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On Point

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Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.

Episodes

Essential trust: How to rebuild trust in America

Studies show a majority of Americans believe other Americans mostly look out for themselves. With trust on the decline, can it be rebuilt? Robert Putnam and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/12/22·47m 10s

Essential trust: How healthy skepticism builds trust

Trust is essential for survival, for relationships, for a civilized society. But trust needs an ally. We hear why building trust needs a good dose of healthy skepticism, too. Sanford “Sandy” Goldberg, Jack Beatty and Julia Jordan-Zachery join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/12/22·47m 3s

Essential trust: Lessons from Brazil's trust crisis

Brazilians have low levels of institutional trust. They also have low levels of trust in each other. Why? Chayenne Polimédio and Rafael Ioris join Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/11/22·47m 34s

Essential trust: The brain science of trust

What happens in our brains when we trust someone? Neuroscientists explain how our brains process trust, and why it's worth the risk. Jamil Zaki and Oriel FeldmanHall join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/11/22·47m 24s

Essential trust: Trust in the animal kingdom

Rebroadcast: Jane Goodall formed incredible bonds with chimpanzees in the wild. But were those bonds similar to what we humans experience as trust?
28/11/22·47m 23s

Rebroadcast: How to save the endangered monarch butterfly

The fragile beauty of the monarch butterfly. Can they be saved?
25/11/22·47m 23s

First person: Faces of the 2020 'shecession' today

From February to May 2020, almost 12 million American women lost their jobs compared to 9 million men, according to Pew Research. But new analysis finds that gender was not the main driver behind those pandemic job losses for women.
25/11/22·19m 9s

Rebroadcast: How a U.S. Marine and an Afghan interpreter forged a bond of friendship in Afghanistan

Zac Zaki and Tom Schueman join us to talk about the friendship they forged in Afghanistan, and what it took to get Zaki out of Kabul.
24/11/22·47m 15s

Rebroadcast: Journalist Putsata Reang shares an immigrant daughter's story in 'Ma and Me'

Journalist Putsata Reang has reported on many wars. Her own life is defined by the war her family escaped. “What did I owe my mother for giving me life?" The question gripped Reang when she decided to tell her mother that she's gay.
23/11/22·46m 37s

What Ticketmaster's Taylor Swift debacle reveals about the music industry's monopoly problem

Congress has tried for years to reign in this ticketing monopoly. Will Taylor Swift Fans make all the difference? Krista Brown and Andre Barlow join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
22/11/22·47m 15s

The inventory glut and what it means for your holiday shopping

Last year at this time, retailers had high demand, but stock was in short supply. This year, that’s turned on its head. So, what does that mean for consumers? G. Tony Bell and Alla Valente join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
21/11/22·46m 57s

An 'invisible epidemic': Survivors of domestic violence on living with traumatic brain injury

Rebroadcast: An 'invisible epidemic' is causing suffering in millions of women. It affects memory, concentration, balance. We discuss traumatic brain injuries in survivors of domestic violence. Eve Valera and Rachel Ramirez join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/11/22·47m 14s

The economic impact of the pandemic on women

A new word was coined to describe the economy in the fall of 2020: She-cession. Neat, but maybe too convenient. Claudia Goldin joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/11/22·47m 25s

Split-ticket voters and their impact on the latest election

In a country that’s increasingly polarized – many voters in the midterms said it doesn’t have to be that way. We hear what ticket splitting tells us about what American voters are looking for.
16/11/22·47m 33s

What Elon Musk's Twitter takeover means for the social media platform

Elon Musk borrowed billions to buy Twitter. Now he has to figure out how to pay all that back. But there’s just one problem. Nilay Patel and Sen. Ed Markey join Anthony Brooks. 
15/11/22·47m 35s

How to slow down and find some meaningful rest

In a world where we emphasize productivity and even celebrate busyness, is constant fatigue inevitable? Or – can we learn and practice meaningful rest? Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/11/22·47m 34s

Richard Reeves on why the modern male is struggling, and what to do about it

Are cultural and economic forces changing boyhood, manhood and fatherhood? Richard Reeves says yes, and that many men and boys are struggling.
11/11/22·46m 59s

RSV: What's behind the surge, and how to contain it

Children’s hospitals across the U.S. are being overwhelmed by the respiratory infection RSV. Can it be contained, and how? Dr. Meghan Bernier and Saad Omer join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/11/22·47m 7s

What can we learn from the midterms?

The biggest test of U.S. democracy since Jan. 6, 2021. What do the midterm election results tell us about Americans' belief in democracy and the direction of the nation? Heather Cox Richardson, Stephen Henderson, Tom Bonier, Lisa Desjardins and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/11/22·47m 19s

Journalist David Wallace-Wells on climate change and climate hope

After a year of catastrophic weather events, nations have gathered for the COP27 climate conference. The picture is grim, but some climate scientists say they’re encouraged by progress the world has made. David Wallace-Wells joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/11/22·47m 34s

The growing threat to ballot initiatives

Important ballot measures are at play in the midterms. In some states, voters are being asked to consider limiting their own right to put citizen-sponsored initiatives on future ballots. Neil Volz, Chris Melody Fields Figueredo and Josh Visnaw join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/11/22·47m 34s

Colleges’ role in curbing the student debt crisis

The Biden Administration wants to make higher ed more affordable. Why aren't colleges and universities doing more themselves to make getting a degree less expensive? Eric Kelderman and Mitch Daniels join Meghna Chakrabarti.
04/11/22·47m 14s

Is customer service bad on purpose?

Press one. Press two. Try to find a human, but you can’t. Welcome to the nightmare that is customer service. Jeannie Walters and Jared Spool join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/11/22·47m 34s

The reality of the drug trade in San Francisco

An open-air drug market is thriving San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. We explore what's behind it. Randy Shaw, Leighton Woodhouse and Sam Quinones join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/11/22·47m 17s

The future of affirmative action

The Supreme Court set a precedent for affirmative action more than 40 years ago. Now that precedent hangs in the balance as the court considers it again.
01/11/22·47m 6s

What we know about the midterm elections, from Colorado to Nevada

The midterms are right around the corner, and both parties are talking all about the economy. What message will win with voters? Natasha Korecki, Jon Ralston, Bente Birkeland and Chad Livengood join Anthony Brooks.
31/10/22·47m 21s

Modern conservatism and its discontents in Britain

Britain is on Prime Minister number three, in just the past two months. What's going on with Britain's conservative party, and with the nation they've been elected to lead? Emily Maitlis and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/10/22·47m 25s

Should animals have personhood rights?

For years, legal activists fought to free their client ... an elephant. Earlier this year, the state's highest court rejected that argument. But the question's now out there: If corporations can have some personhood rights, why not animals, too? David Scheel and Richard Cupp join Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/10/22·47m 27s

What's standing in the way of Puerto Rico's recovery

Puerto Rico is recovering from Hurricane Fiona which hit last month. It’s also still recovering from Hurricane Maria, which hit more than 5 years ago. So, what’s holding back Puerto Rico’s recovery?  Adi Martinez-Roman and Deepak Lamba-Nieves join Meghna Chakrabarti.
26/10/22·47m 33s

First person: Leaving Russia to avoid war in Ukraine

Timothy Snyder says Russian President Vladimir Putin is vulnerable at home, as Russian men leave to avoid being sent to fight in Ukraine. Dmitry Grigoriev is Russian man living in Georgia to avoid mobilization. He shares his story.
25/10/22·5m 21s

Historian Timothy Snyder on how war ends in Ukraine

Russia invaded Ukraine eight months ago, seemingly unprepared for the fight Ukraine would put up. Scholar Timothy Snyder answers the question: How will the war in Ukraine end?
25/10/22·47m 20s

In 'Half American,' historian Matthew Delmont tells the story of World War II from the Black perspective

More than a million Black Americans fought for the United States in World War II. They fought for a double victory: over fascism and over racism. But their fight would continue long after the war ended. Matthew Delmont joins Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
24/10/22·46m 50s

How the strong U.S. dollar is hurting the global economy

The U.S. dollar is soaring against other currencies, adding to fears of a global financial meltdown. When that happened in 1985, governments took action. Could that happen today? Kenneth Rogoff and Jean-Claude Trichet join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
21/10/22·47m 3s

The 'Texas two-step': A controversial legal strategy to avoid corporate liability

Corporations facing massive litigation are using a new legal strategy to avoid liability. It’s known as the Texas two-step. Step one: create a subsidiary and transfer a few assets and all the lawsuits. Step two: The subsidiary files for bankruptcy. Rob Rasmussen, Mike Spector and Leigh O'Dell join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
20/10/22·47m 22s

Big money and big temptation in the world of online chess

Chess is an ancient game of grand masters, now being upended in the digital domain. To add to the upheaval, grand master Hans Niemann has been accused of cheating in more than 100 games. Danny Rensch, Levy Rozman and Anna Cramling join Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/10/22·47m 32s

Financial columnist Rana Foroohar's lessons for localizing a global economy in 'Homecoming'

If the U.S. is to be less reliant on global supply chains, businesses and consumers are going to have to change expectations. Rana Foroohar joins us to discuss what it'll really take to rebuild the economy at "home." Rana Foroohar and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/10/22·47m 21s

Voter roundtable: Listening to Latino voters from across the country

Political analysts call the Hispanic vote a ‘sleeping giant.’ Most still vote Democratic, but the GOP is gaining ground. We'll listen to Hispanic voters from across the country. Rick Sanchez, Veronica Lopez, Iris Ramos-Jones and Doni Curkendall join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/10/22·47m 17s

What we learned from the Jan. 6th committee's likely final public hearing

In the likely final hearing of the January 6th House Committee, the members laid out their key findings – detail after detail. Eric Cortellessa, Elaine Kamarck, Sarah Longwell and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/10/22·47m 18s

Young people think the country's moving in the wrong direction. Will they show up to the polls?

Who is least likely to vote in the midterms next month? Young Americans. But are politicians any more likely to listen to young Americans if they don't turn up at the ballot box? Fana Haile-Selassie, Tinisee Buckman and Troy Simpson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/10/22·47m 18s

Pres. Biden wants to end U.S. reliance on China. Could Beijing show us the way?

Key parts of our economy and defense rely on imports from China. President Biden wants to end that dependence. On the flipside, President Xi has been trying to untangle China’s economy from ours for years. How’s that working out? Hung Tran and Elaine Dezenski join Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/10/22·47m 19s

Inside one developer's big bet on affordable housing in Los Angeles

A California entrepreneur says he's building affordable homes in South Central LA at half the usual cost. How? By saying no to public funding. Martin Muoto and Mike Loftin join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/10/22·47m 22s

What the U.S. can learn from the fall of democracy in Chile

Chile is a democracy that fell into dictatorship for nearly two decades. What were the warning signs? Robert Funk, Peter Siavelis and Heraldo Muñoz join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/10/22·47m 23s

A report card on week one of the Supreme Court’s new term

In its last term the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, limited the authority of the EPA and expanded gun rights. In its new term, the court faces decisions on voting rights, affirmative action, gay rights. Amy Howe, Carolyn Shapiro and Erwin Chemerinsky join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
07/10/22·47m 6s

In 'Illustrated Black History,' artist George McCalman paints Black Americans onto our nation’s canvas

Portraits are about far more than pencil or paint. But for most of our nation’s history, Black Americans were denied that public honor. Now, with a collection of 145 portraits of America’s iconic and unsung Black heroes -- one artist is setting out to change that. George McCalman joins Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
06/10/22·47m 27s

First person: Living with long COVID

Long COVID is generally defined as having symptoms that persist for more than four weeks. Hanna Tripp has lived with COVID symptoms since March 2020, just as the pandemic began. Hear her story in today's 'First person' diary.
05/10/22·4m 20s

How Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is helping doctors understand long COVID

Thousands of Americans suffer from long COVID, and doctors still don’t understand it. But researchers who’ve spent decades studying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome say they have some answers. Dr. David Putrino and Dr. Lucinda Bateman join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
05/10/22·47m 26s

Voter roundtable: Conservative voters on what's motivating them to vote in the midterms

Republicans have a chance to take back the U.S. House and Senate in November’s midterm elections. We sit down with conservative voters across the nation to hear what’s on their minds.
04/10/22·46m 55s

Iran's women in revolt

Women across Iran have taken to the streets after the death of a young woman in police custody. Their government says it will ‘mercilessly confront’ them: dozens have been killed. Neither side is backing down: what’s next for the women of Iran?
03/10/22·47m 3s

How a Texas law could impact First Amendment rights and content moderation online

In Texas, large social media platforms may soon lose the right to moderate their own content. We discuss NetChoice v. Paxton – and how a Texas law could impact First Amendment rights and content moderation online. Alan Rozenshtein and Julie Owono join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
30/09/22·47m 13s

The danger of being a journalist in Mexico

In Mexico, more than a dozen journalists have been murdered a year, every year, for two decades. In 2012, Regina Martinez was one of them. One reporter wanted to know why. Katherine Corcoran joins Kimberly Atkins-Stohr.
29/09/22·47m 9s

Behind supervised injection sites: A controversial solution to overdose deaths

Only one city in the U.S. has supervised drug injection sites to combat overdose deaths. We discuss a life-saving solution that’s seemingly too controversial. Peter Davidson and Ronda Goldfein join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
28/09/22·47m 4s

America’s climate havens of the future

Millions of climate refugees are expected to move north from the South and West in years to come. The mayor of Buffalo, New York says they’ll be welcome. Maria Agosto, Matt Hauer and Beth Gibbons join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
27/09/22·47m 15s

What's behind the recent increase of Venezuelan migrants in Texas

Every day, U.S. border patrol drops off hundreds of Venezuelan refugees in downtown El Paso. From then on, they’re the city’s responsibility. But why? Uriel Garcia, Molly O'Toole and Niurka Meléndez join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
26/09/22·46m 59s

In 'Secret City,' author James Kirchick traces the unknown history of gay Washington

Post-World War II, there was something seen as even worse than being a communist in U.S. politics: being gay. We discuss how lives and careers were lost through decades of bipartisan homophobia. James Kirchick joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/09/22·47m 33s

Pushback in Russia on Putin's war

With Russia’s military setbacks in Ukraine, there’s been increasingly open criticism of President Putin and his war. We examine Putin's pressure points. Nikolas Gvosdev and Olga Ivshina join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
22/09/22·47m 10s

In ‘Lady Justice,’ Dahlia Lithwick profiles women who used the rule of law to challenge Trumpism

Law journalist Dahlia Lithwick profiles female lawyers and judges who challenged the Trump administration in her new book, 'Lady Justice.'
21/09/22·47m 24s

Rebroadcast: In 'Work Pray Code,' author Carolyn Chen reflects on what happens when we worship work

Many Silicon Valley companies want their software engineers to live for their jobs. And they offer them everything from meals to dry cleaning to spiritual coaches. But is the office really the place to find a life’s worth of fulfillment? Carolyn Chen and Lauren Padron join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/09/22·47m 32s

Essential trust: Trust in the animal kingdom

Jane Goodall formed incredible bonds with chimpanzees in the wild. But were those bonds similar to what we humans experience as trust? It's the first episode of our series "Essential trust."
19/09/22·47m 20s

The Jackson, Mississippi water crisis and America's crumbling water system

Jackson, Mississippi hasn't had safe drinking water for weeks. The city's mayor says the problem's decades in the making. That makes Jackson a lesson for the entire country. Donna Ladd, Aaron Packman and Catherine Coleman-Flowers join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/09/22·47m 14s

Remarkable science: How to prepare for the fall season of infectious diseases

Our series of podcast-only episodes called Remarkable Science features conversations with scientists about their work, recorded in front of a virtual audience at WBUR’s CitySpace venue in Boston. Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, director of the Pandemic Center at Brown University, and Dr. Albert Ko, professor of public health and epidemiology and medicine at Yale, explore how we should all go about living in a time of outbreaks, pandemics and other infectious threats.
16/09/22·1h 1m

President Biden's anti-crime bill: Will it make America safer?

