90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Sci-Fi On Point

Here at On Point, we keep an eye on the front pages. But we also look ahead, sometimes way ahead. Science fiction is one of our recurring themes, from the far-out future of NASA and dreams of asteroid mining, to the works of Margaret Atwood. We’ve looked at the future of the sci-fi genre, looked at the best sci-fi films, and talked with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin.

We sat down with cyber prophet William Gibson and talked about the legacy of Michael Crichton, envisioned a 100 year starship, looked at the classic (and updated) War of the Worlds, dug into classics like Hunger Games and Star Trek.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
  • Sam

    You haven’t spoken about the comic books!!!

    “The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America” by David Hajdu

    Or how Science Fiction, Fantasy, comics were all used as an escape for teenagers “back in the day” before the internet.

    Where do kids escape to today?
    FB? In the age of web 2.0, where do kids escape to now and how does it, will it, affect our future?

    Thanks

  • J__o__h__n

    Tom should host a debate between William Shatner and George Takei to settle their fued. 

  • Will Tomlinson

    Please interview Charles Stross.

  • Agillespie

    You should talk with Cyberdelic pioneer RU Sirius… or his partner Rudy Rucker, both of whom founded Mondo 2000 in the early 90s forecasting much of what you discuss in your shows concerning technology.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002035780490 Marie Boyd

    its funny i was looking for the comments i left to comm angelo mcclain dcf ,can’t find them did u remove them

ONPOINT
TODAY
Sep 2, 2014
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with Mark Wilson, event political speaker chairperson, with his wife Elain Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, August 4, 2012. (AP)

Nine weeks counting now to the midterm elections. We’ll look at the key races and the stakes.

Sep 2, 2014
Confederate spymaster Rose O'Neal Greenhow, pictured with her daughter "Little" Rose in Washington, D.C.'s Old Capitol Prison in 1862. (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

True stories of daring women during the Civil War. Best-selling author Karen Abbott shares their exploits in a new book: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.”

RECENT
SHOWS
Sep 1, 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) recovers a fumble by Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) in the second quarter of the NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP)

One outspoken fan’s reluctant manifesto against football, and the big push to reform the game.

 
Sep 1, 2014
This Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo shows a mural in in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago dedicated to the history of the Pullman railcar company and the significance for its place in revolutionizing the railroad industry and its contributions to the African-American labor movement. (AP)

On Labor Day, we’ll check in on the American labor force, with labor activist Van Jones, and more.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: August 29, 2014
Friday, Aug 29, 2014

On hypothetical questions, Beyoncé and the unending flow of social media.

More »
Comment
 
Drew Bledsoe Is Scoring Touchdowns (In The Vineyards)
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Football great — and vineyard owner — Drew Bledsoe talks wine, onions and the weird way they intersect sometimes in Walla Walla, Washington.

More »
Comment
 
Poutine Whoppers? Why Burger King Is Bailing Out For Canada
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Why is Burger King buying a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain? (We’ll give you a hint: tax rates).

More »
1 Comment