90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Listening To On Point in South Korea

On Point reaches listeners in many countries around the world. And we love to hear from them. We received this charming note today from an American ex-pat listening to the show on her iPod a long way from home:

Dear Mr. Ashbrook and staff,

I started listening to On Point in 2009 around the same time that I started running.  I got an iPod for my birthday and found that I enjoyed listening to talk radio rather than music a lot of the time.  Shortly after I started running, and listening to your show, I moved to South Korea where I worked as an English teacher.  I ran through the mountains, and among the rice paddies, past farmers and old women working in the fields…all the while Mr. Ashbrook kept me entertained and informed about what was going on back home in Boston, in the U.S. and across the world…the miles passed by easily as I listened every morning to your shows.  It helped me feel less homesick…eventually I started running more and training for more than 7 half marathons over the past year and a half… your show kept my mind off the long miles, the pains in my shins, the soreness in my knees, etc… I’ve listened to your shows during all the races I’ve done.  Some of my all time favorites are Emotions and the Human-Dog Connection, The Science of Willpower and A History of Caroling.  I also like your repeat guests, like Hiawatha Bray from the Globe, the show you did on Siri was great!

I am back in Korea teaching until August and I know On Point will be with me through all the miles I’ll log in Busan and beyond.  So I just wanted to thank you, Mr. Ashbrook, and all your hardworking staff for the thoughtful interviews, interesting and educational shows, and for always keeping me company no matter where in the world I am.

Sincerely,

Sarah

Busan, Korea

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Mar 4, 2015
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a keynote address at the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif.  (AP)

Hillary Clinton’s week of bad headlines: about her emails and foreign money going to the Clinton Foundation. We’ll dig in.

Mar 4, 2015
This photo taken July 31, 2012 shows a "tiny" house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. For the past couple of months, 33-year-old Anson and her friends have been planning, measuring, sawing and hammering their way toward completion of what might look like a child’s playhouse. (AP)

Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They’re hot. Americans are downsizing.

RECENT
SHOWS
Mar 3, 2015
This July 21, 2014 photo shows strawberry banana chia breakfast smoothie in Concord, N.H. Breakfast habits in America are changing, leading to dramatic shifts in business strategy. (AP)

Food guidelines are changing. So is what we eat for breakfast. Cereal? Out of favor. Eggs? Maybe OK. And all kinds of new menus. We’ll look at Americans and breakfast.

 
Mar 3, 2015
A group of community activists in San Francisco, CA celebrate that city's February 2014 embrace of the Fair Chance Campaign's efforts to alter background checks on employment and housing for convicted criminals. (Courtesy All of Us Or None)

Is it time to stop asking job applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime? We’ll look at employment and unemployment after prison.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Answers To Your Questions On Black Holes
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015

Yale University’s Priyamvada Natarajan answers your black hole questions in full. (Well, most of them.)

More »
Comment
 
Want To Listen To Lead Belly? Here’s Where To Start
Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

More »
Comment