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.
What we know about the Omicron variant and the pandemic in South Africa
Comprehensive disease surveillance allowed South Africa to first identify the COVID Omicron variant. But they haven't had as much success with vaccination efforts. We take a close look at South Africa and the pandemic. Vicky Baillie and Salim Abdool Karim join Meghna Chakrabarti.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful in-depth conversations
Highly recommend. Although Meghan needs to reign in her point of view bias a bit.
The program would be better if it did not lean so hard left.
The program cannot even discuss economics without overt partisan bias.