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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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Race And Self-Protection In America: RJ Young's Memoir On Black Gun Ownership

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 2:35pm
African-Americans and gun ownership. In his new memoir, RJ Young writes about what he calls a “literal arms race … ramped up by racialized fear.” He joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

The Future Of Health Care — As Laid Out By Democrats, Republicans Ahead Of Midterms

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 12:01am
Health care is dominating midterm messaging. But Democrats and Republicans are offering two starkly different visions. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks to Jo Mannies, Jonathan Cohn and Reid Epstein about what’s resonating with voters and why.
Categories: Syndicated

Race And Self-Protection In America: RJ Young's Memoir On Black Gun Ownership

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 12:00am
African-Americans and gun ownership. In his new memoir, RJ Young writes about what he calls a “literal arms race … ramped up by racialized fear.” He joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Vermont Secretary Of State: Hacking Attempt 'That Said Russian Federation' Raised Concerns

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 2:28pm
Vermont's Jim Condos called into On Point to explain what his state has been doing to bolster election security. He also revealed the Green Mountain State was the target of an unsuccessful Russian voter registration database hack.
Categories: Syndicated

In Conversation With RuPaul, America's Most Famous Drag Queen

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 2:23pm
RuPaul Charles, America's most famous drag queen, was abandoned by his father as a child. He says it was an experience he couldn't let go. RuPaul tell Meghna Chakrabarti it was drag that finally set him free.
Categories: Syndicated

Election Security Across The States As Voters Prepare To Hit The Polls

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:01am
With the midterms on deck is there a security plan in place to protect your vote against foreign interference? Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Tim Starks, Eric Rosenbach and Marian Schneider.
Categories: Syndicated

In Conversation With RuPaul, America's Most Famous Drag Queen

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am
RuPaul Charles, America's most famous drag queen, was abandoned by his father as a child. He says it was an experience he couldn't let go. RuPaul tell Meghna Chakrabarti it was drag that finally set him free.
Categories: Syndicated

Week In The News: Latest On Saudi Saga, Midterm Battles And More

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:01am
Secrets, lies, truths and U.S.-Saudi relations. Gloves come off in midterm battles. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA. Margaret Talev, Fernando Pizarro and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
Categories: Syndicated

In 'The Hate U Give,' A Portrait Of Police Violence, Code-Switching And More

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:00am
A black teenager sees a friend killed by a white police officer. That's the storyline of the new film "The Hate U Give." The director George Tillman Jr. and young activists Kaia Hines, Alycia Moaton and Demetrius Doward tell David Folkenflik stories.
Categories: Syndicated

Transparency And Drug Prices: Will The New U.S. Mandate On TV Ads Drive Costs Down?

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:01am
The Trump Administration wants pharma companies to list drug prices on ads for all prescriptions paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. Could it drive down costs? Sarah Karlin-Smith and Gail Wilensky join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Author James Hansen On 'First Man' Neil Armstrong, As Apollo 11 Hits The Big Screen

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:00am
The new movie “First Man” puts the Apollo 11 moon landing on the big screen. But what was Neil Armstrong, the man who took that giant leap, really like? Meghna Chakrabarti asks NASA historian and Armstrong biographer, James Hansen.
Categories: Syndicated

'Checked The "Black" Box': On Point Caller On Race-Conscious College Admissions

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 2:22pm
Our caller Samantha says that last year her white daughter was denied by Johns Hopkins University. She re-applied with a near identical application, most notably changing her race — and was accepted.
Categories: Syndicated

'We Don't Do That': Harvard President Larry Bacow On Discrimination, Admissions And More

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 8:58am
A lawsuit alleging discrimination against Asian-American applicants to Harvard is playing out in court. We spoke to Harvard President Larry Bacow about admissions, race and more back in July.
Categories: Syndicated

Harvard Admissions Trial Underway With Affirmative Action, Diversity Under Scrutiny

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:01am
Affirmative Action is on trial. Harvard goes to court to defend itself against charges it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. Max Larkin, Peter Wood and Nicole Gon Ochi look at the debate with Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Sears, The Changing American Marketplace And Retail Disruption

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:00am
Sears once changed the American marketplace. Now, it’s filed for bankruptcy. Sarah Halzack, Vicki Howard and Louis Hyman join Meghna Chakrabarti to look at the retail industry’s latest disruption.
Categories: Syndicated

U.S.-Saudi Relations Strain As Trump Promises Action Over Missing Journalist

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:01am
President Trump vows severe punishment and tweets he’s sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman as the rift grows over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Steven A. Cook joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Categories: Syndicated

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Opens Up About His NASCAR Career And Concussion Concerns

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:00am
NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up to Meghna Chakrabarti about concussions, fears and why he put the brakes on his storied career. We also hear from Michael Collins, who's treated Earnhardt Jr. for concussions since 2012.
Categories: Syndicated

Week Ahead: Michael Aftermath, Midterms, Mattis, Saudi Relations

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:01am
Ayesha Rascoe, Naftali Bendavid and Adam Smith join Meghna Chakrabarti and open their notebooks to look ahead to the week’s news at home and abroad.
Categories: Syndicated

On U.S. Foreign Policy: Should America Be Doing Less In World Affairs?

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00am
Stephen Walt on U.S. foreign policy failures. He says it all traces back to what Walt calls a “liberal hegemony” and the idea that the U.S. can spread democracy without accountability. Walt tells Meghna Chakrabarti it’s time for a more restrained approach.
Categories: Syndicated

Week In The News: Kavanaugh, Haley, Hurricane Michael And More

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:01am
Justice Kavanaugh takes his seat on the Supreme Court. Nikki Haley heads for the exits. Hurricane Michael threatens lives. Alexis Simendinger, Toluse Olorunnipa and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
Categories: Syndicated