On Point

Mondays through Thursdays at 11 am

hybrid of a talk program and a news-magazine, "On Point" puts each day's news into context and provides a lively forum for discussion and debate. Topics chosen for the program are often taken from the biggest news stories of the day while others have a direct connection to issues that are at the core of what is urgent and important in the world at the moment. Interwoven are programs containing interviews with personalities, politicians, musicians, writers, and journalists.

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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.

Intel Chiefs’ Russia warning. FBI contradicts White House on Porter. Deadly school shooting. Immigration gridlock. Our weekly new round table goes behind the headlines.

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


Michael Crowley, senior foreign affairs correspondent for Politico. (@michaelcrowley)

We have some news to share with you. Yesterday, Boston University, which owns WBUR, dismissed Tom Ashbrook from his role as host of On Point. BU reached this decision after an independent review verified claims that Tom had created an abusive work environment.

We talked to NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik about the dismissal of the longtime host.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

A new exhibit at the National Museum of American Indians takes visitors from the Trail of Tears to Native Americans in pop culture. We’ll talk with the curators of “Americans.”

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

Is John Kelly's Time Up As Chief Of Staff?

Feb 12, 2018

With guest host Jane Clayson. 

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is facing blowback again, this time after standing by a top aide, Rob Porter, accused of domestic violence. The aide is now gone, but not after significant controversy. Is it time for John Kelly to go?

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


Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today. (@SusanPage)

With guest host Indira Lakshmanan. 

Let the games begin. The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea. From athletes to watch to politics behind the scenes, we’ll take you there.

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


Rory Carroll, sports correspondent for Reuters covering the Olympics in South Korea. (@rorydcarroll)

With guest host Indira Lakshmanan.

From Oprah and Gayle to you and your BFF, we’ll explore the joys and complications of female friendships.

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


F. Diane Barth, psychotherapist and author of “I Know How You Feel: The Joy And Heartbreak Of Friendship In Women’s Lives.” (@fdbarthlcsw)

With guest host Indira Lakshmanan. 

Senator Bob Menendez sees his bribery case dismissed after a hung jury and a judge’s decision. A former Virginia governor, meanwhile, saw his charges vacated at the Supreme Court, leading to a domino effect from Louisiana to New York. We’ll ask if it’s gotten too hard now to prosecute politicians for corruption.

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

A Living Will For Alzheimer's

Feb 5, 2018

With guest host Indira Lakshmanan. 

While you’re still of sound mind, should you lay out the medical care you want if you’re diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Now, you can.

Dr. Barak Gaster’s dementia-specific advance directive can be found at this link.

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


Dr. Barak Gaster, professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.