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birdbohannon
 Jan 6, 2020
Consistant quality, most balanced NPR show.

Damien
 Feb 23, 2019
Better with Tom. I've listened to on point for over a decade, and I gave it a chance for over a year after he was forced out, its just not as good of a show anymore. the shows lost its soul.

GG
 Oct 4, 2018
reliably good reporting without a lot of filler

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 Jul 9, 2018

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Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.

Episode Date
'Spymasters' Author Chris Whipple On Presidential Transition, Future Of The CIA
00:47:19

Journalist Chris Whipple speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti about the challenging road ahead for President-elect Joe Biden, restoring the CIA and his new book "The Spymasters."

Nov 27, 2020
In 'How Ike Led,' Reflections On Eisenhower's Political Legacy
00:46:55

What we can learn from Dwight Eisenhower's life and leadership. Susan Eisenhower and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 26, 2020
Presidential Transition: What We Know About Biden's Cabinet Picks
00:47:26

We take a look at who Biden has picked to lead, and what the choices say about the administration that's taking shape. Tyler Pager, Aisha C. Mills and Martha Kumar join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 25, 2020
The Problem With Polling — And How To Fix It
00:47:31

Election 2020 again proved there's a problem with polling. But when it comes to understanding the electorate, are there any better options? We discuss the problems with polling, and how to fix it. Natalie Jackson joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 24, 2020
How Right-Wing Media Fuels The Political Divide 
00:47:35

Matthew Sheffield started his career as a conservative blogger. He says many Americans don’t understand how powerful right-wing media really is -- or how damaging it is to American democracy. Now, he says he wants to free people from it. Matthew Sheffield, Nicole Hemmer and Eliana Johnson join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

Nov 23, 2020
Radio Diary: 'On Eagle's Wings'
00:07:25

Earlier this month, Joe Biden addressed the nation for the first time as president-elect. Biden will be the second Catholic president in the nation’s history, and he referenced his Catholic faith by invoking a particular hymn.

The hymn draws from Psalm 91 in the Bible. But it was composed by Father Jan Michael Joncas, a priest, artist-in-residence and research fellow in Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. We speak with Father Joncas about the story behind 'On Eagle's Wings.'

Nov 20, 2020
What To Expect From The Final Days Of The Trump Presidency
00:47:55

President Trump has fired several top level members of his administration in the past couple of weeks. So what else can we expect from the president in his remaining days in office? Jack Beatty, Suzanne Spaulding and Kori Schake join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 20, 2020
'Where Forest Meets The Sea': The Uncertain Future Of The Tongass National Forest
00:47:35

The Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is one of the largest intact temperate rainforests left in the world. And as a national forest, the land serves many purposes. Now, the Trump administration wants to open up half the forest to logging and development. We'll discuss the complex story of a forest's future. Joel Jackson and John Schoen join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 19, 2020
From Testing To Distribution: The Logistics Behind COVID-19 Vaccines
00:47:34

Early data shows that two COVID-19 vaccines are over 90% effective. So what’s next? Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, Julie Swann and William Schaffner join Meghna Chakrabarti to explain the vaccine’s journey from testing to public distribution.

Nov 18, 2020
Why Voters Are Rejecting The War On Drugs
00:47:28

Wherever the war on drugs was on the ballot this year, the war on drugs lost. In some states, voters approved measures to legalize recreational or medical marijuana. Beau Kilmer, Kassandra Frederique and Haven Wheelock join Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the drug-related ballot measures that passed on Election Day and the shift in American drug policy.

Nov 17, 2020
'Protect Each Other': A Doctor's Message From The Coronavirus Surge
00:47:30

South Dakota family doctor Tom Dean knows his community well -- he's been in practice there for 42 years. And he's seen a lot in that time. But nothing like COVID. We get a South Dakota family physician's message for his patients, his community and his state. Dr. Tom Dean, Jackie Hendry and Nick Wendell join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 16, 2020
Radio Diary: A New American Citizen — And A New Son
00:06:50

Ahmed Al-Zubaidi of Beaverton, Oregon joined us back in late September. Ahmed was born in Iraq, and he became a U.S. citizen just days before first coming on On Point. Since joining us in September, Ahmed has kept a close eye on the presidential election -- and welcomed a new son on Election Day itself.

Nov 13, 2020
Week In The News: Divisions Deepen Over Presidential Transition
00:47:35

Much of the GOP in Washington is torn on whether to acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect. What are the consequences for the country? Meghna Chakrabarti looks at a week of presidential transition and Republican intransigence with Timothy Naftali, Tim Alberta and Jack Beatty.

Nov 13, 2020
What The 'Strongmen' Of History Reveal About Modern Politics
00:47:13

Historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat studies authoritarian regimes, like Italy under Mussolini. Can a democracy pry itself out of a strongman's grip? Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Brendan Nyhan join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 12, 2020
The On Point Coronavirus Task Force
00:47:35

This year, we've talked to some of the top scientists and doctors in the country about the pandemic. We pull them back together for a meeting of our own task force to hear their advice for the Biden team. Angie Rasmussen, Kathleen Sebelius, Dr. Michael Mina and Dr. Ali Khan join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 11, 2020
The Global View Of Election 2020
00:47:30

"I believe at our best, America’s a beacon for the globe." So declared President-elect Joe Biden. But what does the world really think of the American example now? Does the international community see the U.S. as the leader it once was? Simon Kuper and Patrick Gathara join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

Nov 10, 2020
Radio Diary: The Civic Duty Of A Poll Worker
00:05:00

Elizabeth Saunders served five years in the U.S. Navy. And last Tuesday, she served her country again, by being a poll worker in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In this radio diary, we hear about Elizabeth's experience as a poll worker during a tumultuous election.

