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.
Saudi-Israel normalization: What's at stake?
There’s growing momentum for what could be a historic Israel-Saudi Arabia peace deal. But why now?
Captured: Jack Beatty on the fall in Black and Hispanic working-class support for Democrats
Jack Beatty offers his unique perspective and insight on aspects of current political life in the U.S. In this episode, what’s behind a raft of polls showing a deterioration in support for a key voting block from President Biden in 2024. Plus, listeners tell us why they turned away from causes that were once part of their identity.
Should medical debt be bought and sold in America?
More than 100 million people in America have medical debt. Some of those trying to help have to resort to debt buying companies. We learn how the debt buying industry works, and who wins and who loses. Noam Levey joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Rebroadcast: A record cull of Yellowstone bison intensifies debate into how to best manage them
This year more than a third of Yellowstone’s bison have been removed from the herd – most of them shot – after they wandered out of the national park in search of food. That’s intensified the debate into how to best manage the iconic animal. Rick Wallen joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Tales from the world of cryptocurrency and casino capitalism
2021 was a good year to invest in cryptocurrency. But then came 2022 and the trillion-dollar crypto wipeout. We hear tales from the world of cryptocurrency and casino capitalism. Zeke Faux joins Deborah Becker.
Rebroadcast: Psychedelics and who should be able to use them
In the '60s, some advocates wanted everyone to have access to psychedelics. Not everyone agreed. Now, with psychedelics growing in popularity, the tensions between access, money, and research are back.
Still one of my favorites…
While I don’t listen to every episode, it still is one of my favorites. I’ll skip a topic every now and then if I have absolutely no interest in it, which is maybe once a week. I enjoy Meghna’s efforts to remain mostly neutral on most topics and how she will ask (sometimes) difficult questions to both sides. I was disappointed though with the recent episode about Kamala Harris - the guests were mostly compromised of the same basic ideology so nothing really from “both sides”, and I expected Meghna to challenge them (just a) little bit. The lack of truely opposing views was evident from the start. I think most VPs are cannon fodder really, but when one of the guests compared Kamala’s propensity for word salad to Dan Quayle’s misspelling of the word potato, which in and of themselves are no where near the same thing, Meghna chimed and and supported it. Going so far as to later repeat the same analogy unprompted. Despite this recent episode I would have given it a 5 but I pretty much skip any episode hosted by anyone but Meghna. The guest host don’t even try to looks at issues from the middle. Those episodes, which sadly sometimes cover a topic I’d really like, are unlistenable. That goes for any segment with Jack Beatty too. I hit the fast forward button whenever he is asked to give his opinion on anything.
Bad start to change in the show
What a horrible idea for the media to continue to engage in both sides-isms. trump is an outright liar, who tells his cult to NOT listen to others, only him. Biden may be old, and getting slower before our eyes, but he mostly speaks truth. If “people” by 11 points believe trump had better economy than Biden(your primary example of how Biden is engaging in “don’t believe your eyes”), is that Bidens fault? Is Biden making crap up or simply articulating facts, that the cult followers have been programmed to not believe. He’s stating facts.
Do better Jack. Sadly, there are 2 sides in our political world today. A Pro-Democracy side and an authoritarian side . Period