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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.

    Using 'Systems Thinking' To Make Sense Of The World, From Pandemics To Politics

    Using 'Systems Thinking' To Make Sense Of The World, From Pandemics To Politics

    To solve a puzzle, you never just look at one piece of it. So why do we try to tackle the most complex problems of modern life in such a piecemeal fashion?
    From pandemics to politics, we discuss whether shifting to so-called "systems thinking" unlock hidden solutions to the world's biggest problems. Zeynep Tufekci joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

    • 47 min
    Why Facebook Turned Off The News In Australia

    Why Facebook Turned Off The News In Australia

    Facebook hits delete on the news in Australia in response to regulation. Should the platform hold this level of power? And what could the standoff mean for journalism on social media worldwide? Elizabeth Renieris, Jeff Jarvis and Elizabeth Dwoskin join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

    • 47 min
    From Variants To Vaccines: The Future Of COVID-19

    From Variants To Vaccines: The Future Of COVID-19

    Vaccine distribution, across the U.S. and the globe, is ramping up. But new variant cases are rising in the United States, waits for the vaccine are long, and most of us just want to know -- how will this pandemic end? Tara C. Smith, Angela Rasmussen and Ananya Banerjee join Kimberly Atkins. 

    • 47 min
    What's Behind The Push To Revive Congressional Earmarks

    What's Behind The Push To Revive Congressional Earmarks

    Democrats in Congress are pushing to revive earmarking, a process that will allow legislators to direct federal spending to their districts. They see it as a way to push policies forward. But earmarks also come with baggage. We discuss the history and ethics of earmarking, and whether it can help break the gridlock in Congress. Jeffrey Lazarus and William Galston join Kimberly Atkins.

    • 46 min
    How Texas's Power Grid Failed

    How Texas's Power Grid Failed

    Texas is the biggest energy producing state in the U.S. But this week’s frigid weather crashed the system. So what happened? We look into the state's vulnerable power grid and how we make it better. Yasmine Smith, Joshua Rhodes and Emily Grubert join Kimberly Atkins.

    • 46 min
    Radio Diary: Insurrection — And A Viral Moment Of Empathy 

    Radio Diary: Insurrection — And A Viral Moment Of Empathy 

    On today's program, we talked about the decades-long debate over whether Washington, D.C. should be granted statehood and the new energy behind that push. We also revisited a moment that reflects a bit of the character of the city of Washington, D.C.

    On January 6th, as pro-Trump extremists headed toward the Capitol, they were met by D.C. resident Peter Tracey, who told them exactly what he thought of them. His neighbor, Shawntia Humphries responded from her car.

    The video of Peter and Sean went viral. And it sparked a friendship between the two residents of D.C. In this radio diary, Peter and Shawntia describe what they saw that day.

    "I hope in my lifetime I never see anything like that again, because D.C. is a welcoming, diverse place. We have our problems. ... But we respect each other."

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

Douggern@ut ,

Where is Megnha ?

She is smart, informed, and engaging. She is pretty much the reason I listen to Boston radio despite not living there.

Why hasn’t she been hosting the show lately?

August WS ,

Not worth your time anymore

This used to be a lively, engaging show when Ashbrook hosted and there were live callers. It’s now completely sterile and will only present views that the most anodyne NPR-type will find unobjectionable. And it seems like every show now begins with melodramatic music to highlight just how serious these topics are. I regret dipping back into it whenever an interesting-sounding topic lures me.

1hickoryburger ,

David Brooks a vast improvement over Mumbles Meghna

Recently David Brooks has been hosting the show. It is a better show for it because he is clear and concise. As much as I want to like Meghna, I have found it incredibly frustrating to listen to her meandering mumbling challenges in finding the thread of her own thinking. In a climate of political correctness and cancel culture I’m afraid that an obviously better qualified host in David Brooks will eventually be replaced again by Mumbles Meghna

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