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On Point’s host, Tom Ashbrook, is an award-winning journalist brought to public radio by the attacks of September 11, 2001, when he was enlisted by NPR and WBUR-Boston for special coverage, after a distinguished career in newspaper reporting and editing.
Tom’s career in journalism spans twenty years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, and author. He spent ten years in Asia — based in India, Hong Kong, and Japan — starting at the South China Morning Post, then as a correspondent for The Boston Globe. He began his reporting career covering the refugee exodus from Vietnam and the post-Mao opening of China, and has covered turmoil and shifting cultural and economic trends in... Read More...
From On Point
- Week In The News: Bannon Subpoenaed, Shutdown Looms
Bannon subpoenaed by Mueller. Talk of government shutdown…again. And the Koreas to march under one flag at the Olympics. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.
- For Millennials, Astrology Is On The Rise
Why more millennials are using stars and signs to navigate and make sense of our complex world.
- Congress Scrambles To Avoid Shutdown
The shutdown showdown—as a DACA deal fades, Republicans are scrambling for a strategy to keep the government open even if it’s for only one month.
- 'The Road Not Taken' In Vietnam
Historian Max Boot on Cold War-era soldier-spy Edward Lansdale, the American maverick who thought he knew how to win the Vietnam War.
- Listen: Singer Elizabeth LaPrelle Performs Appalachian Ballad
The folk singer Elizabeth LaPrelle joined NPR’s On Point Wednesday to perform an Appalachian ballad from a Grammy-nominated album, and to speak about what it means today.
- Could The Democrats Take Control Of Congress In 2018?
The 2018 midterms are shaping up to be a nationwide referendum on President Trump. Is control of Congress in reach for the Democrats? We’ll dig in.
- 'The Appalachian Ballad Tradition'
A Grammy-nominated album celebrates Appalachia’s rich legacy of story songs. We’ll listen to how the ballad resonates today.
- David Frum: Recovery From Trump Will Be ‘The Work Of A Generation’
The new book “Trumpocracy” is a catalog of the damage that top never-Trumper David Frum says the president is doing to American institutions and the presidency.
- The U.S. Is Quietly Preparing For 'Last Resort' War With North Korea
Hawaiians calm their war jitters and the US president and the North Korean dictator hit 'pause' on the threats, but the U.S. military quietly prepares for war.
- Writer Ijeoma Oluo On The 'Santa Claus-ification' Of MLK
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a brilliant man with “amazing, actionable” ideas, but the holiday that bears his name presents a sanitized version of the civil rights hero, the writer and activist Ijeoma Oluo told NPR’s On Point Monday.