Nov 09, 2020
After 2020: The Election's Long-Term Impact On Democracy
00:47:30

Election 2020 has a winner. So what did we learn? We look at the long-term impact of the 2020 presidential election, and what America can do to heal. Danielle Allen, Ret. Col. Larry Wilkerson and Michael Kruse join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 09, 2020
Week In The News: Where The Race For The White House Stands
00:47:06

The race for the presidency presses on, as Trump doubles down on baseless claims about election fraud. We sort through this historic week, and look ahead at what’s to come. Ron Suskind, Jack Beatty and Beverly Gage join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

Nov 06, 2020
A Look At The Court Battles Of The 2020 Presidential Election 
00:47:16

On Sunday, President Donald Trump made clear what he planned to do following the end of voting. Court battles have marked this entire election season. We look at the latest litigation around the 2020 presidential election. Bertrall Ross, Paula Reid and Jeannie Suk Gersen join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 05, 2020
What We Know About Election 2020 Results
00:47:23

The day after election day. What tallies are known? Where are votes still being counted? We discuss the latest in the race for the White House and Senate and what's next in this historic moment for the United States. Luis Carrasco, Luis Hernandez, Rose Scott, Jack Beatty and Stephen Henderson join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

Nov 04, 2020
Pod Extra: San Francisco Mayor On Her City's Coronavirus Response
00:22:08

San Francisco is the second densest city in the country. It also has the lowest coronavirus death rate compared to any other major city in the United States, according to San Francisco Mayor London Breed. On Point producer Dorey Scheimer speaks with Mayor Breed about the city's response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Nov 03, 2020
What To Expect From The Coronavirus Pandemic's Next Phase
00:47:32

Regardless of election outcomes, one thing is certain: the coronavirus pandemic is surging. We talk about what to expect in the pandemic's next phase. Ed Yong and Catherine Hill join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 03, 2020
Pod Extra: Sen. Chris Murphy On The Race For The Senate
00:10:03

In this podcast extra, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy joins producer Dorey Scheimer to talk election 2020 and the race for the Senate.

Nov 02, 2020
What To Know About Key Senate Races, From Maine To Georgia
00:47:27

The White House isn't the only thing on the ballot. Also at stake: control of the United States Senate, from Georgia to Maine. We discuss close Senate races and the impact they'll have on national governance. Anthony Brooks, Gavin Jackson, Brianne Pfannenstiel and Tia Mitchell join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Nov 02, 2020
Coronavirus Surge: What It Means For Health Care Workers
00:06:12

For many health care workers, a new coronavirus spike means they’ve barely had a moment to step back from the first wave of cases this spring. The memories of that “first wave” are still fresh and raw. In this segment, we hear from Emma Rome, ER nurse, about what the current coronavirus surge means for health care workers.

Oct 30, 2020
Week In The News: Election Latest, Coronavirus, Supreme Court And More
00:47:20

Campaigns make their last stand. The Supreme Court weighs in on ballot deadlines. Coronavirus numbers skyrocket. We make sense of the week's news. Molly Ball, Molly Beck, Richard Hasen and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 30, 2020
America's Authoritarian Threat
00:47:23

The United States has fought against authoritarian governments. Does that mean it can't happen here? Matthew MacWilliams and Larry Bartels join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

Oct 29, 2020
What's On The Minds Of North Carolina Voters
00:47:24

Both campaigns agree -- the road to the White House runs through the Tar Heel state. In our final voter roundtable, we hear from voters in North Carolina. VonGretchen Pough, Bill Poole, Brandon Beavers and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 28, 2020
Faces Of The Coronavirus Economy
00:08:36

On today's show, we were joined by our favorite finance experts Michelle Singletary and Rana Foroohar to check in on our country’s economy, seven months into the pandemic.

And whenever we talk to those two, we’re reminded that the struggles of the COVID economy aren’t just about the numbers. It’s also about the lived experiences. In this segment, we hear two stories about the economic impact of the pandemic.

Oct 27, 2020
The State Of The Economy, 7 Months Into The Pandemic
00:47:01

How is our economy doing seven months into the pandemic? And with winter on its way, are we prepared to handle the slew of challenges that will come with it? We talk about the state of our economy. Rana Foroohar and Michelle Singletary join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 27, 2020
Extended Cut: A Look Inside A Russian Disinformation Campaign
00:31:34

On Point's Dorey Scheimer speaks with Ukraine’s Minister for Foreign Affairs about Russian disinformation campaigns, mistakes made by the media, and why democracies are particularly vulnerable to election interference.    

Oct 26, 2020
Anatomy Of An Election Disinformation Campaign
00:47:30

The anatomy of a disinformation campaign. How does a bad faith post get mistaken for the truth? We talk about how the tentacles of disinformation reach into millions of homes. Nina Jankowicz and Secretary Frank LaRose join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 26, 2020
Radio Diary: In Troubled Times, Finding Peace In A Simple Routine
00:07:08

David Pettee used to take regular morning walks around Fresh Pond Reservoir in Cambridge, Massachusetts. David had cancer, and the walks brought him hope and peace. David died on September 13th. Today, in remembrance, we invite you to listen again.

