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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. 

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.

Rape Kits Often Go Untested For Decades

Mar 5, 2018

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of rape kits never get tested. Albuquerque, New Mexico has a plan to fix that. We’re hearing it.

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


Mayor Tim Keller, mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico. (@MayorKeller)

Jessica Contrera, features reporter for the Washington Post. (@mjcontrera)

Can An Immigration Deal Get Done?

Mar 5, 2018

Gun control is in the spotlight, but what about an immigration deal? Is there the political will to get it done?


Fernando Pizarro, Univision correspondent covering Congress, the White House and immigration. (@FPizarro_DC)

Stephen Lee, professor of law at the University of California Irvine School of Law.

Korina Iribe Romo, 28-year-old with DACA status. Advocacy director at the student organization Undocumented Students for Education Equity.

The 90th Academy Awards take place this Sunday night, and a number of films stood out amida scandal-ridden year for Hollywood. From the controversy surrounding “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” to the dreamlike romance with a fish-man seen in “The Shape of Water,” there’s no a lack of opinions about who deserves to win, and who got snubbed.

The Kerner Commission Report on racial inequality in America. Fifty years after riots rocked America, they’re taking another look at what’s changed, and what hasn’t.

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


Alan Curtis, president and CEO of the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation who co-edited the foundation’s report, “Healing Our Divided Society.”

Jared Kushner, son-and-law and adviser to President Donald Trump, lost his top-level security clearance this week, putting in jeopardy a broad portfolio that includes peace in the Middle East and trade with China and Mexico.

What’s his future in the White House? And, given his marriage to President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, did he belong there at all?

Keeping the elderly in their own homes. Most of us want to. But who will care for them? And what about the costs? The crisis in home health care.

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


E. Tammy Kim, writer and fellow at the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.  (@etammykim)

You Need A License For That

Feb 26, 2018

In some states, you need a license not just to be a doctor — but an interior designer, an animal tooth-filer, a hair braider. We’ll talk to a few people who are trying to change the system to make it easier to do work.

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


Henry Curr, U.S. economics editor at The Economist. (@henry_curr)

Critics say Google unfairly squashes its competition, like Standard Oil a century ago, or AT&T a generation ago. Is it time for a trust-busting government to intervene?


Charles Duhigg, journalist, author, New York Times contributor. (@cduhigg)

Billy Graham Dead At 99

Feb 21, 2018

With Tom Gjelten. 

Billy Graham, the famed Evangelical preacher, has died at 99.

We’ll talk about the mark he left on Christianity and America.

This show will air Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST. 


The Rev. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. (@albertmohler)

With Tom Gjelten.

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russians for their role in spreading misinformation and discord in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election — pushing then-candidate Donald Trump, critical of Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, Russian information warfare has continued and the Russians are gearing up to do it again in the 2018 midterms, according to American intelligence officials.

We’ll get the latest.

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