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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.

    Radio Diary: How One Cafe Maintains Community Amid LA's COVID Surge

    Radio Diary: How One Cafe Maintains Community Amid LA's COVID Surge

    Los Angeles is experiencing a devastating coronavirus surge. On Saturday, LA County became the first county to reach 1 million cases since the start of the pandemic. 

    The pandemic is having an economic impact, too. On Monday's show, we turn back to Sean Knibb, owner of Knibb Design interiors and Flowerboy Project, a cafe and flower shop in Venice, California.

    Knibb says the cafe has become a comforting community hub, even as the coronavirus spreads, touching his employees lives, his family’s life and the neighborhood itself.

    • 5 min
    In LA, 10 People Test Positive For COVID-19 Every Minute. What's Behind The Surge?

    In LA, 10 People Test Positive For COVID-19 Every Minute. What's Behind The Surge?

    Los Angeles county is one of the hottest COVID hotspots in the U.S. right now. Every minute, on average, 10 more people test positive. Can Los Angeles get control of the surge? Dr. Elaine Batchlor and Anne Rimoin join Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    Mailbag: Your Voicemails On Insurrection, Impeachment And Democracy

    Mailbag: Your Voicemails On Insurrection, Impeachment And Democracy

    Listener voices drive On Point. We get many voicemails, emails and social media messages with thoughts, concerns and questions.

    Today, as a pod exclusive, we share some of your messages about insurrection and impeachment.

    Got a comment, question or thought for us? Call our voicemail line at 617-353-0683. We look forward to hearing from you! 

    • 5 min
    Voter Roundtable: Americans Talk Across Political Divides

    Voter Roundtable: Americans Talk Across Political Divides

    We bring back guests from our voter roundtable series to hear how they're thinking through insurrection and impeachment. Can Americans talk with each other across political divides? 

    Lucas Johnson, Lupe Harpster, Mike Richards, Bella D’Alacio, Daniele Anderson, Vadim Ostrovsky and Matt Powell join Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 46 min
    The Racist Roots Of The Capitol Insurrection

    The Racist Roots Of The Capitol Insurrection

    America's racist roots were on display as pro-Trump extremists paraded the confederate flag in the Capitol on Jan. 6th. We discuss race, racism and the role it played in last week's attack on the Capitol. Keisha Blain, Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Jemar Tisby join Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    How To Quell A Domestic Insurgency

    How To Quell A Domestic Insurgency

    Pro-Trump extremists breached the Capitol, attacked police and called for the Vice President's execution. Now, national security experts see an even bigger danger. Are we facing domestic insurgency? And if we are, how can we heal as a nation?  Ret. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Frank Figliuzzi and David Kilcullen join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

bethiesweet ,

On Point

I’ve read posted reviews. There is very little openness to changing times. So many want to go backwards and criticize the female over the male. I say that opinions should be embedded in factual information but many seem he’ll bent on keeping the division going to justify their opinions which often are being presented as fact. It seems that they want a black and white split (insinuation ) intended. I hope the show brings more historians and keeps repeating history so people can learn where the policies originated. How about expanding your view. And finally, if you object yo Meghna you should never listen to Sean Hannity or anyone who talks lies. I want to hear from everyone including the host.

Happy tot ,

Always amazing!

Love!

But....can you bring back the week in politics section? I’m missing it a lot

RoanEleison ,

Calling It Quits

I've listened to On Point for 15 years, ever since I started my first job and needed some good news programs to listen to while I have my headphones on. You can actively ignore the complaints of "leftist propaganda", the show does give both sides to every argument and allows prominent right-wing thinkers on to give their voice. The issue those commenters have is that they don't believe factual reporting and believe reality is biased against them.

My complaints stem from the changes made to the program in 2020 (It's been rocky since Tom Ashbrook's departure years ago, but Meghna is a phenomenal host in her own right). They brought in David Folkenflick who was a terrible pick for the news roundtable at the beginning of the year, and he didn't last. They stopped taking calls from listeners. They then cut the show in half, opting to only do one program a weekday instead of two. And the bulk of their shows have been with guests that have zero public speaking, communications or radio skill; who are incapable of presenting a cogent thought without stuttering, stalling for time or departing on random tangents.

The problem is the change in format for this more "narrative" driven presentation. They invest less effort into the show than they used to, giving you half the content at one tenth the quality, they prioritize the opinions and anecdotes of people on the street over experts and provide no real insight, information or new perspectives for the listener to walk away feeling smarter for the hour spent.

There are a few gems, particularly when the show does have expert panels or fellow journalists to discuss the facts of the matter. But those shows are so few and far inbetween these days that I can't feel justified in staying subscribed to listen on a daily basis anymore. I miss the weekly roundtable of the week's news, I miss the invitation of subject matter guests talking with one another and answering questions from listeners. I even miss the annual shows that seem to disappeared entirely, including their Thanksgiving meal programs, books and music of the year programs as well.

My hope is that this show will go back to its former glory. But sadly the trend seems to be downward, not upward, and the talent of Meghna, Jack Beatty, Jane Clayson and Anthony Brooks feels wasted on a program that feels lost and adrift in the ocean without any real direction or promise.

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