President Biden's $37 billion anti-crime plan includes funding to hire 100,000 more police. What's actually in the plan? Richard Rosenfeld and Elie Mystal join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/09/22·47m 31s

Inside Europe's energy crisis

Russia has cut off energy supplies to Europe. It's causing a crisis. How long can Europe hold on? Suriya Jayanti and Tim McPhie join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/09/22·47m 16s

Can political ads influence the outcome of an election?

The midterms are coming, and your TV's already been flooded with campaign ads. But do the ads even work? Do they sway voters at all? Christopher Warshaw and Dan Bayens join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/09/22·47m 27s

Solutions and next steps in saving the U.S. postal service

This year, Congress actually came up with a solution to help the U.S. Postal Service. A bipartisan bill passed that's the biggest financial reform of the Post office in 20 years. What's been fixed?  Jacob Bogage and Paul Steidler join Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/09/22·47m 27s

The Bin Laden papers, and the inside story of al-Qaida's fall

One decade and 6,000 pages of documents later, the Bin Laden papers have upended our understanding of al-Qaida. Nelly Lahoud joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/09/22·47m 25s

Censorship wars: Why have several communities voted to defund their public libraries?

Some school libraries have been forced to remove controversial books. The threat now is on public libraries, where some communities have recently taken another step -- they've voted to defund their local libraries. Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Patrick Sweeney and George M. Johnson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/09/22·47m 31s

Education reporter Anya Kamenetz on how the pandemic changed public education

The COVID-19 pandemic completely upended children’s lives as they knew it. What did they lose? We talk to a longtime education reporter about how the pandemic changed her view of public education. Anya Kamenetz joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/09/22·47m 34s

In 'Survival of the Richest,' author Douglas Rushkoff examines the escape plans of the tech elite

In Douglas Rushkoff’s latest book: “Survival of the Richest," we hear how the tech elite are planning to escape the destruction they had a hand in creating.
06/09/22·47m 11s

Rebroadcast: Inside the lives of social media influencers

The life of a digital influencer. Primp. Place product. Post. And cha-ching! But… that’s not all. “There is such an incredible amount of labor, much of that remains concealed behind the scenes." Brooke Erin Duffy and Ayana Lage join Meghna Chakrabarti.
05/09/22·47m 13s

Rebroadcast: Author Steven Rinella's tips for raising 'outdoor kids in an inside world'

Phones. TVs. Computers, everywhere inside. But outside, how can we help kids see the forest beyond the screens? Steven Rinella joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/09/22·47m 16s

Rebroadcast: Scholar Randall Kennedy's reflections on race, culture and law in America

For decades, scholar Randall Kennedy has been writing about race, culture and the law. “We are certainly much further from the racial promised land than I had thought that we were," he says. Randall Kennedy joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/09/22·46m 30s

Inside the science of empathetic joy

Mass grief. Mass outrage. Seemingly everywhere. But can we also learn to share in each other’s joy? Eve Ekman, Shelly Gable and Amelie, an On Point listener, join Meghna Chakrabarti.
31/08/22·47m 23s

The college educators behind the push to speak freely on campus

Steven Salaita was a rising star in the field of American Indian studies. In the fall of 2012, he applied for a job at the University of Illinois. Then, he lost everything. “I had taken to Twitter and other forms of social media to condemn Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Palestine," Salaita remembers. "And suddenly, I got an email out of the blue informing me that the job offer had been pulled." Academic freedom on American campuses. Keith Whittington joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/08/22·46m 6s

Rebroadcast: Protecting whale superhighways

Whales migrate along routes thousands of miles long - oceanic superhighways - that also happen to be corridors of human disruption. We discuss the fight to protect whale superhighways. Kerri Seger and Michael J. Moore join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/08/22·46m 35s

First person: Former NFL wide receiver Markus Wheaton on finding passion after football

On the most recent episode of On Point, we talked about Serena Williams' retirement. Or, as she calls it, 'an evolution away from tennis.' Williams's decision brings to light the challenges for professional athletes who retire after being successful in sports their whole lives. We talked to former NFL wide receiver Markus Wheaton. He played in the league for six seasons.
25/08/22·5m 19s

How athletes are redefining retirement

After 23 Grand Slam singles and 27 years on tour, Serena Williams says this U.S. Open will be her last. Williams says she’s “evolving away from tennis.” But what does that mean for athletes who have dedicated their lives to pursuing greatness in a sport? William C. Rhoden and Kensa Gunter join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
25/08/22·46m 59s

Life in Ukraine, 6 months into the war

It’s Independence Day in Ukraine. Official celebrations have been canceled. But the fact that there’s an independent Ukraine at all is celebration enough for Ukrainians. President Zelenskyy is vowing to fight on. What lies ahead for Ukraine? Tanya Kozyreva, Michael Kofman and Olga Ivshina join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
24/08/22·46m 59s

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy's life in American politics

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy knows what it’s like to fly with presidents. Kimberly Atkins Stohr hears about his life in American politics.
23/08/22·47m 19s

'Real and present danger’: How Trump rhetoric is impacting the FBI after the Mar-a-Lago search

Donald Trump's supporters are unleashing a torrent of criticism of the FBI after agents searched Mar-a-Lago. What impact is it having? Andrew McCabe and Dennis Lormel join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
22/08/22·46m 53s

The history of the price of free speech

Author Salman Rushdie remains in critical condition after a brutal knife attack last week. We'll look at the long history of the price people pay to defend free speech. Jacob Mchangama joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/08/22·47m 35s

Pod extra: Revisiting a 2013 interview with Salman Rushdie

In 2013, Meghna Chakrabarti spoke with Salman Rushdie, on the tail end of his book tour for Joseph Anton. Today, in this podcast special, we're resurfacing the 2013 Radio Boston interview with Rushdie.
19/08/22·21m 16s

The wage myths of the modern economy

Why are wages what they are? We talk about the myths that help set wages in the modern economy. Jake Rosenfeld and Larry Mishel join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/08/22·47m 21s

The Ohio primary and what it means for the general election

We look closely at swing state Ohio, and what the midterms Senate race there says about the appeal of Trumpism nationwide. Gary Abernathy, Haley BeMiller and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
17/08/22·47m 22s

A new study says you might need to exercise twice as much. But who's got the time?

A new study finds that the standard recommendation of two-and-a-half hours a week of exercise may not be enough. You might need twice as much exercise to live a long, healthy life. NiCole Keith and Dr. Eddie Phillips join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/08/22·47m 34s

How a U.S. Marine and an Afghan interpreter forged a bond of friendship in Afghanistan

Zac Zaki and Tom Schueman join Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about the friendship they forged in Afghanistan, and what it took to get Zaki out of Kabul.
15/08/22·47m 12s

How Trump’s generals fought back

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley had written a letter of resignation. In it, he accused former President Donald Trump of betraying the country. But Milley never sent the letter. That's according to a stunning report in the New Yorker magazine. Susan Glasser and Peter Baker join Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/08/22·47m 22s

How the meatpacking industry skirted COVID safety regulations with the help of the White House

The nation's meatpacking companies skirted COVID safety regulations. And they did it with the White House's help, according to a little known Congressional report. So how’d they get away with it? Michael Grabell and Debbie Berkowitz join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/08/22·47m 30s

Understanding China's military might, and whether Beijing will use it

1996. The last Taiwan Straights crisis. China's was badly outmatched by the U.S. So what's the Chinese military capable of now? Oriana Skylar Mastro and Bonny Lin join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/08/22·47m 9s

Behind the government-backed effort to create a national EV charging network

The federal government is spending big to usher in an electric vehicle future. What ideas can make sure the money is well spent? Samantha Houston and Alexander Laska join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/08/22·47m 18s

Remembering the legacies of Black pioneers Nichelle Nichols and Bill Russell

From the deck of the Starship Enterprise, to the storied parquet of the NBA -- Nichelle Nichols and Bill Russell changed how the world saw Black Americans. We remember the legacies of these two pioneers. Angelique Fawcette and Marc J. Spears join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/08/22·47m 27s

The paradox: How democracy can lead to liberalism — or fascism

In a truly open society, all ideas can flourish -- even those that tear down democracies. New technologies help those ideas spread. So, are fragile democracies the norm? Zac Gershberg, Sean Illing and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
05/08/22·46m 43s

Rebroadcast: The mental health crisis among American children of color

Youth suicide has been on the rise across the United States. And for young people between the ages of 5 and 12, the suicide rate for Black children is nearly double that of white children. Tami Charles and Kevin Simon join Meghna Chakrabarti.
04/08/22·47m 31s

What happens when American teens get more sleep

The typical teen body clock and the typical school start time are out of synch. California is pushing back the start of the high school day. Other districts already have. Did it work? Lisa L. Lewis joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/08/22·47m 16s

First person: Thinking globally, acting locally to save the monarch butterfly

First person: Jose Luis Alvarez, co-founder of Forests for Monarchs, and Martha Askins, a retired lawyer, discuss the beauty of the monarch butterfly and conservation efforts to save them. 
02/08/22·11m 22s

How to save the endangered monarch butterfly

Every year, migratory monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles. But for decades, their population has been declining. Now, the monarchs are endangered. We discuss how to save the endangered monarch butterfly. Orley “Chip” Taylor and Wendy Caldwell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/08/22·47m 28s

Behind the new study changing how doctors view depression

You’ve seen the pharma ads saying depression may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. But for years, doctors have known that's not entirely true. A big new study confirms that, and it’s come as a shock to patients. Daniel Carlat joins us.
01/08/22·47m 10s

Unpacking bipartisan efforts to reform the Electoral Count Act

A new bill proposes critical updates to the Electoral Count Act of 1887, but is it enough to prevent another Jan. 6th? Matthew Seligman, Derek Muller and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/07/22·47m 22s

'On Point Live' from KPCC: A conversation with The Black List founder Franklin Leonard

Franklin Leonard is founder of The Black List, a company and production studio that searches for the best screenplays that aren't getting attention from Hollywood execs. In a pod exclusive, Leonard joins Meghna Chakrabarti for a special live event at KPCC's Public Radio Palooza series in Pasadena, California.
29/07/22·1h 8m

The COVID lessons we didn't learn for the monkeypox outbreak

Monkeypox is spreading across the country, with numbers rising. COVID was supposed to be a wake up call for American public health. So how did this happen? Aaron Gettinger and Dr. Ali Khan join Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/07/22·47m 34s

Amid rising violence, a look inside the possible return of stop-and-frisk in Philadelphia

There were more than 560 homicides in Philadelphia last year. Now, some elected officials are calling for the return of a controversial policing tactic: stop-and-frisk. Sammy Caiola, Shira Scheindlin and Councilman Isaiah Thomas join Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/07/22·47m 32s

Americans are avoiding the news. What can journalists do?

Amanda Ripley is a journalist, and even she, like millions of Americans, decided to turn off the news. So what needs to change? Ripley has an answer, and it begins with giving people hope. Joe Segal, Amanda Ripley and David Bornstein join Meghna Chakrabarti.
26/07/22·47m 34s

James Webb Space Telescope: Humanity's deepest glimpse into the universe yet

The James Webb Space Telescope has sent back its first images. We'll discuss the deepest glimpse into the story of the universe human kind has ever had. Catherine Espaillat and Steve Finkelstein join Meghna Chakrabarti.
25/07/22·47m 23s

What the Jan. 6 committee learned about the Capitol attack, 18 months later

As its series of hearings wraps up, what has the January 6 committee revealed about Donald Trump and the attack on the Capitol? Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rosalind Helderman and Jack Beatty join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
22/07/22·47m 0s

A 'transition candidate': Where is America headed next?