Oct 23, 2020
Week In The News: Final Campaign Stretch As COVID-19 Infections Climb
00:47:06

Days before the end of voting — COVID infections are climbing. What are the campaigns focusing on, and what does that tell us about their vision for the future? Jack Beatty, Julie Rovner and Lisa Lerer join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 23, 2020
Faces Of The 'Shecession'
00:13:10

865,000. That's the number of women pushed out of the workforce last month. It’s a consistent downward trajectory for women in this pandemic. We heard from women all around the country, many of them struggling and all of them grappling with what this 'shecession' means for their future.

Oct 22, 2020
'Shecession': The Pandemic's Impact On Women In The Workforce
00:47:18

The 'shecession.' More women are losing their jobs than men. What's the long-term impact on families? C. Nicole Mason and Alicia Modestino join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 22, 2020
Voter Roundtable: Voices Of Americans Hit Hard By COVID-19
00:47:26

On this week's voter roundtable, we hear from people affected by COVID-19. How do they feel about President Trump’s response to the pandemic? David Dahlstrom, Denise Carr and Lupe Harpster join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 21, 2020
Safeguarding The Electoral Vote
00:47:24

Worried about voting integrity -- or what happens after your ballot is cast? We discuss what we know about the integrity of the votes cast by America's 538 electors. Barton Gellman, Jason Harrow and Bertrall Ross join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 20, 2020
Election 2020's Voter Suppression Reality 
00:47:30

Voting is one of the most essential rights of any democratic citizen. We take a look at the various forms of voter suppression we see across the country, and discuss how it's affecting American democracy ahead of the November presidential election. Theodore Johnson, Harmeet Dhillon and Joshua Douglas join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 19, 2020
Radio Diary: A Georgia Voter Recounts Her Early Voting Experience
00:04:42

Everlean Rutherford arrived at her early polling location in Cobb County, Georgia at around 10 in the morning. She didn't leave until it was her turn to cast her vote — almost 10 hours later.

Oct 16, 2020
Week In The News: Barrett Confirmation Hearing, Early Voting
00:47:17

This week, a split screen on the future of American democracy. From early voting to Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings, we make sense of the week's news. Jack Beatty, Stephen Henderson and Meg Kinnard join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 16, 2020
How Political Violence Threatens U.S. Elections
00:46:58

The Department of Homeland Security says white nationalism is a major domestic terrorism threat. Is that, coupled with distrust in the electoral system, a recipe for political violence in November? Mary B. McCord, Devin Burghart and Eric K. Ward join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 15, 2020
Florida Voters On The 2020 Election
00:47:24

We check in with voters from the sunshine state about the issues that matter to them as they weigh their options before the election. Laura Herbek, Mike Richards and Robin Reshard join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 14, 2020
Radio Diary: JFK, Nixon And The 1960 Presidential Election
00:08:30

With the help of two historians, we take a look back at the 1960 presidential race between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon.

Oct 14, 2020
Radio Diary: The CIA's Former Counterterrorism Chief Remembers The Lead Up To 9/11
00:16:21

Cofer Black, the CIA's counterterrorism chief from 1999 to 2002, talks about the months leading up to 9/11, and the Bush administration's failure to act on an 'unprecedented' amount of intelligence warning of Al-Qaida's domestic threat.

Oct 13, 2020
What The President Knew — And Why He Didn't Act
00:47:12

Why is it that sometimes Presidents know that there is a danger to the wellbeing of Americans, and still do nothing? We talk with people who were in the room in 2001 and 2020. Chris Whipple and Olivia Troye join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 13, 2020
What Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Nomination Means For Women's Rights
00:47:19

Ahead of her confirmation hearing on Monday, we'll talk about Amy Coney Barrett's record on women's rights — and where the definition of feminism diverges for some women. Erika Bachiochi and Fatima Goss-Graves join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 12, 2020
Week In The News: The President's Coronavirus Diagnosis
00:47:23

We'll look at how the President's diagnosis — and his cavalier response — has tinged almost everything that happened this week. Paula Reid, Kimberly Atkins and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 09, 2020
Radio Diary: A Beloved Grandmother's Gift Of A Better Life
00:06:05

Cozy Etta Bryant weathered breast cancer and decades of racism before passing away from COVID-19 this year. Her granddaughter remembers her life and legacy.

Oct 08, 2020
Confronting Misconceptions Around Race With Michelle Singletary
00:47:17

Over her decades-long career, racism has never been far from journalist Michelle Singletary’s experience in the newsroom. Now, she’s confronting misconceptions around race. Michelle Singletary joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 08, 2020
What Young Voters Want From Their First Ballot
00:47:15

Every Wednesday, we’ve been listening to voters across the country. This week: younger voters, who are casting their ballots for the first time. What are their hopes and dreams for the country they’ll inherit? Garion Frankel, Bella D'Alacio and Jacob Cuenca join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 07, 2020
Radio Diary: Inside Artist Lloyd Williams' River Bank Art Gallery
00:06:08

You’re walking along a river bank in an American city. All of a sudden, you bump into … an art gallery. Artist Lloyd Williams has set up a small outdoor gallery next to the Charles River in Boston.

