90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Rep. Anthony Weiner Talks About John Boehner And Leadership

“Mr. Speaker”-in-waiting John Boehner. We take a closer look at the Ohio Congressman, now lined up for power – and how he’ll use it.

House speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, R-Ohio, in Washington, Nov. 3, 2010. (AP)

John Boehner is the next speaker of the House, where Republicans will be the majority party. Most Americans know little of this Congressman from southwestern Ohio – even if we do know he’s prone to weeping.  

Boehner grew up poor and spent his life chasing the American dream. After two decades in Congress, he’s a political insider, and now the leader of a party strengthened by Tea Party outsiders demanding change. 

Can he deliver for the GOP? And can he work with Democrats? 

-Anthony Brooks

Guest:

Michael Grunwald, senior national correspondent for Time magazine. His new cover story is “Tanned, Tested, Ready: New Speaker John Boehner.”

Carl Weiser, government and politics editor for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Max Pappas, vice president for public policy at FreedomWorks, an advocacy organization that promotes smaller government and is part of the Tea Party movement.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, Democratic Congressman since 1999 representing New York’s 9th district, which includes Brooklyn and Queens.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 22, 2014
Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP)

We’ll go to Liberia, and hear from a pastor and a physician at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis.

Oct 22, 2014
Authors Nicholas Kristof and wife Sheryl WuDunn attend the premiere of "Meena" at the AMC Loews Theater on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York.

Author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says regular folks like us can change the world. He explains how. Plus: we remember the late, great Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee.

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

 
Oct 21, 2014
David Perdue, Michelle Nunn

Two weeks to go till Midterm Election Day. We’ll look at how the biggest issues are playing out around the country.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
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 »
1 Comment
 
Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

More »
Comment