During the 2020 Presidential campaign, Joe Biden called himself a “transition candidate.” But transition to bring America where? Mike Lux, Jonathan Lemire and Jack Beatty join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
21/07/22·46m 56s

The political marriage between the GOP and militias

In several countries, elected politicians are making deals with violent militias. Is America next? Rachel Kleinfeld and Bill Kristol join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
20/07/22·47m 23s

The un-separation of church and state

In decisions involving state funding for religious schools and prayer on a high school football field the conservative majority on the Supreme Court says it is defending religious liberty. But for some, that seems more like an attack. Linda Greenhouse and Michael McConnell join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
19/07/22·47m 7s

How to navigate the current stage of the COVID pandemic

Omicron BA.5 is the new dominant COVID strain in the U.S. New mutations. A new set of questions. Dr. Ashish Jha, Professor Marlene Wolfe and Dr. Amesh Adalja join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
18/07/22·47m 4s

The Eichmann tapes and the comforting myth of the 'banality of evil'

The banality of evil. Hannah Arendt's famous observation during the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the ‘architect of the Holocaust.’ There's new evidence that Eichmann's evil was anything but banal. Yariv Mozer and Bettina Stangneth join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/07/22·47m 33s

How 'normal' Republican staffers paved the road to Trump

“America never would have gotten into this mess if it weren’t for me and my friends.” That's how Tim Miller begins his new book "Why We Did It." Tim Miller and Sarah Isgur join Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss how “normal” Republican staffers paved the road to Trump.
14/07/22·47m 10s

The history of far-right populism, from the John Birch Society to Trumpism

Decades before QAnon, far-right conspiracists were already pushing a conservative political agenda. We discuss the history of far-right populism – from the John Birch Society to Trumpism. Edward Miller and Jack Beatty join Anthony Brooks.
13/07/22·47m 14s

How a Supreme Court case on federal elections could imperil democracy

Some Republicans say state legislatures should have the power to override federal elections. The Supreme Court is taking up a case that could make that the law of the land. We hear why some say that would imperil our democracy. Bertrall Ross, Dan Vicuña and Dallas Woodhouse join Anthony Brooks.
12/07/22·47m 35s

Online extremism and the digital footprint of mass shooters

Analysts studying recent mass shootings say there's a previously unrecognized pattern. It begins in the darkest corners of the internet. We discuss the online training ground for mass shooters. Alex Newhouse and Emmi Conley join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/07/22·47m 34s

The crypto market meltdown: Could it pave the way to new regulations?

The crypto market is in meltdown, with $2 trillion lost so far. Could it pave the way to new regulations? Hester Peirce and Molly White join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/07/22·47m 26s

Lessons from America's brief experiment with universal free school meals

A pandemic program that worked, but was eliminated anyway. We hear what's behind the end of the universal free school meals program. Lisa Davis, Teresa Brown and Krista Ruffini join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/07/22·46m 58s

Pod Extra: Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Ed Markey on actions the government can take to improve the airline industry

On Point senior editor speaks with Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg about the actions the federal government could take to improve the airline industry.
06/07/22·18m 27s

Unfriendly skies: Will airline service ever improve?

A pilot shortage exacerbated by pandemic staff cuts and a mandatory retirement age has led to thousands of flight delays and cancellations. After a $50-plus billion bailout during the pandemic, why does airline service seem even worse? William J. McGee joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
06/07/22·47m 35s

How the Supreme Court's EPA ruling will shape government power

The Supreme Court upended 40 years of deference to agencies like the EPA. They've ruled that the EPA can't aggressively regulate carbon emissions. But the ruling could curb the reach of almost every regulatory agency in the country. Christine Todd Whitman, Lisa Graves, Paul DeCamp and Christopher Wright join Meghna Chakrabarti.
05/07/22·47m 27s

Rebroadcast: Historian Jon Grinspan on the last time Americans fought for democracy

Rebroadcast: Historian Jon Grinspan says Americans in the past fought to fix democracy. But what does that mean for Americans today? "Many of our problems have, if not identical moments in the past, parallels and similar tendencies in our democracy across time.” Jon Grinspan and Jack Beatty joined Meghna Chakrabarti.
04/07/22·47m 22s

Rebroadcast: Who's to blame for America's polarized politics? Tom Nichols says 'All of us'

Who's to blame for America's polarized politics? The government? The media? Special interests? Tom Nichols says the problem is 'all of us.' Tom Nichols and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/07/22·47m 26s

What Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony reveals about the truth behind Jan. 6th

As January 6th rioters closed in on the Capitol, the Trump White House did nothing. Cassidy Hutchinson, former senior aide to then White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows went to Meadows' office and found him scrolling on his phone. Chris Whipple, Alan Rozenshtein and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/06/22·47m 12s

How the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade will alter the lives of women of color

Unlike when Roe was first decided in the 1970s, women needing abortions now are more likely to be women of color who are already mothers. How will losing access to abortions alter their lives? Kwajelyn Jackson, Fatima Goss Graves and Janai Nelson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/06/22·47m 12s

In 'An Immense World,' Journalist Ed Yong helps us perceive the world the way animals do

What if you could taste the world’s electrical fields? Hear vibrations in a leaf? Or see magnetic currents guiding you home? Science writer Ed Yong helps us perceive the world the way animals do – through eyes, ears, antennae and more.
28/06/22·47m 7s

Inflation, record-high gas prices, interest hikes: Making sense of our confusing economy

Record-high gas prices. Interest rate hikes. A tight jobs market. Inflation at a 40-year high. We discuss the confusing state of the American economy. Rana Foroohar joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/06/22·47m 21s

What we know about the forces behind the Jan. 6th insurrection

The January 6th select committee is continuing to pick apart the events and forces that led up to the attack on the Capitol. After weeks two of hearings, what have we learned about Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election? Andrea Bernstein, Ilya Marritz and Jack Beatty join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
24/06/22·46m 56s

Title IX, 50 years later: Why female athletes are still fighting for equality

50 years ago, Title IX outlawed sex-based discrimination at federally funded schools. But in collegiate level sports, you’d be pushed to know it. Donna Lopiano and Lori Bullock join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
23/06/22·47m 23s

COVID reinfections, emerging variants: Your pandemic questions, answered

COVID reinfections were considered rare in 2020, but emerging variants have now made them increasingly likely. We discuss what we now know about COVID-19. Akiko Iwasaki and Dr. H. Cody Meissner join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
22/06/22·46m 58s

As war drags on in Ukraine, is it time to talk compromise?

U.S. aid is helping Ukraine in its ongoing battle with Russian invaders. But ongoing conflict comes with a risk. As war drags on ... is it time to talk compromise? Anne Applebaum, Steven Simon and Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
21/06/22·46m 49s

The Supreme Court of mistrust

Despite their differences of opinion, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have always regarded mutual trust as a pillar of their establishment. But the leak of a draft ruling has rocked that. So is the court forever changed? Dahlia Lithwick, Amy Howe and Carolyn Shapiro join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
20/06/22·46m 41s

Smarter health: How AI could change the relationship between you and your doctor

Will artificial intelligence replace doctors? It's the final episode in our series “Smarter health." Dr. Sumeet Chugh and Stacy Hurt join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/06/22·47m 34s

Smarter health: How Greece used AI to reopen its borders and curb COVID

Summer 2020. The worldwide COVID death toll had hit half a million. And the Greek government had a decision to make. How could the nation open up to tourists while also keeping COVID under control in Greece? In this podcast extra, On Point senior editor Dorey Scheimer talks with professor Hamsa Bastani. Bastani helped develop 'Eva,' an AI algorithm that helped Greece curb COVID.
17/06/22·9m 34s

How New Mexico is learning to live with the megadrought

The Western megadrought. This year, it's brought early, record-breaking wildfires to New Mexico. The drought is forcing permanent ecosystem changes. Can there be longterm solutions? Mayor Louie Trujillo and John D’Antonio join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/06/22·47m 13s

How the NRA's creed defines America's gun debate

For decades, the NRA has said that America's astronomical rate of gun violence is "the price we pay for freedom." We'll look at that creed, and how it may be the most powerful force in the American debate about guns. Frank Smyth and Pat McCrory join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/06/22·47m 21s

Jan. 6th hearing: Will the committee's message break through to the American people?

Congress's January 6th select committee is broadcasting its hearings directly to Americans. But with partisan gaps widening, and fewer people saying Trump is responsible for the attack on Congress, can the hearings break through with the American people? Lisa Desjardins, Steven Levitsky and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/06/22·46m 55s

Author Steven Rinella's tips for raising 'outdoor kids in an inside world'

Phones. TVs. Computers, everywhere inside. But outside, how can we help kids see the forest beyond the screens? Steven Rinella joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/06/22·47m 32s

Smarter health: Regulating AI in health care

Health care is heavily regulated. But can the FDA effectively regulate AI in health care? It's episode three of our series “Smarter health."   Elisabeth Rosenthal, Finale Doshi-Velez and Yiannos Tolias join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/06/22·47m 32s

Gun laws in America and how the ATF was set up to fail

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives enforces gun laws already on the books. How can enforcement happen when the very agency charged with doing so are handicapped by Congress? Champe Barton and David Chipman joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/06/22·47m 31s

In 'Work Pray Code,' author Carolyn Chen reflects on what happens when we worship work

Many Silicon Valley companies want their software engineers to live for their jobs. And they offer them everything from meals to dry cleaning to spiritual coaches. But is the office really the place to find a life’s worth of fulfillment? Carolyn Chen and Lauren Padron join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/06/22·47m 3s

Inside the science of empathetic joy

Mass grief. Mass outrage. Seemingly everywhere. But can we also learn to share in each other’s joy? Eve Ekman, Shelly Gable and Amelie, an On Point listener, join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/06/22·47m 26s

Adm. James Stavridis on what decision-making in the heat of battle can teach civilians

Admiral James Stavridis knows what it takes to make decisions in battle. Stavridis says the things needed to make good decisions in war are not that different from what's needed to make good decisions in everyday life. He'll tell us about it.
06/06/22·47m 35s

Smarter health: The ethics of AI in health care

AI, ethics, your care. It's episode II of our special series “Smarter health." Glenn Cohen and Yolonda Wilson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/06/22·47m 21s

In 'Secret City,' author James Kirchick traces the unknown history of gay Washington

Post-World War II, there was something seen as even worse than being a communist in U.S. politics: being gay. We discuss how lives and careers were lost through decades of bipartisan homophobia. James Kirchick joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/06/22·47m 1s

Can Texas find its way out of the state's gridlocked gun debate?

Texas used to have some of the strictest gun laws in America. But since they were relaxed, there have several mass shootings across the state. We talk to Texans about the laws they've stripped away. Rep. Joe Moody and Michael Cargill join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/06/22·47m 27s

The fragility of unenumerated rights

Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion on abortion shows the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade on the basis that abortion is “not deeply rooted in the nation’s history and traditions.” We look at the fragility of unenumerated rights. Kenji Yoshino and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
31/05/22·47m 11s

Burn pits: Behind the 'silent killer' ignored by the U.S. government for years

REBROADCAST: Burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq. Vast piles of U.S. military waste set alight, pouring smoke into the air that U.S. soldiers would breathe. Why were they ignored for so long? Megan Stack, Le Roy Torres and Dan Brewer join Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/05/22·47m 31s

Smarter health: How AI is transforming health care

American health care is complex. Expensive. Hard to access. Could artificial intelligence change that? It's the first episode in our series 'Smarter health.' Dr. Ziad Obermeyer joins us.
27/05/22·47m 24s

Inside LA's struggle to address its unhoused crisis

It’s estimated that more than 60,000 people live on the streets and in the parks of Los Angeles. Or put another way – 20% of all unhoused Americans – are in LA. Can the city find a way to house everyone who calls LA home? Heidi Marston and Rachel Estrada join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
26/05/22·47m 1s

A school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, gun control and American politics

Following the mass shooting of 19 elementary school children in Uvalde, Texas yesterday, we ask what will it take for us to find the political will to prevent these kind of events from being a uniquely American experience. Lee Drutman, Daniel Webster and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
25/05/22·47m 7s

Remarkable science: Exploring our AI and robot-supported future

Life with robots once seemed possible only in science fiction. But today, scientific advances in artificial intelligence and robotics have ensured that robots are a part of our everyday lives. On May 13, the Day of AI, we brought together a panel of experts to talk about the future of AI and robots. This is the first installment of our series Remarkable Science -- featuring conversations with scientists about their discoveries, recorded in front of an audience at WBUR’s CitySpace venue.
24/05/22·55m 21s

The people of Ukraine on life during war

Since the start of the war, we’ve listened to voices from Ukraine. As the war grinds on, how do Ukrainians see things? Ivan Gomza, Olga Buzunova and Mariana Budjeryn join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/05/22·47m 6s

'Great replacement theory' and its deep roots in America

Great replacement theory -- the erroneous belief that there's an effort underway to 'replace native-born Americans with immigrants for electoral gains.' That fear has moved from the fringes to the mainstream. As many as one in three Americans say they believe it. Jeffery Robinson and Ricky Jones join Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/05/22·47m 0s

Trailer: 'Smarter health,' an upcoming series from On Point

The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country in the world. But Americans are not as healthy as people living in other rich nations. Could artificial intelligence change all that? Starting Friday, May 27th, On Point presents a four-part series: 'Smarter health: Artificial intelligence and the future of American health care.'
20/05/22·2m 9s

How climate change is moving the world's forests north

Trees are on the move. Because of climate change, the world’s forests are heading north. What does this mean for us and our survival? Ben Rawlence joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/05/22·47m 25s

The corporate monopolies behind the national baby formula shortage

The a national baby formula shortage. The reason? Corporate monopolies, poor quality control and federal regulation. Matt Stoller joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/05/22·47m 31s

What CPAC's embrace of Viktor Orban says about the state of U.S. politics

In an archive edition of On Point: As American conservatives meet for their conference in Budapest, we learn more about why they're gathering to hear Viktor Orban. Jack Beatty and Kim Scheppele join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/05/22·47m 34s

Journalist Putsata Reang shares an immigrant daughter's story in 'Ma and Me'

Journalist Putsata Reang has reported on many wars. Her own life is defined by the war her family escaped.  “What did I owe my mother for giving me life?" The question gripped Reang when she decided to tell her mother that she's gay. Putsata Reang joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/05/22·47m 33s

When does life begin? Exploring how different religions answer the question

Different religions in America have different answers to the question of when life begins. If the government adopts one definition of life when it comes to abortion access, is it restricting the free practice of all other beliefs? Elizabeth Reiner Platt and Rabba Sara Hurwitz join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/05/22·47m 19s

Rebroadcast: How to cut through the 'noise' that hinders human judgment

Rebroadcast: If you consult three doctors and get three different opinions, that’s an example of what Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman and his colleagues call “noise.” How do you decide what to do when professionals don’t agree? We’ll cut through the noise and exploring human judgment. Daniel Kahneman and Olivier Sibony join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/05/22·47m 4s

The mental health crisis among American children of color

Youth suicide has been on the rise across the United States. And for young people between the ages of 5 and 12, the suicide rate for Black children is nearly double that of white children. Tami Charles and Kevin Simon join Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/05/22·47m 34s

The legacy of uranium mining on Navajo lands

For more than 40 years, millions of tons of Uranium ore were mined from Navajo lands to make nuclear weapons. Thousands of workers were exposed to deadly radiation. Those workers are about to lose funding to cover their health costs. Phil Harrison and Amber Crotty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/05/22·45m 17s

Why China won't relent on its 'zero COVID' strategy

In Shanghai, the long near total lockdown has meant empty streets, food insecurity, and rising anger and dissent. So why is China still pursing its iron clad COVID-zero strategy?  Don Weinland, Dr. Yangyang Cheng and Yanzhong Huang join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/05/22·47m 35s

In Latin America, abortion access is expanding. Why is the U.S. moving in the opposite direction?

