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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.

Ways to Connect

The Deeper Challenges Facing The VA

Apr 26, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration. Fixing the VA won’t be easy for whoever ends up running it. There’s a political battle going on, but we’ll look at the deeper systemic challenges still facing the VA.

'Us Vs. Them': Inside Globalism

Apr 26, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

He was a booster for globalism. Now Ian Bremmer says it’s failed — and he sees trouble ahead. We speak with the author about his new book, “Us Vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism.

When Algorithms Replace Tastemakers

Apr 25, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

You think you’ve got style? Actually, algorithms are the new tastemakers now. How does machine learning influence what we watch, wear and listen to?

Guests:

Kyle Chayka, writer who has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Blooomberg. His story “Style Is an Algorithm” on the beauty and style website Racked explores taste in the age algorithm recommendations. (@chaykak)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright turns a keen eye to his home state of Texas. The new book is “God Save Texas.”

How Clean Is Our Air?

Apr 23, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Two big reports on air pollution. One looks at the world and the other zeroes in on California. We’ll look at the big takeaways, and more.

Ledge King, USA Today reporter covering the EPA. (@LedgeKing)

Daniel Greenbaum, President of the Health Effects Institute.

With Melissa Block

Kendrick Lamar scores a Pulitzer. Beyoncé stuns us with her performance at Coachella. We’ll talk about what a big week it’s been for black musicians.

Guests: 

David Hajdu, Music critic for The Nation and 2018 Pulitzer music juror. The jury unanimously selected Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music. (@davidhajdu_)

Cuba After Castro

Apr 19, 2018

With Melissa Block

It’s the end of an era in Cuba, as President Raúl Castro steps down. After Cuba’s National Assembly nominated Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Castro, we’ll look at what’s next for the country.

Guests:

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

With Melissa Block

Author Barbara Ehrenreich is out with a new book, “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer.” We’ll look at her bold new arguments.

Guests:

Barbara Ehrenreich, author, journalist and political activist, author of “Natural Causes.” (@B_Ehrenreich)

Outrage grows over the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. The CEO apologizes but the video has gone viral.

James Comey Speaks Out

Apr 16, 2018

For the first time since being fired as FBI director, James Comey speaks out. We’ll unpack what his revelations could mean for the Trump presidency.

Guests:

Susan Hennessey, fellow at in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, executive editor of Lawfare. (@Susan_Hennessey)

Michael Warren, senior writer at The Weekly Standard. (@michaelrwarren)

With David Folkenflik

The Denver Post calls out its hedge fund owners for cutting jobs. We’ll look at the future of local newspapers. It isn’t pretty.

This show airs Friday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Chuck Plunkett, editorial page editor of the Denver Post. (@chuckplunkett)

Facebook Faces Congress

Apr 12, 2018

With David Folkenflik

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg faces the wrath of Congress. We’ll unpack the privacy scandal that has overwhelmed the world’s most popular social media network.

This show airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Mary Bruce, congressional reporter for ABC News who covered the Facebook hearing. (@marykbruce)

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED Magazine. (@nxthompson)

Advice Columns: An American Love Affair

Apr 11, 2018

With David Folkenflik

America has a love affair with advice columns. We’ll tour the rich history and racy questions from a new generation.

Guests: 

Meredith Goldstein, advice columnist and author of the Boston Globe’s “Love Letters” column. Author of “Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist.” (@MeredithGoldste)

With Emily Dreyfuss

More chemical attacks in Syria blamed on the government. Scores dead, including children. We’ll look at the options available to President Trump, the United States and the world.

This show airs Tuesday at 10:20 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Eli Lake, Bloomberg View columnist. (@EliLake)

With David Folkenflik

New revelations about settlements Bill O’Reilly paid a lot of money to keep secret. And the new pressures to sweep out non-disclosure agreements.

Guests: 

Emily Steel, reporter on the media industry for the New York Times. (@emilysteel)

It's Senior Thesis Season

Apr 6, 2018

With Jane Clayson

College seniors present the capstone of their academic careers: the senior thesis. We’ll dive in with the Class of 2018, with a few members joining our program to talk about their labors of love.

Guests:

McKay Coppins, senior writer, The Atlantic, graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. (@mckaycoppins)

Vaping is an exploding trend among American teenagers. While the makers of e-cigarettes tout them as a potentially safer alternative to tobacco products, critics worry the fad may lead to a new generation of nicotine addicts.

