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 Jul 9, 2018

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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.

Episode Date
Actor-Writer-Director Ethan Hawke, In What Might Be His Biggest Year Yet
2970
Ethan Hawke on his new film about singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.
Sep 19, 2018
International News: Latest China Tariffs, Syria Conflict, Myanmar And More
2922
Our global roundtable returns, with the top news you need to know from around the world.
Sep 19, 2018
In Memoir, Jose Antonio Vargas Shares His Life As An 'Undocumented Citizen'
2884
Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas made headlines when outed himself as undocumented. His new memoir is "Dear America." He speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti.
Sep 18, 2018
The Anita Hill Parallels In The Misconduct Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh
2931
Echoes of Anita Hill as the woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward. Meghna Chakrabarti looks at #MeToo, justice and the Supreme Court with Irin Carmon, Mona Charen and Tara Golshan.
Sep 18, 2018
Violinist Lucia Micarelli Does It All — Touring, Recording, Acting And More
2974
Violinist Lucia Micarelli defies the limits of what music can be played on a violin. She joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Sep 17, 2018
Week Ahead: Florence, Kavanaugh And More
2917
Meghna Chakrabarti kick-starts the week with the latest news from the hurricane zone from Kevin Wuzzardo. Plus, Emma Dumain, Naftali Bendavid and John Harwood share what they're watching for in the week ahead at home and abroad.
Sep 17, 2018
Considering The Future Of The NFL, From Pro Football's Peak To The Present
2933
Race, politics and patriotism. David Folkenflik is talking about the NFL with superfan and journalist Mark Leibovich. His new book is "Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times." We're also joined by Joshua E. Perry and Clarence Hill Jr.
Sep 14, 2018
Week In The News: Hurricane Florence, Pence Swears Loyalty, Moonves Out At CBS
2905
The wrath of Hurricane Florence. Pence says he'd take a lie detector test in a heartbeat. Moonves out at CBS. Jeff Tiberii, Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Anita Kumar and Jack Beatty dive in with David Folkenflik.
Sep 14, 2018
Nixon White House Counsel John Dean On Presidential Power, Watergate And More
2910
Former President Richard Nixon's White House counsel John Dean is back in the spotlight with a warning about unchecked presidential power. He's with us.
Sep 13, 2018
The 2008 Financial Crisis, 10 Years Later: What Have We Learned?
2937
It's been 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed and the nightmare of the global financial crisis. Andrew Ross Sorkin, the author of the book "Too Big to Fail," takes us back to those frightening days. Also, Leo Murrieta joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Sep 13, 2018
'Rage Becomes Her': The Current Conversation Around Women's Anger
2917
The Serena Williams firestorm at the U.S. Open started a conversation about women's anger. Meghna Chakrabarti discusses with Soraya Chemaly, author of the new book "Rage Becomes Her."
Sep 12, 2018
As Florence Surges Forward, Rethinking What Hurricane Preparation Looks Like
2958
With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the East Coast, is it time for a radical rethink on what it means to be prepared? Meghna Chakrabarti discusses with Greg Postel, Stephen Flynn and Abigail Darlington
Sep 12, 2018
Job-Shaming Of 'Cosby Show' Actor At Trader Joe's Renews Dignity Of Work Debate
2938
The Cosby actor, job-shaming and the dignity of work. The photo that went viral sparked an emotional debate. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Barbara Ehrenreich and Aliya S. King.
Sep 11, 2018
Trump Administration Moves To Indefinitely Detain Migrant Children
2960
The Trump administration wants to end limits on how long they can hold migrant children in custody. Instead of 20 days, they now want to hold them indefinitely. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Alan Gomez and Lee Gelernt.
Sep 11, 2018
25 Years Of Magic: The Gathering, And How It's Changed The Gaming World
2936
Twenty-five years ago, the card game Magic: The Gathering hit store shelves. More than 30 million people are still playing in this fantasy battle world. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Neima Jahromi, Mark Rosewater and Tifa Robles.
Sep 10, 2018
What's Coming In This Week's News Cycle
2914
Reporters Josh Gerstein, Weijia Jiang and Aaron Blake join Meghna Chakrabarti to share what they're working on and watching for in the week ahead in Washington, around the nation and across the world.