In the United States, Roe v. Wade is on the brink of being overturned. But across Latin America, abortion access is expanding. Why is the United States going in the opposite direction from much of the world on abortion rights? Michelle Oberman, Cora Fernandez Anderson and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/05/22·47m 23s

The science of headache disorders

More than half the world's population experienced a headache disorder in the past year. Why? Dr. Amaal J. Starling and Dr. Peter Goadsby join Meghna Chakrabarti.
06/05/22·47m 34s

Pod extra: The lawyer who argued for Roe in Roe v. Wade

In a podcast extra, Meghna Chakrabarti reflects on a 2017 conversation with Sarah Weddington, the Texas attorney who successfully argued Roe v. Wade 44 years ago.
06/05/22·27m 38s

Remembering the 1 million Americans lost to COVID

The U.S. is approaching a grim milestone – one million dead from COVID-19. Millions more Americans trying to figure out how to live life without the person they loved. We remember those we've lost to COVID. Micki McElya and Marisa Renee Lee join Meghna Chakrabarti.
05/05/22·47m 21s

Social scientist Yascha Mounk on American democracy and how we can find common ground

Politics feels like a centrifugal force, pushing, tearing American democracy apart. So what glue can hold us together? Yascha Mounk and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
04/05/22·47m 15s

Inside Florida's property insurance crisis

Florida property insurance is a hot mess. One word: Litigation. In fact, more than 75% of all property insurance lawsuits in the United States originate in Florida. Mark Friedlander and Jeff Brandes join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/05/22·47m 13s

The federal government's role in causing and fixing the student debt crisis

The Biden Administration has delayed the restart of student loan repayments. We discuss the federal government's role in causing and fixing the problem of high student loan debt. Josh Mitchell and Beth Akers join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/05/22·47m 21s

The algorithms behind America’s growing infatuation with Formula One racing

Intensity. Drama. Speed. Americans are falling in love with Formula One racing. However, is the new motor sports fandom real, or driven by a Netflix algorithm? Drew Lawrence and Carlos Serra join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/04/22·42m 28s

The risks and rationale of expanding NATO

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has pushed the Nordic nations toward NATO. How will it change European security? Emma Ashford, Heli Hautala and Wess Mitchell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/04/22·47m 12s

How NATO expansion happened in the '90s

NATO expansion in the '90s. U.S. Defense Secretary Les Aspin asked in 1993: "How do you deal with the question of membership?" Ultimately, the Clinton administration's answer to that question may have had more to do with domestic politics than international alliances. Mary Elise Sarotte and Charles Kupchan join Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/04/22·47m 28s

What happens to women's rights when democracy backslides

From Nazi Germany to Mussolini’s Italy, fascists worked to repress the rights of women by restricting education and abortion rights. Now, there are echoes of that past again. Anne Wingenter and Erica Chenoweth join Meghna Chakrabarti.
26/04/22·47m 15s

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt on democracy, social media and how to fix America's 'ailing' institutions

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt says America is in trouble. He sees it on college campuses and through social media. Haidt joins Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss democracy, social media and how to fix America's 'ailing' institutions.
25/04/22·47m 14s

On Point Presents: 'China's quarantine queen' from Endless Thread

While you were tending to your quarantine sourdough starter, Chinese YouTube star Li Ziqi was growing mushrooms, making peach blossom crowns and listening to the sound of blooming roses. Join Amory Sivertson and Ben Brock Johnson in their podcast 'Endless Thread' as they explore Li Ziqi, and why millions of isolated people worldwide have been drawn to the quiet intricacy and beauty of her videos. 
24/04/22·41m 30s

Pod extra: A pro-gun community in Louisiana leads the charge on disarming domestic abusers

Some states and local law enforcement agencies have taken it upon themselves to develop their own firearm hand-in laws that they can effectively enforce. That’s happened in California, Washington state, Colorado and Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. On Point producer Paige Sutherland has more on what's happening in Louisiana and the gap in America's gun laws.
22/04/22·18m 31s

The next phase of the Jan. 6 investigation

The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection will soon make public what they’ve found. Congressional historian Ray Smock says the stakes are high. Kimberly Atkins Stohr hosts a discussion on the next phase of the Jan. 6 investigation with Betsy Woodruff Swan, Raymond Smock and Jack Beatty.
22/04/22·47m 21s

The inside story of Georgia’s shift left

Georgia, once solid red, is looking more purple than ever. We hear the inside story of Georgia’s shift left, and what it can teach Democrats nationwide. Greg Bluestein joins Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
21/04/22·47m 19s

The legacy of Title 42

A controversial immigration policy meant to keep COVID-19 out of the U.S. is set to end next month. But despite claims of the policy causing a humanitarian crisis, U.S. lawmakers claim lifting Title 42 will cause a different crisis here at home.  Eleanor Acer, Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Harold Koh and Monette Zard join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
20/04/22·47m 18s

The politics of calling the Russia-Ukraine war a genocide

Last Tuesday, President Joe Biden declared genocide was taking place in Ukraine. "I called it genocide because it’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of even being able to be a Ukrainian," the president said. But is Biden right? We discuss the politics of calling the Russian invasion of Ukraine a genocide and the investigations to prove it. Kate Cronin-Furman and Eugene Finkel join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
19/04/22·47m 28s

The complicated history of women's fitness

Personal fitness for women used to be considered unladylike. That all changed with fitness pioneers like Lotte Berk and Judi Sheppard Missett. But look closer and there’s much more to the story than jazz shoes and leg warmers. Danielle Friedman and Jessica Rihal join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
18/04/22·47m 11s

On Point presents: 'Belly Up' from Last Seen

When three friends went on a rum-fueled rampage one night deep in the Nevada desert, they never expected the trouble they would find themselves in a week later. The men broke into a remote unit of Death Valley National Park known as Devil's Hole — a mysterious flooded cave that happens to be home to the one of the rarest fish on Earth, and one that's critically endangered too. This episode, based on Paige Blankenbuehler's High Country News feature, is a bite-size crime story starring an obscure species of tiny fish, and some hedonistic humans who stepped a little too far over the line, and suffered some big consequences. Last Seen host Nora Saks dives into the fraught relationship between humans and nature, and the long arm of the law intended to protect our most vulnerable species.
17/04/22·39m 17s

How microplastics affect human health

Water bottles. Shopping bags. Computers. Medical equipment. Food containers. We're living in an invisible miasma of microplastics. What's it doing to human health? Erica Cirino and Heather Leslie join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/04/22·47m 25s

Ambassador Bill Taylor on the U.S.-Ukraine relationship

Ambassador Bill Taylor has been the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine twice, most recently under President Trump. He joins Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss how the United States’ relationship with Ukraine is changing.
14/04/22·47m 23s

Understanding Biden's proposal to tax billionaires' unrealized gains

According to the White House, billionaires in America pay income tax at a rate that’s just half that of the average worker. President Biden is proposing taxing the unrealized gains of the richest Americans — assets the wealthy haven’t yet cashed out on. Steve Rosenthal joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/04/22·47m 28s

A disinformation expert's guide on combatting online abuse

Online attacks and harassments have become a fact of life for many women online. Can it be stopped? Nina Jankowicz joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/04/22·47m 8s

How open-source intelligence is shaping the Russia-Ukraine war

There's an unprecedent number of intercepted audio coming out of the Russia-Ukraine war. How is it changing what's happening in Ukraine? John Scott-Railton and Andrei Soldatov join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/04/22·47m 14s

On Point presents: Space heist (or, how to steal a planet)

WBUR, the home of On Point, makes a handful of podcasts you may not have heard before, and we want to change that. So, we’re continuing with our weekend playlist of other podcasts made at WBUR. Today: An episode from 'Endless Thread' — about a battle between astronomers over a somewhat unassuming rock.
10/04/22·41m 0s

Behind the decades-long fight to close the 'boyfriend loophole'

An effort to get guns out of the hands of abusive boyfriends failed again in Congress. We discuss the story behind the two-decades old fight to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole."
08/04/22·47m 20s

AFL-CIO president Liz Shuler on the future of America's labor movement

Last year, Liz Shuler became the first ever woman elected president of the country's largest labor union. She joins us to talk about where the labor movement is headed.
07/04/22·47m 22s

Pod extra: How personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary inspired one family's debt journey

Jennifer and Tyrone Harris had $230,000 of debt. But after four years, they paid down their debt entirely. How did they do it?
06/04/22·5m 46s

Personal finance expert Michelle Singletary reflects on 25 years of her column 'The Color of Money'

For 25 years, Michelle Singletary has dished out personal finance guidance at the Washington Post. Who did she turn to for advice?
06/04/22·47m 23s

Solutions for America's teacher shortage

America doesn't have enough teachers. The Biden administration is calling for states to spend and recruit more. Will that work? Linda Darling-Hammond joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
05/04/22·47m 33s

What a Russia-Ukraine peace agreement might look like

A Russia-Ukraine peace agreement. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy wants concrete security guarantees. Would Russia accept? Ret. Lt. Gen. Donald Kerrick, Max Seddon and Dr. Cindy Wittke join Meghna Chakrabarti.
04/04/22·46m 56s

On Point presents: 'Murph' from Last Seen

WBUR, the home of On Point, makes a handful of podcasts you may not have heard before, and we want to change that. Every Sunday for the next month, we’ll drop one of our favorite episodes of a WBUR podcast in this feed. First up: An episode from the new season of 'Last Seen.' Amory Sivertson traces the enigmatic life of Jack Murphy, or "Murph the Surf," who pulled off the biggest jewel heist in New York City history.
03/04/22·37m 50s

First person: A scientist's discovery puts space into focus

The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency's most ambitious space observatory ever. A million miles away from Planet Earth, it is designed to look back to the beginnings of the universe. In this 'First Person,' we hear from Robert Gonsalves, creator of the phase retrieval imaging technique now being used by the James Webb Space Telescope.
01/04/22·8m 9s

The remarkable story of the James Webb Space Telescope

Peering deeper into the universe than we ever have before. We hear the remarkable story of the James Webb Space Telescope. Marcia J. Rieke and Nikole Lewis join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/04/22·47m 26s

The American far-right's Russian embrace

Influential voices on the American far-right, such as white nationalist Nick Fuentes, are genuflecting to Russia. How close, and how dangerous is the far-right's Russian relationship? Jason Blazakis, Natalia Antelava and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
31/03/22·47m 19s

What the U.S. can learn from South Korea's COVID strategy

In January, South Korea had about 4,500 new COVID cases a day. By mid-March, that number ballooned to over 400,000. But at the same time, South Korea has one the lowest COVID death rates in the world. So, how are they doing that?  Sangmi Cha and Jerome Kim join Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/03/22·47m 30s

No food, medicine or electricity: The truth about life in Ethiopia's Tigray region

Ethiopia’s government has turned the northern Tigray region into a virtual prison. Five million people. No way in. No way out. No food, no medicine, no electricity. How long can the world look the other way? Etana Dinka, Hayelom Mekonen and Ephraim Isaac join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/03/22·47m 18s

2 former U.S. officials on America's next steps in the Russia-Ukraine war

Alexander Vindman and Lawrence Wilkerson have unique histories that have brought them to two different views on what the U.S. and Europe must do as Russia continues its attack on Ukraine. We hear from them both. Ret. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Ret. Col. Larry Wilkerson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/03/22·47m 25s

Protecting whale superhighways

Whales migrate along routes thousands of miles long - oceanic superhighways - that also happen to be corridors of human disruption. We discuss the fight to protect whale superhighways. Ari Friedlaender joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
25/03/22·47m 22s

Inside Missouri's push to ban out-of-state abortions

A legislative proposal in Missouri would make it illegal for a woman to cross state lines to receive a legal abortion. Restricting a woman's freedom of movement. Is it the next step in states that continue to tighten abortion access? Tessa Weinberg, Dr. Colleen McNicholas and Mary Elizabeth Coleman join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/03/22·47m 26s

Life during war in Ukraine

For millions of Ukrainians who have not -- and cannot -- leave their cities, how are they enduring life in a warzone? Alevtina Kakhidze and Ivan Gomza join Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/03/22·46m 5s

What would a 'no-fly zone' mean for Ukraine?

Big rhetoric around three simple words. But what would a "no-fly zone" really mean in the skies over Ukraine? John Kornblum and Lt. Gen. David Deptula join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/03/22·47m 20s

What Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's history as a public defender means for the Supreme Court

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson would be the first former public defender on a bench full of former prosecutors and corporate lawyers. What difference would that make on the highest court in the land? Nancy Gertner and Benjamin Barton join Meghna Chakrabarti.
21/03/22·47m 28s

China's place in the Russia-Ukraine war

The U.S. and NATO have warned Beijing not to back its ally. What China chooses to do now will have worldwide implications for years to come. We talk about it. Tong Zhao, Dr. Yangyang Cheng and Oriana Skylar Mastro join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/03/22·47m 31s

Pod extra: Dr. Celine Gounder on how political divisions shaped the U.S. COVID response

Dr. Celine Gounder is a senior fellow and editor-at-large for public health at Kaiser Health News. She shares where the U.S. struggles in talking about the pandemic, and what we can do to fix it.
17/03/22·4m 59s

COVID, 2 years later: Lessons learned from a global pandemic

COVID, two years later. We discuss building trust and lessons for leaders who will face the next pandemic. Richard Tofel and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/03/22·47m 11s

How the global financial system enables oligarchy

Sanctions are squeezing Russia’s economy, but not its wealthiest. We look at how the global financial system enables oligarchy, and how to fix it. Louise Shelley and Oliver Bullough join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/03/22·47m 14s

Volodymyr Zelenskyy's profile in leadership

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has defended his country, deftly used the media, and galvanized the world. We hear a profile in leadership.  Gina Scott Ligon and Max Hastings join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/03/22·46m 44s

What to know about the threat of nuclear war

Russian President Vladimir Putin put his nuclear arsenal on high alert. What are the strategic, and political moves necessary to avoid the unthinkable? Matthew Bunn, Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer and Dr. Ira Helfand join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/03/22·47m 25s

Are we entering a new Cold War era?