This show airs Thursday at 11:40 a.m. EST.

Guests:

With Jane Clayson

Big Tobacco lied about cigarettes. Is Big Wireless lying about cell phones? We’ll look at the cancer-cell phone connection.

This show airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Before he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered what was to be the last public address of his life to a crowd of sanitation workers, who were about to strike for a living wage. On Wednesday — the 50th anniversary of King’s death — we discussed his legacy and economic justice.

'2001: A Space Odyssey' 50 Years Later

Apr 3, 2018

With Jennifer Glasse

It’s been 50 years since Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece premiered on the big screen, forever changing cinema as we know it. The making of the movie itself, however, was its own incredibly odyssey. We’ll discuss the legacy and making of one the most influential films of all time.

Guests:

Michael Benson: author of “Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece.”

Free Range Parenting Gets A Boost In Utah

Apr 2, 2018

Biking with friends, playing in the park, walking to the corner store to pick up milk. Normal childhood stuff, right? Well, not in today’s world of handheld helicopter parenting. Moms and dads who let their kids roam around unsupervised are called a few different things — “free range parents” by some and “neglectful parents” by others. Some have been hauled into court on neglect charges.

A new law in Utah seeks to restore the rights of parents to let kids roam free. Our guests discuss the balancing act of letting kids explore without getting charged with neglect or abuse.

Watching 'Roseanne,' Again

Mar 30, 2018

The 90’s sitcom “Roseanne” is back with huge ratings and a message from Trump’s America.

This show airs Friday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Joanna Weiss, author, journalist and former TV critic for the Boston Globe. (@joannaweiss)

Bob Thompson, founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, where he is also a professor.

With Ray Suarez

A freezer failure at the University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio has made more than 4,000 eggs and embryos unviable, affecting more than 900 families. This is after another San Francisco fertility center lost eggs and embryos in a similar storage tank malfunction. We’ll wade through the heartache and discuss how this could have happened.

This show airs Thursday at 10 a.m. EST. 

Guests: 

What Comes After The March For Our Lives?

Mar 26, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of people marched on Washington and around the country to demand stricter gun control this weekend.

But that’s just the first step, David Hogg, a survivor of the February Parkland, Florida school shooting, told us Monday.

The students are already planning another school walkout on April 20, and on April 7, they’re calling for every member of Congress to hold a town hall.

Stormy Daniels Speaks Out

Mar 26, 2018

With Anthony Brooks

Adult film star Stormy Daniels talks to 60 Minutes about her alleged affair with President Trump before he was in office. We’re looking at why it matters.

This show airs Monday at 10 a.m. EST.

Guests:

David Folkenflik, NPR media correspondent. (@davidfolkenflik)

Meredith Blake, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. (@MeredithBlake)

A #MeToo Moment For Low-Wage Workers

Mar 22, 2018

With Kimberly Atkins

Far away from Hollywood, we’ll look at the #MeToo moment for low wages workers. It’s happening.

Guests: 

Facebook Under Fire

Mar 21, 2018

Facebook has had a difficult week.

Whistleblower reports have alleged that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained people’s personal Facebook data. Facebook responded by calling Cambridge Analytica’s actions a “scam” and a “fraud” and suspending the service. 

Life With ALS

Mar 20, 2018

With Kimberly Atkins

Neuroscientist turned novelist Lisa Genova’s first book “Still Alice” was a bestseller and a movie. Her new book, “Every Note Played,” is about ALS. We’re reading through it. We’re also talking with Nancy Frates, the mother of Ice Bucket Challenge pioneer Peter Frates, and a doctor who treats ALS patients.

This show airs Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST. 

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Trump's Troubled Cabinet

Mar 19, 2018

With Kimberly Atkins

From accusations of lavish spending to job insecurity, we got the latest twists and turns from President Donald Trump’s cabinet. Housing secretary Ben Carson’s taste in dining room furniture; a pricey soundproof booth installed by EPA chief Scott Pruitt; Rex Tillerson’s out and H.R. McMaster may be next.

Guests:

Eliana Johnson, White House reporter, Politico. (@elianayjohnson)

From novel to now the big screen, we’ll unpack “A Wrinkle in Time’s” message for a new generation of girls.

Guests:

Aramide Tinubu, film critic. (@midnightrami)

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