Sep 10, 2018
'Every Day Is Extra': John Kerry Reflects On Time In Vietnam, Career In Politics And More
2906
From Vietnam warrior to peace advocate, from defeated presidential candidate to the nation's top diplomat, John Kerry tells his story in a new memoir. He speaks with David Folkenflik.
Sep 07, 2018
Week In The News: Trump Administration And 'Crazytown,' Kavanaugh, Tech On Capitol Hill
2896
Partisanship and Judge Kavanaugh. "Crazytown" and Bob Woodward's new book. Twitter and Facebook executives grilled. Karen Tumulty, Perry Bacon Jr., Jack Beatty and David Folkenflik dig in.
Sep 07, 2018
Historian Yuval Harari's 21 Issues Facing The 21st Century
2931
From hacking to terrorism, and our polarized world, it's going to take a radical rethink of everything to survive this century, says historian and best-selling author Yuval Harari. He's with us.
Sep 06, 2018
'The Resistance Inside The Trump Administration': A Constitutional Crisis?
2909
The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed Wednesday afternoon from a senior official in the Trump administration who claims to be working with others to thwart the president's agenda. We dig in.
Sep 06, 2018
Price-Matching Programs Arrive On College Campuses
2938
Some colleges say they'll match tuition at rival schools. We'll add up the dollars and costs.
Sep 05, 2018
What A New NAFTA Deal Might Mean For The Auto Industry
2941
The North American car industry is a sum of parts made and assembled in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. A lot is riding on a new NAFTA deal.
Sep 05, 2018
Trigger Warnings And Safe Spaces: The Coddling Debate On College Campuses
2940
Political correctness on college campuses. Are so-called "trigger warnings" and intellectual "safe spaces" creating a generation of students who can't cope? Authors of a new book say "yes." Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Sep 04, 2018
This Week In News: Kavanaugh Hearings, McCain's Replacement, Primaries And More
2930
Top reporters share from their notebooks and help us get ahead of the week's news. Catherine Rampell, Sahil Kapur and Alex Bolton join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Sep 04, 2018
Why Are There So Few Black Men Going Into Medicine?
2944
Black men make up less than 7 percent of students enrolled in U.S. medical schools. Why?
Sep 03, 2018
What Brett Kavanaugh's Past Says About The Possible Future Of The Supreme Court
2953
What kind of Supreme Court justice could Brett Kavanaugh be? We'll look deeply into cases he's already ruled on to see where he stands on executive power, abortion and national security.
Sep 03, 2018
Breaking Political Norms In The Age Of Trump
2891
What about all those norms being busted in Washington? Among our guests: two guys named Norm. David Folkenflik speaks with Norman Ornstein, Norman Eisen, Bre Payton and Judi McLean Parks.
Aug 31, 2018
Week In The News: Primary Results, Puerto Rico Death Count, John McCain, Don McGahn
2891
Folkenflik Friday returns with our weekly news roundup — hotly contested primaries, the death count revised in Puerto Rico and more. Kimberly Atkins, Nancy Ancrum and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
Aug 31, 2018
Aretha Franklin And Detroit: Remembering The 'Queen Of Soul' With Her City
2943
Detroit remembers the Queen of Soul and her relationship with the Motor City. Quinn Klinefelter, Ken Coleman and the Rev. JoAnn Watson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Aug 30, 2018
Electric Scooters, Controversy Roll Out In Cities Across The U.S.
2926
Electric scooters are the new biggest thing on two wheels. They're popping up in cities across the country, but not without controversy. Meghna Chakrabarti discusses with Callum Borchers, Sanjay Dastoor, Adam Stephens and Susan Shaheen.
Aug 30, 2018
What Serena Williams' Catsuit Ban Says About Race And Tradition In Tennis
2929
Serena Williams, that catsuit and testing the lines of tennis traditions. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Caitlin Thompson, Zina Garrison, Katrina Adams and Sarah Jackson.
Aug 29, 2018
Global Affairs Roundup: The Week In International News
2935
All eyes may be on Washington these days, but there's plenty happening out there around the world. Meghna Chakrabarti gets up to speed on the big news abroad with Matthew Karnitschnig, David Rennie and Kathy Gilsinan.
