On Point
On Point
WBUR & NPR
Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.
Radio Diary: On The Frontlines
The U.S. health care system relies on tens of thousands of workers -- nurses, doctors, lab technicians, porters, food service workers, sanitation workers and many more. But in the midst of the pandemic, what is it about health care that’s keeping them there? We talk with two health care workers about the support they need and their experiences on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Dec 1
8 min
Nurses Share Stories From The Coronavirus Surge
Nine months. 13 million cases. More than 260,000 deaths. How are health care workers doing? We talk with nurses about what they've seen, and how they've endured. Juan Anchondo, Mary Jo Kelly and Ellen Arigorat join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Dec 1
47 min
The Education Crisis Facing Homeless Students
The dawn of 2020 saw a record number of American children experiencing homelessness. For many of those million-plus children, school was the most reliable place in their life. So what happens when education goes remote? Barbara Duffield, Kerri Tobin and Melissa Douglas join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Nov 30
47 min
'Spymasters' Author Chris Whipple On Presidential Transition, Future Of The CIA
Journalist Chris Whipple speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti about the challenging road ahead for President-elect Joe Biden, restoring the CIA and his new book "The Spymasters."
Nov 27
47 min
In 'How Ike Led,' Reflections On Eisenhower's Political Legacy
What we can learn from Dwight Eisenhower's life and leadership. Susan Eisenhower and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Nov 26
46 min
Presidential Transition: What We Know About Biden's Cabinet Picks
We take a look at who Biden has picked to lead, and what the choices say about the administration that's taking shape. Tyler Pager, Aisha C. Mills and Martha Kumar join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Nov 25
47 min
The Problem With Polling — And How To Fix It
Election 2020 again proved there's a problem with polling. But when it comes to understanding the electorate, are there any better options? We discuss the problems with polling, and how to fix it. Natalie Jackson joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Nov 24
47 min
How Right-Wing Media Fuels The Political Divide
Matthew Sheffield started his career as a conservative blogger. He says many Americans don’t understand how powerful right-wing media really is -- or how damaging it is to American democracy. Now, he says he wants to free people from it. Matthew Sheffield, Nicole Hemmer and Eliana Johnson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Nov 23
47 min
Radio Diary: 'On Eagle's Wings'
Earlier this month, Joe Biden addressed the nation for the first time as president-elect. Biden will be the second Catholic president in the nation’s history, and he referenced his Catholic faith by invoking a particular hymn. The hymn draws from Psalm 91 in the Bible. But it was composed by Father Jan Michael Joncas, a priest, artist-in-residence and research fellow in Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. We speak with Father Joncas about the story behind 'On Eagle's Wings.'
Nov 20
7 min
What To Expect From The Final Days Of The Trump Presidency
President Trump has fired several top level members of his administration in the past couple of weeks. So what else can we expect from the president in his remaining days in office? Jack Beatty, Suzanne Spaulding and Kori Schake join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Nov 20
47 min
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