Oct 07, 2020
Radio Diary: Teaching Students Remotely, Checking Up In Person
00:04:56

Steven Gupton teaches health science at the James E. Shepard IB Magnet Middle school in Durham, North Carolina. Students still aren’t back in the classroom, and some of his students weren’t showing up for their remote classes. So, last week, Steven decided to visit his students at their homes to make sure they’re doing OK.

Oct 06, 2020
Rethinking Education For The Pandemic Age
00:47:11

Millions of kids are learning remotely. A big change. Is it also an opportunity? Hilary Hughes, Stephanie Renee Jones and Chandra Hampson join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 06, 2020
'People Rolled Their Eyes': A Look Inside The White House Pandemic Response 
00:13:53

Mixed signals and information from the White House. Uncertainty around the truth of the president's health. A former adviser to the White House COVID-19 taskforce discusses her own time in the Trump White House, and what President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis means for the United States. Olivia Troye joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 05, 2020
Coronavirus Reaches The White House
00:47:04

President Trump's positive coronavirus diagnosis throws the country into another cycle of uncertainty. We talk about how to understand this moment, and what to expect next. Paula Reid, Olivia Troye and Michael Mina join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 05, 2020
The Pandemic's Impact On Love And Relationships
00:47:18

The pandemic has taken a toll on all aspects of life, including romantic relationships. We’ll dig into what’s keeping couples together or breaking them apart. Ashley Fetters and Dr. Lexx Brown-James join Jane Clayson.

Oct 02, 2020
Week In The News: Trump And Coronavirus, Presidential Debate, Supreme Court
00:46:34

America witnesses a presidential debate like no other. The Supreme Court nominee tours Capitol Hill. And thousands more jobs are lost due to the pandemic. We review the week’s news. Nancy Cordes, Jack Beatty and Karen Tumulty join Jane Clayson.

Oct 02, 2020
An Announcement From On Point
00:02:19

We've got some big news! Starting October 5, On Point will be reimagined into a single hour of highly produced, narrative radio.

Oct 01, 2020
What President Trump's Taxes Reveal
00:47:20

What’s revealed in President Trump’s tax records – about the man, his businesses and tax code itself. Adam Davidson, Dan Alexander and Dorothy Brown join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 01, 2020
A Look At The Global Impact Of Coronavirus
00:47:27

More than 1 million dead around the world due to the coronavirus. We look at where the pandemic is headed in major nations such as India and Brazil. Terrence McCoy, Dr. Adeola Oyenubi and Jean Dreze join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Oct 01, 2020
1st Trump-Biden Presidential Debate: A Recap
00:47:18

President Trump and Joe Biden faced off in the first general election debate Tuesday. The candidates fielded questions on the pandemic, race and violence in the U.S., and more. We tally up the night's wins and losses. McKay Coppins, Jane Coaston and Nick Castele join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 30, 2020
Voter Roundtable: Politically Divided Family Talks Election 2020
00:47:34

It’s the latest in our series of voter roundtables – and this time we talk with a politically divided family in suburban Atlanta. Kelly Feyock, Chloe Feyock, Paige Feyock and Sophia Feyock join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 30, 2020
In 'Big Friendship,' Best Friends Share How To Stay Close For The Long Haul
00:46:43

The best friends behind the podcast “Call Your Girlfriend.” Their new book details what it takes to maintain long distance friendships. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 29, 2020
Power, Propaganda And What Justice Might Look Like For Breonna Taylor
00:47:20

A Kentucky state police report contradicts the Kentucky Attorney General, and police bodycam footage shows officers potentially violating investigation procedures. New details are forcing more questions about power, propaganda and what justice might look like for Breonna Taylor. Errin Haines, Keisha Blain and Darcy Costello join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 29, 2020
6 Months, 200,000 Deaths: Taking Stock Of The Pandemic In The U.S.
00:47:13

We're six months and more than 200,000 deaths into the coronavirus pandemic. We check in with an epidemiologist and a virologist about the latest on COVID-19. Tara Smith and Angie Rasmussen join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 28, 2020
What To Know About The Future Of The Supreme Court
00:47:32

President Trump is moving swiftly to replace Justice Ginsburg. We take a close look at how his nominee Amy Coney Barrett will push the court rightward and what it means for the future of the country. Amy Howe, Kate Shaw and Jonathan Adler join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 28, 2020
In 'Mr. 80 Percent,' An Intimate Portrayal Of Surviving Prostate Cancer 
00:47:01

The story of a Boston Globe reporter who decided to document his life with prostate cancer via a new – and very personal – podcast. Mark Shanahan, Dr. Mark Pomerantz and Tom Farrington join Anthony Brooks.

Sep 25, 2020
Week In The News: RBG, Supreme Court, Breonna Taylor
00:46:47

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and the grand jury decision about Breonna Taylor’s killing shaped this week – and might shape years to come. Kimberly Atkins, John Harris and David Savage join Anthony Brooks.

Sep 25, 2020
For This Small Business Owner, A TikTok Ban Could Pack A Big Impact
00:04:09

Kelita Butler didn’t know what TikTok would do for her cosmetics business when she made an account in May. But by the time President Trump threatened to ban the app in the U.S., she couldn’t imagine life without it.

