90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Tom’s Pick
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Santa chats with Asher Powell, age 6, while Asher's sister Alexis smiles during a visit to Santa's Wonderland House inside Flatirons Crossing Mall, in Broomfield, Colo., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP)

We asked, and you delivered: your most memorable Christmas stories. Weird, wild, and wonderful. We’ll all listen.

Comments [13]
 
Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Robert Zimmer, president, University of Chicago, speaks during a panel discussion, "2012: The Path to the Presidency", at the University of Chicago in Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012.  He was listed as the highest-paid college president in America in a 2013 report by The Chronicle Of Higher Education. (AP)

New numbers out on what college presidents make and plenty are making a bundle. We look at the whys of those big paychecks.

Comments [64]
 
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | 10:00 AM
Colorado Walmart employees and supporters join nationwide protests, in front of a Walmart store in Lakewood, Colo., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, for Walmart to publicly commit to improving labor standards. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the nation's biggest shopping day of the year. (AP)

Solving America’s low wage conundrum. Looking for a way up and out of the poverty wage trap. Plus, Pope Francis on contemporary capitalism.

Comments [683]
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 11:00 AM
In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 file photo, recording artist Kanye West speaks onstage during the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. West is postponing the rest of his “Yeezus” tour after a 60-foot LED screen used during his shows was damaged. The use of the Confederate flag on his tour merchandise has stirred controversy. (AP)

Kanye West’s at it again, selling the Confederate flag at his concerts, looking to undercut a divisive old symbol – and sell t-shirts. We’ll look at Kanye West and the Confederate Flag.

Comments [95]
 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | 11:00 AM
J. Craig Venter. (Viking Publishing)

Famed genome sequencer Craig Venter joins us to look at the brave new world of synthetic life.

Comments [105]
 
Friday, October 18, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Pallbearers wearing anti-bullying t-shirts carry the casket of Rebecca Sedwick,12, to a waiting hearse as they exit the Whidden-McLean Funeral Home Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Bartow, Fla. Polk County Sheriff's Office investigators say they believe Sedwick leaped to her death from a structure at an abandoned cement plant last week following months of bullying. (AP)

Felony charges against two girls in the cyber-bullying death of 12-year old Rebecca Ann Sedwick. We’ll look at young tormenters and the law.

Comments [78]
 
Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 10:00 AM
Kraft macaroni and cheese, Stove Stop stuffing mix, and Velveeta are seen at a Ralphs Fresh Fare supermarket in Los Angeles Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. (AP)

Burger King makes a low-cal French fry. Processed food wants to compete on the health front. Can it? Fake meat. Super soy. We’ll look.

Comments [218]
 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

We’ve excerpted Richard Sherman’s performances here. They’re terribly brief, unfortunately, but give a terribly charming look into the man behind these classic songs.

 
Monday, September 2, 2013 | 10:00 AM
President Barack Obama makes a statement about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP)

President Obama seeks Congressional approval for a strike on Syria. We look at the latest.

Comments [197]
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | 11:00 AM
2013 rally for transgender equality. (Flickr/Ted Eytan)

Chelsea Manning – formerly Bradley Manning – is all over in the news. We talk with transgender Americans about that life.

Comments [147]
 
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 30, 2014
Realtor Helen Hertz stands in front of one of her listings in Cleveland Heights, Ohio Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Hertz, a real estate agent for more than three decades, has seen firsthand what has happened to the market in the wake of the recession and foreclosure crisis. (AP)

Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren’t buying. We’ll look at what American’s think now about owning a home.

Oct 30, 2014
Soylent is a new meal-replacement substance meant to offer a complete nutritional alternative to traditional food. (Courtesy Soylent)

Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 29, 2014
A visitor looks at the simple wooden cross that marks the grave of Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas, in Laugharne, Wales, Sept. 17, 1963. (AP)

A century after his birth, poet and writer Dylan Thomas lives on. We look at his exuberant work and short life.

 
Oct 29, 2014
In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 image provided by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, a young bear is rescued from drowning after eluding officials, at Lake Powell, Utah. (AP)

A big debate in the West over transferring Federal public lands to states. We’ll hear from both sides.

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.

More »
2 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: October 24, 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

On comments, comment sections, and ROY G BIV.

More »
Comment
 
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.

More »
3 Comments