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NPR’s On Point is now carried by 286 stations nationwide, with a weekly audience of 1.5 million. Each month, more than 320,000 visitors stop by this website and more than 744,000 shows are downloaded from our iTunes podcast.

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On Point is simply great radio — topical, compelling, intelligent. Whether it’s as a guest or a listener, I never miss it.”

-Matthew Continetti, opinion editor, The Weekly Standard

“…One of my favorite radio shows: NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.”

-Arianna Huffington, cofounder, Huffington Post

“…Hands down one of the finest interviewers on radio and TV, period.”

-KCLU-California General Manager Mary Olson

Hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, On Point is broadcast for two hours daily across the country on NPR. The show’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.

Principals of “The Social Network” film. Left to right: Aaron Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg, Armie Hammer, Tom Ashbrook, Sept. 22, 2010. (WBUR)

Broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon ET, with listener call-in, from WBUR in Boston, the show airs again throughout the day and evening on more than 210 NPR stations coast to coast. (To find out what’s on tomorrow, sign-up for WBUR’s free newsletter: WBUR Tomorrow.)

Members of the play “Stick Fly.” Left to right: Rosie Benton, Nikkole Salter, playwright Lydia Diamond, and Tom Ashbrook. (WBUR/Jesse Costa)

On Point staff

Tom Ashbrook is On Point’s host and managing editor. Jack Beatty, On Point’s news analyst, appears each Friday on our Week in the News roundtable and on other shows throughout the week.

On Point’s executive producer is Karen Shiffman. Our team of producers includes Nick AndersenKatherine BrewerJulie DiopSam Gale RosenStefano Kotsonis, and Dean Russell.  On Point’s director is Eileen Imada and our technical director is James Ross.

If you are a program director interested in learning more about On Point, please call us at 617-358-1461.

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Sep 23, 2014
Cindy Cook holds a photo of her mother, former Rep. Alice Cook Bassett, at her home in Calais, Vt., Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Cook took care of her mother in December when she decided to stop eating and drinking to put an end to her life. (AP)

A bipartisan report says medical care at the end of life needs a big overhaul. One bioethicist says, “After 75, no major interventions. Let me go.”

Sep 23, 2014
Fabiano Caruana, of Italy, was the winner of the 2014 Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, MO. His seven straight wins in the tournament are virtually unprecedented in the history of the game. (Courtesy US Chess Champs)

A young grandmaster just did the impossible at a top chess tournament. No one paid attention. Does chess still matter?

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Sep 22, 2014
Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP/Jason DeCrow)

Big climate protests in New York before a big UN summit. Activist and author Naomi Klein says change the economy or die. She’s with us.

 
Sep 22, 2014
President Barack Obama gestures during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. Obama spoke after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP/Evan Vucci)

A tough, critical examination of US plans to take on ISIS. Strategy in the hot seat.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: September 19, 2014
Friday, Sep 19, 2014

Lots of big, contentious topics on the show this week — from Zionism to early education, corporal punishment to development in the Grand Canyon.

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Talking Through The Issue Of Corporal Punishment For Kids
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

On Point dove into the debate over corporal punishment on Wednesday — as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson faces charges in Texas after he allegedly hit his four-year-old son with a switch.

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Our Week In The Web: September 12, 2014
Friday, Sep 12, 2014

In which you had varied reactions to the prospect of a robotic spouse.

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