Sep 24, 2020
From Mail-In Voting To The Ballot Box: Tackling Questions About Election Security
00:47:06

Election Day is fewer than six weeks away. But concerns around the election persist: Will it be safe to vote in person? How will states execute a variety of voting methods? Can we have faith in the legitimacy of the election results? We tackle those issues and more. Jena Griswold, Kim Wyman and Bertrall Ross join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 24, 2020
What A TikTok Deal Means For The Global Internet
00:47:04

Who owns TikTok? And what does that mean for you? We untangle the money and politics behind the fight to control the global social media giant. Louise Matsakis and Samm Sacks join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 24, 2020
Political Scholar Norm Ornstein On What's At Stake In 2020
00:47:15

“We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional.” Norm Ornstein wrote that back in 2012. Eight years later, does Ornstein think there’s any way for the U.S. to regain institutional and political stability? We ask him. Norm Ornstein and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 23, 2020
Voter Roundtable: New U.S. Citizens Share Their Election Plans
00:47:12

In this week's voter roundtable, we talk with newly naturalized U.S. citizens. How do they feel as they prepare to vote for president for the first time? Ahmed Al-Zubaidi, Fabiola Landeros, Violeta Cruz Perez and Vadym Ostrovsky join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 23, 2020
What To Know About Coronavirus Vaccine Development
00:47:12

We talk about where we are in the development of a coronavirus vaccine and what we know about the criteria for making a vaccine public. Andrew Joseph, Natalie Dean and Dr. Eric Topol join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 22, 2020
How RBG's Death Could Impact Key Senate Races
00:47:01

Power is up for grabs in the Senate this November and a Supreme Court vacancy is only escalating the stakes of key races. We talk about how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death could have an impact on races in Maine, North Carolina, Colorado and Arizona. Anthony Brooks, Steve Mistler, Dan Shea and Seung Min Kim join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 22, 2020
What The Political Response To RBG's Death Reveals About America
00:46:56

We discuss the political response to Ginsburg’s death, and what it reveals about the fragility of U.S. institutions. How is American democracy being tested now? Anne Applebaum and Stephen Henderson join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 21, 2020
Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg
00:47:27

Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her work in the 1970s proved that the Constitution prohibits gender discrimination and that equality between the sexes ought to be an affirmative American right. We talk with women in law today about how Ginsburg changed the nation. Nancy Gertner, Kathleen Peratis, Barbara McQuade and Laura Brill join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 21, 2020
Pandemic Semester: A Conversation With Student Journalists, Leaders
00:47:07

We talk to campus leaders around the country about a challenging semester for college students. 

Sep 18, 2020
Week In The News: Wildfires, Hurricane Sally, Bahrain, Barr And More
00:46:38

Wildfires rage in the West, as Hurricane Sally slams the Gulf Coast. We take that up and more in our week in review. Anita Kumar, Sewell Chan and Lisa DesJardins join Jane Clayson.

Sep 18, 2020
Radio Diary: When The Unemployment Benefits Never Come
00:05:56

Millions of Americans still haven’t yet received their benefits after being laid off during the pandemic. Denise Mines is one of them. First thing she did after being furloughed: followed all of the steps to get her unemployment benefits. Should have been pretty easy, right?

Sep 17, 2020
In 'How Ike Led,' Reflections On Eisenhower's Political Legacy
00:46:49

What we can learn from Dwight Eisenhower's life and leadership. Susan Eisenhower and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 17, 2020
Pandemic Unemployment: What Happens When Benefits Never Arrive?
00:46:54

Six months after the pandemic caused a historic number of Americans to lose their jobs, millions still haven’t gotten their unemployment benefits. We take a look at why. Clio Chang and Pamela Herd join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 17, 2020
Rethinking Gender With Mathematician Eugenia Cheng
00:48:44

A mathematician turns gender into a math problem. We hear how math can help us rethink ingrained conceptions of gender. Eugenia Cheng joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 16, 2020
Election Roundtable: What Military Veterans Want In A President
00:46:53

We talk with a roundtable of military veterans about the presidential election. What qualities are most essential in a commander in chief? What role does -- and what role should -- the U.S. military play in protecting American democracy?

Sep 16, 2020
The Trap Of Meritocracy
00:47:11

What has become of the common good? Political theorist Michael Sandel traces how meritocracy went from a satiric idea in the 1950s to a bedrock of American culture – and what we might have lost in its ascendance.

Sep 15, 2020
Lessons Of The Pacific Northwest Wildfires
00:47:26

The West Coast is facing some of the worst wildfires in its history. We take a look at the role of forest management in helping control these fires. Monica Samayoa, John Bailey and Gov. Jay Inslee join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 15, 2020
Economist Emily Oster On How We Can All Make Better Pandemic Decisions
00:47:28

From sending our kids back to school to flying on an airplane, we talk about how to make informed decisions during a pandemic. Emily Oster joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 14, 2020
The Media's Role In Calling An Election
00:47:16

As we look forward to potentially unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots in November, should we be preparing for an election night that drags on longer than normal? Noah Oppenheim and Margaret Sullivan join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 14, 2020
'14 Miles': A Look At The U.S.-Mexico Border, And The Lives Defined By It
00:47:30

We look at a 14-mile stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border. What does a border mean in an interconnected world? DW Gibson, Nicole Ramos, Serge Dedina and Stan Rodriguez join Anthony Brooks.