Aug 29, 2018
The Dangers Facing Africa's Wild Lion Population
2894
Africa's remaining wild lions could be wiped out by 2050. Meghna Chakrabarti looks at the reasons for the catastrophic decline and efforts to save them with Sara Evans, Luke Hunter and Paula Kahumbu.
Aug 28, 2018
One Year Since Hurricane Harvey, How Is Houston Recovering?
2932
One year after Hurricane Harvey killed 68 people and caused $125 billion dollars in damage, the nightmare isn't over in Houston. Meghna Chakrabarti touches down with Rev. James Caldwell, Andrew Schneider, Jim Blackburn and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Aug 28, 2018
Why So Many Students Aren't Receiving Loan Forgiveness
2896
A company called FedLoan services one-third of all federal student debt. But flawed paperwork and botched processing are stopping many students from receiving loan forgiveness they're entitled to.
Aug 27, 2018
The Life And Legacy Of John McCain
2901
Tributes from around the country and the world are pouring in for Sen. John McCain. We'll look at his remarkable life, courage and message for America.
Aug 27, 2018
Alex Jones And The Outer Limits Of Free Speech On Social Media
2926
Adrian Chen, Kate Klonick, Jeff Jarvis and Bill Ogden discuss the big social media platforms silencing Alex Jones and what it means for free speech.
Aug 24, 2018
Week In The News: Cohen, Manafort, More Russian Hacking, New EPA Rules
2949
Rep. Adam Schiff, S.V. Dáte, Colleen McCain Nelson and Jack Beatty join the show to discuss convictions in Virginia, guilty pleas in New York, and a White House once more plunged into crisis.
Aug 24, 2018
The Link Between Online Shopping And Hoarding
2961
Are online shopping and all those deals turning us into a nation of hoarders? What you should know before clicking buy.
Aug 23, 2018
Prisoners Strike Across The Country To Protest 'Modern-Day Slavery'
2942
Prisoners go on a nationwide strike to protest what they call "modern-day slavery." We'll unpack the fury and the facts.
Aug 23, 2018
The Role Of The U.S. In Yemen
2948
After a reportedly American-made bomb killed dozens of children in Yemen, we'll take a hard look at U.S. interests, actions and responsibilities in Yemen.
Aug 22, 2018
Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Reaches Plea Deal; Paul Manafort Guilty On 8 Counts
2947
President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen strikes a plea deal. We'll get the big picture on what this means for the Mueller investigation and the president. Also, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is found guilty of eight charges.
Aug 22, 2018
The Future Of The Reading Brain In An Increasingly Digital World
2955
Hours and hours of screen time. How much are digital distractions changing the way kids think, and even read?
Aug 21, 2018
Can The Catholic Church Survive Another Sex Abuse Scandal?
2924
"We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them," writes Pope Francis. Can his church survive another scandal? If so, how?
Aug 21, 2018
The Origin Story Of The Gig Economy
2944
How the American dream became temporary. We explore the origins of the gig economy, and what these gigs mean for workers now.
Aug 20, 2018
What's To Come In The Week Ahead
2934
We'll kick off the week with a look at what's to come in Washington and around the globe.
Aug 20, 2018
D'oh! Discussing All Things Springfield With 'Simpsons' Writer Mike Reiss
2920
Three decades of "The Simpsons." We turn our eye on Springfield with a top writer who has been in the mix since day one.
Aug 17, 2018
Week In The News: Aretha Franklin Dies, John Brennan, Omarosa's Tapes, Catholic Priest Abuse
2858
Ex-CIA Director's security clearance revoked. Omarosa Manigault-Newman releases tapes. Catholic priest abuse cover-up. Midterm election firsts. Aretha Franklin dies. The news roundtable dives in.
Aug 17, 2018
Your New Prescription: Empathy
2886
Compassion may be the cure. A doctor shares his guide to healing through empathy and listening.
Aug 16, 2018
Rape Kits Often Go Untested For Decades
2888
Across the country, hundreds of thousands of rape kits never get tested. New Mexico has a plan to fix that. We're hearing it.
Aug 16, 2018