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On Point

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  WBUR  

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.

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.

 

#300

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. ... Read more

22 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:29

22 Oct 2021


#299

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. ... Read more

21 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:12

21 Oct 2021


#298

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. ... Read more

20 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:24

20 Oct 2021


#297

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. ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:29

19 Oct 2021


#296

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. ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:14

18 Oct 2021


#295

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. ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:09

15 Oct 2021


#294

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. ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:17

14 Oct 2021


#293

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. ... Read more

13 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:23

13 Oct 2021


#292

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. ... Read more

12 Oct 2021

48 MINS

48:09

12 Oct 2021


#291

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. ... Read more

11 Oct 2021

49 MINS

49:30

11 Oct 2021


#290

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. ... Read more

08 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:10

08 Oct 2021


#289

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. ... Read more

07 Oct 2021

49 MINS

49:45

07 Oct 2021


#288

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. ... Read more

06 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:26

06 Oct 2021


#287

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. ... Read more

05 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:26

05 Oct 2021


#286

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. ... Read more

04 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:23

04 Oct 2021


#285

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. ... Read more

02 Oct 2021

1 HR 12 MINS

1:12:59

02 Oct 2021


#284

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. ... Read more

02 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:31

02 Oct 2021


#283

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. ... Read more

02 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:32

02 Oct 2021


#282

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. ... Read more

02 Oct 2021

51 MINS

51:00

02 Oct 2021


#281

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. ... Read more

02 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:32

02 Oct 2021