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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.


Nov 26, 2015
This photo taken July 31, 2012 shows a "tiny" house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. For the past couple of months, 33-year-old Anson and her friends have been planning, measuring, sawing and hammering their way toward completion of what might look like a child’s playhouse. (AP)

Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They’re hot. Americans are downsizing.

Nov 26, 2015
Jewel performs in the On Point Studio on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. (Liz Gillis / WBUR)

Singer-songwriter Jewel asked “who will save your soul”? Now she’s talking about saving her own. We’ll talk to Jewel.

Nov 25, 2015
Three of baker Renee McLeoud's delicious pies, on display in the WBUR studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Bring your appetite! We’re gathering around the radio table with three chefs and new Thanksgiving recipes.

Nov 25, 2015
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Pulitzer Prize winning Iowa writer Marilynne Robinson, arrives to the State Library of Iowa in the Ola Babcock Miller Building, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On the day before Thanksgiving, we talk with Marilynne Robinson – one of America’s greatest authors, thinkers, moralists — about fear and hope in a hard, frightening time.

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Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015

Did our Thanksgiving 2016 episode make you hungry? Good news — we’ve got recipes right here.

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Karl Rove Still Won’t Get Involved In The 2016 G.O.P. Primary
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

Karl Rove may say he’s not endorsing or getting involved in the 2016 G.O.P. presidential primary, but that won’t stop from offering advice on how to beat Republican front runner Donald Trump.

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Roger Cohen And Barry Posen On ISIS
Monday, Nov 23, 2015

A brief, but illustrative exchange between Barry Posen and Roger Cohen during our conversation on ISIS today.

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