On Point on News & Ideas

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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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Soccer Mommy — also known as Sophie Allison — will join us from SXSW to talk about her music, the self-described “chill but kinda sad” sound of her new album “Clean.”

We’ll also talk to Alicia Bognanno, the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the band “Bully.”

In addition to their music, we’ll hear about how women are charting a new direction for indie rock.

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

Physicist Stephen Hawking Dead At 76

Mar 14, 2018

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has died at 76, leaving in his wake incredible contributions to science and countless inspired souls.

The British scientist contributed to the sum of human knowledge about the universe’s greatest mysteries, from black holes to time travel and quantum mechanics. Hawking’s life was depicted in the 2014 film “The Theory of Everything,” and his own books, like “A Brief History Of Time,” popularized his subjects for a lay audience.   

A Reality Check In Puerto Rico

Mar 12, 2018

Six months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles on. What’s it going to take to fix it? Who will do it?

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

Guests:

Bianca Padró Ocasio, breaking news reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. (@BiancaJoanie)

Omaya Sosa Pascual, journalist and founder of Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism. (@omayasosa)

Love, Hate And 'The Bachelor'

Mar 9, 2018

After the most dramatic finale ever, we’ll ask: Why do we love and loathe “The Bachelor”? We’ll talk about Arie Luyendyk, Lauren Burnham and Becca Kufrin with the author of a dishy new book about the show, “Bachelor Nation,” and two other card-carrying members.

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

Are Trade Wars Good And Winnable?

Mar 6, 2018

The president goes full steam ahead on tariffs. We’ll take a look at whether trade wars are as good and winnable as he says.

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

Guests:

Sarah McGregor, U.S. economics editor for Bloomberg News. (@sarahinamerica)

Leo Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers. (@steelworkers)

Rape Kits Often Go Untested For Decades

Mar 5, 2018

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of rape kits never get tested. Albuquerque, New Mexico has a plan to fix that. We’re hearing it.

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

Guests:

Mayor Tim Keller, mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico. (@MayorKeller)

Jessica Contrera, features reporter for the Washington Post. (@mjcontrera)

Can An Immigration Deal Get Done?

Mar 5, 2018

Gun control is in the spotlight, but what about an immigration deal? Is there the political will to get it done?

Guests:

Fernando Pizarro, Univision correspondent covering Congress, the White House and immigration. (@FPizarro_DC)

Stephen Lee, professor of law at the University of California Irvine School of Law.

Korina Iribe Romo, 28-year-old with DACA status. Advocacy director at the student organization Undocumented Students for Education Equity.

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