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On Point

Weekdays at 9am on 90.3 WPLN-FM, Weekdays at 9pm on 1430 WPLN-AM
  • Hosted by Tom Ashbrook

Hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, On Point is broadcast for two hours daily across the country on NPR. The show’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.

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Congress Scrambles To Avoid Shutdown

Jan 18, 2018

With guest host John Harwood.

The shutdown showdown — as a DACA deal fades, Republicans are scrambling for a strategy to keep the government open even if it’s for only one month.

This show airs Thursday at 10 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Washington correspondent for the New York Times. (@SherylNYT)

'The Appalachian Ballad Tradition'

Jan 17, 2018

With guest host John Harwood.

A Grammy-nominated album celebrates Appalachia’s rich legacy of story songs. We’ll listen to how the ballad resonates today.

This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Ted Olson, music historian and professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, producer of the album “Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition.”

With guest host John Harwood. 

Hawaii has a scary false alarm about incoming missiles. President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un hit “pause” on threats. But according to reports, the U.S. military is quietly preparing for war.

We’re taking stock.

This show airs Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST. 

Guests:

Helene Cooper, Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times. (@helenecooper)

'So You Want To Talk About Race'

Jan 15, 2018

With guest host John Harwood.

Is there a better way to talk about race and social justice? On Martin Luther King, Jr Day, we’ll try. We’re talking to Ijeoma Oluo, author of a new book called “So You Want To Talk About Race.”

This show airs Monday at 11 a.m. EST.

With guest host Ray Suarez.

President Trump reportedly calls Haiti and African countries “s***holes,” sparking condemnation. Deadly California mudslides. 7-Eleven immigration raids. Bannon out at Breitbart. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

This show airs Friday at 10 a.m. EST.

With guest host Ray Suarez.

A speech at the Golden Globes by Oprah Winfrey leads to speculation that she might run for president.

Could 2020’s presidential election be a reality TV figure against a talk show host-media mogul? Trump v. Winfrey?

This show airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Angela Rye, political strategist, commentator. (@angela_rye)

With guest host Ray Suarez.

Homelessness in America is rising. More and more cities are putting their homeless on buses with one-way tickets out of town. We’ll dig in.

This show airs Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Alastair Gee, homelessness editor for The Guardian. (@alastairgee)

With guest host Ray Suarez. 

Pot in America now—California legalizes recreational marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions changes federal policy. We’ll read the smoke signals.

This show airs Monday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Evan Halper, reporter at the Los Angeles Times. (@evanhalper)

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Trump and Bannon feud. Manafort sues. Iran protests. Hot talk about nuclear buttons. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Guests:

Yochi Dreazen, deputy managing editor and foreign editor for Vox. (@yochidreazen)

Kimberly Atkins, chief Washington reporter for the Boston Herald. (@KimberlyEAtkins)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

What happens when opioids ravage the lives of mothers and fathers? More foster children who need homes and families. Opioids and the crisis in foster care.

This show airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Sherry Lachman, founder and executive director of Foster America.

Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services for Montgomery County, Ohio.

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