90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
congress
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | 10:00 AM
President Barack Obama listens to applause as he arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Washington. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, applaud in the background.  (AP)

The State of the Union. President Obama’s telling. His push. And the GOP reply.

Comments [1,140]
 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 10:00 AM
This Jan. 9, 2015, file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking at Pellissippi State Community College, in Knoxville, Tenn. President Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class. (AP)

The president will propose new taxes on the very wealthy and tax breaks for the middle class. We’ll lay out the plan and the pushback.

Comments [1,208]
 
Friday, January 16, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Pallbearers carry the casket of Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Bernard Verlhac, known as Tignous, decorated by friends and colleagues of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, at the city hall of Montreuil, outside east of Paris, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. (AP)

Paris terror attack fall out. Congress takes on Obama over immigration. Mitt Romney in 2016? Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Comments [954]
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Congressman Steve Israel (D-MD) is also the author of a new satirical novel, "The Global War On Morris."  (Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

Congressman, now novelist, Steve Israel turns a satirical eye at Congress and the war on terror in his new book. He’s with us. Plus: could Mitt Romney really run for President a third time? And will Jeb Bush run, too?

Comments [45]
 
Friday, January 9, 2015 | 10:00 AM
People gather in solidarity of the victims of a terror attack against a satirical newspaper, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP)

Paris terror attack. The GOP Congress versus Obama . The rift between NYPD and New York’s mayor. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Comments [1,734]
 
Monday, December 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM
In a photo taken Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, a Republican of Louisiana, waits to be sworn in at the Capitol in Washington. McAllister says he's asking his family and constituents for forgiveness after a West Monroe newspaper published a video that it says shows the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Monroe, La. McAllister, only in office a little over four months, attracted national attention because of his endorsement from the bearded men of the "Duck Dynasty" reality TV show. (AP)

Everyone hates hypocrisy. But, hold on, says one philosopher, we’re all hypocrites. It’s part of being human.

Comments [165]
 
Friday, December 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM
CIA Director John Brennan pauses during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Brennan defending his agency from accusations in a Senate report that it used inhumane interrogation techniques against terrorist suspect with no security benefits to the nation.  (AP)

The explosive torture report. Rolling Stone and UVA. Ebola heroes. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Comments [828]
 
Monday, November 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Some of more than 350 miles of pipe awaiting shipment for the Keystone XL oil pipeline is stored at Welspun Tubular, in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP)

The Keystone Pipeline is closer than ever to being built. We look at the politics and the economics of Keystone.

Comments [557]
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM
People wait outside to enter the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. (AP)

The Supreme Court takes up another challenge to Obamacare. Could it cripple the Affordable Care Act?

Comments [469]
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 10:00 AM
On March 27, Navy veteran Jeff Hensley of Dallas, Texas, now with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), joins others in placing flags representing veteran and service members who have died by suicide.

On Veterans Day, the fight to save soldiers from PTSD and suicide. Plus, two Iraq War veterans just elected to Congress.

Comments [53]
 
ONPOINT
TODAY
Jan 26, 2015
Yemeni protesters gather during a demonstration to show their support to Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.  (AP)

Yemen in turmoil, a new king in Saudi Arabia. We’ll look at what’s next for the Arabian Peninsula. Plus: the President’s trip to the Indian subcontinent.

Jan 26, 2015
Frederick Daniel Hardy's "Baby's Birthday" (1867) shows a typical Victorian English family at home.  (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

Brush your teeth with soot, stay away from water, wear a steel corset. We’ll talk with the author of “How to be a Victorian.” Strange ways from another age.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jan 23, 2015
People enter the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The jury selection process in the trial of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes began Tuesday, and is expected to take several weeks to a few months. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding more than 50 in an Aurora movie theater in 2012 (AP)

The Marathon bombing, the Aurora movie theater shootings, and the challenges of picking an impartial jury.

 
Jan 23, 2015
A Cuban flag and an American flag stand in the press room during the second day of talks between U.S. and Cuban officials, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP)

President Obama comes out swinging in his State of the Union. High level talks in Cuba. Japanese hostages. “American Sniper” controversy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: January 23, 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

New thoughts on Facebook, new analysis of State of the Union twitter activity and new weekend excitement. New! And exciting!

More »
Comment
 
Meet On Point’s Interns: Spring 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

Good news! We have interns, and they are wonderful, and here they are for the spring term. Meet them digitally, right here.

More »
2 Comments
 
Caller To Author Ron Rash: ‘You Cared About People Like Me’
Thursday, Jan 22, 2015

An unexpected caller from South Carolina brings back guest Ron Rash’s years as a community college professor in a movingly real way.

More »
Comment