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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.

Location:

Boston, MA

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WBUR

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

On Point Radio 890 Commonwealth Avenue, 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02215 1 800 423 8255


Episodes

Will Infighting Upend The Democratic Party's Goals?

9/29/2021
Democrats in Washington are divided again. Will Democrats let party infighting destroy their own, and President Biden's, ambitious goals? Rep. Henry Cuellar, Lisa DesJardins, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Jack Beatty and Molly Ball join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:47:17

The College Educators Behind The Push To Speak Freely On Campus

9/28/2021
Steven Salaita was a rising star in the field of American Indian studies. In the fall of 2012, he applied for a job at the University of Illinois. Then, he lost everything. “I had taken to Twitter and other forms of social media to condemn Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Palestine," Salaita remembers. "And suddenly, I got an email out of the blue informing me that the job offer had been pulled." Today, On Point: Academic freedom on American campuses. Keith Whittington joins...

Duration:00:47:12

The Social And Economic Crisis Facing Men In America

9/27/2021
College enrollment may be an indicator of a growing economic and social crisis among American men. We hear from researchers who say American democracy depends on doing something about it. Christopher Goins, David Autor and Ronald Levant join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:47:25

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part IV

9/24/2021
If you use Slack at work, Zoom for school or binge watch Netflix at home, guess what? You’re also using Amazon. Amazon Web Services currently controls 30% of the cloud computing market. The fourth installment in our series The Prime Effect goes inside AWS, one of the biggest parts of Amazon you may have never heard of. Tim Bray and Michael Cusumano join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:48:29

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part III

9/24/2021
Like everything with Amazon, its marketplace is big. Small businesses like Steve Chou’s Bumblebee Linens can soar. But is the marketplace also destroying main street brick and mortar stores? In the third episode of our Amazon series, a look at the peaks and pits of Amazon's marketplace for retail. James Thomson and Stacy Mitchell join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:48:17

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part II

9/24/2021
Who is Jeff Bezos? In the second part of our series Amazon: The Prime Effect, we learn about the man who built Amazon and the innovation he brings to everything. Brad Stone joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:48:18

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part I

9/24/2021
It’s not just a retailer. So what is Amazon? Hear part one in our series on how Amazon is changing the way we shop, work and live. Brad Stone and Stacy Mitchell join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:48:28

A Message From Meghna

9/24/2021
Our eight-part series The Prime Effect explores the myriad ways Amazon is changing the way we shop, work and live. Coming up in the On Point podcast feed, you'll find Part I -- IV of The Prime Effect. We hope you enjoy.

Duration:00:00:52

Oregon Dropped Graduation Test Requirements. What That Means For Education In The State

9/24/2021
Oregon students used to have to pass a basic skills test in order to graduate from high school. This summer, the state dropped the requirement. How do we know when a high school student is ready to graduate? Betsy Hammond and Michael Dembrow join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:48:02

Steps To Fix America's Broken Prescription Drug System

9/23/2021
Americans jump through too many hoops, travel too far, and pay too much for their prescription drugs. Can America's broken prescription drug system be fixed? Jonathan Cohn, Jack Beatty, Rep. Scott Peters and Rep. Jan Schakowsky join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:48:28

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part 8

9/22/2021
Our series "The Prime Effect" considers how Amazon shapes the way we shop, work and live. In the last episode, we ask, What industries will the company transform next? Joshua McNichols, Brad Stone, Nadina Rosier and Sara Fischer join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:47:30

Former FDA Head Scott Gottlieb's Lessons For Controlling The Next Pandemic

9/21/2021
Dr. Scott Gottlieb was former FDA commissioner under President Trump. Now, he says it’s time for a national conversation about public health as national security, and how we’re far too unprepared and vulnerable to ignore it. Scott Gottlieb joins Kimberly Atkins Stohr.

Duration:00:46:39

Is The Pentagon's Budget Too Big?

9/20/2021
The U.S. defense budget is more than $700 billion dollars. How efficiently are those dollars being spent? Lindsay Koshgarian and Ret. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:47:17

In 'The Genetic Lottery,' Kathryn Paige Harden Considers A New Moral Framework For Genetics

9/17/2021
Kathryn Paige Harden says most people have no clue what genetic science can already do. In her new book 'The Genetic Lottery,' she says a new moral framework is needed to prepare for what's to come. Kathryn Paige Harden and Carey Goldberg join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:47:56

Survival And Service: Robert Hogue's Journey From 9/11 To Transformation In The Marine Corps

9/16/2021
Robert Hogue remembers the day he was in his office at the Pentagon, celebrating his first year as Marine Corps legal counsel. The date? September 11, 2001.

Duration:00:48:05

What Biden's Vaccine Mandates Mean For Public Health

9/15/2021
President Biden called COVID a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” as he announced his sweeping plan that would require more than 100 million American workers get vaccinated. Government mandates and smart public health decisions. Do the two meet in Biden's new COVID plan? Nita Farahany and Lawrence Gostin join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:47:26

In 'This Land,' A Custody Trial Over Native Children Heads To The Supreme Court

9/14/2021
A custody trial in Texas involving a Native American child and white foster parents caught journalist Rebecca Nagle’s eye. She discovered it was a part of something much, much bigger. Rebecca Nagle joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:47:35

What Latinos in California Want From The Gubernatorial Recall Election

9/13/2021
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing a recall vote. The state's Latino voters could tip the scales. We unpack what Latino voters in California want from the state's recall election. Mindy Romero and Luis Sánchez join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Duration:00:48:02

First Person: What Young Afghans Want

9/10/2021
People under the age of 25 make up more than 60% of the population of Afghanistan. Afghanistan's people are young. And most of those young people have grown up with expanded rights for women, a burgeoning media, new technology and opportunities previously unavailable when the Taliban ruled. Now that the Taliban are back in power, what do young Afghans want for the future of their country?

Duration:00:05:14

Reflections On America Since 9/11 And Our Series 'The Longest War'

9/10/2021
The Afghanistan war is especially powerful for us at On Point. The program got its start 20 years ago, on September 17th, 2001. Jack Beatty, On Point's news analyst, has been with the show, every day, from the beginning. He joins Meghna Chakrabarti to reflect on America's longest war.

Duration:00:17:28