers and rebuilt the department. We look at the lessons learned for today. Louis …

High School Grads On Entering Adulthood Amid Nationwide Protests And A Pandemic

June 11th, 2020

47:34

We talk to members of the high school class of 2020 about what it’s like to enter adulthood amid nationwide protests and a pandemic. Sandy …

Roundtable: The Media's Reckoning With Racism

June 10th, 2020

47:08

Black journalists told they can’t cover protests. Racially insensitive headlines. Revolt in newsrooms. We talk about the media’s own internal …

Ask The Experts: Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered

June 10th, 2020

46:26

We circle back with one of the nation’s leading public health experts about what we know about the coronavirus pandemic as the country continues to reopen for business. Dr. Ashish Jha and Dr. Utibe Essien join Meghna …

Police Reform: How It Works And What It Might Look Like

June 9th, 2020

47:10

In Congress, and across the country, there are calls for the reform of police departments. We look at what that would mean. William Riley, Tracie …

America's Call For A Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement

June 9th, 2020

47:08

The call for a modern-day civil rights movement. We talk to two scholars of history about the need for change and healing. David Blight and Lucas …

Protests For Racial Justice: Community Organizers Share Stories From The Ground

June 8th, 2020

46:55

Protests over racism and police brutality continue to grip the country. We hear the stories of organizers on the ground. Kwame Rose, Ianne Fields …

Roundtable: Former Military Officials On The Protests Against Police Violence

June 8th, 2020

47:08

Former American military leadership has been speaking out against the use of force against protesters. We talk with some of them about why. Gen. …

Week In The News: Nationwide Protests, Trump Bible Photo, Chauvin Charge Upgraded

June 5th, 2020

46:57

Across the country, continued protests are met by police and curfews, and President Trump advocates to bring in the military. Our weekly round table …

Racial Inequality: Black Workers Face Devastating Job Loss During The Pandemic, Study Says 

June 5th, 2020

47:00

Black Americans are disproportionately hard hit by the current loss of jobs. We explore why and what can be done to reverse this trend. Valerie Wilson, Darrick Hamilton and William Darity join Jane Clayson.

Shock, Solidarity Abroad: Outrage Over George Floyd's Death Spreads Globally

June 4th, 2020

47:16

People in international cities are protesting George Floyd's death. What's different in this moment that's bringing people to the streets overseas? Vashna Jagarnath, Dan Damon and Borzou Daragahi join Meghna Chakrabarti.

'Show You Care': A Conversation With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar About Racism In America

June 4th, 2020

47:10

We are seeing people 'pushed to the edge.' That’s how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar describes the protests in the Los Angeles Times this week. We speak with …

Amid George Floyd Protests, Pandemic: Where Election 2020 Stands

June 3rd, 2020

46:57

Racism and police brutality on the ballot. What messages are black Americans sending to politicians about what they want in November? Rashad …

Minneapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles: Telling The Stories Of Protesters In These Cities

June 3rd, 2020

46:58

As protests continue across the United States, we check in directly with Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Atlanta to get the latest. Angela Davis, Rose …

What The George Floyd Protests Reveal About Policing In The U.S.

June 2nd, 2020

47:18

Protests erupt against police brutality and use of force. In many cities, police are responding with even more force. We look at what it means about …

How To Talk To Your Kids About Race, Racism And Police Violence

June 2nd, 2020

47:18

How should parents talk with their children about all they're seeing and experiencing right now? We get some good advice. Christian Cooper, Melissa …

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