Sep 11, 2020
Week In The News: Woodward Book, West Coast Wildfires, Coronavirus Updates
00:47:27

The 2020 campaign heats up. The Senate takes up a pared down COVID-19 relief bill. And evidence that the president knew the threat of the coronavirus in February. All that and more in our week in review. Jack Beatty, Monica Alba and Kimberly Atkins join Anthony Brooks.

Sep 11, 2020
Survival Of The Kindest: Can Our Better Nature Help Build A Better World?
00:47:30

We discuss the lessons of the classic novel “Lord of the Flies.” Should humans be living by the notion of survival of the fittest — or survival of the kindest? Rutger Bregman and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 10, 2020
America's Reckoning With Racism: The History Already Made In 2020
00:47:31

A rebroadcast of our conversation with legendary civil rights activist Bob Moses and historian Taylor Branch on the history that’s being made in 2020.

Sep 10, 2020
How To Embrace The Uncertainty Of A Pandemic
00:47:31

We talk with entrepreneur and author Margaret Heffernan about how we can best survive -- and even embrace -- the chaos of a pandemic.

Sep 09, 2020
Election Roundtable: Where Wisconsin Voters Stand
00:47:30

Next in our voter roundtable: Wisconsin. What do voters in Wisconsin want from elected officials? How are the recent events in Kenosha affecting their vote? Randy Schmidt, Cassi Mennenoh and Alexis Arnold join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 09, 2020
'Our Malady': Historian Timothy Snyder On America's Health Care Problem
00:47:30

In December 2019, historian Tim Snyder got so sick he almost died. Snyder says his hospital experience taught him about the powerful relationship between health and liberty in the United States. Timothy Snyder joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 08, 2020
The Threat To U.S. Elections
00:47:17

Russia is attempting to interfere with the presidential election yet again. What’s Moscow doing this time? Jack Delaney, Miles Taylor and Nina Jankowicz join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 08, 2020
James Baldwin's Lessons for America
00:47:31

We look back on the life and work of the great American writer and thinker James Baldwin. Eddie Glaude, Jr. joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 07, 2020
Sergeant Heather Taylor On Ethics And Inequality In Policing
00:47:14

Det. Sgt. Heather Taylor joins us to talk about being a Black woman in law enforcement, the violence she’s experienced in her own life, and how that’s shaped her views and hopes for her career and country. Det. Sgt. Heather Taylor joined Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 07, 2020
A Conversation With Jane Goodall
00:47:22

60 years ago, Jane Goodall first began her close observations of Tanzania’s chimpanzees. Equipped with simple binoculars, a notebook and patience, she transformed the way the world understood primates and wildlife. She joins us to look back on her legacy, and discuss the urgent challenges around climate and conservation. Jane Goodall joins Anthony Brooks.

Sep 04, 2020
Should The Electoral College Exist? 
00:46:44

The electoral college has been a fixture of American democracy -- and criticism -- since the nation’s founding. We’ll explain why it endures. Alex Keyssar, Tara Ross and Jack Beatty join Anthony Brooks.

Sep 04, 2020
What To Know About College Reopening In A Pandemic
00:46:44

College students across the country are returning to campuses for the first time since the pandemic hit. But some campuses closed almost as soon as they opened. We look at how the decisions are being made to reopen higher ed. Andy Thomason, Holden Thorp and Caroline Anders join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 03, 2020
The History And Future Of Sports Activism
00:47:19

Sports teams and athletes around the country held strikes last week to stand up against racial injustice. We talk about this moment in sports activism, and its history and future. Howard Bryant, Amira Rose Davis and Etan Thomas join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 03, 2020
Rethinking America's 'Deficit Myth' With Economist Stephanie Kelton
00:47:35

Fiscal policy in a pandemic. We discuss why COVID-19 is giving a bigger voice to economists with very different ways of looking at the deficit. Stephanie Kelton, Joseph Stiglitz and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 02, 2020
Election Roundtable: What Democratic Voters Want From Biden
00:47:11

We talk with more voters. This time, Democrats. Some are all in on Joe Biden. Others will be holding their noses at the ballot box. What do Democratic voters want for -- and from -- their candidate? Rodrigo Gomez-Carlin, Melissa Brant and Andrea McCoy join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 02, 2020
What We Learned — And What We Didn't — From Hurricane Katrina
00:47:31

It’s been 15 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated our country. And while many of us remember the storm as an acute moment in history, a new book is making a case that the lead-up to Katrina made its impacts inevitable. We talk about the structural issues that affected our recovery from Katrina, and what more needs to be done. Sarah Broom, Andy Horowitz and Jarvis DeBerry join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 01, 2020
What's The Connection Between Civilian Militias And The Police?
00:47:14

Across the country this summer, we’ve seen vigilante militants incite violence at protests for racial justice. We talk to a former FBI agent who went undercover with right-wing militants in the 1990s about the groups' overlap with law enforcement. Michael German, Jonathan Levinson and LaFleur Stephens-Dougan join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Sep 01, 2020
Could Rapid Testing Help Life Return To Normal?
00:47:25

An announcement from the White House could expand rapid COVID-19 testing significantly as President Trump boasts about U.S. testing capacity. Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Michael Mina joins Meghna Chakrabarti to lay out the testing failures so far, and discuss how rapid tests could help get our lives back to normal in the pandemic.

