About the Show

NPR’s On Point is now carried by 290 stations nationwide, with a weekly audience of 1.76 million. Each month, more than 320,000 visitors stop by this website and more than 2 million 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 290 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 DiopStefano KotsonisSarah Platt and Abbie RuzickaOn 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.

If you’re interested in working for On Point as an intern, applications are available here.


Oct 5, 2015
The newest version of the Apple mobile iOS system allows ad-blocking software on mobile browsing for the first time. (Abdullah Syahbal / Flickr)

Are ad–blocking, bots, and mobile gutting economic viability of the internet? We’ll take a close look.

Oct 5, 2015
Singer-songwriter Sara Barielles on the cover of her new memoir, "Sounds Like Me." (Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles goes fully confessional in her new memoir, “Sounds Like Me.” She joins us.

Oct 2, 2015
Max Martin accepts the award for best producer of the year, non-classical at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.  (AP)

The software of hit songs now. We’ll look at the algorithms, computer generated beats and producers making it happen for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and more.

Oct 2, 2015
Candles spelling UCC for Umpqua Community College, are displayed at a candlelight vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the school, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. (AP)

A deadly shooting at an Oregon community college. Putin and Obama at the UN. The capture of Kunduz. Water on Mars. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: October 2, 2015
Friday, Oct 2, 2015

We say hello again to our email address (since so many of you did this week) and goodbye to the Log Lady.

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Interview With Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Count Me As A Radical’
Thursday, Oct 1, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves in the 2016 Presidential race, and he joined us today from the US Capitol to explain how his campaign message is connecting with voters around the country.

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Our Week In The Web: September 25, 2015
Friday, Sep 25, 2015

But seriously — where ARE our podcasts running off to? Plus, more Jewel.

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