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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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    • 4.2 • 3.4K Ratings

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.

    Have female presidents in Latin America improved women’s lives?

    Have female presidents in Latin America improved women’s lives?

    Mexico just elected its first female president. Many hope Claudia Scheinbaum will improve the lives of millions of Mexican women. An assessment of female leaders and their impact on women's lives across Latin America.

    • 47 min
    The Jackpod: Joe Bader Biden?

    The Jackpod: Joe Bader Biden?

    On Point news analyst Jack Beatty recalls past presidents who have not been transparent about their health, which leads to a question he hopes moderators will ask President Biden at the upcoming CNN debate.

    • 35 min
    What needs to change about U.S. asylum laws?

    What needs to change about U.S. asylum laws?

    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently said that some migrants “do try to game” the U.S. asylum system. What's the evidence for that and, if true, what needs to change to stop it?

    • 47 min
    Rebroadcast: Half a century of Black TV

    Rebroadcast: Half a century of Black TV

    From Roots to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Abbott Elementary, Bethonie Butler’s new book "Black TV" shows how TV series centered on Black characters have evolved over the past 50 years.

    • 46 min
    Democracy, resilience and India’s elections

    Democracy, resilience and India’s elections

    Indian prime minister Narendra Modi predicted his BJP party would win a commanding victory in recent elections. But India's 969 million voters had something entirely different in mind.

    • 46 min
    How the far-right gained traction in this year's EU elections

    How the far-right gained traction in this year's EU elections

    In this year’s European Union elections, far-right parties made gains across many of the EU’s 27 countries, including in France, Germany and Italy. What’s driving this?

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

Diplomat5 ,

Elkhart speaks for me

In the middle of listening to the Jackpod with Howard on as a guest and I had to stop in the middle to write this. I could not agree more with what Howard says about wages. Media always talks about wage growth in the recent years, and I TOTALLY disagree. My wage has not moved in 5 years. In 5 years, my “raise” has averaged at 2.8% (with surpassing expectations performance), which cannot touch inflation. So, I am now making less today than I was 5 years ago. Everybody says that when there are fewer workers, companies will be forced to increase wages. Well, they do, but only for middle managers and up, which skews the average and median. Meanwhile, production requirements go up, stress goes up, threats of layoffs, quiet firing, and 100 people doing the work 150 used to do with no compensation. Media almost always uses the example of minimum wage to measure low wage work, but there is a HUGE swath of the workforce that is stuck in the $50k - $60k range and can’t move up because all the raises and bonuses are going to those making over $200k. Also, the $50k - $60k folks are salary, so increased productivity comes at the cost of unpaid overtime. Howard notes that companies will not feel compelled to increase wages unless they are forced by regulation. I have been shouting that from the rooftops for years to deaf ears. And today Howard spoke for me on public radio. Thank you, Howard, thank you Jack, and thank you Mehgna.

Interrobangin ,

5 stars for Meghna & Staff

I genuinely love Meghna’s journalism and perspective and I was excited when I found out I could listen to her hosting On Point once I moved outside of the WBUR area. I really wish it didn’t have to come with “the Jackpod”. If I wanted to hear Beatty’s opinions, I’d listen to his show.

struggling to hear ,

Covid episode

On Point finally catches up to the Jimmy Dore Show. Only 4 years too late.
They are rewriting history here.

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