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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.

    Work V. Wealth: Capital Gains Tax, Explained

    Work V. Wealth: Capital Gains Tax, Explained

    The capital gains tax. The Biden administration wants to raise it. But why is capital taxed less than work to begin with? We hear the little-known biography of the capital gains tax. Julia Ott, Len Burman and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part 2

    Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part 2

    Who is Jeff Bezos? In the second part of our series Amazon: The Prime Effect, we learn about the man who built Amazon and the innovation he brings to everything. Brad Stone joins Meghna Chakrabarti. 

    Also Featuring: Janet Slifka, director of research science in the Alexa AI division at Amazon.

    • 47 min
    Liz Cheney, The Big Election Lie And The Future Of The GOP

    Liz Cheney, The Big Election Lie And The Future Of The GOP

    Marginalizing Trump critics. Changing election law. Embracing lies. What does it mean to be a Republican in 2021? And what does that say about where the party is headed? Cas Mudde, Jack Beatty and Pippa Norris join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

    • 47 min
    What To Know About Kids And COVID Vaccines

    What To Know About Kids And COVID Vaccines

    The FDA issues an emergency authorization for kids and the COVID vaccine. Does the rush to vaccinate children come with a different set of risks and benefits than with adults? Dr. Monica Gandhi, Dr. H. Cody Meissner and Dr. Nicola Klein join Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    In Author Ian Manuel's 'My Time Will Come,' Reflections On Life In Solitary Confinement

    In Author Ian Manuel's 'My Time Will Come,' Reflections On Life In Solitary Confinement

    Ian Manuel was placed in solitary confinement for a crime he committed just after the seventh grade. For 18 years, he lived in a 7-by-10-foot room. For 18 years, he did not have a window. Now, he’s telling his story about his life and experience in solitary confinement. Ian Manuel and Tammie Gregg join Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    First Person: The Sounds, Tastes And Biology Of Cicadas

    First Person: The Sounds, Tastes And Biology Of Cicadas

    It's been 17 years since we last heard the sound of the cicada. Any day now, trillions of them will emerge out of the ground in parts of the eastern and Midwestern United States. It's a wonder of nature that we get to witness once every 17 years.

    Now, cicadas and Brood X have been an inspiration to researchers well beyond the world of entomology. Today, we've got three stories on the remarkable things humankind has learned from these insects.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

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Awesome show

Consistently one of the best podcasts available.

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Great show bad at ads

Stop cutting off guests for ads. Just edit them in
Later like every other podcast.

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I miss the 2-sided discussion.

This show used to be about phone calls to people across the country to get various opinions. Now, it’s just a narrative controlled show. It’s disappointing. This used to be my favorite podcast. Meghna was doing great as a replacement for Tom, but now the writing has just changed completely.

Sadly, unsubscribing

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