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.
The Democrats' messaging problem, and how to fix it
From infrastructure to child care, Democrats are pushing for issues with broad public support. So why do so many Americans believe our country is headed in the wrong direction? Jack Beatty, Mike Murphy and Anat Shenker-Osorio join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
Pod Extra: A survivor discovers her brain injury, and takes her power back
There are potentially tens of millions of domestic violence survivors with undiagnosed brain injuries. Their stories are slowly coming to light. In a podcast extra, Paula Walters shares her journey to discovering her brain injury, and taking her power back.
First Person: 'The shame did not belong to me. The shame belonged on him'
The suffering caused by domestic violence is emotional, spiritual and physical. But there's one aspect of that suffering that is almost invisible: brain injury. In this First Person diary, survivor Freya Doe shares her story.
An 'invisible epidemic': Survivors of domestic violence on living with traumatic brain injury
An 'invisible epidemic' is causing suffering in millions of women. It affects memory, concentration, balance. We discuss traumatic brain injuries in survivors of domestic violence. Eve Valera and Rachel Ramirez join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Making sense of the COVID strategy in America's schools
The White House promises schools 10 million COVID tests every month. But some medical experts say testing in schools may hurt more than help. CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and Dr. Monica Gandhi join Meghna Chakrabarti to make sense of what's happening in America's schools.
Far-right radio and the fight for American democracy
Hard-right talk radio and podcasts have influence and reach. For their audiences, the Jan. 6 insurrection was just the beginning. We explore what far-right radio and podcasts are telling Americans about their own democracy. Tim Miller and Cynthia Miller-Idriss join Meghna Chakrabarti.
When it’s good it’s very good, but . . .
With 10 different topic segments every week, OnPoint always offers one or two that interest me. That said, there is a clear bias in favor of leftish viewpoints, and having Jack Beatty onboard only makes that bias more apparent and predictable. A more centrist commentator would add needed balance and make discussions more interesting and thought-provoking.
Megnah, with her education in business and engineering/science, brings much to guest interviews. Really good! And she is usually even-keeled when interviewing guests with axes to grind. One notable and disappointing lapse was the late December 2021 show featuring John McWorter’s critique of “woke racism.” Kudos to OnPoint for having such a politically incorrect scholar on the show. But Megnah lost her control and objectivity on this one. I never expect objectivity on NPR programs that involve race or gender, but this was over the top! Very disappointing.
As to topics, please take a break from victim groups and “coping with Covid.” That’s getting old. What’s next?—“Today’s program will explore how left-handed transgender albino Tahitians are coping with the pandemic.”
Richard in Gloucester, MA
Since they got rid of the real host, the show has steadily got worse. This show is pure political theater.
I will no longer listen.
Anti American propaganda. If you want to know what the progressive woke are thinking it’s a good listen. I imagine it could be run by the DNC.
It’s produced well, just not what makes America or the world great in my opinion.