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  • Hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti, Monday – Thursday; David Folkenflik, Friday

On Point will have not just one new host — it will have two:  Meghna Chakrabarti,  Monday – Thursday and every Friday,  David Folkenflik.  Combining their fresh voices across each week launches On Point in an exciting new direction. They will start the week of August 20th.

Meghna Chakrabarti is a proven talent, hitting her stride. She’s recognized nationally for her work on Here & Now and the popular podcast Modern Love. Meghna has been the host of WBUR’s award-winning program Radio Boston and has served for the past five years as the permanent fill-in cohost at Here & Now.  She will host On Point Monday-Thursday from Boston.

David Folkenflik is NPR’s media correspondent, covering journalism, the media industry and the intersection between politics and the press. A highly regarded reporter for 15 years at NPR, David has been on top of major ongoing national stories including President Trump’s difficult relationship with the media. Before working at NPR, David was a media correspondent for the Baltimore Sun.  His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Politico Magazine, CBS This Morning among others. David will host On Point each Friday from New York including the popular ‘Week in the News.’ He will continue to cover the media for NPR based at the network’s New York City bureau.

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This program originally broadcast on May 14, 2018.

A 100-thousand mile journey across America in a single prop plane. Writers James and Deborah Fallows found a country busy remaking itself. We’ll discuss their new book, “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America“.

This program originally broadcast on September 15, 2016.

With guest host Jane Clayson

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas joins us for a frank conversation about her battle with alcoholism.

Best Summer Books: 2018

Jun 29, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

From “The Great Believers” to “Calypso” and more, we’ve got your hot summer reads.

Guests:

David Canfield, writer and reporter at Entertainment Weekly, where he contributes book reviews, and also reports and comments on the publishing industry. (@davidcanfield97)

With Anthony Brooks

A shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper. Trump to Putin: See you in Helsinki. Supreme Court shakeup. Sarah Sanders and civility. Harley Davidson and tariffs. Family reunification deadline. The roundtable takes it all onboard.

With Anthony Brooks

Christian recording artist Vicky Beeching was a poster girl for the evangelical movement. But then she came out as gay. She tells her story.

This program originally broadcast on June 10, 2016.

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper remixes Miles Davis  with modern hip-hop, soul and R&B. He joins us.

With John Harwood

The best green thumbs on the planet answer all your gardening questions from the soil on up.

Guests:

Melinda Myers, nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist who has written more than 20 gardening books. (@Melindagardens)

Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban

Jun 26, 2018

With John Harwood

The Supreme Court ruled today in one of the most contentious policies of the Trump administration – and it was a big decision. The Court upheld the travel ban that has kept most people from five Muslim-majority countries out of the United States. Reaction is fast and in some cases furious. We’re taking it all onboard.

With John Harwood

We look at MS-13, the criminal gang that’s become central to the immigration debate.

Guests:

Hannah Dreier, immigration reporter at ProPublica. Spent the last 12 months reporting on the MS13 gang’s activities in the Greater New York area. (@hannahdreier)

With John Harwood

Toward the end of our show that looked at a Massachusetts court case that could change the landscape of the criminal justice system, J.J. from Nashville, Tennessee called in and told us of the complexities behind addiction, relapsing, and probation.

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Looking At The Week Ahead In The News

Jun 25, 2018

With John Harwood

Top reporters open their notebooks and share what they’re watching for in the week ahead.

Guests:

Nancy Cordes, chief congressional correspondent for CBS News. (@nancycordes)

With Anthony Brooks

How can classic rock survive when its stars are aging and dying?

With Anthony Brooks

The art of provocation from White House advisor and immigration enforcer Stephen Miller – who’s calling the shots on the forced family separations at the border.

Mapping Out Recreational Marijuana

Jun 20, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Recreational pot is legal in many states, now comes the battle over where it can be sold. Cities and towns want their say.

Guests:

Tony Mecia, senior writer at The Weekly Standard. His June 18th cover story is titled “Reefer Madness.” (@tonymecia)

With Jane Clayson

Family separation and stricter asylum laws are “immoral,” says Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He joins us as we talk about the situation at the border.

Guests:

Angela Kocherga, border correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal. (@AKochergaBorder)

With Jane Clayson

Science is under attack from quack experts and self-appointed activists, warns a top doctor who has been caught in the crossfires. He makes the case.

What We're Watching In The Week Ahead

Jun 18, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Top reporters open their notebooks and share what they’re working on and watching for in the week ahead.

Guests:

Paula Reid, Justice Department and legal affairs correspondent for CBS News. (@PaulaReidCBS

Kicking Off The World Cup

Jun 15, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

The World Cup kicks off in Russia. The U.S. team didn’t make the cut but there are plenty of teams to watch and politics to unpack.

Guests:

Tariq Panja, global sports reporter for The New York Times, who covers FIFA extensively, and is in now Moscow covering the World Cup. (@tariqpanja)

With Anthony Brooks

Comey and the Clinton email report. Implied verification and North Korea. The Supreme Court and voter registration. The news roundtable weighs in.

Guests:

Margaret Talev, senior White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. (@margarettalev

With David Folkenflik

Three decades of “The Simpsons.” We turn our eye on Springfield with a top writer who has been in the mix since day one.

With David Folkenflik

The flow of information to the public in the Age of Trump. What do we know about what the government is doing in our name and with our tax dollars?

Guests

Solomon Lartey, worked for over 29 years as a records management analyst at the White House’s Office of Records Management.

With David Folkenflik

Netflix now makes more television than any network in history and the hits keep coming. What’s the secret sauce?

Guests:

Joe Adalian, west coast editor of New York Magazine’s Vulture.com. (@TVMoJoe)

What's To Come This Week In The News

Jun 11, 2018

With Ray Suarez

Fallout from the G-7. The North Korea summit. The GOP’s immigration feud, top reporters open their notebooks and share what to look for in the week ahead.

Guests:

Jeff Pegues, Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent CBS News. (@jeffpeguescbs)

Miss America's Makeover

Jun 8, 2018

With Robert Siegel

There she is, but no longer in a swimsuit. We’ll look at Miss America’s makeover and new message.

Guests:

Jessica Bennett, gender editor of The New York Times, where she covers women, gender and society. (@jessicabennett

With Robert Siegel

We’ll talk with Timothy Snyder about his warning on the rise of authoritarianism from Russia to Europe and America.

With Robert Siegel

Fashion icon Kate Spade’s death by suicide has launched a new conversation about women’s mental health.

Guests:

Matthew Schneier, styles reporter for The New York Times. (@MatthewSchneier)

Behind The Latest Breast Cancer Research

Jun 6, 2018

With Robert Siegel

Two new breast cancer studies out this week. One shows that women who receive chemo might not actually need it. The other looks at immunotherapy. We’ll discuss.

Guest:

Dr. Ned Sharpless, director, National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. (@NCIDirector)

With Robert Siegel

Oh, Canada. Trudeau and Trump spar ahead of the big G-7 summit. We’ll look at it through the lens of Canada.

Guests:

Daniel Dale, Washington bureau chief for the Toronto Star. (@ddale8)

What It Means To Be 'Middle-Aged'

Jun 1, 2018

With Kimberly Atkins

So you’re middle-aged now, but does that mean you’re really a grown-up? Maybe not.

With Kimberly Atkins

The Warriors and the Cavaliers meet in the NBA finals for the fourth year in a row. Is this time any different?

Guests:

Ben Cohen, sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal. (@bzcohen)

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