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Go behind the headlines: From the economy and healthcare to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point talks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.

Go behind the headlines: From the economy and healthcare to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point talks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.


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Go behind the headlines: From the economy and healthcare to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point talks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.




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'Little America' Depicts The Immigrant Experience Not Seen In The Headlines

“Little America” is the new Apple TV + series that documents the complexity of the immigrant experience. Kumail Nanjiani and Joshuah Bearman join David Folkenflik to discuss the stories not seen in the daily headlines.


Week In The News: 2020 Election Latest, Trump's DOJ, Barr Responds To Trump Tweets

On to Nevada and South Carolina for the Democrats. The heavy hand of Trump’s Justice Department. And a whole lot more in our week in review roundtable. Susan Glasser, Molly Ball and Gerald Seib join David Folkenflik.


Is It Time For A New U.S. Strategy In The Middle East?

Former U.S. diplomat Martin Indyk, who has spent his career trying to fix problems in the Middle East, says it’s time to rein in our grandiose vision for the region in exchange for something more attainable. Martin Indyk joins Meghna Chakrabarti.


Unpacking Why Federal Prosecutors Quit The Roger Stone Case

Four federal prosecutors in the case of former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone have pulled out of the legal proceedings, after the Department of Justice undercut their sentencing recommendations. We’ll look at the mix of politics and justice that brought us to this unprecedented point. Paula Reid, Donald Ayer and Jill Hasday join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Why A New Wave Of Economists Are Championing Slow Economic Growth

A thriving nation needs a growing economy ... or does it? A lot of economists say maximum growth is bad for society and the planet, and they’re preaching slow-growth -- or even no-growth -- economics. Dietrich Vollrath and Kate Raworth join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Road Map To 2020: Looking Ahead To Nevada, South Carolina And Beyond

With the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary in the rear view mirror, we’ll take a look at strategies Democratic hopefuls will turn to ahead of contests in Nevada, South Carolina, and beyond. How could the race for the Democratic nomination change as the rest of America gets its say? Lily Adams, Gavin Jackson, Antjuan Seawright and Mark Longabaugh join Meghna Chakrabarti.


How New Hampshire Got Its Primary And Held On Tight

As N.H. voters head to the polls, we look back at the history of the state's outsized influence in presidential elections and whether it’s time to loosen the Granite State's grasp on primary politics. Lauren Chooljian, Jack Beatty and Megan Messerly join Meghna Chakrabarti.


It's Primary Day In New Hampshire. Who Will Come Out A Winner In The Granite State?

We're broadcasting from the Granite State as voters head to the polls. We'll bring you the candidates’ final arguments and the last minute decisions voters are wrestling with. Anthony Brooks and Holly Shulman join Meghna Chakrabarti.


In 'Imperfect Union,' Steve Inskeep Traces The History Of America's First Celebrity Political Couple

NPR’s Steve Inskeep tells the story of one of America’s first celebrity political couples and their impact on history in his new book "Imperfect Union." Steve Inskeep joins Meghna Chakrabarti.


Week Ahead: N.H. Primary, Post-Impeachment Politics, 2020 Election Latest

Getting ready in New Hampshire after Iowa’s wobbly start. We’ll look ahead to what’s happening on the ground in the first-in-the-nation primary. Anthony Brooks, Jack Beatty, Yamiche Alcindor and Janet Hook join Meghna Chakrabarti.


The Complicated History Of The Classic Neo-Noir Film 'Chinatown'

A new book examines the 1974 film "Chinatown" and the colorful, complicated and compromised Hollywood figures who made the troubling classic. Sam Wasson joins David Folkenflik.


Week In The News: Impeachment, Iowa Caucus Latest, Trump's State Of The Union Address

A week drenched in history – Trump acquitted by the Senate – but not before Mitt Romney votes to convict and remove his fellow Republican. We'll also review confusion in the Iowa caucuses, the State of the Union and more. Jeanne Cummings, Marc Lacey and Wendy Benjaminson join David Folkenflik.


How Private Companies Are Changing The Future Of Space Exploration

Private companies like SpaceX are testing vehicles for manned space missions. We’ll peer out into the near future and next steps in human space exploration. Ariel Ekblaw and Charles Bolden join Meghna Chakrabarti.


After Chaos In Iowa, How Secure Are Our Elections?

A digital fail severely delays the Iowa Democratic caucus results. Is it time to completely rethink electronic voting of all kinds in American elections? Jessica Huseman, Alex Halderman, Anthony Brooks and Megan Messerly join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Coronavirus Latest: How China Is Responding To The Spreading Outbreak

As the world watches China deal with the spreading outbreak of coronavirus, we’ll take a step back and ask what China’s response says about how the nation is faring globally. John Pomfret and Elizabeth Economy join Meghna Chakrabarti.


State Of The Union: Unpacking President Trump's Address As Senate Moves Toward Impeachment Vote

President Donald Trump delivers his third State of the Union address on Tuesday night, a day before the Senate votes on whether to remove him from office. We’ll hear from experts about this historic moment. Jonathan Tepperman, Carol Leonnig and Greg Ip join Meghna Chakrabarti.


How Overcrowding In Emergency Rooms Has Impacted Patient Care

Have emergency rooms become the safety net of our healthcare system? We’ll speak with a doctor who says emergency care has turned into everything care. Dr. Amy Ho, John Diedrich and Dr. Kathy Kozak join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Technology Issues Delay Iowa Caucus Results. What Does This Mean For The Presidential Race?

Technology issues delay Iowa caucus results. We’re breaking down which candidates are likely to come out on top, and what this means for the rest of presidential primary season. Clay Masters, Aisha Moodie-Mills, Jennifer Victor, Gavin Jackson and James Pindell join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Michael Lind On The Rise Of Populism

Michael Lind argues the rise of populism around the world has been caused by the decline of religious and civic institutions and the rise of managerial elites. Lind joins Meghna Chakrabarti.


Week Ahead: Caucus Day In Iowa, N.H. Primary Latest, Next Stages In Impeachment

Caucus day in Iowa. We’ll talk about how Democratic candidates are trying to pull undecided Iowans into their corner. Plus, we'll look ahead to the New Hampshire primary, and next stages in the impeachment trial. John Bresnahan, Susan Page, Jack Beatty, Anne Salamon, Libbey Slappey and Anthony Brooks join Meghna Chakrabarti.