On Point

Mondays through Thursdays at 11 am

hybrid of a talk program and a news-magazine, "On Point" puts each day's news into context and provides a lively forum for discussion and debate. Topics chosen for the program are often taken from the biggest news stories of the day while others have a direct connection to issues that are at the core of what is urgent and important in the world at the moment. Interwoven are programs containing interviews with personalities, politicians, musicians, writers, and journalists.

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With David Folkenflik

Some lawmakers seek to prevent many people from voting ahead of this fall’s midterms. Those efforts don’t show up in polls, but could affect the results.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Conservative luminary Max Boot explains why he left the Republican Party and is urging people to vote against the modern GOP.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

James Allison won the Nobel Prize for his landmark work on the immune system and cancer treatment. We’ll talk with him and other top researchers on where we are in the search for a cure.

Guests

James Allison, chair of the Department of Immunology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in cancer immunotherapy.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

When Nicole Chung looked in the mirror she saw a girl who didn’t look anything like her adoptive white parents. She tells the complicated story of transracial adoption in a new memoir.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Ambassador Nikki Haley will step down at the end of the year. We’ll look at her record at the United Nations, what’s next for her and who’s next to represent America at the U.N.

Guests

Colum Lynch, United Nations-based senior diplomatic correspondent, Foreign Policy. (@columlynch)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Reporting from WHYY in Philadelphia, Meghna and her guests will discuss redistricting in Pennsylvania ahead of the midterms.

Guests

Lindsay Lazarksi, multimedia journalist for WHYY and Keystone Crossroads. (@llazarski)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Top reporters help us look ahead to the week’s news.

With David Folkenflik

The irrepressible Ellie Kemper on her journey from a seemingly ordinary Midwestern childhood to starring in the unusual dark comedy, the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Guest

Ellie Kemper, Emmy-nominated actor. Star of the Netflix original series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Author of “My Squirrel Days.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

College drinking culture today. Students talk about their habits and attitudes around alcohol.

Guests

Madeleine D’Angelo, 21-year-old senior at Boston College. Intern at On Point. From Chevy Chase, Maryland. (@mads_805)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The obesity epidemic is getting worse. But what if presumptions about the causes and consequences of obesity are wrong?

Guests

Michael Hobbes, staff writer at Huffington Post. (@RottenInDenmark)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Globe-trotting adventurer Bear Grylls wants to get you off the couch and awaken your inner wild child. He shares his ultimate survival tips.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Could the Kavanaugh nomination controversy damage the Supreme Court itself? We’ll look at the effect ever-deeper politicization is having on the high court.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Sheila Bair was the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) during the 2008 financial crisis. She warns that American democracy may not be able to withstand another bank bailout.

With David Folkenflik

Kavanaugh and Ford under oath. President Trump at the U.N. Our roundtable is all over the news.

Guests

Kimberly Atkins, chief Washington reporter and columnist for the Boston Herald. (@KimberlyEAtkins)

With David Folkenflik

The media’s coverage of the Kavanaugh nomination and the allegations against him.

Guests

Jane Mayer, chief Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. Her piece published on Sunday (co-written by Ronan Farrow) detailed claims of sexual assault from a second woman against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (@JaneMayerNYer)

Breaking Down The Kavanaugh Hearings

Sep 28, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

A special live broadcast with analysis following the testimonies of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford.

Guests

David Savage, Supreme Court correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. (@DavidGSavage)

This program originally broadcast on August 21, 2018 with Meghna Chakrabarti.

Hours and hours of screen time. How much are digital distractions changing the way kids think, and even read?

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Top Chinese technologist Kai-Fu Lee talks about China, the U.S., the race for dominance in artificial intelligence and how we can survive the AI revolution.

With David Folkenflik

We’ll talk with actor Tom Hanks on his career, his book and his love affair with the typewriter.

With David Folkenflik

Kavanaugh and his accuser. Florence’s path of destruction. North Korea talks. We’ll unpack it all with CBS News’ chief White House correspondent Major Garrett in a special edition of the Week in the News.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

American truths, not so self-evident. Historian Jill Lepore on why the tension between fact and fiction has been with us since the nation’s founding.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Ethan Hawke on his new film about singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.

Guest

Ethan Hawke, actor, writer, director. He’s the writer, director and producer of the new film “Blaze,” a biopic of country musician Blaze Foley.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas made headlines when he outed himself as undocumented. His new memoir is “Dear America.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Violinist Lucia Micarelli defies the limits of what music can be played on a violin. She’s with us.

Guest

Lucia Micarelli, violinist. Her new album “An Evening With Lucia Micarelli” will be released Sept. 28. (@theloosh)

With David Folkenflik

Race, politics and patriotism. We’re talking about the NFL with superfan and journalist Mark Leibovich. His new book is “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times.”

Guests

Clarence Hill Jr., Dallas Cowboys reporter for the Star-Telegram. (@clarencehilljr)

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