The Cold War was defined by the fear of mutually assured destruction. Does Russia's invasion of Ukraine signal a new Cold War? Mary Elise Sarotte, Jack Beatty and William Braun join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/03/22·47m 32s

Burn pits: Behind the 'silent killer' ignored by the U.S. government for years

Burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq. Vast piles of U.S. military waste set alight, pouring smoke into the air that U.S. soldiers would breathe. Why were they ignored for so long? Megan Stack, Le Roy Torres and Dan Brewer join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/03/22·47m 32s

Inside Ukraine's refugee crisis

More than one million Ukrainians have been forced to across the border. We hear more about the humanitarian and refugee crisis as Russian attacks in Ukraine intensify. Sarah Deardorff Miller, Natasja Bogacz, Kateryna Babkina and Oleksandr Mykhed join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/03/22·45m 16s

The economic front in Russia's war against Ukraine

The international community may not be sending soldiers. But does isolation from the global economy constitute a form of economic war against Russia? Patricia Cohen, Josh Lipsky and Timothy Frye join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/03/22·47m 8s

Investigating possible war crimes in Ukraine

Bombing and encircling civilians in cities, indications that cluster bombs may have been dropped. Is Russia committing war crimes in Ukraine? Jeffrey Edmonds, Richard Weir, Philippe Sands and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/03/22·47m 26s

Russians reflect on the Russia-Ukraine war and the consequences at home

Apollinaria Oleinikova is 18-years-old. For most of her life, she was a carefree Muscovite. Now, she's publicly protesting, along with other Russians, in Moscow. Russians join us to discuss the war being waged in their name. Nina Khrushcheva and Andrei Soldatov join Meghna Chakrabarti.
04/03/22·47m 13s

First Person: Behind the wheel of a 'self-driving' Tesla

On today’s show, we discussed the ethics of autonomous vehicles and the recent incidents involving Tesla’s “full self-driving” beta software.  In a podcast special, we share what it's like behind the wheel when Tesla software is in action.
03/03/22·6m 20s

Tesla and the ethics of self-driving cars

Self-driving technology has come a long way in recent years, but it remains far from perfect. And that's partially because of decisions made -- not by the cars -- but by programmers. Rebecca Heilweil and Matthew Johnson-Roberson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/03/22·47m 5s

5 key takeaways from Biden's first State of the Union address

President Biden's first State of the Union address covered everything from war in Ukraine, to COVID, to inflation. In a podcast special, On Point news analyst Jack Beatty shares 5 key takeaways from Biden’s big speech.
02/03/22·26m 42s

What Putin's destruction of Grozny in 1999 means for Ukraine now

In 1999, Putin ordered the airstrikes and bombing that razed the Chechen capital of Grozny. Could he do it again, in Ukraine? Andrew Harding, Michael Kofman and Paul Stronski join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/03/22·47m 33s

The intergenerational impacts of global learning loss

In 2020, almost every single child on planet earth was out of school, due to COVID. Lost school years. Lost learning around the world. What impact will it have, for generations? Robert Jenkins, Mary Goretti Nakabugo and Olavo Nogueira join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/03/22·47m 30s

Inside the European Union's response to the Russia-Ukraine war

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the greatest test of European resolve in a generation. Will it transform the EU? Tom Nichols, Nina Jankowicz, Naomi O’Leary and Olga Tokariuk join Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/02/22·47m 34s

Next moves for the U.S. as Russia invades Ukraine

Despite warnings from the West, Russian troops are advancing on Ukraine. If sanctions don’t work, what should the U.S. do next? Derek Chollet, Angela Stent, Terrell Jermaine Starr and Mariana Budjeryn join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
25/02/22·47m 33s

How political vitriol impacts public servants

Vitriol against public servants is increasing. What impact does that have on who stays in politics – and for the health of democracy? Marico Sayoc, Matt Ford and Meredith McGehee join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
24/02/22·47m 33s

The consequences of the friendship gap

The percentage of people who say they don’t have a single close friend has quadrupled in the past 30 years, according to the Survey Center on American Life. What's driving the American friendship gap? Jennifer Senior, Dr. Marisa Franco, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
23/02/22·47m 34s

The growing diversity in America's suburbs

The “suburbs” have become a hot constituency in recent years. But has the term enveloped the full range of their residents? R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy joins Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
22/02/22·47m 9s

What to know about Biden's Supreme Court nominees

President Biden is considering who he’ll nominate to the Supreme court. She’ll make history in more ways than one. So who does the president have in mind? Gloria Browne-Marshall and Renee Knake Jefferson join Kimberly Atkins-Stohr. 
21/02/22·47m 33s

More than money: Solutions for reining in monopoly power

For antitrust reformers, the size and power of companies like Google and Facebook represent more than a threat to consumer welfare. It’s the final episode in our series “More than money." Matt Stoller, Jack Beatty and Carl Shapiro join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/02/22·47m 26s

Full interview: Sen. Amy Klobuchar on a new trustbusting era in the Senate

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights. She’s also on the Judiciary Committee. Last month, the Judiciary Committee passed the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, an effort to target big tech companies for potential antitrust violations. The bill proposes giving federal agencies the authority to issue civil penalties for anti-competitive activities in the tech sector. In a pod exclusive, Sen. Klobuchar joins us to reflect on Senate action against monopolies in the digital age. 
18/02/22·17m 32s

More than money: Defining American antitrust law, from Bork to Khan

From Robert Bork's "consumer harm" to Lina Khan's "democratic harm," we discuss the ideas that drive the government's approach to antitrust regulation. Daniel Crane, Barry Lynn and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/02/22·47m 34s

More than money: Antitrust lessons of the Gilded Age

The nineteenth century saw the rise of great monopolies. Americans pushed back. What changed?  We discuss lessons learned from antitrust action in the Gilded Age with Jack Beatty and Charles Postel.
16/02/22·47m 33s

More than money: Microsoft and the big tech question

Microsoft wants to acquire Activision-Blizzard for almost $70 billion. Microsoft says it won't harm consumers. But is the mega-merger a new kind of monopoly? Dina Bass, Bill Kovacic and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/02/22·47m 33s

More than money: The monopoly on meat

Our series "More than Money: The Cost of Monopolies in America" is a week-long exploration of the hidden power of monopolies in the U.S. Today's episode looks at how corporate monopolies dominate the beef industry. "It's failed consumers on one end of the supply chain, and it's failed the American family farmer and rancher on the other." Bill Bullard, Claire Kelloway and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/02/22·47m 34s

Is it time to end school masking?

In just days, several states have suddenly reversed course on masks in school. But not everyone agrees. We talk about whether now's the right time to end school masking. Dr. Lucy McBride and Debra Furr-Holden join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/02/22·47m 11s

The failures and future of the Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program was supposed to help workers stay afloat during the pandemic. But new analysis finds most PPP funding went to the richest 20% of Americans. David Autor and Lydia DePillis join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/02/22·47m 10s

What the Rooney Rule reveals about football, coaching and race in America

Three days before his interview for the New York Giants’ head coaching position, Brian Flores learned that the job was already promised to someone else. Flores is now suing the NFL. We talk about football, coaching, and race. N. Jeremi Duru joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/02/22·47m 18s

The Russia-Ukraine crisis and how Ukrainians are finding a new sense of national identity

Ukraine has a long, fraught history with Russia and the Soviet Union. How do Ukrainians see themselves now? Vitaly Chernetsky, Timothy Snyder and Sevgil Musayeva join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
08/02/22·47m 35s

Protecting democracy, or political distraction? Inside efforts to reform the Electoral Count Act

The Electoral Count Act is at the center of Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Now, the Senate is considering reforming the 136-year-old law. Mark Joseph Stern, Judge Michael Luttig and Norman Eisen join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/02/22·47m 26s

Wordle and the future of the internet's favorite word game

A simple word game has taken the internet by storm. But now that the New York Times owns the game, can the wonder of Wordle last? Jonathan Knight, Ian Bogost and Katy Pearce join Meghna Chakrabarti.
04/02/22·47m 18s

The battle for California's rooftop solar

A third of all the nation's rooftop solar panels are in California. Now, the California public utilities commission says it’s time to pull back the support. We discuss the battle for California’s rooftop solar. Matt Freedman and Terry Tamminen join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/02/22·47m 31s

The moral, military and financial cost of Guantanamo Bay, 20 years later

20 years ago, President Bush ordered the creation of a secretive prison at Guantanamo Bay. Many were innocent. Many were tortured. Two presidents tried to close Gitmo -- and failed. And we’re still stuck with it. Michael Lehnert, Moazzam Begg and Carol Rosenberg join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
02/02/22·47m 27s

Evaluating the effectiveness of vaccine passes

A year ago, Israel was the first country to issue a strict vaccine passport. Now, some health officials say the Green Pass did not stop the omicron variant, and is no 'longer relevant.' We evaluate the effectiveness of vaccine passports. Miquel Oliu-Barton, Maya Peled-Raz, Dr. Jennifer Avegno and Seema Mohapatra join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
01/02/22·47m 11s

Operation North Star: The military veterans working to protect Afghan allies from the Taliban

The U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan last year. Now, U.S. vets are coming together to help the Afghans who did so much for them. Hear about Operation North Star, and the story of the soldiers working to save their Afghan colleagues, and friends. David Young and Missy Ryan join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
31/01/22·47m 15s

Justice Stephen Breyer, his replacement and the future of the Supreme Court

Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring after more than two decades at the Supreme Court. Who might President Biden call to replace him? We discuss what Breyer’s replacement could mean for the court, and the weighty decisions that lie ahead. Jill Dash and David Savage join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
28/01/22·47m 24s

Redefining poverty in the United States

The way we often think about poverty in the United States is as an individual failing, social welfare professor Mark Robert Rank says. So, what would happen if the U.S. redefined poverty as being impoverished of support? Mark Robert Rank, Amy Glasmeier and Kai Sinclair join Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/01/22·47m 25s

The indigenous communities rising up to protect the gray wolf

The federal government removed the gray wolf from the endangered species list last year. Now, hundreds of gray wolves have been killed. We hear how tribes are leading efforts to stop the hunts. Tom Rodgers and Adrian Wydeven join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
26/01/22·47m 31s

How sedition charges against the Oath Keepers will shape the Capitol investigation

Seditious conspiracy. The Justice Department has levied the charge on 11 people associated with the January 6 Capitol attack. But what is seditious conspiracy, and why is the charge so rare? Ryan Reilly, Jenny Carroll and Rachel Carroll Rivas join Meghna Chakrabarti.
25/01/22·47m 34s

Omicron, health care and what's really going on in America's hospitals

With the omicron wave, hospitals have been crushed by the surge in patients. But COVID is a symptom, not the cause of hospitals being overwhelmed. What needs to change? Dr. Vivian Lee joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/01/22·47m 27s

The Democrats' messaging problem, and how to fix it

From infrastructure to child care, Democrats are pushing for issues with broad public support. So why do so many Americans believe our country is headed in the wrong direction? Jack Beatty, Mike Murphy and Anat Shenker-Osorio join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
21/01/22·47m 22s

Pod Extra: A survivor discovers her brain injury, and takes her power back

There are potentially tens of millions of domestic violence survivors with undiagnosed brain injuries. Their stories are slowly coming to light. In a podcast extra, Paula Walters shares her journey to discovering her brain injury, and taking her power back.
21/01/22·10m 26s

First Person: 'The shame did not belong to me. The shame belonged on him'

The suffering caused by domestic violence is emotional, spiritual and physical. But there's one aspect of that suffering that is almost invisible: brain injury. In this First Person diary, survivor Freya Doe shares her story.
20/01/22·13m 15s

An 'invisible epidemic': Survivors of domestic violence on living with traumatic brain injury

An 'invisible epidemic' is causing suffering in millions of women. It affects memory, concentration, balance. We discuss traumatic brain injuries in survivors of domestic violence. Eve Valera and Rachel Ramirez join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/01/22·47m 17s

Making sense of the COVID strategy in America's schools

The White House promises schools 10 million COVID tests every month. But some medical experts say testing in schools may hurt more than help. CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and Dr. Monica Gandhi join Meghna Chakrabarti to make sense of what's happening in America's schools.
19/01/22·47m 19s

Far-right radio and the fight for American democracy

Hard-right talk radio and podcasts have influence and reach. For their audiences, the Jan. 6 insurrection was just the beginning. We explore what far-right radio and podcasts are telling Americans about their own democracy. Tim Miller and Cynthia Miller-Idriss join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/01/22·47m 34s

Exploring the history and future of Atlanta's civil rights legacy

Atlanta has been the cradle of civil rights leadership in the past. But what about its future? We explore Atlanta's legacy, and future leadership in the pursuit of civil rights. Charles Black, Nsé Ufot and Maurice Hobson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/01/22·47m 12s

How redistricting is changing America's voting maps

Redistricting. The process of creating maps to determine who represents you at the state and federal level. Independent commissions were supposed to take the politics out of this process. We ask: how’s that going? Doug Spencer and Michael Li join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
14/01/22·46m 41s

A scientist's rapid COVID tests never made it public. Here's how that shaped the pandemic

In March 2020, an MIT scientist developed a cheap, rapid COVID test -- giving results in just 15 minutes. It could have been a game changer early in the pandemic, but it never made it to consumers. Why? Dr. Irene Bosch joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/01/22·47m 32s

The Elizabeth Holmes trial: Fraud, funding and a reckoning for Silicon Valley

Elizabeth Holmes became a tech billionaire through fraud. Now, she faces years in prison. Will Silicon Valley’s ‘fake it till you make it’ culture face an overall reckoning? Dr. Bijan Salehizadeh, Micah Rosenbloom and Kara Swisher join Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/01/22·47m 27s

