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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.

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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.

    Are U.S. elected officials getting too old?

    Are U.S. elected officials getting too old?

    Vermont Senator Pat Leahy won't run again. Leahy's been in office since 1974. That's longer than more than 150 million Americans have been alive. Are U.S. elected officials getting too old? Maxwell Alejandro Frost, Melody Crowder-Meyer and Louise Aronson join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

    • 47 min
    Why misinformation is America's greatest election security threat

    Why misinformation is America's greatest election security threat

    What's the biggest threat to American elections, and to people's trust in them? Conspiracy theories. Former Homeland Security cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs joins Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss why the greatest election security threat to the nation right now is domestic misinformation.

    • 47 min
    Linguist John McWhorter on how to combat the harms of 'woke racism'

    Linguist John McWhorter on how to combat the harms of 'woke racism'

    When linguist John McWhorter hears activists and academics condemn "whiteness" or talk about "centering" people of color, he doesn't hear effective anti-racism. "The issue is what do you do about it? And frankly, it’s not this." He joined Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss how to combat the harms of 'woke racism.'

    • 47 min
    A rekindled Cold War? A reality check on the narrative around U.S.-China tensions

    A rekindled Cold War? A reality check on the narrative around U.S.-China tensions

    The U.S. is locked in another "great powers" conflict, this time with China. That's what you'll often hear in Washington. But is a Cold War era analogy the right one for modern China? Melvyn Leffler, Jack Beatty and Yangyang Cheng join Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    First Person: Activist Tiana Caldwell on finding strength in the face of eviction

    First Person: Activist Tiana Caldwell on finding strength in the face of eviction

    Tiana Caldwell lives in Kansas City, Missouri. And when On Point first spoke with her in May 2020, Tiana had been furloughed from her job and had just received an eviction notice from her landlord. In this radio diary, she joins us with an update on her life. "I fought, I didn't just lay down. It makes you feel like you are not powerless," she says.

    • 8 min
    Tracking unspent pandemic relief funds

    Tracking unspent pandemic relief funds

    $800 billion in COVID relief funds still hasn't made it to the American people. In Pennsylvania, $2.5 billion of that aid is being moved to the state's “rainy day fund.” We track unspent pandemic relief funds. Marc Goldwein, Rep. Torren Ecker and Claudia Sahm join Meghna Chakrabarti.

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

Anna Zanfei ,

Five stars

Highly recommend! One of the best podcasts! Clear, perfectly structured, great host, great correspondents! If you like listening to clear, factual discussions about important issues this podcast is the right one for you.

skeptisarous ,

Wonderful in-depth conversations

Highly recommend. Although Meghan needs to reign in her point of view bias a bit.

calcougar ,

Implicitly Biased

The program would be better if it did not lean so hard left.
The program cannot even discuss economics without overt partisan bias.

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