300 episodes

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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    • 4.2 • 3K 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 real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.

    Mosul, 5 years later: Rebuilding a city from rubble

    Mosul, 5 years later: Rebuilding a city from rubble

    In 2017, the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS razed the city to the ground. Approximately 10,000 civilians died. Their families have spent the past five years trying to bring their city back. Ali Baroodi, Maria Rita Acetoso and Sarhang Hamasaeed join Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    Learning from Mauna Loa: How the volcanic eruption will shape Hawaiian history

    Learning from Mauna Loa: How the volcanic eruption will shape Hawaiian history

    Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano is erupting for the first time in nearly four decades. A new generation of researchers equipped with new technology are observing the primal forces that continue to shape the planet.

    • 47 min
    What China's zero COVID protests tell us about China today

    What China's zero COVID protests tell us about China today

    Across China, remarkable public demonstrations against the country’s zero COVID policy. Could this mark the surfacing of deeper discontent in Chinese society? Dr. Yangyang Cheng joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    How children are taught to read faces a reckoning

    How children are taught to read faces a reckoning

    Huge numbers of kids are struggling to read. Why? Because literacy curriculum used in thousands of classrooms doesn’t work. Emily Hanford joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    Essential trust: How to rebuild trust in America

    Essential trust: How to rebuild trust in America

    Studies show a majority of Americans believe other Americans mostly look out for themselves. With trust on the decline, can it be rebuilt? Robert Putnam and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    Essential trust: How healthy skepticism builds trust

    Essential trust: How healthy skepticism builds trust

    Trust is essential for survival, for relationships, for a civilized society. But trust needs an ally. We hear why building trust needs a good dose of healthy skepticism, too. Sanford “Sandy” Goldberg, Jack Beatty and Julia Jordan-Zachery join Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
3K Ratings

3K Ratings

Goddy28 ,

The best podcast in the world!

I encountered this podcast by mistake and I am so glad I did. If you are looking for a well informed historical analysis of social issues, then this is your podcast. Each issue takes on a journey between the past and present giving you a clear picture of underlying contexts and reasons for what has and is occurring. By the end of an episode there is often clear guidance of future directions. Insightful and audacious, this podcast will definitely leave a mark on your life.

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Miss Week In The News

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An everyday listen

Thank for your consistent reporting and quality journalism! I’ve loved this show for such a long time and I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to learn something new daily!

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