Making sense of the COVID pandemic's omicron phase

You've heard the headlines about record-breaking omicron cases. But are case number the wrong way to look at COVID? We learn how to make sense of the pandemic, now. Dr. Paul Checchia and Dr. Richard Lessells join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/01/22·47m 24s

First Person: 2 Colorado residents on how Western wildfires have shaped their lives

Are cities in the West prepared for a perpetual fire season? 2 Colorado residents share how Western wildfires in Superior, CO and Louisville, CO have shaped their lives.
10/01/22·7m 56s

How cities in the West can prepare for the Western wildfire threat

Wildfires aren't just in the wilderness anymore. We discuss resilience, retrofit and the urgent need for new regulations as fires threaten Western American cities. Natasha Stavros and Erica Fischer join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/01/22·47m 33s

Voting access and the future of American election reform

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer is pushing election reform – no matter what it takes. Some members of the GOP has other plans. What does that mean for American democracy? Rep. Katherine Clark, John Fortier and Sophia Lin Lakin join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
07/01/22·47m 14s

Jamie Raskin on surviving tragedy, and his refusal to let America lose its democracy

In December 2020, Representative Jamie Raskin lost his son. A few days later, he watched in horror as America almost lost its democracy. Rep. Raskin joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
06/01/22·47m 20s

What West Virginians need from Biden's social spending plan

Senator Joe Manchin torpedoed the Biden administration's social spending plan, for now. But West Virginians want answers. We learn what West Virginians need, and what their senator is willing to support. Kelly Allen and Josh Sword join Meghna Chakrabarti.
05/01/22·47m 15s

From inflation to rate hikes: The Money Ladies' guide to the 2022 economy

Inflation, rate hikes, tax credits and more. Michelle Singletary and Rana Foroohar guide us through what's to come in the 2022 economy.
04/01/22·47m 34s

Inside the DOJ's Jan. 6 investigation

It's almost one year since the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. The DOJ is underway with what's now the largest criminal investigation in U.S. history. What can the investigation tell us about what happened on Jan. 6? Roger Parloff and Heidi Beirich join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/01/22·46m 56s

From unknown successes to personal disillusionment: What the public doesn't know about Colin Powell

Colin Powell served America at its highest levels. Joint Chiefs Chairman. Secretary of State. A man both celebrated and tarnished by war. In a rebroadcast, we look back on his life and legacy with his former chief of staff.
31/12/21·47m 25s

Multi-level marketing companies and the disinformation they sell

Multi-level marketing distributors claim to sell life-changing products. They’re also selling something else -- misleading product claims and disinformation. Amanda Montell and Stephanie McNeal join Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/12/21·46m 37s

From political polarization to gang violence: High conflict and how to free yourself from it

Rebroadcast: Investigative journalist Amanda Ripley wanted to understand the sources of human conflict. So she studied it for more than four years. She detected a strong pattern to the most intractable conflicts, big and small. She found it in divorces, gang violence and political polarization. From the personal to the tribal, we discuss high conflict, and how to pull free of it. Amanda Ripley, Curtis Toler and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
29/12/21·46m 55s

In Jamal Greene's 'How Rights Went Wrong,' reimagining America's legal approach to rights

In the U.S., individual rights are sacrosanct. Legal scholar Jamal Greene calls that "rightsism," and says it's pushing the country in the wrong direction. In a rebroadcast, we hear why he says it’s time to reduce the focus on individual rights. Jamal Greene and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/12/21·46m 31s

In 'The Genetic Lottery,' Kathryn Paige Harden considers a new moral framework for genetics

Kathryn Paige Harden says most people have no clue what genetic science can already do. In her new book 'The Genetic Lottery,' she says a new moral framework is needed to prepare for what's to come. Kathryn Paige Harden and Carey Goldberg join Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/12/21·48m 42s

Why science says you deserve to be happy

What determines your happiness? We talk about why science says, even with every problem in the world right now, you deserve to be happy. Laurie Santos and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/12/21·47m 21s

First Person: Reflections on COVID's impact on the food service industry

Bob LaBonne Jr. is president and CEO of LaBonne's Market in Connecticut. He reflects on a COVID year, and what the pandemic has exposed about America's food supply chain. "It was nice to see the world recognize the food industry as essential workers. And our people stepped up, and they're still doing it months later," LaBonne says.
23/12/21·5m 42s

What the 1918 flu pandemic reveals about how pandemics end

Pandemics do end. A century ago, the last great global pandemic finally petered out. How did the world know, or decide, when the 1918 pandemic was over? Howard Markel and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/12/21·48m 8s

How the metaverse blurs the line between virtual and reality

The next iteration of the internet could be a vast, three-dimensional digital frontier that looks a lot like real life. We discuss what’s real, what's not – and what happens when we can’t tell the difference. Cathy Hackl and Cecilia D’Anastasio join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/12/21·47m 28s

From Kellogg's to Nabisco: The strikes behind America's growing labor movement

Kellogg’s workers strike for months. A successful Union drive at one Starbucks. Approval rates for unions at a 60-year high. We discuss the sharp rise in union activity in 2021. Steven Greenhouse and Jeff Farmer join Meghna Chakrabarti.
21/12/21·47m 34s

Children, safety and the internet: How updating federal policy could protect kids online

The Children's Online Privacy and Protection Rule hasn't been updated in 20 years. Meanwhile, the entire digital world has transformed and become fully integrated into children's lives, whether parents want it or not. Marc Groman join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/12/21·47m 34s

Fiona Hill on the U.S. and Russia, from Trump to Biden

Fiona Hill served as the National Security Council's top Russia expert in the Trump Administration. She was concerned about the U.S.'s posture then, and even more concerned now, given President Vladimir Putin's moves on Ukraine. Fiona Hill joins us to discuss why she thinks Putin has 'put Russia in a rather dangerous, unpredictable position.'
17/12/21·47m 30s

First Person: Drugs connected Katie Mack to the world. Until she found community in sobriety

Katie Mack is an actor, writer and podcaster based in New York. She suffered from opioid addiction for 10 years. In this First Person diary, she shares how it took going sober to find real love and community.
16/12/21·9m 28s

Opioids can 'feel like love.' Here's how that helps our understanding of addiction

What empty well do opioids fill in someone suffering from addiction? We hear why opioid addiction can feel like love -- and what that means in a world of crumbling economic security and weakened social bonds. “The reason you get addicted is because something is missing for you. And oftentimes, what's missing is the ability to feel love.” Maia Szalavitz and Dr. Nora Volkow join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/12/21·47m 34s

What congressional investigations are revealing about the Capitol insurrection

Just how far was President Trump – and his team – willing to go to overthrow the results of the 2020 election? Newly released documents in a congressional investigation show that at some point, it was suggested that Trump declare a National Emergency to overturn the election. We get the latest on what congressional investigations are revealing about the insurrection. Quinta Jurecic and Brian Klaas join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/12/21·47m 29s

The question of fetal viability and how it's changing the abortion debate

Fetal viability was considered to be around 28 weeks when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. How is medical technology changing the question of viability, and the abortion debate? Carol Sanger and Dr. Edward Bell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/12/21·47m 14s

What's behind the worker shortage in American schools

Schools are facing a shortage of bus drivers. Custodians. Substitute teachers. Cafeteria workers. When the system is spread thin, who suffers most? Alena Zachery-Ross and Koby Levin join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/12/21·47m 27s

Why the U.S. is cracking down on international spyware

The U.S. is cracking down on international spyware. The new twist? The spyware companies are headquartered in allied nations. "These tools are allegedly used in a way that raises a human rights issue for the U.S. government." John Scott-Railton and Steven Feldstein join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
10/12/21·47m 34s

'Age of Acrimony': Historian Jon Grinspan on the last time Americans fought for democracy

Historian Jon Grinspan says Americans in the past fought to fix democracy. But what does that mean for Americans today? "Many of our problems have, if not identical moments in the past, parallels and similar tendencies in our democracy across time.” Jon Grinspan and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/12/21·47m 20s

Inside the lives of social media influencers

The life of a digital influencer. Primp. Place product. Post. And cha-ching! But… that’s not all. “There is such an incredible amount of labor, much of that remains concealed behind the scenes." Brooke Erin Duffy and Ayana Lage join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/12/21·47m 16s

What we know about the Omicron variant and the pandemic in South Africa

Comprehensive disease surveillance allowed South Africa to first identify the COVID Omicron variant. But they haven't had as much success with vaccination efforts. We take a close look at South Africa and the pandemic. Vicky Baillie and Salim Abdool Karim join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/12/21·47m 27s

Are U.S. elected officials getting too old?

Vermont Senator Pat Leahy won't run again. Leahy's been in office since 1974. That's longer than more than 150 million Americans have been alive. Are U.S. elected officials getting too old? Maxwell Alejandro Frost, Melody Crowder-Meyer and Louise Aronson join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
06/12/21·47m 25s

Why misinformation is America's greatest election security threat

What's the biggest threat to American elections, and to people's trust in them? Conspiracy theories. Former Homeland Security cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs joins Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss why the greatest election security threat to the nation right now is domestic misinformation.
03/12/21·47m 26s

Linguist John McWhorter on how to combat the harms of 'woke racism'

When linguist John McWhorter hears activists and academics condemn "whiteness" or talk about "centering" people of color, he doesn't hear effective anti-racism. "The issue is what do you do about it? And frankly, it’s not this." He joined Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss how to combat the harms of 'woke racism.'
02/12/21·47m 20s

A rekindled Cold War? A reality check on the narrative around U.S.-China tensions

The U.S. is locked in another "great powers" conflict, this time with China. That's what you'll often hear in Washington. But is a Cold War era analogy the right one for modern China? Melvyn Leffler, Jack Beatty and Yangyang Cheng join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/12/21·47m 25s

First Person: Activist Tiana Caldwell on finding strength in the face of eviction

Tiana Caldwell lives in Kansas City, Missouri. And when On Point first spoke with her in May 2020, Tiana had been furloughed from her job and had just received an eviction notice from her landlord. In this radio diary, she joins us with an update on her life. "I fought, I didn't just lay down. It makes you feel like you are not powerless," she says.
30/11/21·8m 9s

Tracking unspent pandemic relief funds

$800 billion in COVID relief funds still hasn't made it to the American people. In Pennsylvania, $2.5 billion of that aid is being moved to the state's “rainy day fund.” We track unspent pandemic relief funds. Marc Goldwein, Rep. Torren Ecker and Claudia Sahm join Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/11/21·47m 23s

What's driving the pandemic's health care exodus

1 in 5 American health care workers have left the profession since the pandemic hit. The pandemic has pushed what was already a tough situation into crisis mode. And as psychiatrist Wendy Dean sees it, this is more than just burnout. What's driving the pandemic's health care exodus? Cassandra Alexander, Wendy Dean and Elaine Batchlor join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/11/21·47m 8s

In 'Last Best Hope,' George Packer asks if America can unite again

Journalist George Packer says our country is divided into four factions “pitting tribe against tribe.” He’s reported on political divides around the world. Does he think America can be united once again? In this rebroadcast, George Packer and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
26/11/21·47m 23s

The science behind good listening and why it matters

People. Don’t. Listen. “There’s so much in our society that is encouraging us not to listen," Kate Murphy says. What is good listening and can it make a difference? In this rebroadcast, Kate Murphy and John Wood, Jr. join Meghna Chakrabarti.
25/11/21·47m 16s

What it will take to build world-class infrastructure in the U.S.

President Biden made a big claim when he signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. We check that claim, and the reality of how far the U.S. has to go for truly world class infrastructure. Nancy Qian and Kevin DeGood join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/11/21·47m 20s

States and cities decide where the infrastructure money goes. Here are some of their plans

With the $1 trillion infrastructure act signed into law, state and local officials must now determine how most of that money will be spent. We talk with some of those with the power to make or break the infrastructure law. Gov. Janet Mills, Mayor Acquanetta Warren and Derek Green join Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/11/21·47m 28s

Water in the West: Can Biden's infrastructure act help restore it?

There's $8 billion in the new Infrastructure act for preserving water systems in the West. We look at where the money will go and what difference it could make. Professor Richard White and Kyle Roerink join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/11/21·47m 29s

First Person: A pastor reflects on how politics divide his congregation

Scott Dudley is the lead pastor at Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington. Dudley says he has a generally supportive congregation. But lately, he's faced some hostility.
19/11/21·5m 0s

Understanding the causes and consequences of white evangelical fear

A recent poll found that more than any other group, white evangelical protestants believe American culture and values are under threat. Why? Anthea Butler and Robert P. Jones join Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/11/21·47m 5s

Nuclear power and America's clean energy future

President Joe Biden signed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill this week. Tucked into the plan includes the Biden administration's belief in the importance of nuclear power. Ernest Moniz, Allison Macfarlane and Rita Baranwal join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
18/11/21·47m 20s

The life and losses of politician Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs grew up in poverty. He became Stockton, California's first Black mayor when he was just 26 years old. Now, he's sharing the reality of his life beyond the headlines. Michael Tubbs joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/11/21·47m 1s

'Miseducation': Journalist Katie Worth on climate education and corporate influences

What are American school kids being taught about climate change? Journalist Katie Worth visited schools and analyzed dozens of textbooks, and she says a web of corporate and political influences is miseducating many school children about climate change. Katie Worth, Kristen Del Real and Deb Morrison join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/11/21·47m 28s

Therapeutics and the part they play in the fight against COVID

Vaccines are still the first, best way to end the pandemic. But can so-called therapeutics also help? The FDA says there are 11 treatments already authorized for emergency use. We learn about therapeutics, and the part they play in the fight against COVID. Dr. Preeti Malani, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia and Dr. George Yancopoulos join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/11/21·47m 29s

AI home-buying and how it could change real estate

Zillow went on an algorithmic home-buying spree. It didn't work. But what is algorithmic home-buying? We learn the impact AI home-buying is having on the housing market. Gregor Matvos and Jeff Meyers join Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/11/21·47m 23s

The truth behind the mysterious Havana Syndrome

Something strange is happening to American officials around the world. Migraines, dizziness, even brain injury. And the incidents keep happening. So who, or what, is behind Havana Syndrome? Adam Entous and Frank Figliuzzi join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/11/21·47m 13s

America's future in Taiwan

China vows to take back Taiwan, as Xi Jinping warns against American interference. But for the U.S., Taiwan is about a lot more than Taiwan itself. What is America's true interest in Taiwan? Oriana Skylar Mastro, Yun Sun and Steve Blank join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/11/21·47m 13s

Lessons from Virginia's governor race and what voters really want

Democrats lost the governorship in Virginia. What did voters really care about? A long-time democratic analyst joins us with the lessons he's learned from Virginia, and why he's worried his party refuses to see the bigger picture. Ruy Teixeira and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/11/21·47m 17s

First person: How climate change shapes the community of Kivalina, Alaska

Colleen Swan and the members of the indigenous Iñupiat community who live on Kivalina, climate change isn't a remote abstraction. It's an emergency that's threatening their lives now.
08/11/21·5m 1s

The case for climate reparations

Climate change has a disproportionate impact on the Global South. So should the world's industrialized nations make reparations? We hear the case for climate reparations. David Wallace-Wells and Riton Quiah join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/11/21·47m 27s

What's behind the supply chain breakdown at the Port of Long Beach

What is going on at the Port of Long Beach? Truckers, longshoremen and port managers tell us why the supply chain is breaking down. Matt Schrap and Mario Cordero join Meghna Chakrabarti.
05/11/21·47m 21s

Mayoral races across the country: A look at who will lead America's cities

Mayoral elections across the country this week. We take a look at who will next lead America's cities, and the impact those mayoral races may have on national politics. Anthony Brooks, Jon Collins, David Hyde, Rose Scott and Dave Debo join Meghna Chakrabarti.
04/11/21·47m 10s

Lessons in paid family leave from parents around the world

About 180 countries have some sort of paid parental leave. We hear from moms around the world about how those nations made it work. Isra’a Hamdeh, Jody Heymann, Dr. Raisa Renner and Tilde Bang-Kristensen join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/11/21·47m 30s

What the Supreme Court's next big gun case means for gun laws across the U.S.

