On Point on WLRN

Weekdays at 7:00pm
  • Hosted by Tom Ashbrook

Hear provocative voices and passionate discussion as Tom confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

Contact info: onpoint.wbur.org/contact-on-point

Pulling Out Of Car Ownership

Jun 23, 2017

Is car ownership going the way of the horse and buggy? We’ll look at how ride sharing and driverless cars are turning the way we move.

Curtain’s up on the Republican Senate health care bill. The GOP scores in Georgia. Dashcam video of the Philando Castile shooting. Otto Warmbier dies. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

Can Startups Share Their Big City Success?

Jun 22, 2017

The unaffordable urban paradise. Richard Florida says that startups are now tearing cities apart.

Impacts And Infrastructure In Extreme Heat

Jun 22, 2017

Commuter planes that can’t fly. Door handles too hot to touch. The heat dome crushing the southwestern U.S. This week puts other heatwaves to shame. We’ll look at dealing with heat in abnormal new normal.

Hoarding The American Dream

Jun 21, 2017

The top 20 percent of this country, not just the top one percenters, is leaving everyone else behind. We’ll talk with the author of “Dream Hoarders.”

With guest host Jane Clayson.

“Alexa, I want to order a pound of kale.” We’ll unpack Amazon’s deal for Whole Foods and the future of retail.

Betsy DeVos' Vision For American Education

Jun 19, 2017

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos suspends the crackdown on for-profit college abuses. What else is she up to?

Civil Society Under Fire

Jun 15, 2017

After the baseball field shooting, we’ll look at civil society under fire. Are we coming undone?

Art And Politics Collide In 'Julius Caesar'

Jun 14, 2017

A New York staging of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” sparks hot controversy in the age of Donald Trump. We’ll go to the play, and its politics.

The worst tick season ever is here, and experts warn that there’s a disease deadlier than Lyme lurking in the woods. What you need to know.

Do We Know If Trump Obstructed Justice?

Jun 12, 2017

Legal minds and the press parse the Comey testimony and Russia investigation.

Former director of the FBI, fired by Donald Trump, James Comey grabbed the full attention of the country yesterday in much-awaited testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. There was the packed hearing room. The mob of photographers. Comey, ramrod straight, Boy Scout clear, but savvy. And then, a load of testimony. Told like a story. Earnest. And tough. This hour On Point: the implications of the Senate testimony of former FBI director, James Comey. — Tom Ashbrook

Political Upheaval In The U.K. And France

Jun 12, 2017

What now for Britain and France, after stunning election losses by Theresa May and a likely parliamentary majority for Emmanuel Macron?

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Former NATO top commander Adm. James Stavridis on the geopolitics playing out now on the world’s oceans – and on land.

Comey To Testify In Senate Tomorrow

Jun 7, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Getting ready for Comey: A primer. We look at the key players, the unanswered questions about Russia, and what’s at stake.

Arundhati Roy's Return To Fiction

Jun 6, 2017

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

20 years after her smashing debut, novelist Arundhati Roy’s back with a shattering mosaic of modern India.