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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 everyday 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 everyday people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.

    First person: Finding everyday awe in nature in Yosemite National Park

    First person: Finding everyday awe in nature in Yosemite National Park

    John Reynolds has lived in Yosemite National Park his entire life. In this 'First person' diary, he shares how living in nature helps him maintain a sense of awe.

    • 5 min
    Everyday awe: Science's answer to your search for happiness

    Everyday awe: Science's answer to your search for happiness

    How do you find deep happiness? Researcher Dacher Keltner says the answer is to find everyday wonder.

    • 47 min
    Rebroadcast: The Eichmann tapes and the comforting myth of the 'banality of evil'

    Rebroadcast: The Eichmann tapes and the comforting myth of the 'banality of evil'

    The banality of evil. That was Hannah Arendt's famous observation during the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the ‘architect of the Holocaust.’ Now, there's evidence that Eichmann's evil was anything but banal. Yariv Mozer and Bettina Stangneth join Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    Do 'elite' police teams like Memphis's SCORPION unit do more harm than good?

    Do 'elite' police teams like Memphis's SCORPION unit do more harm than good?

    Special police units like the now-disbanded SCORPION team in Memphis are common around the country. Police chiefs say they’re essential for fighting crime. Critics say their elite status and lack of accountability is a recipe for abuse.

    • 47 min
    First person: The fight to 'ordain women' in the LDS church

    First person: The fight to 'ordain women' in the LDS church

    A recent edition of On Point explored the role of patriarchal power in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the consequences of that for Mormon women in abusive relationships.

    Currently, only men in the Mormon Church get to ascend the religious hierarchy.

    Kate Kelly founded the group Ordain Women roughly a decade ago to try to change that.

    • 8 min
    Mormon women confront power and patriarchy in the LDS church

    Mormon women confront power and patriarchy in the LDS church

    This month, a Utah man murdered his wife, and their five children, and his mother-in-law, before killing himself. That’s sparked a conversation among Mormon women about power and safety in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

Funnygirlnyc ,

David Sinclair Interview

As usual, Meghna uses her incredible interview skills to dive deeply into this topic. I’ve heard several other Sinclair interviews but always felt that I had more questions afterwards than beforehand. Those previously unaddressed inconsistencies & conflicts I found with his own statements were pressed by Meghna.

Other interviewers let these issues slip by. However, Meghan’s persistence, sharp analytical skills & thirst to deeply understand what the person she’s interviewing means, keeps her asking for clarifications. So few interviewers have the moxie & expertise to keep pressing for answers as Meghna does.

Thx WBUR & NPR for putting Meghna in this national broadcast seat.

SatNam51 ,

GOP ambitions in the House by Kimberly Atkins Schoor

Ms. Schoor allowed all of her guests equate the despicable Republicans barred from committee assignments with the current honorable, intelligent and truthful Democrats. She asked no hard questions, never pushed back, and allowed untruths and partial info to go unquestioned. I love Meghna on this show. Please keep her as host and allow Kimberly to find a position more suited to her.

Goddy28 ,

The best podcast in the world!

I encountered this podcast by mistake and I am so glad I did. If you are looking for a well informed historical analysis of social issues, then this is your podcast. Each issue takes on a journey between the past and present giving you a clear picture of underlying contexts and reasons for what has and is occurring. By the end of an episode there is often clear guidance of future directions. Insightful and audacious, this podcast will definitely leave a mark on your life.

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