PLEDGE NOW
Week In The News: Romney and Ryan and Issac

From Tampa, Mitt’s big night.  Paul Ryan’s debut.  Isaac’s deep water and the Democrats rev up. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A church is flooded as Hurricane Isaac hits Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Braithwaite, La. (AP)

A church is flooded as Hurricane Isaac hits Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Braithwaite, La. (AP)

 

It was all politics out of Tampa this week and the Republican National Convention.  Politics and dreams and a call out for the hearts and minds and votes of Americans.  Mitt Romney told cheering delegates last night that Americans deserve better than the last four years.

Paul Ryan went hard at Obama policy.  Ann Romney spoke up for love.  Clint Eastwood for… well, for “make my day” maybe.  Republicans wanted to lay out a stark choice in Tampa.  They did.  Next week, it’s the Democrats’ turn.

This hour, On Point:  Romney, Ryan and the Republican push.  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Bill McKenzie, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Dallas Morning News.

Cynthia Tucker, a visiting professor at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She spent 20 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an editorial board member and syndicated columnist. She won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007.

Jack BeattyOn Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times “Tropical Storm Isaac’s once fierce winds slowed to 40 miles per hour on Thursday morning as it finally moved out of southern Louisiana and headed north while continuing to bring heavy rains and flooding along its path.”

Washington Post “The decision involves an increasingly contentious political issue: a push, largely by Republican-controlled legislatures and governor’s offices, to impose strict identification requirements on voters.”

Wall Street Journal “As a presidential candidate Mitt Romney has held his religion close, seldom mentioning his Mormon faith. But on Thursday, his beliefs will be front and center as he accepts the GOP presidential nomination.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
May 25, 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a history of American moral character in his new book, "The Road to Character." Former US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (R), is one of the subjects he profiles in his books. (David Burnett / AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

May 25, 2015
Violinist Regina Carter warms up in the On Point studio on Friday, October 17. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album “Southern Comfort.”

RECENT
SHOWS
May 22, 2015
The Barden Bellas, the all-female a cappella group at the center of Pitch Perfect 2. (Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures via AP)

Pitch Perfect 2 is the number one movie in the country, and it’s over the top on a capella.

 
May 22, 2015
Crashed cars with airbags deployed are shown to visitors as part of the display of Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety performance standards at the automaker's exhibition hall in Toyota, central Japan. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

ISIS rolls on. A TPP vote. Biggest recall ever – airbags. And Letterman’s last bow. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
A Former Bike Gang Member Explains "The Life"
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Larry called in from Lawrenceburg, KY and told us he was once a member of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, a mid-Atlantic biker gang. He didn’t sugar coat the facts as he explained the draw of the brotherhood and what makes the outlaw motorcycle corner the underworld go round.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: May 15, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015

We cancel a few hours and suddenly all of you get convinced of a global radio conspiracy! Plus, dragon zoos.

More »
1 Comment
 
Caller: ‘It Doesn’t Always Turn Out Okay’
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One caller shares her own story of an extremely premature birth. Her daughter, born at 22 1/2 weeks in 2012, was taken off life support after seven days.

More »
Comment