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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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Rome Exchanged Freedom For Autocracy. Is The U.S. Headed Down That Path?

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:00am
Is America on the brink? Looking back at the fall of Rome and what it can teach us about America now. Edward Watts joins David Folkenflik.
Categories: Syndicated

We're All Struggling With Tidiness And Clutter. Here's How You Can Handle It

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 4:26pm
"Studies have shown that people will spend about $5,000 a year on impulse buying, just buying stuff," says psychology professor Joseph Ferrari. "And they have up to $7,000 worth of clutter, items in their home that they never use."
Categories: Syndicated

Rep. Henry Cuellar: Trump Thinks The Only Border Security Is A Wall. 'He's Just Wrong'

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 3:18pm
"We've provided money for space and for medical officers. We've done a lot of that in the past," Rep. Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas, says of border funding. "But the problem is, is that the president doesn't really want to hear any of that."
Categories: Syndicated

There Is A Crisis Along The Southern U.S. Border. It's Not The One The President Describes

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:01am
There is growing chaos at the southern border, as some officials say the Trump administration’s focus on deterrence at the border has left them unable to handle and properly house thousands of families. John Burnett, Rep. Henry Cuellar and Mary Jo Pitzl join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Looking To Cut Clutter From Your Life? Here's Where To Start

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:00am
Clutter: why we have it, what it does to us and how to climb out from under its heavy burden. Joseph Ferrari and Nicole Anzia join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Sen. Van Hollen On The Wall: 'Let's Not Hold The Country Hostage To This Debate'

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 12:59pm
"Shutting down the government, denying services to millions of Americans and requiring 800,000 people to go without pay, some working without pay, is not the right way to deal with this," the Democratic senator from Maryland told On Point.
Categories: Syndicated

Manafort Accused Of Sharing Election Data With Russian Contacts

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 9:59am
Paul Manafort shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with a business associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence, and prosecutors say he lied to them about it, according to a court filing.
Categories: Syndicated

Analyzing Presidential Power And Trump's Prime-Time Address On The Border

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 12:01am
President Trump makes his case for a crisis at the southern border. We’ll examine his prime-time address to the nation and the extent of his executive powers. Eliana Johnson and Julian Zelizer join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Athletes Take On Exploitation, Amateurism, Putting Self-Preservation First

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 12:00am
More athletes are refusing to be exploited, from high school, to college, to the pros. It’ll be a big trend in 2019, and we’ll dive in. Kevin Blackistone, Robert Kehoe, Rachel Galligan and Terri Jackson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's 70 Percent Tax: The Numbers Behind The Proposal

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 12:01am
Radical? Or the right thing to do? We’ll analyze the numbers behind Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to push the top tax rate to 70 percent. Peter Diamond and Brian Riedl join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

'Trailblazer' Dorothy Butler Gilliam's 'Fight To Make The Media Look More Like America'

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 12:00am
Dorothy Butler Gilliam was the first black woman reporter at the Washington Post. She shares her story and her quest to make the media look more like America with Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Coast Guard Retirees Among Those Struggling To Make Ends Meet Amid Shutdown

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 5:42pm
Retirees of the United States Coast Guard, which falls under the command of the Department of Homeland Security, may not receive their future payments as long as the government shutdown continues.
Categories: Syndicated

Where The Government Shutdown Is Hitting Americans The Hardest

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:01am
The government shutdown drags on. We’ll examine if there’s a deal on the horizon, and check in with real people affected by the shutdown. Julie Burr, Lisa Desjardins, Aaron Payment and Heidi Burakiewicz join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

A History Of Western Engagement With Afghanistan -- And Where The U.S. Fits In Now

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
There’s been blowback following almost every Western engagement with Afghanistan. What are the lessons of history as the U.S. Thomas Barfield and Aaron B. O'Connell considers pulling troops out this time? join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Week In The News: Government Shutdown, New Congress, Romney, Warren And More

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 12:01am
The government shutdown hits the wall. The Democrats flex muscles in the House. Elizabeth Warren explores. Mitt Romney rebukes. Seung Min Kim, Janet Hook and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
Categories: Syndicated

A Closer Look At Traditional Parenting Advice: Do We Really Know What We're Doing?

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 12:00am
Jennifer Traig, a frazzled Ph.D. with two kids and a wicked sense of humor, takes stock of all the parenting advice she’s encountered: the good, bad and really out there. She and Carvell Wallace join David Folkenflik.
Categories: Syndicated

House Leadership Changing Hands: Democrats' Design, And Republican Response

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:01am
The Democrats take over the majority in the House. We’ll examine their game plan for the government shutdown, Mueller investigation and big policy proposals. Sahil Kapur, Tracy Sefl and Alex Conant join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Trump's EPA Announces Another Revision For Coal Plant Regulations

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:00am
The EPA wants to roll back regulations of mercury emissions from coal plants. But there are serious health risks if that happens. Umair Irfan, Janet McCabe and Celia Chen join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Hello, 2019: What Lies Ahead On The National And World Stages In The New Year

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:01am
Welcome to 2019. We'll talk with some big thinkers about the major political, economic and cultural forces that will shape the New Year. Beverly Gage, Diane Swonk and Ian Lustick join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Self-Care And Body Positivity: How Companies Are Rebranding For Wellness

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:00am
Beauty and diet companies are rebranding themselves as wellness companies. But does layering on a dose of inner peace make a difference if the goal is still weight loss or better skin? Angelica Lavito, Mindy Grossman and Traci Mann join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated