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On Point offers a lively conversation on everything from breaking news to ancient poetry. It creates a different kind of conversation about the country and world we live in. Maybe it's the kind of national conversation you've always wanted: fast, fun, serious, surprising. Open to everyone. And above all, unflinchingly honest.

This show no longer airs on our station.

We’re talking to Henry Louis Gates Jr. and folklore scholar Maria Tatar about their groundbreaking new book, “The Annotated African American Folktales.”

Also be sure to check the “Circle Round” podcast, a storytelling show for kids.

This show airs Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST. 

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defends and deflects from the White House. Is she just doing her job? We’re taking a look inside the briefing room with people who are there every day.


Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS News. (@MajorCBS)

The 2018 Grammy nominations are out. Rap and hip hop dominate. We talk about everything from classical to Albita’s Cuban big band sound to Jay-Z, who — with his album 4:44 — led all musicians with eight nominations.

This show airs Friday at 11 a.m. EST. 


Dee Lockett, associate editor at Vulture. (@Dee_Lockett)

Slaves on the auction block in 2017 in North Africa. We’re joined by CNN reporters who helped expose it in Libya, and a New Yorker writer who’s also chronicled migrant exploitation.

This hour airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST. 


Nima Elbagir, senior international correspondent for CNN. (@NimaCNN)

Raja Razek, CNN journalist. (@rajarazek)

Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier now says VR could be the “evilest invention of all time.” He’ll join our show to make the case.

This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST. 


Jaron Lanier, virtual reality pioneer, author and musician, author of “Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality.”

Is this the end for net neutrality? President Trump’s FCC chief moves to eliminate it.  What could your Internet look like when the net isn’t neutral?

This show airs Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST. 


Klint Finley, senior writer for Wired. (@klintron)

The Benefits Of Silence

Nov 27, 2017

In this high-volume world, do we need more stillness in our lives?  We’ll tag along with Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge’s quest to find silence in the middle of New York City all the way to Antarctica.

This show airs Monday at 11 a.m. EST. 


Erling Kagge, explorer, lawyer, art collector and author of “Silence, In The Age Of Noise.”

Vanilla, chili, garlic, soy. We’ll taste the “Eight Flavors” that writer Sarah Lohman says now define American cuisine and culture.

This show originally broadcast on December 15, 2016.

'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

Nov 22, 2017

Why Bob Dylan matters. We’re joined by Richard F. Thomas, a “Dylanologist” and Harvard professor, to make the case.

You can listen along with this episode by checking out our Spotify playlist.

With guest host Anthony Brooks. This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST. 

With faith in institutions at historic lows and technology changing the way we live, who can you trust? We talk to an author who wrote a book that explored the question.

With guest host Jane Clayson. This show airs Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.

Sam Sifton and Melissa Clark of the New York Times join the program to share recipes and talk about how to make a great Thanksgiving feast.

With guest host Jane Clayson. This show airs Monday at 11 a.m. EST. 


Sam Sifton, food editor of The New York Times. (@samsifton)

Our roundtable — Margaret Brennan of CBS, Aaron Blake of the Washington Post and On Point news analyst Jack Beatty — take on the week’s news: Women accuse Roy Moore and Sen. Al Franken. Tax bill looks to gut Obamacare. Jeff Sessions talks Russia.


Margaret Brennan, White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News. (@margbrennan)

A purge and palace intrigue in Saudi Arabia. Lebanon’s prime minister resigns. We’ll try to pull back the curtain on what’s really going on in the Middle East.

This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST.

On the heels of the Las Vegas and Texas massacres, Newtown families want gun makers held liable. They’re in court again. Could this be the way?

This hour will air Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.

The floodgates have opened on calling out sexual abuse and harassment. Comedian Louis C.K. and Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama are the latest powerful men to face disturbing accusations. We’ll talk Naomi Alderman, Erin Gloria Ryan and Elizabeth Tippett about whether we’re at a tipping point.

We will also get an update on the Roy Moore allegations from a reporter in Alabama.

This hour will air at 11 a.m. EST.

We’re in Ames, Iowa, the last stop on our year-long national listening tour. We’ll be talking with Iowans about the way ahead for America.

With guest host Jane Clayson. 

Florida State comes down hard after a fraternity death. We’ll look at the ongoing problems with Greek life.

This show airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST. 

Renowned food writer Mark Bittman gives us his vegetarian best. Food for a green planet. He’s with us.

Plus, we’ll talk with New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan. 

This show will air Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST. 

Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius on the President in Asia, the Russia investigation and his new thriller, “The Quantum Spy.” He joins us.

This show will air Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST. 

You might not know it, but open enrollment for Obamacare has begun. We’ll look at how to pick best options, under and outside the Affordable Care Act.

This show will air Monday at 11 a.m. EST.

New York terror attack. Mueller’s first charges and a guilty plea. GOP tax plan. Social media giants grilled by Congress. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

This show will air Friday at 10 a.m. EST. 

Embracing The Word 'Witch'

Nov 1, 2017

This Halloween season and beyond, some women are embracing the word “witch.” We’ll ask why.

Wolves Of Yellowstone Are Back

Nov 1, 2017

The wolves of Yellowstone. They’re back. They’re still wolves. It’s complicated.

On Point In Atlanta On The Middle Class

Oct 27, 2017

We’re in Atlanta on our national listening tour, taking stock of what it means to be middle class today and how the middle class fares under President Trump.

This hour will air Friday at 11 a.m. EST.

Bush Twins On Life In The Public Eye

Oct 26, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson. 

Presidential daughters and granddaughters Barbara and Jenna Bush join the program to talk about their new book, “Sisters First.”

The book explores the stories behind the headlines, from a childhood in Texas to a young adulthood in the White House — and in the public eye.

This hour will air Thursday at 11 a.m. EST.

Bill O’Reilly’s $32 million sex settlement shocker. Harvey Weinstein. A reckoning for non-disclosure agreements. Is it time to stop buying silence?

Gretchen Carlson joins us to discuss.

One Family Reaped Billions From Opioids

Oct 24, 2017

The untold story of the family that made billions off of America’s opioid flood, knowing the risks and pushing the product.

A chemical industry insider now has a top job at the EPA and is rolling back rules on toxic chemicals. Is safety being compromised?

Reining In The Tech Giants

Oct 23, 2017

Congressional calls for more regulation, oversight of Facebook. Google, Amazon, Apple also getting scrutiny. Is it time?

Teen Anxiety On The Rise

Oct 19, 2017

American teens are suffering record anxiety. We’ll look at why. And what helps?