90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Glenn Beck's Political Appeal

Getting Glenn Beck. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank and more on what makes Beck tick and what makes him popular.

Glenn Beck at his "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 2010. (AP)

To detractors, it’s amazing that Glenn Beck is on the air. To his audience, his followers, it’s a sign — of end times or revolution or counter-revolution, of restoration or despair.

Critics want to write him off. Followers want to follow. But where? To what? Maybe the Tea Party.

He’s a guiding light. He’s outrageous. He’s a rodeo clown. He talks Nazis and concentration camps and end of the world. He is certainly a sign of the times. Signifying what?

We look at Glenn Beck.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Dana Milbank, columnist for the Washington Post and former White House correspondent for the paper. He’s author of the new book “Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America” (read an excerpt) and “Homo Politicus: The Strange and Scary Tribes that Run Our Government.”

Matt Continetti, opinion editor and columnist for The Weekly Standard. He’s author of the book, “The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star.”

Mark Leibovich, Washington correspondent for the New York Times. His article “Being Glenn Beck” ran in last week’s New York Times Magazine.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 30, 2014
Realtor Helen Hertz stands in front of one of her listings in Cleveland Heights, Ohio Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Hertz, a real estate agent for more than three decades, has seen firsthand what has happened to the market in the wake of the recession and foreclosure crisis. (AP)

Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren’t buying. We’ll look at what American’s think now about owning a home.

Oct 30, 2014
Soylent is a new meal-replacement substance meant to offer a complete nutritional alternative to traditional food. (Courtesy Soylent)

Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 29, 2014
A visitor looks at the simple wooden cross that marks the grave of Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas, in Laugharne, Wales, Sept. 17, 1963. (AP)

A century after his birth, poet and writer Dylan Thomas lives on. We look at his exuberant work and short life.

 
Oct 29, 2014
In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 image provided by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, a young bear is rescued from drowning after eluding officials, at Lake Powell, Utah. (AP)

A big debate in the West over transferring Federal public lands to states. We’ll hear from both sides.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
The Explicast, Episode Two: Why Is Election Day On A Tuesday?
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

The Explicast is back for another round. This time, we’re looking at Election Day, and why we all keep voting on a random Tuesday in early November.

More »
2 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: October 24, 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

On comments, comment sections, and ROY G BIV.

More »
Comment
 
Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

More »
3 Comments