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On Point is that now exceedingly rare public space where you hear nuanced explorations of complex topics live and in real time. It’s urgency and timeliness matched with depth. Podcasts, too, are rising as powerful tools for long-format journalism. But by definition, on-demand content is decoupled from the immediacy of the day’s or week’s news.
On Point gives you richness, intelligence, and intensity right now. Plus, it’s live. Hearing things get hashed out in real time is always a thrill. It’s a place where you’re going to learn, you’re going to be challenged, and you’re going to have fun, too.
— Meghna Chakrabarti
We intend to present engaging conversations about the issues, trends and characters that interest them most. We intend to surprise our listeners, too, with captivating stories and insights they didn’t know they wanted, or needed, to hear. I’m aiming for a blend of a sense of history, humanity, humility and humor. And I think it needs to speak to the era we’re living in, without becoming dizzying.
One last thing: On Point represents democracy in action, every day. Our audiences often know at least as much as we do. And the show absorbs and reflects their perspectives and questions in real time, with calls and social media messages.
— David Folkenflik
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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.
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