Aug 31, 2020
After Conventions, Natural Disasters And More Protests, Checking In Across The Country
00:47:25

We’ll drop down in several different cities around the country with our reporters’ roundtable for an update on protests and the pandemic, and to see how the after effects of the political conventions are playing out across America. LaToya Dennis, Luis Carrasco, Molly Peterson and Rose Scott join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 31, 2020
Tracing The Path Of The Modern GOP, From Reagan To Trump
00:46:51

Wall Street Journal editor Gerald Seib has been a fly on the wall of the Republican Party over the past 40 years. He joins us to unspool the history that led up to President Trump’s election in 2016, and chart the course of the GOP into the future. Gerald Seib, Oren Cass and Mindy Finn join Jane Clayson.

Aug 28, 2020
Week In The News: The RNC, Hurricane Laura, Protests In Wisconsin
00:47:25

President Trump defies the Hatch Act at the Republican Convention. The Gulf Coast is slammed by one of the most powerful storms in decades. And a police shooting in Wisconsin rocks communities across the country. All that and more in our weekly news roundup. Jane Coaston, Mary Bruce and Paula Reid join Jane Clayson.

Aug 28, 2020
How Mayors Are Handling The Crises Facing Their Cities
00:47:35

We’ll talk to the mayor of Kansas City and others about the challenges to running their cities now. Protests, coronavirus, unemployment — we’ll discuss the way forward at the local level. Quinton Lucas and David Holt join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 27, 2020
They Voted For Trump In 2016. Will They Do It Again In 2020?
00:47:31

We’re talking to voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump in 2016. Four years later, they explain the issues they care about, what they think of the job President Trump has done, and how they’ll vote this time around. Cheryl Johnson, Matt Powell and Tommy Stallings join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 27, 2020
Samantha Bee On Satirizing A Political System In Crisis
00:46:47

Does a nation in the midst of an historic pandemic and deep political division still need satire? We'll ask veteran satirist Samantha Bee, who joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 26, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence: What Do We Know About The President's Right-Hand Man?
00:47:13

We’ll look at Vice President Mike Pence – his record as VP, and his role in the Trump re-election campaign. Michael D'Antonio joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 26, 2020
The President Versus The Post Office
00:47:36

Postmaster general Louis DeJoy has maintained under oath that his changes to the U.S. Postal Service have nothing to do with President Trump’s reelection. We talk about why it’s still significant that the president is going after a public institution, and the state of our democracy. Lisa Rein and Susan Stokes join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 25, 2020
The GOP Won't Introduce A New Party Platform For 2020. So What Does It Stand For?
00:47:31

The GOP will not roll out a new party platform ahead of the 2020 presidential race, instead opting to declare fealty to President Trump’s agenda. So, what does the Republican Party stand for now? Tim Alberta joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 25, 2020
From Interference Abroad To Repression At Home: Examining Vladimir Putin's Power Plays
00:47:46

Last week, a Senate committee outlined the Trump 2016 campaign's ties to Russia, and a Russian opposition leader was hospitalized in a potential poisoning. We'll talk Vladimir Putin's strategy of power. Masha Gessen and Mark Mazzetti join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 24, 2020
Ahead Of The Republican Convention, Anticipating President Trump's Pitch For A Second Term
00:47:22

Today marks day one of the Republican National Convention; what can we expect from President Trump as he makes his case for a second term? Philip Rucker, Steve Harrison, Julia Terruso and Matt Mackowiak join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 24, 2020
Columnist E.J. Dionne On How To Unite The Democratic Party
00:47:00

Columnist E.J. Dionne has called on progressives and moderates in the Democratic party to unite under what he calls a banner of decency, dignity and democracy. Does he think that’s happened? E.J. Dionne and Charlene Carruthers join Jane Clayson.

Aug 21, 2020
Week In The News: DNC, Colleges And Coronavirus, USPS And More
00:47:20

A historic Democratic convention. Furor over the postal service. And universities thrown off course by COVID-19. It’s our weekly news roundup. Karen Travers, Elizabeth Landers and Laura Barrón-López join Jane Clayson.

Aug 21, 2020
Portrait Of An Outbreak: How Coronavirus Spread In The Prince George's County Jail
00:47:35

The Prince George’s County jail in Maryland allegedly puts people with COVID-19 into cells dirty with body fluids. Staff throw supplies through the door. Many people at the jail haven’t been convicted. In fact, they haven’t even had their trials yet. So now, they’re taking the jail to court. Alfonso Diantignac, Katie Chamblee-Ryan, Aisha Braveboy and Marguerite Lanaux join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 20, 2020
Joe Biden, The Candidate: A History Of A Long And Winding Political Career
00:46:57

Joe Biden is officially the Democratic party’s presidential nominee. We look back at Biden’s political career, from his election to the senate at age 29, to his first run for president, and beyond. Phil Freedman, Steven Levingston, Jack Beatty and Jennifer Senior join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 20, 2020
Election 2020: America's Foreign Policy Future
00:47:23

Foreign policy is in the Democratic platform, but it’s not a big talking point at the party convention. Maybe it should be. We talk with global analysts about why any plan to rebuild the U.S. internally might also rely on restoring the nation’s position internationally. Stephen Walt and Dr. Leslie Vinjamuri join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 19, 2020
A Look At The Possible Advisors Of A Biden Presidency
00:47:27

