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Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.

Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.


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Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.




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Inflation, record-high gas prices, interest hikes: Making sense of our confusing economy

Record-high gas prices. Interest rate hikes. A tight jobs market. Inflation at a 40-year high. We discuss the confusing state of the American economy. Rana Foroohar joins Meghna Chakrabarti.


What we know about the forces behind the Jan. 6th insurrection

The January 6th select committee is continuing to pick apart the events and forces that led up to the attack on the Capitol. After weeks two of hearings, what have we learned about Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election? Andrea Bernstein, Ilya Marritz and Jack Beatty join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.


Title IX, 50 years later: Why female athletes are still fighting for equality

50 years ago, Title IX outlawed sex-based discrimination at federally funded schools. But in collegiate level sports, you’d be pushed to know it. Donna Lopiano and Lori Bullock join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.


COVID reinfections, emerging variants: Your pandemic questions, answered

COVID reinfections were considered rare in 2020, but emerging variants have now made them increasingly likely. We discuss what we now know about COVID-19. Akiko Iwasaki and Dr. H. Cody Meissner join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.


As war drags on in Ukraine, is it time to talk compromise?

U.S. aid is helping Ukraine in its ongoing battle with Russian invaders. But ongoing conflict comes with a risk. As war drags on ... is it time to talk compromise? Anne Applebaum, Steven Simon and Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.


The Supreme Court of mistrust

Despite their differences of opinion, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have always regarded mutual trust as a pillar of their establishment. But the leak of a draft ruling has rocked that. So is the court forever changed? Dahlia Lithwick, Amy Howe and Carolyn Shapiro join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.


Smarter health: How AI could change the relationship between you and your doctor

Will artificial intelligence replace doctors? It's the final episode in our series “Smarter health." Dr. Sumeet Chugh and Stacy Hurt join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Smarter health: How Greece used AI to reopen its borders and curb COVID

Summer 2020. The worldwide COVID death toll had hit half a million. And the Greek government had a decision to make. How could the nation open up to tourists while also keeping COVID under control in Greece? In this podcast extra, On Point senior editor Dorey Scheimer talks with professor Hamsa Bastani. Bastani helped develop 'Eva,' an AI algorithm that helped Greece curb COVID.


How New Mexico is learning to live with the megadrought

The Western megadrought. This year, it's brought early, record-breaking wildfires to New Mexico. The drought is forcing permanent ecosystem changes. Can there be longterm solutions? Mayor Louie Trujillo and John D’Antonio join Meghna Chakrabarti.


How the NRA's creed defines America's gun debate

For decades, the NRA has said that America's astronomical rate of gun violence is "the price we pay for freedom." We'll look at that creed, and how it may be the most powerful force in the American debate about guns. Frank Smyth and Pat McCrory join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Jan. 6th hearing: Will the committee's message break through to the American people?

Congress's January 6th select committee is broadcasting its hearings directly to Americans. But with partisan gaps widening, and fewer people saying Trump is responsible for the attack on Congress, can the hearings break through with the American people? Lisa Desjardins, Steven Levitsky and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Author Steven Rinella's tips for raising 'outdoor kids in an inside world'

Phones. TVs. Computers, everywhere inside. But outside, how can we help kids see the forest beyond the screens? Steven Rinella joins Meghna Chakrabarti.


Smarter health: Regulating AI in health care

Health care is heavily regulated. But can the FDA effectively regulate AI in health care? It's episode three of our series “Smarter health." Elisabeth Rosenthal, Finale Doshi-Velez and Yiannos Tolias join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Gun laws in America and how the ATF was set up to fail

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives enforces gun laws already on the books. How can enforcement happen when the very agency charged with doing so are handicapped by Congress? Champe Barton and David Chipman joins Meghna Chakrabarti.


In 'Work Pray Code,' author Carolyn Chen reflects on what happens when we worship work

Many Silicon Valley companies want their software engineers to live for their jobs. And they offer them everything from meals to dry cleaning to spiritual coaches. But is the office really the place to find a life’s worth of fulfillment? Carolyn Chen and Lauren Padron join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Inside the science of empathetic joy

Mass grief. Mass outrage. Seemingly everywhere. But can we also learn to share in each other’s joy? Eve Ekman, Shelly Gable and Amelie, an On Point listener, join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Adm. James Stavridis on what decision-making in the heat of battle can teach civilians

Admiral James Stavridis knows what it takes to make decisions in battle. Stavridis says the things needed to make good decisions in war are not that different from what's needed to make good decisions in everyday life. He'll tell us about it.


Smarter health: The ethics of AI in health care

AI, ethics, your care. It's episode II of our special series “Smarter health." Glenn Cohen and Yolonda Wilson join Meghna Chakrabarti.


In 'Secret City,' author James Kirchick traces the unknown history of gay Washington

Post-World War II, there was something seen as even worse than being a communist in U.S. politics: being gay. We discuss how lives and careers were lost through decades of bipartisan homophobia. James Kirchick joins Meghna Chakrabarti.


Can Texas find its way out of the state's gridlocked gun debate?

Texas used to have some of the strictest gun laws in America. But since they were relaxed, there have several mass shootings across the state. We talk to Texans about the laws they've stripped away. Rep. Joe Moody and Michael Cargill join Meghna Chakrabarti.