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Hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, On Point is broadcast for two hours daily across the country on NPR. The show’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.

Broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon ET, with listener call-in, from WBUR in Boston, the show airs on more than 210 NPR stations coast to coast. 

Tom Ashbrook is On Point’s host and managing editor. Jack Beatty, On Point’s news analyst, appears each Friday on our Week in the News roundtable and on other shows throughout the week.

On Point’s senior producer is Karen Shiffman. Our team of producers includes Julie DiopPien HuangStefano KotsonisAlex Kingsbury, and Sam Gale Rosen.  On Point’s director is Eileen Imada and our technical director is James Ross.

Who's Moving In Together, And Why

20 hours ago

With guest host Tom Gjelten. 

Cohabitation nation. More unwed Americans are living together than ever before. We’ll ask who and why.

We used to call it shacking up. But a couple living together before they marry is the new normal. Two out of three couples who’ve married since 2000 started out by living together. For some, it was a good first step. For many, it was just a matter of economic necessity. This hour On Point: Cohabitation Nation. How the living-together trend is remaking relationships and highlighting gender and class divisions.

Concussions, Kids And Contact Sports

Aug 15, 2017

From the NFL to Pop Warner, we know the danger of concussions now. Should kids play football?

Trump Versus The GOP

Aug 15, 2017

Republicans and the president on Charlottesville, on their bigger agenda. Can this political marriage be saved?

The Opioid Crisis As 'National Emergency'

Aug 14, 2017

The opioid crisis is described now as a “national emergency” by the president. Will this open the floodgates for more funding, more help?

The Male Advantage In Online Dating

Aug 11, 2017

A man books six dates in one night. The women find out. What’s going on with modern dating?

Digging Up A New Dinosaur

Aug 10, 2017

Move over T-Rex, there’s a new heavyweight champion of dinosaurs. Say hello to Patagotitan.

Fake News Bots Are Here

Aug 9, 2017

Russian Twitter bots and more haven’t stopped pumping out propaganda and disinformation since the election. We’ll look at the power and prevalence of social media bots.

High Tensions Over Legal Marijuana

Aug 8, 2017

Reefer madness. Pot’s legal in 29 states but not at the Federal level and Jeff Sessions does not like marijuana. Where does this go?

The Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding Abroad

Aug 7, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Famine. 20 million people now on the brink in Africa and the Middle East. We’ve got reporters on the frontlines.

We are in Portland, Maine on our national listening tour talking about the president now, our divided U.S. economy, and how gentrification is playing out in Portland and beyond.

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