Who are the team of advisors and confidants that would influence a Biden presidency? We talk about the rising Democratic luminaries in the foreground, and the lobbyists hovering in the background. Aisha C. Mills, Robert Kuttner, Rep. Jim Clyburn and Sen. Cory Booker join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 19, 2020
100 Years Later: The Complicated History Of The Women's Suffrage Movement
00:47:40

We look back at the last century of voting and examine how women and women of color have impacted our politics. Errin Haines, Lisa Tetrault and Adele Logan Alexander join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 18, 2020
DNC, Day Two: A Look At The Democratic Party Platform
00:46:59

Day two of the Democratic National Convention. We examine the party’s platform in detail. From ideas on controlling the pandemic to resuscitating the economy, what’s the Democratic vision for America? And is it achievable? Kimberly Atkins, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Brad DeLong and Rep. Ro Khanna join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 18, 2020
Is An Eviction Crisis On The Horizon?
00:47:19

The federal eviction moratorium has expired, yet a staggering number of Americans still can’t make rent during the pandemic. Without a safety net, are renters barreling toward an eviction crisis? Emily Benfer, Josephine Lee, Latisha Gonzalez and Tiana Caldwell join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 17, 2020
What To Expect From The Political Conventions Of A Pandemic
00:47:09

The media and political conventions have long had a symbiotic relationship, with the RNC and DNC offering era-defining TV moments like Goldwater at the Cow Palace, and Obama’s star-making speech in 2004. This year it will all be on screens, with no uproarious applause. We talk about why that matters. David Folkenflik, Bakari Sellers and Dan Rather join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Aug 17, 2020
Week In The News: Biden-Harris Ticket, Stimulus Stalled, COVID-19 Latest
00:47:21

Kamala Harris on the Democratic presidential ticket. Congress stalled over stimulus package negotiations. All that and more in our weekly news roundup. Molly Ball, Monica Alba and Jack Beatty join Jane Clayson.

Aug 14, 2020
The Hosts Of 'Teenager Therapy' Want To Help You Feel Less Alone
00:46:42

Three hosts of the breakout podcast “Teenager Therapy” give us a peek into their world with a discussion about the pandemic and the state of the nation. Gael Aitor, Mark Hugo and Isaac Hurtado join Anthony Brooks.

Aug 06, 2020
How New Hampshire Got Its Primary And Held On Tight
00:47:12

As N.H. voters head to the polls, we look back at the history of the state's outsized influence in presidential elections and whether it’s time to loosen the Granite State's grasp on primary politics. Lauren Chooljian, Jack Beatty and Megan Messerly join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Feb 11, 2020
Colorado's Polka-Dotted Middle Way
00:46:09

Colorado is pushing a lot of boundaries and buttons lately. On fracking, gun law, marijuana, secession. We catch up with Colorado

Nov 21, 2013
Week In The News: Romney and Ryan and Issac
00:46:00

From Tampa, Mitt’s big night. Paul Ryan’s debut. Isaac’s deep water and the Democrats rev up. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Aug 31, 2012
Predator Nation
00:55:06

“Inside Job” director Charles Ferguson on Wall Street now, and the crisis still to be addressed.

May 23, 2012
Week In The News: Health Care, Trayvon Developments, JetBlue
00:45:49

Health care and the high court. A JetBlue freak-out. The Trayvon Martin story grows. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Mar 30, 2012
Examining Rick Santorum
00:47:36

Rick Santorum now ties or leads Mitt Romney in national polls. Is he the anti-Romney, the anti-Obama? We’ll look at “Mr. Faith and Family.”

Feb 15, 2012
Crisis In Syria
00:46:09

The body count surges in Syria. The US closes its embassy. Russia and China have the West fuming over their UN veto. Where is this headed?

Feb 07, 2012
Back To The Farmland
00:45:01

The dream and reality of living off the land. A novice farmer tells his story.

Apr 08, 2011
Week In The News
00:46:29

Budget showdown in Washington. A major 9-11 trial is sent to Guantanamo. A full airliner rips open in flight. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Apr 08, 2011
Reimagining Malcolm X
00:44:37

A new telling of the life of Malcolm X, from a biographer who’s already gone.

Apr 07, 2011
Ryan's Plans For Medicare And Medicaid
00:23:59

A new Republican budget plan would mean revolutionary changes for Medicare and Medicaid — for the old and poor and the country’s finances. We’ll look at what’s on the table.

Apr 07, 2011
Paying For Privacy
00:23:49

Buying back your own privacy. The high cost of keeping your personal information personal.

Apr 06, 2011
Risking A Government Shutdown
00:45:19

A government shutdown looms as Democrats and Republicans fight over big budget cuts on Capitol Hill. We’ll dive in.

Apr 06, 2011
Warren Buffett's Investment Dynasty
00:45:57

Scandal, succession, and investment icon Warren Buffet at 80.

Apr 05, 2011
President Obama's Energy Plan
00:45:05

Every president since Richard Nixon has vowed to get the U.S. off imported oil. We’ll take a tough look at the latest plan — President Obama’s.

Apr 05, 2011
College Basketball And Money: Should Players Get A Cut?
00:23:33

College basketball’s March Madness makes millions – but not for the players. We’ll tap into the hot debate over sharing the NCAA spoils.

Apr 04, 2011
The NYT's Anthony Shadid On His Captivity In Libya
00:44:48

New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid on being captured by Gadhafi forces and what’s ahead for Libya.

Apr 04, 2011