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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.

Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are in the homestretch of their race for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. We’re talking to people on the ground about the race, and whether Moore will win despite allegations of improper sexual contact with underage girls when he was in his 30s.

Guests:

Leada Gore, reporter at the Alabama Media Group. (@LeadaGore)

Troy Turner, editor of the Opelika-Auburn News. (@troyturnernews)

Time magazine’s Person of the Year is the #MeToo silence breakers. They spoke out and held powerful men accountable, from Matt Lauer to Harvey Weinstein and more. Where does the movement go?

In the midst of our show, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat of Minnesota, said he was resigning from office after allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct.

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

Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea Winter Olympics for a systematic and state-sponsored doping scheme that gave its athletes a competitive advantage.

We’re joined by a panel of sports and foreign affairs writers, plus Richard McLaren, the author of the “McLaren Report” — he helped investigate the allegations fro the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in the case of the baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a gay couple — Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The court’s ruling could change the boundaries of free speech and have huge ramifications for religion and gay rights.

We’re joined by advocates on both sides of this First Amendment dispute.

This show airs Wednesday at 10 a.m. EST. 

We’re talking to Henry Louis Gates Jr. and folklore scholar Maria Tatar about their groundbreaking new book, “The Annotated African American Folktales.”

Also be sure to check the “Circle Round” podcast, a storytelling show for kids.

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

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defends and deflects from the White House. Is she just doing her job? We’re taking a look inside the briefing room with people who are there every day.

Guests:

Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS News. (@MajorCBS)

The 2018 Grammy nominations are out. Rap and hip hop dominate. We talk about everything from classical to Albita’s Cuban big band sound to Jay-Z, who — with his album 4:44 — led all musicians with eight nominations.

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

Guests:

Dee Lockett, associate editor at Vulture. (@Dee_Lockett)

Slaves on the auction block in 2017 in North Africa. We’re joined by CNN reporters who helped expose it in Libya, and a New Yorker writer who’s also chronicled migrant exploitation.

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

Guests:

Nima Elbagir, senior international correspondent for CNN. (@NimaCNN)

Raja Razek, CNN journalist. (@rajarazek)

Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier now says VR could be the “evilest invention of all time.” He’ll join our show to make the case.

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

Guest:

Jaron Lanier, virtual reality pioneer, author and musician, author of “Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality.”

Is this the end for net neutrality? President Trump’s FCC chief moves to eliminate it.  What could your Internet look like when the net isn’t neutral?

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

Guests:

Klint Finley, senior writer for Wired. (@klintron)

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