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out of 1607 ratings.

Would be better without callers

by Freelancer 170 on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

This program suffers from its call in portion. Everyone gets their say, no matter how ill informed they are. As a listener, I want to hear the informed opinions of writers and reporters, not the left wing and right wing nuts who call in with misinformation from occupydemocrats or info wars respectively.


by AlphaJohns on
Rating: ★★★★★

Inspired to post a review after listening to the Jan. 15,2019 episode of a conversation with the author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” (Shoshana Zuboff), and host Meghna Chakrabarti.I could have listened for hours more — please Meghna, have Professor Zuboff back so the two of you can talk again. Perhaps a series with her about this topic?... would be fantastic; even patriotic...I’ve increasingly been appreciating your hosting in general Meghna—thanks!

Not as good as it was. Less balanced and empathetic.

by DT1992DTDT on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This show just isn't as good as it was with Tom Ashbrook. Often the hosts stumble over words and seem barely informed on the subjects they cover.

I Miss Tom

by TaraM87 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I have been a listener for many years. Tom Ashbrook was just a better host. The new folks are doing okay but it isn’t the same - more left wing, more extreme, and less empathetic. Still a good program but bring Tom back — at least occasionally! Tom = 5 stars and new hosts = 4 stars.

On point is back - on point!

by Paglitl on
Rating: ★★★★★

I loved Tom and was disappointed to hear about the problems he created. It took a while for the show to find another good interviewer- or two. I have always liked Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik. Neither lets the show go stale or off on a tangent and the daily topics are - well, topical.

Amazing podcast!

by Long time in China on
Rating: ★★★★★

Meghna does a wonderful job interviewing guests and acknowledging different points of view. Her research is solid and she is always well informed. I though it would be hard to replace Tom, but I like Meghna's style more and more and don't miss Tom at all.

You are missed Tom Ashbrook

by Pierce1239875 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Please do another news podcast Tom ashbrook. The world waits for your voice.

Still waiting...

by Janelle7 on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This show used to be my Absolute favorite podcast. But it lost its warmth and flow after removing Tom Ashbrook for rubbish reasons. Sorry,but the quality of shows has fallen. If Tom ruffles some feathers in the pursuit of excellence, so what. Unfortunately Tom was a victim of Me Too gone too far. BRING BACK TOM! I’m sure I’m not the only listener that feels this way and waiting for him to return on air.

Not the Same Quality After Tom Was Canned

by Cali MusicLover on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Used to be my favorite and one of the best podcasts available. The quality of the show has taken a nosedive since Tom's sacking.. I gave the show time to recover and get back to it's previous quality, but It has not so I have given up. Sadly, I am moving on.

Fridays are a disaster

by @tmn on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I’m an old listener to the news roundup from back in the Tom Ashbrook days. Whatever you want to say about what happened, he was a highly informed, highly professional discussion leader. I listened anxiously as WBUR tried out a series of hosts in the wake of Ashbrook’s departure. Why in the world was David Folkenflik chosen? He is awkward and rude, stumbling over his own words and interrupting both guests and panelists mid-thought while strewing “um”s through the entire hour. His understanding of the issues seems paper thin. It’s agony to listen to him. Meghna Chakrabarti is a thousand time’s better (if not quite on Ashbrook’s level). The show needs an articulate host!

Tom Ashbrook

by Scotach on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Tom Ashbrook must come back. I used to listen to this very day. Now, perhaps once a month. Please, please, bring Tom Ashbrook back.

Meghna and her guests are wonderful

by waffleninja808 on
Rating: ★★★★★

On Point has great topical stories and thoughtful coverage.

Not liking the new hosts!

by CLOU52 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I really liked Tom Ashbrook's veracity and depth many issues.

Still Fantastic

by Khethil on
Rating: ★★★★★

Megnha and David have done a fantastic job keeping what worked and made this show great. Love it - It fleshes out topics, taking them wherever they may lead. Callers aren't front loaded (obviously) and the genuineness shines through. Great for current events, politics and big issues of the day

Content is great; could do without the call-in feature

by k8.mcgowan on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Content is great. Journalism and guests likewise. I don't think the call-in feature adds anything to the show. I'd rather listen to the conversation in the studio instead of having the host constantly cutting those conversations short because, "We have to take another call."

On Point - job shaming episode

by Hebrew-English speaker on
Rating: ★★★★★

I just recently discovered the podcasts of this program. Really enjoying the thoughtful conversations. Regarding the job-shaming episode, I believe that any job is to be respected and all work is dignified. My problem with the economy (in the U.S. and Israel where I live) is that some work doesn’t provide an adequate income to provide for decent housing, food, healthcare, etc. That is unconscionable to me.

John Kerry

by Tripgrl on
Rating: ★★★★☆

David Folkenflik had a wide-ranging interview with Secretary Kerry. My only slight criticism is I wish Secy Kerry could have been allowed to finish his thoughts without interruption from the host. I much appreciated hearing Secretary Kerry’s advice to the citizens of the US. Be a voter!