The Supreme Court is about to hear its highest profile gun case since 2008. We take a look at the case, and why the court's decision could have an impact on state gun laws across the country. Jennifer Mascia and Darrell A.H. Miller join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/11/21·47m 22s

Why the Federal Reserve is an 'engine of inequality'

Interest rates, inflation, employment. That's where the Fed formally flexes its power. That's also why Karen Petrou says it's an 'engine of inequality.' Could that change? Karen Petrou and Jeffrey Lacker join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/11/21·47m 23s

First Person: 'Can you listen?' Young people reflect on 'the pessimistic generation'

Kids today face a unique combination of challenges, from the pandemic, to climate change and political unrest. On today's hour, two young people share why so many kids are looking to the future with everything from trepidation to impending doom.
29/10/21·6m 18s

The pessimistic generation: How grown-ups can grow up and give kids some hope

From the pandemic to climate change, politics and social media, kids are pessimistic about their future. It's hurting them, and us all. We talk to people who say it's time to do something about it. Elissa Epel and Doug Abrams join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/10/21·47m 35s

Virginia's governor's race and what it reveals about America's political future

The race for Governor of Virginia may be the most important political contest of the year. We look at Virginia’s governor’s race and what it says about the political parties – and where the country’s heading. Mel Leonor and Bob Holsworth join Anthony Brooks.
28/10/21·47m 24s

What it would take to pass meaningful voting rights legislation in America

Senate Republicans have used the filibuster to block major voting rights legislation twice this year. Meanwhile, at least 19 states have enacted 33 laws that make it harder to vote. What would it take to pass voting rights legislation? Jack Beatty, Tia Mitchell, Sen. Angus King and LaTosha Brown join Anthony Brooks.
27/10/21·47m 4s

The causes and consequences of inflation

Inflation is back. The past year has seen more than a 5% jump in the Consumer Price Index. While the price of food, gas, cars, lumber are all up. But what is inflation, and do economists really know how it works? Jack Beatty, Diane Swonk and Laura Tyson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
26/10/21·47m 26s

The importance of fixing bad COVID math

Infection rates. Cases. Deaths. 14-day moving averages. Efficacy. We're wading through a world of COVID data. But the way that data's presented may do more harm than good. Nick Melvoin, Tracy Høeg and Jonathan Rothwell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
25/10/21·47m 29s

Full-length version: What the public doesn’t know about Colin Powell

In a full, unedited version of our conversation "From unknown successes to personal disillusionment: What the public doesn't know about Colin Powell," Retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Colin Powell's chief of staff for more than a decade, reflects on Powell's life and legacy.
22/10/21·1h 10m

From unknown successes to personal disillusionment: What the public doesn’t know about Colin Powell

Colin Powell served America at its highest levels. Joint Chiefs Chairman. Secretary of State. A man both celebrated and tarnished by war. We look back on his life and legacy with his former chief of staff. Ret. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/10/21·47m 29s

What California's new zoning bills mean for the state's housing crisis

California will now allow multi-family units on land zoned for single-family housing. Will it make a difference? Victor Gordo, Ben Metcalf and Adam J. Fowler join Meghna Chakrabarti.
21/10/21·47m 12s

The life, culture and politics of voters across the Rio Grande Valley

Texas's Rio Grande Valley is diverse and politically powerful. Until recently, the nation's two political parties saw the voters of the Rio Grande as a monolith. But that's been changing over the past two election cycles. We look at why Republicans and Democrats are working to woo voters along the Rio Grande. Cynthia Villarreal, Xavier Villarreal, Michael Rodriguez, Rogelio Nuñez and Perla Bazan join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/10/21·47m 24s

A running scandal and the price of power at Nike

Nike attracted the world's best. Alberto Salazar was a Nike-funded coach for almost 20 years. That ended in scandal. Is a reckoning for professional runners upon us? Matt Hart and Lindsay Crouse join Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/10/21·47m 29s

Inside the 40-year fight to rid the world of malaria

In Uganda, like many countries, malaria is endemic and deadly. But that might soon change. After 40 years in development, the WHO has approved the first ever malaria vaccine. Malaria has shaped human history. Could that story now be coming to a hopeful end? Dr. James Tibenderana and Dr. Ripley Ballou join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/10/21·47m 14s

The science behind good listening and why it matters

People. Don’t. Listen. “There’s so much in our society that is encouraging us not to listen," Kate Murphy says. What is good listening and can it make a difference? Kate Murphy and John Wood, Jr. join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/10/21·47m 9s

Why school boards are a nexus of America's culture wars

School boards are a new nexus of America's culture wars. Some say the targeting of school boards is a political tactic used by right-wing organizations. We hear that deeper story. Peter Montgomery, Noah Weinrich and Laura Vozzella join Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/10/21·47m 17s

Is the Supreme Court too political? A look at the court's ideology

The Supreme Court is supposed to rule by the law alone. But Randall Kennedy says that doesn't always happen. “A very common misconception is that the Supreme Court is above politics." If the Supreme Court is too ideological, what should be done about it? Randall Kennedy and David Cole join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/10/21·47m 23s

Why science says you deserve to be happy

What determines your happiness? We talk about why science says, even with every problem in the world right now, you deserve to be happy. Laurie Santos and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
12/10/21·48m 9s

What New Zealand's changing COVID strategy tells us about the pandemic's end

New Zealand was aiming for 'COVID zero.' What does New Zealand's changing strategy tell us about what the pandemic's end should look like? Dr. Celine Gounder, Joseph Allen and Dale Fisher join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/10/21·49m 30s

Scholar Randall Kennedy's reflections on race, culture and law in America

For decades, scholar Randall Kennedy has been writing about race, culture and the law. “We are certainly much further from the racial promised land than I had thought that we were," he says. Randall Kennedy joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/10/21·47m 10s

Facebook's whistleblower and the social media giant's 'Big Tobacco' moment

A former Facebook employee says the social media giant knows it is tearing society apart. Will Facebook face its Big Tobacco moment? Sharon Eubanks, Kate Klonick and Phil Weiser join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/10/21·49m 45s

Your brain on authoritarianism: The inside forces that drive people to turn on democracy

The brain, behavior and authoritarianism. Understanding the social and neurological forces that drive people to turn their backs on democracy. Timothy Snyder and Lisa Feldman Barrett join Meghna Chakrabarti.
06/10/21·47m 26s

What compromise may look like for the Democrats’ 'Build Back Better' plan

The price tag for the Democrats’ social spending bill may be shrinking – but the needs of Americans are not. We hear what stays in the bill, what goes and what it all means for Americans who need help. Jennifer Bendery and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
05/10/21·47m 26s

What America's supply chain shortages mean for your buying, from phones to cars

Cars. Smartphones. Appliances. An international chip shortage is squeezing supply chains and inventory. How did this happen? And when will it end? Dr. Willy Shih joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
04/10/21·47m 23s

The Prime Effect: Live from CitySpace

Our series The Prime Effect explores the ways Amazon is changing how we live, work and shop. In a bonus episode live from CitySpace, host Meghna Chakrabarti and senior editor Dorey Scheimer give you a behind-the-scenes breakdown of what they learned while producing the eight-part series.
02/10/21·1h 12m

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part VII

Local police departments can’t put a corner at the end of every street. But Amazon already has—with Ring cameras. So what is Amazon really doing with all your data? We look at Amazon and surveillance. Ramesh Srinivasan and Jon Callas join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/10/21·47m 32s

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part VI

Maren Costa worked at Amazon for 15 years. That abruptly ended last spring when she spoke out about the company's climate impact. In the sixth episode of our series "The Prime Effect," we look at Amazon's labor force, and how, someday, it could be changing how you work. Karen Weise and David Glick join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/10/21·51m 0s

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part V

That Amazon package at your door begins with power guzzling server farms. Distribution centers. Thousands of trucks. Commercial planes. And billions of cardboard boxes. In the 5th episode of The Prime Effect, we explore Amazon’s environmental footprint. Anastasia O’Rourke and Tom Rivett-Carnac join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/10/21·47m 32s

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part VIII

Our series "The Prime Effect" considers how Amazon shapes the way we shop, work and live. In the last episode, we ask, What industries will the company transform next? Joshua McNichols, Brad Stone, Nadina Rosier and Sara Fischer join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/10/21·47m 31s

How attempts to overthrow the presidential election threaten democracy

There’s new information on just how hard the Trump administration tried to overthrow the 2020 election. How healthy is the state of our democracy? Neil Buchanan, Suzanne Mettler, Anna Grzymala-Busse and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
01/10/21·48m 23s

Multi-Level Marketing Companies And The Disinformation They Sell

Multi-level marketing distributors claim to sell life-changing products. They’re also selling something else -- misleading product claims and disinformation. Amanda Montell and Stephanie McNeal join Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/09/21·47m 20s

Will Infighting Upend The Democratic Party's Goals?

Democrats in Washington are divided again. Will Democrats let party infighting destroy their own, and President Biden's, ambitious goals? Rep. Henry Cuellar, Lisa DesJardins, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Jack Beatty and Molly Ball join Meghna Chakrabarti.
29/09/21·47m 18s

The College Educators Behind The Push To Speak Freely On Campus

Steven Salaita was a rising star in the field of American Indian studies. In the fall of 2012, he applied for a job at the University of Illinois. Then, he lost everything. “I had taken to Twitter and other forms of social media to condemn Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Palestine," Salaita remembers. "And suddenly, I got an email out of the blue informing me that the job offer had been pulled." Today, On Point: Academic freedom on American campuses. Keith Whittington joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
28/09/21·47m 13s

The Social And Economic Crisis Facing Men In America

College enrollment may be an indicator of a growing economic and social crisis among American men. We hear from researchers who say American democracy depends on doing something about it. Christopher Goins, David Autor and Ronald Levant join Meghna Chakrabarti.
27/09/21·47m 26s

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part IV

If you use Slack at work, Zoom for school or binge watch Netflix at home, guess what? You’re also using Amazon. Amazon Web Services currently controls 30% of the cloud computing market. The fourth installment in our series The Prime Effect goes inside AWS, one of the biggest parts of Amazon you may have never heard of. Tim Bray and Michael Cusumano join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/09/21·47m 28s

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part III

Like everything with Amazon, its marketplace is big. Small businesses like Steve Chou’s Bumblebee Linens can soar. But is the marketplace also destroying main street brick and mortar stores? In the third episode of our Amazon series, a look at the peaks and pits of Amazon's marketplace for retail. James Thomson and Stacy Mitchell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/09/21·47m 16s

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part II

Who is Jeff Bezos? In the second part of our series Amazon: The Prime Effect, we learn about the man who built Amazon and the innovation he brings to everything. Brad Stone joins Meghna Chakrabarti. 
24/09/21·47m 17s

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part I

It’s not just a retailer. So what is Amazon? Hear part one in our series on how Amazon is changing the way we shop, work and live. Brad Stone and Stacy Mitchell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/09/21·47m 27s

A Message From Meghna

Our eight-part series The Prime Effect explores the myriad ways Amazon is changing the way we shop, work and live. Coming up in the On Point podcast feed, you'll find Part I -- IV of The Prime Effect. We hope you enjoy.
24/09/21·53s

Oregon Dropped Graduation Test Requirements. What That Means For Education In The State

Oregon students used to have to pass a basic skills test in order to graduate from high school. This summer, the state dropped the requirement. How do we know when a high school student is ready to graduate? Betsy Hammond and Michael Dembrow join Meghna Chakrabarti.
24/09/21·47m 11s

Steps To Fix America's Broken Prescription Drug System

Americans jump through too many hoops, travel too far, and pay too much for their prescription drugs. Can America's broken prescription drug system be fixed? Jonathan Cohn, Jack Beatty, Rep. Scott Peters and Rep. Jan Schakowsky join Meghna Chakrabarti.
23/09/21·47m 37s

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part 8

Our series "The Prime Effect" considers how Amazon shapes the way we shop, work and live. In the last episode, we ask, What industries will the company transform next? Joshua McNichols, Brad Stone, Nadina Rosier and Sara Fischer join Meghna Chakrabarti.
22/09/21·47m 31s

Former FDA Head Scott Gottlieb's Lessons For Controlling The Next Pandemic

Dr. Scott Gottlieb was former FDA commissioner under President Trump. Now, he says it’s time for a national conversation about public health as national security, and how we’re far too unprepared and vulnerable to ignore it. Scott Gottlieb joins Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
21/09/21·46m 39s

Is The Pentagon's Budget Too Big?

