90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
College Newspapers On The Presidential Race

We vote, and the young live with the future we choose.  With just days to Election Day – we ask college newspaper editors from across the country what they want – who they want – for America’s future.

Kimberly Fisher, from White Haven, Md., casts her ballot at a polling place at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP)

Kimberly Fisher, from White Haven, Md., casts her ballot at a polling place at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP)

The 2008 election that put Barack Obama in the white House was like Woodstock for a generation of young voters in America.  They turned out in droves, and they made history.

2012 may be a different story.  There’s no historic first this time.  And no tsunami youth vote coming, if the polls are right.  But every vote counts in the tight Obama/Romney race.  And the young will live with the longest consequences of the future we all choose.

This hour, On Point:  the youth vote, the campus vote, in 2012.  What the youngest voters are thinking about the choice on Election Day.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Caleb Bissinger, senior at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and editor-in-chief of The Kenyon Collegian.

Katherine Klingseis, junior at Iowa State University and editor-in-chief of the Iowa State Daily.

Nicole Bailey, junior at the University of Virginia and editor-in-chief of The Virginia Advocate.

Stephanie Parra, junior at the University of Miami and news editor of The Miami Hurricane.

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times “Students were a swing vote in the previous election and are likely to be a swing vote in the current election. The student vote matters not just for the presidential election, but also for the Congressional races. Students tend to vote when they are personally affected by the outcome of an election.”

USA Today “This year’s electorate differs from the one that propelled Obama to the White House in 2008. AGallup poll found 44% of those in the 18-29 age range, the demographic that supported the president almost 2-1 over Sen. John McCain in 2008, may not make an effort to cast a ballot this year.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 31, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP)

Quarantines and Ebola. An exploding rocket. Apple’s CEO comes out. Hawaiian lava flows. Midterms in the home stretch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Oct 31, 2014
Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) and Sauncho Smilax (Beninico del Toro) share a drink in a scene from the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film, "Inherent Vice," an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment)

From “Interstellar” to “Into the Woods.” The biggest and best movies of the fall and holiday seasons. What to see, what to skip.

RECENT
SHOWS
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?

 
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.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: October 31, 2014
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

We tumble for ya, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Tuco the Massachusetts K-9 Unit puppy in training.

More »
Comment
 
Awards Season 2014: The Movies Worth Your Time
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

What movies should you watch before 2014 comes to a close? Our critics offer their picks for the movies of the season right here.

More »
Comment
 
A Bit More On The History Of Quarantine
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

So this whole quarantine thing — why to do it, when to do it, and when to just say no.

More »
Comment