Bring back Tom

by djgilhooly on
Rating: ★★★★★

He seems to acknowledge his wrongdoing and is deserving of a 2nd chance. His show is too important and his voice is missed at a time when American media needs such informed and in-depth discussions.Bring back Tom!

Still love it

by RichGVT on
Rating: ★★★★★

Used to love Tom Ashbrook but get why he had to go. Wasn’t sure I would continue listening but have been pleasantly surprised that we continue to get 2 interesting and well produced shows every weekday. Especially like week in review every Friday.

Bring Back Tom

by sj_mcginnis on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

If there was ever a need for a thoughtful conversation, it would be today.

Bring back Tom Ashbrook

by MegBla on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Bring back Tom Ashbrook.

Lost soul

by Thomasthomasth on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Bring back Tom Ashbrook. Show lacks character.

I miss Tom

by MrBrewIV on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I still listen, but I miss Tom.

No longer what it once was

by DaniBri73 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

As a long time listener, I appreciated this show for giving an opportunity for conversations between differing viewpoints on important topics. It has sadly morphed in recent months into some Hannity and Colmes-esque conservative platform that severely limits challenges to conservative narratives or only lets tame criticism in. Shame on those responsible for warping such as great show.

Robert Siegel could save this show!

by long time listener. on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Can’t do it anymore. Just unsubscribe today to this show that I’ve been a fateful listener for years. If in the future on point decides to put so called experts from both sides of the topic and a host that allows more callers from opposing views I’ll come back. Right now it’s just another preaching to the choir show.

On Point

by banannamom on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Consistently informative. Tom Ashbrook has the ability to take topics you cannot even imagine being interested in, and making them enormously fascinating. His warmth and authentic concern for the viewpoints of the callers puts this program into the five star category!Updated Review: 6/18Unfortunately, that previous review no longer holds. The four-five stars is now down to one. This is especially true for the cerebral, but heartless, Jane Clayson. Is management even listening to these shows? Can’t you hear how poorly she treats callers? (She routinely cuts them off, and often is not even polite about it! )Well, it’s obvious to me that that she loves talking to the guests but only barely tolerates callers. What a disgrace! The only enjoyable week since you yanked Tom away was when Robert Seigel was the guest host. No one else even approaches the bar set by Tom. I dearly miss him.JES

Robert Siegel

by EnamoredWithTom on
Rating: ★★★★★

Yes. Robert. Thank you. If not Tom, then Robert.

Robert Siegel: quality will out

by Mr. Poultry on
Rating: ★★★★★

I was a devoted fan of Tom Ashbrook, but thank you for rousting Robert Siegel from retirement. I had forgotten how good he is. While he does not have Tom’s hilarious bombast, he is equally well-read, insightful and up-to-date on his guests. He is the ideal host: intelligent with a fine sense of humor, able to ask challenging questions, unflappably polite. He draws out his guests (or guest correspondents on Friday), corrects them or the callers when they’re misinformed without insulting them, and keeps the show lively and moving along. As one other commenter noted, pausing the guest(s) before the break without strangling them is a skill that few hosts have. Robert can watch the clock without appearing to rush his guests. May he continue moderating “On Point”!

With age comes wisdom

by sililoquy on
Rating: ★★★★★

Robert. As seasoned as you are,Jane is proving to be a formidable and amicable competitor. May the best man win. ....I am biased.

On Point with Robert Siegel

by miyejan on
Rating: ★★★★★

Thanks to To Robert Siegel for coming out of retirement to host On Point. He is such an excellent host and interviewer. I had taken him for granted when he hosted All Things Considered. It’s great to hear him again bring depth and thoughtful conversation to the topics. Janet Kessler Ventura Ca

Missing Tom

by Lady who misses Tom on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I’ve given the show a chance since he was forced to go but unfortunately have come to understand that it was mainly about how good he was. Since then I’ve found other podcasts to replace my need for intelligent analysis of the news. Please bring him back so I can come back as well. Missing Tom.

Jane Clayson

by nhc130 on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I was just listening to the widowed fathers episode and got so fed up with Jane’s inconsiderate manner that I had to pause to write this. She kept cutting the men off and abruptly saying such tone deaf things like “thank you” right as the men were sharing extremely painful and personal stories. Such an emotionally incompetent person should not be facilitating a conversation like this. Yes, she has to keep the podcast moving, but there are many hosts out there who handle transitions and moving forward with more professionalism and grace. I am unsubscribing.

Not Ray Suarez, pls

by h_h_h on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I totally understand the decision to do away with Tom Ashbrook, and I understand that his replacement will not have all of his strengths, but PLEASE try harder to find someone who can carry the show. Only, I believe, 3 people have been filling in (auditioning?) since Ashbrook left and they are all very stiff! Ray Suarez is painfully square, and he is a classic mansplainer. I may unsubscribe soon if you all don’t start trying out other (younger, perhaps?) talent.

