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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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Migrant Children At The Border

May 30, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Did the U.S. really lose some 1500 migrant children? We’ll look at that and the administration’s new policy on separating families.

Guests:

Alan Gomez, immigration reporter for USA Today. (@alangomez)

With GPS, Are We 'Never Lost Again'?

May 29, 2018

With Jane Clayson 

How we navigate the world, now. The inside story of the Google mapping revolution. Turn left, at the roundabout.

With Jane Clayson

In a speech delivered at Harvard Law School’s 2018 Class Day last Wednesday, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) criticized President Trump and Congress, saying the presidency has been “debased.”

Find a video and transcript of Senator Flake’s remarks below:

The Evolution Of Prom

May 25, 2018

With Ray Suarez

We’re going to the prom. The corsages endure, but a lot has changed. Shall we dance?

Guests:

Amy Best, professor of sociology at George Mason University. Author of: “Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture”

With Ray Suarez

On Wednesday, the NFL announced it would fine teams if their football players protest during the National Anthem.

But, according to the new policy, players can skip the pregame ceremonies altogether, and stay in the locker room. President Trump praised the decision, stirring up the controversy yet again.

With Ray Suarez

An 1899 expedition to Alaska found wild beauty and coming environmental calamity. What about now? Best-selling author Mark Adams retraced the trek to find out.

Europe's Response To Pompeo's Iran Speech

May 22, 2018

With Ray Suarez

New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered his first major foreign policy address Monday, strongly criticizing Iran and its behavior on the world stage.

Guest:

David Herszenhorn, chief Brussels correspondent for Politico Europe. (@herszenhorn)

Abby Wambach delivered the keynote address at Barnard College last week. She told the 2018 graduating class — the “wolfpack” — to make failure their fuel.
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Getting Ready For The Royal Wedding

May 18, 2018

With David Wright

As Meghan Markle gets ready to marry the most eligible bachelor in the world, beyond the fairy tale, there’s a real life conversation to be had about racism and the culture of celebrity. We’ll discuss.

With David Wright

A year after President Trump said coal is back, NPR’s Kelly McEvers goes deep inside coal country for the podcast “Embedded.”

Guests:

Kelly McEvers, host of the NPR podcast “Embedded,” which is in the midst of a new season called “Coal Stories.” (@kellymcevers)

With David Wright

Writer Michael Pollan turns his attention to psychedelic mushrooms and the new science of psychedelics. He joins us.

The 'Last Cowboys' Of The New American West

May 15, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Behind the most successful rodeo family in history is a story of grit, family, and faith. Meet “The Last Cowboys.”

With Jane Clayson 

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“.

With Jane Clayson 

In his commencement speech at Rice Univerisity on Saturday, Michael Bloomberg told Rice graduates they have a special obligation to carry their own honor code forward into their communities — and into the voting booths.

The greatest threat to American democracy, he said, is “our own willingness to tolerate dishonesty in service of party and in pursuit of power.”

The Week Ahead In World Affairs

May 14, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Top reporters open their notebooks and look ahead to the week in Washington and around the globe.

Guests:

Susan Glasser, staff writer for The New Yorker. Former chief international affairs columnist for Politico and former editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine. (@sbg1)

With Ray Suarez

If current trends continue, there will be more than one job opening for every unemployed person in the U.S. We’ll look behind the numbers.

Guests:

Howard Schneider, Federal Reserve correspondent at Reuters. (@hpschneider)

The Complexities Behind Domestic Violence

May 11, 2018

With Ray Suarez

Why do women go back to men who hit them? One woman tells her story in the week New York’s Attorney General is forced to resign.

With Ray Suarez

Trump scraps nuclear deal. High stakes CIA hearing. Jeff Sessions calls for zero tolerance at the border. The news roundtable dives in.

Guests:

Naftali Bendavid, Washington editor for the Wall Street Journal. (@NaftaliBendavid)

When Robots Cook Your Food

May 9, 2018

With Anthony Brooks 

Writer Devra First had her lunch cooked by robots. And she liked it. We’ll talk with her about the tangled web of technology and humanity — in the kitchen.

Guest:

Devra First, restaurant critic/food writer at The Boston Globe. (@devrafirst)

With Jane Clayson

What’s in a name? Plenty, for the Boy Scouts. They’re changing theirs and welcoming girls.

Guests:

Michael Surbaugh, CEO of the Boy Scouts of America. (@BSAchief)

The Week Ahead In Washington

May 7, 2018

With Jane Clayson

Top political reporters open their notebooks and look ahead to the week in Washington.

Guests:

Jeff Pegues, justice and homeland security correspondent, CBS News. Author of the forthcoming book: “Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy” (July 2018) (@jeffpeguescbs)

Molly Ball, national political correspondent for TIME Magazine. (@mollyesque)

With Anthony Brooks

Another twist in the Stormy Daniels’ payment saga. Mueller’s questions for Trump. Cambridge Analytica to file for bankruptcy. The roundtable digs in.

Guests:

Kimberly Atkins, Washington bureau chief and columnist for the Boston Herald and attorney. (@KimberlyEAtkins)

Aaron Blake, senior political reporter for The Washington Post. (@AaronBlake)

With Anthony Brooks

More than a million Americans are sharing their DNA with ancestry websites. That helped the cops find the Golden State Killer. Good police work, but troubling implications for privacy.

Guests:

Sam Stanton, senior writer for the Sacramento Bee. He’s been covering the story of the arrest of the Golden State Killer. (@StantonSam)

How Did Housing Become So Expensive?

May 2, 2018

With David Folkenflik

From San Francisco, to Seattle, to San Antonio — we’re looking at the crisis of affordability in the country’s hottest housing markets.

Guests:

Paul Roberts, journalist who covers technology, economics, business, and “social disruption.” (@Pauledroberts)

With David Folkenflik

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Alabama, Thursday. We’ll look at how the museum reckons with America’s history of white supremacy and its victims.

Guests

Bro Krift, executive editor, the Montgomery Advertiser. (@BroKrift)

Your New Prescription: Empathy

May 1, 2018

With David Folkenflik 

Compassion may be the cure. Dr. David Rakel shares his guide to healing through empathy and listening.

The Impossibility Of The Presidency

May 1, 2018

With David Folkenflik 

How the presidency became impossible—we’ll talk to John Dickerson about why he thinks the job is simply too much for anyone.

Guests:

John Dickerson, co-anchor of CBS This Morning and contributing editor to The Atlantic. (@jdickerson)

The Right To Asylum In The U.S.

Apr 30, 2018

With David Folkenflik

A caravan of Central American migrants, requesting asylum in the United States. The Trump administration says fraudulent claims will be prosecuted. Setting up a clash over the right to asylum in America.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The suspect in the Toronto van attack embraced a misogynist ideology. We’ll look at so-called “incels,” and how the internet is inflaming toxic masculinity.

Guests

Jennifer Yang, identity and inequality reporter for the Toronto Star. (@jyangstar)

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