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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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Oct 24, 2014
Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Oct 24, 2014
Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

The new movie “Whiplash”. The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts…sports.

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Oct 24, 2014
Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

The new movie “Whiplash”. The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts…sports.

 
Oct 24, 2014
Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
The Explicast, Episode Two: Why Is Election Day On A Tuesday?
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

The Explicast is back for another round. This time, we’re looking at Election Day, and why we all keep voting on a random Tuesday in early November.

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Our Week In The Web: October 24, 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

On comments, comment sections, and ROY G BIV.

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Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

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