The U.S. defense budget is more than $700 billion dollars. How efficiently are those dollars being spent? Lindsay Koshgarian and Ret. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/09/21·47m 18s

In 'The Genetic Lottery,' Kathryn Paige Harden Considers A New Moral Framework For Genetics

Kathryn Paige Harden says most people have no clue what genetic science can already do. In her new book 'The Genetic Lottery,' she says a new moral framework is needed to prepare for what's to come. Kathryn Paige Harden and Carey Goldberg join Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/09/21·47m 26s

Survival And Service: Robert Hogue's Journey From 9/11 To Transformation In The Marine Corps

Robert Hogue remembers the day he was in his office at the Pentagon, celebrating his first year as Marine Corps legal counsel. The date? September 11, 2001.
16/09/21·47m 14s

What Biden's Vaccine Mandates Mean For Public Health

President Biden called COVID a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” as he announced his sweeping plan that would require more than 100 million American workers get vaccinated. Government mandates and smart public health decisions. Do the two meet in Biden's new COVID plan? Nita Farahany and Lawrence Gostin join Meghna Chakrabarti.
15/09/21·47m 27s

In 'This Land,' A Custody Trial Over Native Children Heads To The Supreme Court

A custody trial in Texas involving a Native American child and white foster parents caught journalist Rebecca Nagle’s eye. She discovered it was a part of something much, much bigger. Rebecca Nagle joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
14/09/21·47m 35s

What Latinos in California Want From The Gubernatorial Recall Election

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing a recall vote. The state's Latino voters could tip the scales. We unpack what Latino voters in California want from the state's recall election. Mindy Romero and Luis Sánchez join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/09/21·47m 32s

First Person: What Young Afghans Want

People under the age of 25 make up more than 60% of the population of Afghanistan. Afghanistan's people are young. And most of those young people have grown up with expanded rights for women, a burgeoning media, new technology and opportunities previously unavailable when the Taliban ruled. Now that the Taliban are back in power, what do young Afghans want for the future of their country?
10/09/21·5m 15s

Reflections On America Since 9/11 And Our Series 'The Longest War'

The Afghanistan war is especially powerful for us at On Point. The program got its start 20 years ago, on September 17th, 2001. Jack Beatty, On Point's news analyst, has been with the show, every day, from the beginning. He joins Meghna Chakrabarti to reflect on America's longest war.
10/09/21·17m 9s

The Longest War: Part IV

Over the last 20 years, journalists and entrepreneurs like Saad Mohseni have built a free and independent press in Afghanistan. Mohseni recently told the Journo podcast that the Taliban can’t shut that all down. "I don’t want to overstate this, but I think media has become the beacon of hope for the country," Mohseni said. Our series The Longest War concludes with a look at what the future holds for Afghanistan’s free press and, ultimately, its citizens.
10/09/21·47m 15s

The Longest War: Part III

In 2001, Barbara Lee was the only member of congress to vote against the Afghanistan war resolution. How did the past 20 years change her and her country? Rep. Barbara Lee joins Meghna Chakrabarti in the third installment of our series 'The Longest War.'
09/09/21·47m 34s

The Longest War: Part II

U.S. soldiers may have left Afghanistan, but the war has not left them. In the second installment of our series 'The Longest War,' veterans share their stories. Bajun Mavalwalla, Baji Mavalwalla and Laura Jedeed join Meghna Chakrabarti.
08/09/21·47m 34s

The Longest War: Part I

Shabana Basij-Rasikh is the founder of the first and only boarding school for girls in Afghanistan. In the first episode of our series 'The Longest War,' we hear her story, and the future of Afghan women. Shabana Basij-Rasikh and Fanoos Basir join Meghna Chakrabarti.
07/09/21·47m 26s

First Person: Former Afghan Soccer Player On Life As A Refugee, Her Country's Future

This week, we’re seeking to better understand the impact of 20 years of war in Afghanistan. In our series The Longest War, you’ll hear from Afghan women, U.S. veterans and others about how choices made in Washington and Kabul shaped their lives. 25-year-old Fanoos Basir is a civil engineer and former member of the Afghan women’s national soccer team. Currently, she's living in a refugee camp in France. In this podcast exclusive, she shares the sights, sounds and experiences of life in a refugee camp.
07/09/21·11m 51s

The Great Resignation: What's Driving America's Labor Gap

Something is happening in the workplace. More than 4 million Americans quit their jobs in April. So what’s going on? In this rebroadcast, we ask financial columnists Michelle Singletary and Rana Foroohar why so many Americans are saying 'I quit.'  Rana Foroohar, Michelle Singletary and Jennifer Kastelic join Meghna Chakrabarti.
06/09/21·47m 19s

Judicial Transparency And The Future Of The Supreme Court's Shadow Docket

Ever heard of the Supreme Court's shadow docket? It's a not-so-transparent rule that can short-circuit the normal appellate process. We hear where it's being used, and what it means for the future of the Supreme Court. Melissa Murray and Heather Cox Richardson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
03/09/21·47m 33s

First Person: How Drought Along The Klamath River Impacts Migratory Birds

The diversion of water from refuges in the Klamath River basin, as well as climate change, is altering migratory patterns of bird species in the Pacific Flyway, from Alaska to Patagonia. John Alexander is executive director of the Klamath Bird Observatory. He joins us in this 'First Person' diary to explain how 'the arteries of the West, our wetland ecosystems, are failing.'
02/09/21·4m 29s

The Klamath River Water Crisis And Its Lessons On Climate Change

Along the Klamath River basin, drought is punishing everyone: from farmers to native tribes to fish. What can be done to ease this historic water crisis? Alex Schwartz, Dr. Alex Gonyaw, Scott Seus and Barry McCovey Jr. join Meghna Chakrabarti.
02/09/21·47m 34s

Who's To Blame For America's Polarized Politics? Tom Nichols Says 'All Of Us'

Who's to blame for America's polarized politics? The government? The media? Special interests? Tom Nichols says the problem is 'all of us.' Tom Nichols and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
01/09/21·47m 33s

Where Residents In Oakland, California Stand On Defunding The Police

Oakland, California decided to pull back from a major increase to the police budget. But is that what residents in Oakland's neighborhoods want? Loren Taylor and Keisha Henderson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
31/08/21·47m 34s

Journalist Sarah Chayes Reflects On 20 Years Of Crisis In Afghanistan

More than a decade. That's how long Sarah Chayes worked in Afghanistan. With the Taliban back in power, we talk with Chayes about how Afghanistan really changed, and how it changed her. Sarah Chayes joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
30/08/21·47m 32s

The Future Of COVID: Confronting The Twists And Turns Of Scientific Uncertainty

The Delta variant is raging. And what scientists think they know -- and what they think we should do -- keeps changing. We learn how to cope with COVID uncertainty. Dr. Nirav Shah and Dr. Preeti Malani join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
27/08/21·47m 27s

First Person: A Renter Reflects On How Delayed Rental Assistance Shaped Her Life

Charmayne Hunter-Spencer was among the millions of Americans behind on their rent. So she turned to emergency rental assistance programs for help. Charmayne says that when she applied for rental assistance with the county-based Houston-Harris Help, the application process went seamlessly. It hadn't.
26/08/21·5m 20s

Where's The Rental Assistance? Inside Why Distribution Is Lagging

In January, President Biden announced nearly $47 billion has been allocated for rental assistance. So why has only a fraction of that federal aid been distributed? Ann Oliva and Bobby Wilkinson join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
26/08/21·47m 3s

First Person: How Western Droughts Impact Navajo Farmers

Native Americans communities have been dealing with loss of water since a drought began 20 years ago. One of those communities is Many Farms, Arizona, where Roland Tso lives. Roland Tso is a grazing official on the Navajo reservation. Historically, Many Farms has been an agricultural community, but drought is changing that: "We've been conserving for so long. But at this point, this drought is just going to make it harder to survive out here."
25/08/21·4m 18s

What The Future Holds For Water In The West

The federal government has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River. How did we get here? We hear what the future holds for water in the West. John Fleck and John F. Ross join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
25/08/21·47m 32s

Who Are The Taliban Today?

Taliban leaders say they've changed. But there are widespread reports of violence and vengeance on the ground. Who really are the Taliban today? Laurel Miller, Anand Gopal, Ian Fritz and Jane Ferguson join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
24/08/21·47m 34s

First Person: After Loss, A Cat's Companionship Got This Doctor Through 'Dark Times'

In 2006, Fumiko Chino was in her late 20s. She was just beginning to find her way in life when everything came crashing down. Fumiko shares how an unlikely small furry companion ended up as a kind of savior.
23/08/21·5m 48s

How Pets Are Helping Us Cope With The Pandemic

During the pandemic many of us turned to pets for comfort. What is it about us that craves animal companionship? Elizabeth Berliner, Kim Roche and Alexandra Horowitz join Kimberly Atkins Stohr.
23/08/21·47m 34s

First Person: Novelist Khaled Hosseini Reflects On How Afghanistan Changed

Khaled Hosseini is a world-renowned novelist and author of bestsellers "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns." He was born in Afghanistan but left the country as a young man. In the latest First Person diary, Hosseini remembers the Afghanistan of his childhood and calls on help for those left behind.
20/08/21·4m 36s

Former Officials Assess The U.S. Exit From Afghanistan

President Joe Biden promised the nation last month a smooth withdrawal from Afghanistan. On Monday, he acknowledged the chaos that's come instead. We discuss whether an orderly U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was ever possible. Ryan Crocker and Daniel Silverberg join Meghna Chakrabarti.
20/08/21·47m 33s

First Person: Stress Scientist Elissa Epel On Where She Finds Hope

Psychiatry professor Elissa Epel joined On Point last year to talk about resilience in the face of social isolation caused by the COVID shutdowns. When we checked in with her recently, she told us about where she's been finding hope during the pandemic.
19/08/21·6m 18s

Does The National Debt Really Matter?

The U.S. Debt is enormous. And some day, it might come due. But has debt hawkishness led to political paralysis when it comes to solving the nation's toughest problems? Maya MacGuineas, Christian Weller and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
19/08/21·47m 30s

First Person: Afghan Translator Reflects On The Collapse Of The Afghan Military

Ali Rasouly spent four years working with the United States Marines to help rebuild his country. In the latest First Person diary, he shares his thoughts on the collapse of the Afghan military.
18/08/21·5m 26s

Why The Afghan Military Collapsed

20 years of war, conflict and attempts to rebuild in Afghanistan. All wiped away in what seems like just a few days and weeks as the Taliban take over Kabul. Or was it really that fast? We take a look at years of critical decisions, corruption and political disconnects that paved the way for the Taliban’s return to power. Azmat Khan and Craig Whitlock join Meghna Chakrabarti.
18/08/21·47m 32s

Examining A Culture Of Sexual Abuse In Martha Nussbaum's 'Citadels Of Pride'

Hubris. Denial. Power. Philosopher Martha Nussbaum sees all those things leading to Andrew Cuomo's resignation as governor of New York. But most of all, she sees the monumental power of pride. In her new book "Citadels of Pride" Nussbaum examines how a culture of mountainous self-regard perpetuates sexual abuse. Nussbaum joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
17/08/21·47m 28s

Mississippi's Hospitals Are Overwhelmed. What Will Curb The COVID Surge?

Mississippi is posting record numbers of new COVID cases, and doctors warn Mississippi’s hospital system is on the brink of collapse. We talk about the pandemic in Mississippi now, and what it’ll take to turn things around. Nick Judin, Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Alex Cobb and Wayne Rodolfich join Meghna Chakrabarti.
16/08/21·47m 33s

What The Delta Variant Means For The Return To School

This week, the nation’s two largest teachers’ unions dropped their opposition to COVID vaccine mandates for their members. Both had previously said that vaccines for teachers should only be by choice. But on Wednesday, the American Federation of Teachers reversed that stance. We discuss what the Delta variant means for school this fall. Cecily Myart-Cruz, Randi Weingarten and Catherine Rampell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
13/08/21·47m 33s

In 'Here, Right Matters,' Alexander Vindman Reflects On The Power Of Truth

When a congressman asked Alexander Vindman why he wasn’t afraid to blow the whistle on former President Trump, he said: "Because this is America. This is the country I’ve served and defended and here, right matters.” Vindman joins Meghna Chakrabarti with a moral message for all Americans. His new book is "Here, Right Matters."
12/08/21·47m 33s

Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part 7

Local police departments can’t put a corner at the end of every street. But Amazon already has—with Ring cameras. So what is Amazon really doing with all your data? We look at Amazon and surveillance. Ramesh Srinivasan and Jon Callas join Meghna Chakrabarti.
11/08/21·47m 32s

How Viktor Orban's Hungary Is Linked To American Conservatism

Tucker Carlson goes to Budapest. The Fox News personality’s trip to Hungary highlights a high profile embrace of Victor Orban’s regime by influential U.S. conservatives. But Carlson isn’t the only one, and he’s not the first, either. We take a look at the links between American conservatism and Hungarian authoritarianism. Sarah Posner and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
10/08/21·47m 22s

A Global Climate Tipping Point? Understanding The U.N. IPCC Report

The latest climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds that global temperatures are rising faster. Are nations willing to heed the warning? William Moomaw, Alexis Papahelas and Beverly Law join Meghna Chakrabarti.
09/08/21·47m 33s

How The 'Disinformation Dozen' Spreads Vaccine Misinformation Online

Just 12 accounts are behind 65% of all anti-vaccine disinformation on social media platforms. Most of them are still on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We take a look inside the so-called 'disinformation dozen.' John Gregory and Camille Francois join Meghna Chakrabarti.
06/08/21·47m 27s

Capitol Officer Aquilino Gonell Reflects On The Jan. 6 Insurrection

The January 6th insurrection at the Capitol. Capitol and Metro police officers fought hand-to-hand for hours to protect lawmakers and American democracy. They're still living that day ... every day. Sergeant Aquilino Gonell says there was even more at stake than most Americans realize. Today, On Point: Sergeant Gonell shares his experience of January 6th, and how he sees his country and its leaders now.
05/08/21·47m 32s
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