In ballet, “on point” means up on your toes.
In war, it’s the lead soldier on patrol.
In conversation, it’s the heart of the matter.
That’s where we strive to be every day with our listeners — up on our toes, out front, at the heart of what’s going on.
Here at On Point, we’re looking to create a different kind of conversation about the country and the world we live in — about who we are, and where we’re going. Maybe it’s the kind of national conversation you’ve always wanted. Fast, fun, serious, surprising. Open to everyone. And above all, unflinchingly honest. With voices from all over the planet. Fresh voices. Passionate voices.
On Point was born in the immediate aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, when the country was looking for answers and impatient with old certitudes. We still carry that urgency today: to test, challenge and probe. And while we do it, to celebrate the people, arts and ideas that make life a joy.
We hope you’ll add your voice to the On Point conversation — on the air, and here online. We look forward to hearing from you.
— Tom Ashbrook, host, On Point
Hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, On Point is broadcast every weekday on NPR stations around the country. Produced by WBUR in Boston, On Point’s vibrant conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.
The show is broadcast live on air from 10 a.m. to noon EST Monday through Friday, and airs again throughout the day and evening on more than 290 NPR stations coast to coast. The show is also available digitally through WBUR’s website, apps and its online archive, in addition to its regular podcast.
Because of the volume of communications we receive, the best way to ensure that we see messages about show content or programming is to post them at the bottom of the day's show on our website, in the comment thread. We welcome suggestions, criticisms or thoughts on further shows. Tom and the staff read those messages every day. Or send us a message on Twitter, Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're curious about the music used during On Point station breaks, please refer to our regularly updated blog post on the songs used during the show.
To join the conversation on the air, call our toll-free number 1-800-423-8255 during a live broadcast.
Three things to remember when calling On Point:
1) Please turn off your radio: Having a radio on the background creates an echo due to the slight delay in broadcast times. Please turn off your radio and listen to the program on your phone's handset.
2) No Speakerphone: The best sound comes from using a land line telephone. Please use one if it is available. But whether it is a cell phone or land line, please don't put us on speakerphone.
3) When you get on the air: Please don't say things like "Good morning," since we air at different times all around the country. Stick with "Hi, Tom." First names are fine with us!
Information on how to request a CD of a program that aired on On Point can be found here. We don't produce transcripts, as the cost remains prohibitively expensive for 10 hours of programming a week.
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