Hit or miss

by allstoriesmatter on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

As an independent I used to love On Point because there was always a neat topic and politics had lots of respect for all sides. It’s pretty hit or miss now. Not worth my name anymore, it’s just like any other show.

Miss Ashbrook

by TherealmcGruff on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Since Ashbrooks dismissal, this podcast has become sub-par/below average.

Wish it wasn’t so long..,

by Craigslister 206 on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Somehow reformatting this into 20-30 Min episodes would make it perfect!

I Miss Tom Ashbrook!

by Music Sudekick on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

For a long time, I would not miss an episode of On Point...but with Tom Ashbrook gone, I rarely find it interesting. C’mon, everyone makes mistakes; forgive & forget and get Tom back where he belongs!

Really miss Tom but the show remains GREAT

by Madisonms on
Rating: ★★★★★

Was so heartbreaking to see Tom go. Very sad if all accusations are true, but I’m so relieved that the show quality (especially Jane and Magna) maintaining the excellence of the show.

We Miss You Tom

by Celticspats12 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Previous review:The Epitome of Fine JournalismThoughtful reporting with exceptionally selected guests Tom brings meaningful analysis to a variety of highly relevant topics. Fascinating and always insightful. Bravo and thank you for this wonderful program.NOW:The quality of this show has degraded to the point of being not worth listening to. Everything that Tom Ashbrook brought, painstakingly deep research and a gracious interview style, are absent now. Abrasive hosts are unable to effectively lead a conversation and quality insights are long gone. I used to marvel at the depth of questions and knowledge this show used to bring to a wide variety of topics day after day. Now it is amateurish and frankly barely worth your time to listen. Sadly, you are better served finding something intellectually deeper.

Not the same without Tom

by Ohenmgeeitskay on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This show was made interesting when Tom Ashbrook was hosting. Other hosts just don’t bring the life that Tom used to bring to the show.

Still My Favorite!

by "Kount" on
Rating: ★★★★★

The departure of Tom Ashbrook was a disappointment. I continue to listen to On Point for an in depth discussion of important topics. The Ray Suarez 50 year retrospective at the Kerner Commssion report on Race in America was superb! Is there a plan to have another regular host?

Used to be better.

by Fattestcats on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I listened to this podcast religiously for many years. However, over the past year or so the quality has declined quite a bit. The stories just aren't all that interesting. I miss the older hard-hitting investigative stories for which Tom Ashbrook was well known. Lately, the stories all seem to cater to millenials or be about millenials. They are softer, less analytical, less critical, less interesting, and usually disappointing.

Not the same without Tom

by BringBackTom on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This used to be my favorite podcast and best way to stay informed while living abroad. However, without Tom's thoughtful interviewing style, it's just another news show, and not a great one. Tom would always respectfully consider every point of view and thank each caller. These replacements haven't figured out how to handle the callers and often abruptly cut them off or offer no feedback or response to their questions/comments. I now only listen to the Week in the News, because I still like Jack Beatty.

Lost focus

by PLuGLu on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Tom Ashbrook, however flawed a taskmaster he was, gave this program its flavor. It’s not been the same since he’s been gone.

A shadow of its former self

by ZeroThaHero on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Big mistake to let Ashbrook go without trying to remedy the problems. While I respect the guest hosts individually in the other work they do, the show is a mere shadow of its former self. Used to never miss a show every day. Now I rarely listen except on Fridays....love Jack Beatty. HUGE loss for listeners without Tom Ashbrook.

I agree with those who miss Tom

by longTimeListener1stTimeWriter on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I have listened to hundreds of OnPoint podcasts, but without Tom Ashbrook it's no longer worth the time. It was an enormous mistake to fire him. A real loss, especially in our troubled times.Ps. Jack Beatty is fantastic.

Bring back Ashbrook

by kathy_gh on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I used to love this show. Cant stand it anymore. Pls bring tom bk.

Nothing without Ashbrook

by thetruthmayhurt on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Since they fired Tom for highly questionable reasons, this show has died. It's now unlistenable.

Was as good as radio gets, now just average

by jersey walker on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Tom was the best host out there. Now that they fired him this show has gone from stellar (my favorite podcast) to just kind of ok. The drop in quality since his departure is really evident to everyone. It’s unfortunate employees felt abused by Tom’s management style, and I do sympathize. I wasn’t there and don’t know how bad the environment was. But he certainly did push them to make one of the best shows out there day in and day out. Despite the suffering they should be proud of the work they did. I hope Tom is able to get some help and come back with a new show, and I hope his former employees find closure.I’ll give the stand in hosts a chance to grow into it but so far nobody holds a candle to Tom’s hosting. I do like Ray, and hope he fills in more.

Spark gone without Tom

by Jerhn on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I loved On Point. Loved. Past. Without Tom and his inquisitive and probing questions; without his seemingly endless knowledge of the topic at hand; without his genuine curiosity and ability to craft questions in such a way, with passion, to evoke a panelists equally passioned response - I feel...I know - On Point is now just another talk show with guests. I will miss you On Point...I guess we all have to move on sometime.