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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We have some news to share with you. Yesterday, Boston University, which owns WBUR, dismissed Tom Ashbrook from his role as host of On Point. BU reached this decision after an independent review verified claims that Tom had created an abusive work environment.

We talked to NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik about the dismissal of the longtime host.

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

The House passes a bill that would let people with concealed carry permits take their guns into states where it’s currently illegal.

Lois Beckett, a reporter for The Guardian, says the bill doesn’t have much of a chance of passing the U.S. Senate, even though it passed the House of Representatives. Still, she says, it’s been a National Rifle Association priority.

Vanilla, chili, garlic, soy. We’ll taste the “Eight Flavors” that writer Sarah Lohman says now define American cuisine and culture.

This show originally broadcast on December 15, 2016.

Teen Anxiety On The Rise

Oct 19, 2017

American teens are suffering record anxiety. We’ll look at why. And what helps?

Astronaut Scott Kelly's View From Space

Oct 18, 2017

Former astronaut Scott Kelly joins us to talk his out-of-this-world year in space, and where we might be headed next – think Mars.

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History’s most creative genius — Leonardo da Vinci. Walter Isaacson explores the life of the great Renaissance genius of art and science.

On Point Live hits Boston. Van Jones, Celeste Ng and Josh Ritter joined us Friday night at the city’s historic Faneuil Hall.

Do Politics Have A Place In The NFL?

Oct 13, 2017

Freedom, respect and “taking a knee” in the NFL. The VP walks out. Trump threatens. What’s right here?

Smartphones and our brains. New research says the little computer in our hand is changing our minds.

More and more women are coming out with stories of harassment and assault from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. We look at the Weinstein scandal, and sexual harassment in the workplace.

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