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.
Do electric vehicles mean the end of the U.S. auto industry as we know it?
Electric vehicles are the elephants in the room as the United Auto Workers strike for better pay and benefits. In an electric future, can unionized auto industry jobs survive? Jack Ewing, Stephen Silvia and Jason Walsh join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Lessons from California on how to adapt to sea level rise
By the end of this century the Pacific Ocean could rise more than 6 feet, threatening 1,200 miles of California coastline and the communities on it.
We hear lessons from California on what must change for everyone living on the edge of rising water. Rosanna Xia and A.R. Siders join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Who owns the moon owns the future
Ice and minerals on the Moon could help humanity travel to space’s distant planets and asteroids. But which countries, which companies should get the right to extract those resources? Michelle Hanlon joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Introducing ‘The Gun Machine’, a podcast about how America was forged by the gun industry
Produced by WBUR, Boston’s NPR, in partnership with The Trace, The Gun Machine looks into the past to bring you a story that most Americans never learned in history class: how early partnerships between mad scientist gunsmiths and a fledgling U.S. government created the gun industry in the Northeast, and how that industry has been partners with the government ever since.
Host Alain Stephens examines how this 250-year relationship underpins all Americans’ interactions with guns — including our failures in dealing with the fallout of gun violence.
The Gun Machine debuts on Oct. 4, 2023. Listen and follow on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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.
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