On Point

Monday through Friday 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on KEDM Ideas
  • Hosted by Tom Ashbrook

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it 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.

Host Tom Ashbrook combines his journalistic instincts with a listener's openness and curiosity -- focusing on the relevant topics and deconstructing issues along with the audience.

News analyst Jack Beatty, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly, also guides the program by providing his own unique perspective to the conversation.

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When Algorithms Replace Tastemakers

18 hours ago

With Meghna Chakrabarti

You think you’ve got style? Actually, algorithms are the new tastemakers now. How does machine learning influence what we watch, wear and listen to?

Guests:

Kyle Chayka, writer who has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Blooomberg. His story “Style Is an Algorithm” on the beauty and style website Racked explores taste in the age algorithm recommendations. (@chaykak)

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright turns a keen eye to his home state of Texas. The new book is “God Save Texas.”

How Clean Is Our Air?

Apr 23, 2018

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Two big reports on air pollution. One looks at the world and the other zeroes in on California. We’ll look at the big takeaways, and more.

Ledge King, USA Today reporter covering the EPA. (@LedgeKing)

Daniel Greenbaum, President of the Health Effects Institute.

With Melissa Block

Kendrick Lamar scores a Pulitzer. Beyoncé stuns us with her performance at Coachella. We’ll talk about what a big week it’s been for black musicians.

Guests: 

David Hajdu, Music critic for The Nation and 2018 Pulitzer music juror. The jury unanimously selected Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music. (@davidhajdu_)

Cuba After Castro

Apr 19, 2018

With Melissa Block

It’s the end of an era in Cuba, as President Raúl Castro steps down. After Cuba’s National Assembly nominated Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Castro, we’ll look at what’s next for the country.

Guests:

Alan Gomez, immigration reporter at USA Today. (@alangomez)

With Melissa Block

Author Barbara Ehrenreich is out with a new book, “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer.” We’ll look at her bold new arguments.

Guests:

Barbara Ehrenreich, author, journalist and political activist, author of “Natural Causes.” (@B_Ehrenreich)

Outrage grows over the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. The CEO apologizes but the video has gone viral.

James Comey Speaks Out

Apr 16, 2018

For the first time since being fired as FBI director, James Comey speaks out. We’ll unpack what his revelations could mean for the Trump presidency.

Guests:

Susan Hennessey, fellow at in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, executive editor of Lawfare. (@Susan_Hennessey)

Michael Warren, senior writer at The Weekly Standard. (@michaelrwarren)

With David Folkenflik

The Denver Post calls out its hedge fund owners for cutting jobs. We’ll look at the future of local newspapers. It isn’t pretty.

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

Guests:

Chuck Plunkett, editorial page editor of the Denver Post. (@chuckplunkett)

Facebook Faces Congress

Apr 12, 2018

With David Folkenflik

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg faces the wrath of Congress. We’ll unpack the privacy scandal that has overwhelmed the world’s most popular social media network.

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

Guests:

Mary Bruce, congressional reporter for ABC News who covered the Facebook hearing. (@marykbruce)

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED Magazine. (@nxthompson)

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