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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.

Author Ann Patchett's Year Of No Shopping

Jan 3, 2018

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer

Rethinking what we need versus what we want. Author Ann Patchett took up the challenge.

This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST.


Ann Patchett, author of seven novels and three works of non-fiction, co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.

With guest host Sacha Pfeiffer.

As we start off 2018, we’re looking at how innovators are changing the world, from healthcare to food production to renewable energy.


Mark Stevenson, futurologist and author of “We Do Things Differently: The Outsiders Rebooting Our World.” (@Optimistontour)

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

We look back at 2017. Trump’s first year. Washington politics to North Korea jitters. This year’s big news stories and where they’re headed next.

This show airs Friday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. EST. 

With guest host Tom Gjelten. 

The new film “The Post,” with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, puts the Pentagon Papers back on the front page. The massive leak of government documents helped shed light on the Vietnam War, and the lies the government was telling about it.

Among others, we’re talking to Leslie Gelb, a former Department of Defense official who will tell us exactly how leaker Daniel Ellsberg got away with the documents.

We’re digging in and consider its impact on journalism, now.

With guest host Tom Gjelten.

Grammy-nominated saxophonist Miguel Zenón talks jazz and his native Puerto Rico.

This show airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST. 


Miguel Zenón, saxophonist and composer with multiple Grammy nominations, including best Latin jazz album for his latest album “Tipico.” (@miguelzenon)

With guest host Tom Gjelten.

The Divisions In Christianity Over Sex

Dec 19, 2017

With guest host Tom Gjelten. 

Five hundred years after the church was split by the Protestant Reformation, there’s a new division in Christianity. Now, it’s all about sex. Can the fissure be healed? We’ll be joined by three members of the clergy to discuss.

This show airs Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST. 

With guest host Meghna Chakrabarti. 

Independent contractors are delivering your Amazon holiday packages. Are they being exploited?

This show airs Monday at 11 a.m. EST.


Bryan Menegussenior reporter for Gizmodo. (@bryandisagrees)

Doug Jones beats Roy Moore in Alabama. Republicans near final passage of a tax bill. A bomb goes off in New York. We’re talking to Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post, Molly Ball of Time magazine and On Point news analyst Jack Beatty about the week that was.



Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post. (@ktumulty)

Exploring 3,000 Years Of Jerusalem History

Dec 14, 2017

With guest host Tom Gjelten. 

Now that President Trump formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, we’re exploring the city’s 3,000 years of multicultural history.

This show airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST.