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Go behind the headlines: From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point hosts Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik speak with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.
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Week In The News: Shutdown Continues, William Barr's Hearing, Brexit Bombs

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:01am
Blame and pain as the federal shutdown rolls on. "I will not be bullied," says Trump’s pick for attorney general. Brexit implodes. Anita Kumar, Zack Beauchamp and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
Categories: Syndicated

'Surviving R. Kelly': Documenting Decades Of Abuse From The R&B Singer

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:00am
Allegations against R&B singer R. Kelly have been circulating for decades. Why did it take a TV documentary to get people to pay attention? Dream Hampton, Renée Graham and Bill Wyman join David Folkenflik.
Categories: Syndicated

Social Services, Taxpayer Dollars And Religious Freedom: A Balancing Act

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 5:13pm
Last year, a South Carolina faith-based organization turned away a couple that wanted to become foster parents. Why? The couple was Jewish, and Miracle Hill Ministries accepts only Christian parents into its program.
Categories: Syndicated

Years Before Rahaf Mohammed, Another Saudi Woman Escaped. This Is Her Story

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 3:51pm
"Laura" was locked in her room for periods of eight to nine months at a time. She fled from Saudi Arabia to Canada in 2013.
Categories: Syndicated

Government Shutdown Day 27: Checking In With A Federal Employee

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:23am
We check in with those hit hardest by the government shutdown, now in its record 27th day.
Categories: Syndicated

After Saudi Teen Granted Aslyum, A Look At Life For Women In The Kingdom

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:01am
A Saudi teen who fled her allegedly abusive family is granted asylum in Canada. We’ll look at what’s changing and what’s not for women in Saudi Arabia. Sarah Aziza, Yasmine Mohammed and "Laura" join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Christian Foster Care Reopens Debate On Religious Freedom And Government

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:00am
A South Carolina ministry's Christian-only foster care policy is the latest flashpoint in the debate over religious freedom and government social services. We’ll take it up. Laura Meckler, Robin Fretwell Wilson and Jedd Medefind join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

'We Are Running Out Of Time': What's Next For Brexit

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 5:15pm
The British Parliament delivered a crushing, historic defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan yesterday, 432-202. Where does that leave things now?
Categories: Syndicated

The Fate Of Brexit

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:01am
The make-or-break vote on the Brexit deal with Britain’s future hanging in the balance. We’ll turn to London for reaction and what's next. John Peet, David Herszenhorn and Amanda Sloat join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

LA Teachers On Strike, Calling For More Funding For Classrooms

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:00am
Teachers on strike, this time in Los Angeles, the country’s second-largest school district. We’ll hear the debate on both sides. Howard Blume, Gloria Martinez, Nick Melvoin and Dale Lee join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

'We Are No Longer The Customers': Inside 'The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism'

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 4:02pm
"Digital technologies offer us tremendous gifts. 21st century citizens should not pay for those privileges with ... having been relegated to the status of free, raw material for a new regime of capitalism," author Shoshana Zuboff says.
Categories: Syndicated

'He Doesn't Know What To Do': Sen. Mitch McConnell's Role In The Shutdown

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 3:15pm
On Day 25 of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, we wanted to focus on what Congress’ most powerful Republican — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — is doing about ending the impasse.
Categories: Syndicated

Sen. Mitch McConnell: The Man In The Middle Of The Government Shutdown

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:01am
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the legislative arsenal to end the  shutdown. So, why isn’t he? We’ll look at why McConnell is sitting this one out. Alec MacGillis and Jasmine Farrier join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

How Tracking And Selling Our Data Became A Business Model

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:00am
There are new calls for tech companies to stop selling your location to third parties. We’ll look at the economics and perils of "surveillance capitalism." Shoshana Zuboff joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

'Existing On A Plane Of Burnout': An Intersectional Discussion On Millennials And More

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 3:17pm
Burnout. It’s that feeling beyond exhaustion where you keep pushing yourself, past the point where you even know why you’re pushing at all.
Categories: Syndicated

Two Years Since Trump's Inauguration, Surveying An Extraordinary (And Desensitizing) Presidency

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 2:30pm
Wherever you stand, it’s easy to agree that Donald Trump is anything but a "usual" president.
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2 Years In, The Trump Presidency's Defining Moments And Consequences For The U.S.

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:01am
Jan. 20, 2019 marks the second anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. By almost any measure, his has been a norm-breaking presidency. We’ll look at defining moments thus far. Margaret Talev, Adrienne LaFrance, Yara Bayoumy and McKay Coppins join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

'The Burnout Generation': Millenials And The Mindset Of 'Working All The Time'

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am
Debt, uncertain work, unrealistic expectations – are millennials turning into the burnout generation? Anne Helen Petersen and Tiana Clark join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

What Americans Can Learn From The Fall Of The Roman Republic

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 2:17pm
The fall of the Roman empire has fascinated history buffs and close students of power for centuries. The fall of the Roman republic, however, may cast more light on our age.
Categories: Syndicated

Week In The News: Shutdown Day 21, Border Wall And Manafort's Russia Contacts

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:01am
The government shutdown drags on, President Trump digs in deeper on the border wall and new Russia revelations. David Nakamura, Natasha Bertrand and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
Categories: Syndicated